October 18, 2011 @ 3:09pm
Flamewars and controversies are ten-a-penny in the ever-changing world of computing, but Ubuntu 11.04's switch away from Gnome to Unity caused a particularly large dollop of anger to be spooned onto the internet. While some users cheered the new desktop design, many others felt frustrated by its limitations and glitches. So as we gear up to record our next podcast, we want to hear from Ubuntu users: how do you feel about 11.10's Unity? Has it changed sufficiently to fix any problems you had previously? Is it worse in any respects? Or has it made you simply switch to Xfce?
Let us know in the comments below, and we'll read out the best in our next podcast. Ta!
October 12, 2011 @ 4:17pm
Update: You can now download issue 149, Seed Your Own Cloud, for free through our app.
Love the UK's biggest-selling Linux magazine? Also have a secret soft-spot for shiny Apple gadgets? Well, Linux Format is now available on the iOS App Store, through both Newsstand and as a standalone application for older devices. You can download the most recent issue on its own, or take out a subscription. Click (or tap!) here to get the latest offer and carry info-packed LXF goodness on your tablet today.
October 10, 2011 @ 10:23am
After my rant on the podcast, in which I got sidetracked for a whole minute on the uselesness of Gnome 3.2's new GDM login screen, I thought I'd post a fuller review here of the latest Gnome release. Has it fixed all or some of the little frustrations that so many people had with Gnome 3.0? Or has it become more annoying?
October 6, 2011 @ 1:24pm
Title: Best Laid Schemes
In this episode: Canonical launches an app developer portal and there's a new mobile Linux initiative. We create a whole new section of the podcast, discover lots of things and discuss whether secure booting will hinder Linux adoption.
October 4, 2011 @ 3:17pm
By the end of the decade, you might not be able to install Linux on a random, off-the-shelf PC. At least, not easily. This is because the UEFI "secure boot" system is being pushed by Microsoft, and could restrict the installation of other operating systems. You see, in order to boot an OS, the bootloader will need to be signed with special keys, which causes complications for totally open, free-as-in-freedom GPLed software. There may be ways around it, but it'll be fiddly.
September 30, 2011 @ 10:19am
September 29, 2011 @ 1:02pm
Quick Update: We're planning to record our new podcast early next week, which means we'll probably switch to a Tuesday release schedule rather than Thursdays.
Also, for those wondering what Paul Hudson has been doing over the last few months, he's been helping to develop the new Tap! App - and you can find evidence of his work (and even a video with him talking!) here: http://goo.gl/hPviN.
September 19, 2011 @ 10:30am
Title: Maybe Baby
In this episode: Ubuntu should move to a monthly release, according to Scott Remnant. Bruce Perens has come up with a new scheme for copyright ownership and Linux Format turns 150. Hear how successful we are at discovering things, building mesh networks and thinking up excuses.
September 15, 2011 @ 10:12am
Silly babies. They can't talk about cricket, they have stumpy little limbs, and they don't know the difference between an Imperial Courier and an Imperial Trader. What's the point of them? Still, they happen, and the uncertainty of their exact arrival dates can cause problems in the workplace. So yes, due to the potential arrival of a new mini LXF crew member in the next few hours, we've had to delay the podcast by a bit. We're hoping to have it done by Monday or so - can you handle the excitement?
September 15, 2011 @ 10:00am
Well, after reading everyone else's favourite LXF moments from the last 150 issues, today's the day that issue 150 goes on sale! To celebrate, you get to enjoy these reflections from the newest member of our team, Jonathan Roberts:
I'm still relatively new to the LXF staff, but that doesn't mean I'm new to LXF. Before joining the team here, I was a reader for many years and enjoyed going in to Smiths once a month to buy the new issue - I'd then get it home and read it almost cover to cover.
September 14, 2011 @ 12:00am
It’s Graham Morrison’s turn to divulge his choice picks from his time at Linux Format:
There have been many memorable moments. And the vast majority have been positive. But inevitably, as I'm sure any Linux writer will concur, it’s the tough projects that stick in your mind.
September 13, 2011 @ 11:56am
As Linux users, we watch our poor Windows-suffering brethren battle with viruses, spyware, malware and other problems, safe in the knowledge that our operating system is designed to minimise such risks. But is Linux really as secure as we like to think? The recent hacking of kernel.org and impact on related sites has given us much food for thought.
