Back from OSCon

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And we're back! Graham and Mike have returned from talking to awesome FOSS developers, looking at mountains and drinking Indian Pale Ales. Stay tuned in the next few issues of Linux Format magazine for interviews, features and more - including a special look at Free Geek, a great service in Portland that refurbishes computers (and puts Linux on them). In the meantime, have a gander at a few pictures after the break.

We're at OSCon!

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That's right - Graham Morrison and Mike Saunders are in Portland, Oregon for the world's biggest open source show. We'll be doing interviews for Linux Format magazine, attending talks, enjoying fine beer and, hopefully, meeting some of you too! In the meantime, here's a video stream courtesy of O'Reilly...

Android App Pick: TuneIn Radio

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Jon Roberts says:

I've always been a huge fan of radio, and since moving to Bath without a TV, the radio has become an even bigger part of my daily routine. While I'm quite content with what BBC analogue radio has to offer (the Torchwood radio series was really good, although I fear I already know too much about what's going on in Ambridge!) I was thrilled to stumble across TuneIn Radio, a free Android app that provides access to 50,000+ radio stations from around the world, via the internet.

Free Software for Little People

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Just came across this CC-BY comic book that aims to explain the benefits of using free software to young people. The comic's pretty good, it was originally written in Spanish and the translation is a little wooden, but it really gets across the problem of using pirated software well and how free software can help you avoid the need to do this.

Podcast Season 3 Episode 14

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Title: Live from Andrew's House

In this episode: Apple asserts its patents against HTC. CentOS 6 has been released while GNU Hurd might be ready for the next Debian. Listen to our discoveries and your opinions, and share our joy in finally managing to complete a You Dare Us challenge.

Open Ballot: Is it time to start trusting Microsoft?

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Few people reading this site will claim to be supporters of the Redmond behemoth, but arguably, Microsoft has changed in recent years. The poor reception of Windows Vista, the advancement of Linux in the server space, and the birth of Android and iOS have made Microsoft vulnerable. In many areas, they're the underdog now. And then we have the news that a Microsoft coder made the most changes to Linux 3.0, albeit primarily to support the company's Hyper-V virtualisation interface.

So as we roll up our sleeves for the next podcast, we want your opinions: can we start trusting Microsoft more? Has the company changed - is it competing more fairly than in the past? Or is the Redmond giant's heart still the same, and we should be cautious more than ever of embrace, extend and extinguish? Let us know if the comments below, and we'll read out the best in our podcast. Even if you happen to be Steve Ballmer.

Project Euler

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Jon Roberts says:

I thought those who read TuxRadar might be interested in Project Euler. It's an old project, but a cool one for people like me - that is, those who dabble in programming and maths and are looking for a set of challenges to help them develop further.

From the website:

Podcast Season 3 Episode 13

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Title: Wizard of OS

In this episode: Sabayon 6 has been released, Google launches a new social network and Red Hat is doing well. Share in our discoveries, hear our ideas for a 'You Dare Us' replacement and you tackle Firefox version numbers in our Open Ballot.

Open Ballot: Is Firefox moving too quickly?

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Unless you've had your head stuck in a bucket of sand in a cave on Mars for the last few weeks (or you're running Chrome and don't care), you will have seen the furore surrounding Firefox 5. But it's nothing to do with features, the UI or anything like that - it's outrage that merely three months after Firefox 4, that older release is no longer supported. No bug fixes, no security fixes - nothing.

Now, Mozilla supporters say this is a good thing: the team can concentrate on new releases, accelerating the pace of development and bringing new features to home desktop users. But those deploying Firefox in the enterprise are fuming: they need to roll out updates carefully, checking for breakage with apps and extensions, and this break-neck pace is turning them to alternatives.

Let us know what you think for our next podcast: is Firefox moving too fast? Should the developers consider business users a bit more, or just focus on the home desktop?

Reviewed: Mageia 1.0

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Mag-ay-a? Ma-jee-a? However you pronounce the name, this distro has proven the nay-sayers wrong and shown that a community supported fork of a commercial distro is possible. So, if you're worried about the future of Mandriva but still want a distro that's polished and newbie-friendly, read on for our full review...

Captchas Fixed?

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Just a little update...

