Reviewed: Mageia 1.0


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?


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?


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!


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


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?


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


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?


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


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


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


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...

The Best Linux Applications: Free for All


OK, it's the end of the week (in fact, it nearly came and went!) and time for our final pseudo category: free for all.

As the name suggests, anything goes. Maybe your favourite application didn't quite fit in the other categories. Or perhaps you just want to give your favourite application another vote just because it's so great. Or even, this would be really cool, you want to delve into more detail telling us how you use or what you use your favourite program for - we're always really interested to hear how people make use of all the amazing tools that Linux makes available.

Podcast Season 3 Episode 11


Title: Come back Mike!

In this episode: Mageia 1.0 has been released while ASUS promises three new netbooks running Linux. Meanwhile, back in California, Oracle tries to give to the Apache Foundation and you can hear some of our best discoveries, our worst challenge results, and your own opinions in our Open Ballot.

The Best Linux Applications: Sys Admin & Development


This is the penultimate entry in our week long series of posts asking you to nominate your favourite Linux applications.

Today, we want to know what tools you use to create new software and ease the management of your systems. Puppet or Eucalyptus; Tripwire, Nessus or SELinux; Eclipse, Emacs or Vi? You tell us... so go ahead and get commenting.

The Best Linux Applications: Communications & The Web


This is the third in our week-long series in which we're asking you to nominate your favourite Linux applications.

Once again, your comments to yesterday's post made for excellent reading. We didn't have such high hopes for Office and Productivity applications, but your insights have shown us that Linux has a wealth of such applications available outside of LibreOffice/OpenOffice - many of which have already made it on to some of our systems!

Open Ballot: Do you trust the "cloud"?


Cloud storage: everyone's talking about it. Dropbox is all the rage, Apple has got into the game with iCloud, and we Linux users have Ubuntu One. But as we gear up for our next podcast, we want to know: do you feel safe with your data in the cloud? Is it the future of storage and backup, or just a fad that'll disappear after a few major security incidents? Maybe all your data is in the cloud, and you think everyone else is being paranoid.

Whatever the case, we'd love to hear your thoughts and experiences. Tap your musings into the comment box below, give yourself a way neater name than Anonymous Penguin, and we'll read out the best in our podcast.

The Best Linux Applications: Office & Productivity


This is the second in our week-long series in which we're asking you to nominate your favourite Linux applications.

Yesterday's post, covering multimedia applications, was a great success! Some wonderful suggestions were made in the comments, including a number of applications that we hadn't come across before but look excellent. Looks like we'll be working our internet connection extra hard in the coming weeks as we download and test everything we can.

The Best Linux Applications: Multimedia


In issue 148, we're going to be running a feature on the best Linux applications. While we've all sat around and talked about our favourites, we want to hear some of your suggestions as well. So, each day this week we'll put up a post asking for suggestions from a particular category.

Today's category is multimedia applications. This is a pretty broad one - photo organisers, audio and video editors, drum machines, podcatchers, synthesisers and most anything else related - so if you think it counts, it probably does!

CakePHP Tutorial: Storage, Baking and Slugs


In the previous article we built a movie database that enabled you to store all your movies in various formats, and showed the basics of getting a CakePHP project off the ground. This time around the block we’re going to use some of the same approaches to build a more complicated application that involves more models for data storage, and demonstrates the associations between models and just how darn easy it is.

Radical New Interface for Windows 8


Jonathan Roberts says:

A lot of time has been spent discussing the new interface that's come by default with Gnome 3. Plenty of people aren't very keen on it, thinking it's a bad idea to try and create a single interface that scales on mobile devices, touch screens and traditional desktops; they also think it's a bad idea because it breaks lots of familiar habits and forces users to re-learn how to use their computer.

Well, I thought it was worth noting that now Microsoft is now heading down the same path, having just announced a radical new interface for Windows 8.

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