You could argue that Linux is intrinsically very secure, but a high-profile site such as the home of kernel development is going to be a big target. Or maybe Linux isn't really that secure - it's just that the users are typically more tech-savvy and are less likely to run HOTBRITNEY.EXE attachments in their emails. What would happen if all Ubuntu users started installing random .deb packages in emails? Is it all down to the users?
Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, and we'll read out the best in our upcoming podcast. Gracias!
September 13, 2011 @ 10:22am
Solar Power (LXF79)
What does he know of Linux who only Linux knows (asks Andrew Gregory)? Well, lots actually, but whatever your specialist subject it's always useful to take a step back and look again at what you know from a different angle. That's why Mike's look at OpenSolaris back in issue 79 is worth reading even now, despite the fact that free software has moved on so much in the intervening five years.
September 12, 2011 @ 11:37am
Here at Linux Format Towers, we're about to reach a milestone in the history of the magazine: 150 issues. A lot has happened in the last 11 years, and before LXF150 goes on sale this Thursday, 15 September, we're asking the team to recall their favourite moments from the magazine's life. Kicking it off is Mike Saunders who clearly wants darn kids to get off his lawn. Take it away...
September 9, 2011 @ 3:35pm
While procrastinating and looking in to some programming books, I came across this quote by Douglas Adams:
"I am rarely happier than when spending entire day programming my computer to perform automatically a task that it would otherwise take me a good ten seconds to do by hand."
I enjoyed it a lot and thought TuxRadar readers might enjoy it too.
Also, I wanted to share a link to the programming book that led me to this discovery: How To Design Programs. It's an excellent book that doesn't focus on the syntax of any one language (although it does intuitively teach you Scheme, a dialect of Lisp), but instead explores the process involved in actually beginning from scratch and designing a complete program. From analysing the problem statement, to defining the data involved, sketching out functions to deal with the data and on.
September 1, 2011 @ 12:59pm
Title: And Then There Were Three
In this episode: Against all odds, Mandriva 2011 has been released while HP looks set to drop WebOS and its TouchPad tablet. We discover things, provide an update on our wireless mesh project and listen to your opinions in the Open Ballot.
August 30, 2011 @ 11:48am
It has been 20 years since Linus Torvalds made his famous announcement about a certain kernel that we're all using today. Yes, Linux is now two decades old (and we know that GNU/Linux is older than that, RMS fans!) and a lot of things have happened in that time. For our upcoming podcast, we want you to tell us: what've been your high and low points of the last 20 years? Like, for instance, the release of a certain distro or desktop environment, or the battles against SCO and Microsoft.
Tap your musings into the comments box and we'll read out the most awesome in our podcast. Except for you, Anonymous Penguin. That ain't a proper name.
August 18, 2011 @ 11:36am
Title: Linux Surprise
In this episode: Google spends $12.5 billion acquiring Motorola's smart phone division. Linus switches from Gnome to Xfce and KDE 5 development is about to start. We discover things, draw our own boxes, and listen to your views in the open ballot.
August 16, 2011 @ 4:04pm
Penguins are cute, right? Pretty much everyone agrees with that, but whether a penguin makes a good mascot for an operating system - that's open to debate. On the one hand, Tux's cheerful face and relaxed posture could be the perfect way to express what we love about Linux. It's not too corporate, it's fun, and it's happy to welcome anyone into its fold. But on the other hand, it could be argued that such a toy-like mascot stops big business from taking the community seriously. Would a more conventional logo make us look more professional? How about a different, more powerful sort of animal?
Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, and we'll read out the best in our podcast. (If you are an actual penguin, please note that in your message, and we will put on the appropriate voice.)
August 12, 2011 @ 4:47pm
If you've followed our last few tutorials, you'll be a CakePHP expert by now: you know how to navigate controllers, delve into the depths of models and create views that astound your viewers. But having a taste of the sweet rapid development that CakePHP offers you, you want more, and you want to do more in less time. Fair enough too, so in our last project for this series, we're going to take a look at using CakePHP plugins to extend the functionality of our app. This is the result of the DRY principle (Don't repeat yourself).