Thanks to everyone for their encouraging comments about TuxRadar - they were all very greatly received here at LXF towers!

We think we've fixed the captchas so that logged in users should no longer see them. Hopefully this is the case, but let us know if not.

One small improvement at least.

What comes first, the enterprise or the consumer?

Firefox

Some really interesting things have happened with the release of Firefox 5.

For starters, it's brought to attention the fact that, with the new rapid development cycle, Mozilla will no longer provide any support for old versions - not even security patches. So after six weeks, if you want to stay safe online, you'd better upgrade to the latest version.

As independent home users this shouldn't be a problem, especially as Mozilla looks to make upgrades transparant. For enterprise IT departments, however, it may very well make it impossible to use Firefox. If you're not sure why, you should take a look at this post.

Mozilla's response? Who cares, more or less. Enterprises are such a small part of their user base, their time is better spent supporting home users and creating the best product for them.

This raised an interesting question here at LXF towers. Is technology adoption driven by the enterprise or the consumer?

Linux Format issue 147 is on sale now!

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We all need a change of scenery now and then, so how about a change of distro? With so much rapid innovation going on in the Linux world, distros are constantly edging ahead of one another in areas such as performance stability and ease-of-use. In this month's cover feature we throw six of the best distros into a pit and let them battle it out for supremacy. Who's the winner? You may very well be surprised...

Podcast Season 3 Episode 12

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Title: Air Lacquer

In this episode: Chrome might replace Firefox in future versions of Ubuntu. Fedora 16 will make Btrfs the default filesystem. Firefox 5 has been released and Adobe is dropping Linux desktop support for Air. Share our cool discoveries from the last two weeks, hear how we fared installing Linux whilst blindfolded and we discuss your opinions in our Open Ballot.

What do you think about TuxRadar?

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We've been wondering, what do you think of TuxRadar? What do you like about it, what would you change about it, and what would you like to see more (or less) of on it?

We can't make any promises that things will change of course (the magazine keeps us fairly busy!) but we have been making an effort to do more with TuxRadar lately, so any feedback on what you'd like to see from this space might help us to spend what time we do have for TuxRadar more effectively.

CakePHP Tutorial: Build a file sharing application

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The honeymoon is over baby. Now it’s time for the real work to begin. This iteration of our CakePHP tutorial series will result in your very own file-sharing tool. This is handy in the situation that you have a file you need to send to a business partner or client, or share with a friend, but you still want to retain control over who gets access to each specific file. For example, you may only want a client to access a file for a week, so we’ll build a system where you can remove that access at any time. What’s more, it’ll be quick, easy, and extensible once we’re done.

Open Ballot: Is Ubuntu on the way out?

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Pop over to the DistroWatch popularity stats page and you'll see something very interesting: Ubuntu is sliding down. As each set of data gets more recent, you can see the gap between Ubuntu and other distros narrowing - and in the last month, Mint and Fedora have overtaken it. So this leads to perhaps the biggest Open Ballot we've ever posted: has Ubuntu had its day? Has the switch to Unity, the talk of Wayland, and all the upheaval on the desktop driven traditional Linux users away?

Maybe this is inevitable, and Canonical isn't concerned, as it's chasing bigger markets. Or conversely, perhaps Canonical should try harder to keep old-time Linux users, as they're the advocates who will spread Linux in the future. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, choosing a hipper name than Anonymous Penguin, and we'll read out the best in our upcoming podcast recording.

Lobbyists Call For UK Software Patents

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After reporting positively on the UK government's review of intellectual property laws and its recommendation not to extend patent protection to most software, it seemed only fair that we also point to this article from ZDNetUK.

Bonus: The Best Linux Games

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Jon Roberts says:

I'm afraid I've been a little dopey - I completely forgot to ask what everyone's favourite games are! So whether you love the fast-paced, cartoon styled fun of Warsow or you're more of a Nethack fan, go ahead and let us know what your favourite games are in the comments.

The only rule is that they need to be native to Linux (although we know how great Wine and Dosbox are!).

Opinion: Why repositories are not app stores

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While Apple stomps around the internet, trying to gain exclusive rights to the term "app store", a lot of Linux users are furrowing their brows. After all, Linux has had the same kind of software delivery system for ages, right? Not quite. There are some important differences which can make or break a line of argument...

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