Podcast Season 3 Episode 10


Title: Lovelock and load

In this episode: Fedora 15 has arrived and the next release of the kernel may be called 3.0. We discover some interesting things, comment on the awesome IRC session we all joined, come up with an adopt-a-project plan and ask, should Gnome become Linux-only?



There's a wonderful article on LWN.net at the moment, 'Usability and adaptableGIMP.'

It details the work of Michael Terry, a human-computer interaction expert, into an alternative interface for the GIMP. This interface is task orientated and constructed based on an analysis of search engine queries relating to the image editing program. Once a user selects a task, a new tool palette is presented to the user with the tools needed to complete the task presented in the appropriate order. It's something of a 'built-in tutorial,' although it feels like far more than this.

Linux Format issue 146 is on sale now!


A new Ubuntu release always generates a certain amount of chatter in Linuxland, but nothing compares to the impact of Ubuntu 11.04. This signals a new direction for Canonical, with the familiar Gnome 2.x desktop being replaced by Unity, which significantly alters how we interact with our computers. In our cover feature we show you how to master Unity, we talk to the developers behind the desktop, and also probe Mark Shuttleworth for his thoughts too.

CakePHP Tutorial: Build Web Apps Faster


The pressure is on. You’ve got limited time, and you need a system to catalogue your extensive movie collection in 15 minutes. Who ya gonna call? CakePHP of course! CakePHP is a rapid application development framework that covers all the common tasks required to get a web application up and running. Handling all the repetitive tasks means you have more time for coffee, games, or whatever else you’d rather be doing. This introductory article will guide you through the creation of a media library application to record what movies you have.

Open Ballot: Should Gnome become Linux-only?


Here's a thought. The Gnome desktop currently runs on a wide variety of OSes, including Linux, the BSDs and Solaris. One hacker has proposed making Gnome Shell dependent on systemd, a boot and services system that only runs on Linux. This would require that all distros that use Gnome also take up systemd, and limit the desktop to one OS - and as expected, it has generated a huge amount of discussion in the free software world.

As we prepare to record our next podcast, we want your opinions for our Open Ballot: should Gnome become a Linux-only project? Would tighter integration with Linux-only technologies produce a more streamlined, coherent OS? Or would dropping support for more esoteric platforms be against the spirit of freedom and free software?

Let us know in the comments below, but please don't commit a name-fail and call yourself Anonymous Penguin.

The full story: Friday's IRC chat


Missed our Internet Relay Chat event on Friday? Bursting to find out what happened, what was said, and how much Mike talked about Frontier? Well, we've put online the whole log of the two hours and 25 minutes of action...

Patent News


You may have seen that there was a report published this month, Digital Opportunity: A Review of Intellectual Property and Growth. While most press reports on it have covered what it has to say about copyright - with good reason mind you, it's thoughful and frank - there were some other sections in it of significance to free software.

Don't miss our IRC session on Friday


Just a quick note for those who didn't listen to the last podcast recording (naughty, naughty): on Friday 20th of May, at 15:00 British Summer Time, the team behind Linux Format magazine and TuxRadar will be on IRC for chat japes galore. Log into irc.freenode.net and join the channel #linuxformat to ask us questions, tell us what you're thinking and chat with other LXF/TuxRadar readers. If you've never used IRC (Internet Relay Chat) before, we recommend X-Chat as a good graphical client, and Irssi if you're a command-line kinda guy or gal. See you there!

Send us your desktop!


That is, a photo of your actual, physical desktop (not a screenshot). You may remember that, long ago, we use to have "Anatomy of a Geek Desktop" on the back page of Linux Format magazine. Well, it's coming back, and we'd love to feature awesome reader/listener desktops. If you want to take part, send us a high-quality JPG image of 1600x1200 pixels, preferably no more than 4MB, to Mike Saunders along with some text describing your computer, the surroundings and any other interesting bits 'n bobs you have lying around. If we like it, we'll print it in the mag!

Cuba leading the Linux revolution


Royal Pingdom has gathered together an interesting set of stats, showing Linux's popularity (on the desktop) in various places around the world. It has built up an impressive 6.3% market share over in Cuba, and is doing well in many African countries too. Macedonia, Finland and Spain are the top European countries for Linux adoption, although the figures there are still quite small. Still, the author guesstimates that there are around 15 million active desktop Linux users out there - a number not to be sniffed at.

What'll be the next big market for Linux? Does it help consumer adoption when governments make moves towards the OS?

Podcast Season 3 Episode 9


Title: Final Frontier

In this episode: David Braben creates a low-cost Linux machine. Matt Zimmerman leaves Canonical while Mark Shuttleworth wants 200 million Ubuntu users within 4 years. Discover our discoveries, hear the latest conversion stories from TuxRadar and join us on IRC.

Open Ballot: What is Linux's killer feature?


As we rev up our podcast engines for the next recording, we want to hear your words: what do you think is the killer feature of Linux? What's its strongest selling point, the thing that makes it better than its competitors? Perhaps you reckon the kernel's rock-solid stability is key, or maybe you think the plethora of desktop environments gives it an advantage.

Let us know in the comments below, and remember that leaving your name as boring old Anonymous Penguin will make kittens cry.

Podcast Season 3 Episode 8


Title: Nutty Narwhal

In this episode: Ubuntu 11.04 is almost here, while Oracle drops OpenOffice.org and there was a third humble indie bundle. Discover our discoveries, hear how we fared with Gnome Shell and the results of our Open Ballot.

Open Ballot: Has desktop fragmentation gone too far?


First there was TWM. Then we had multiple window managers. Then KDE came along, and Gnome started as a result of licensing issues. Xfce grew up. And now, after a decade of the three big desktops slugging it out, it's about to get a whole lot more complicated with the addition of Unity and Gnome (3) Shell. Some distros are talking of forking Gnome 2.x to keep the older desktop alive.

Podcast Season 3 Episode 7


Title: Better late than never

In this episode: Gnome 3.0 has been released while Nokia takes back its Symbian operating system. Red Hat is approaching $1b in revenue and Groklaw is calling it a day. Share in our discoveries, hear our responses to your emails and letters and join us in welcoming a new member to the team.

Podcast update


Just to let regular listeners know: we won't be putting up the podcast today, as we're busy finishing Linux Format magazine (the deadlines are a bit earlier than usual because of Easter). Rest assured, we'll be back to normal next week though! So, go out and enjoy the sun, and we'll be with you again very soon...

Linux Format issue 144 is on sale now!


MythTV usually conjures up two thoughts amongst Linux users: it's a brilliant digital TV platform, but it's also notoriously difficult to set up correctly. Fortunately, then, this month's cover feature teams up with the mighty Mythbuntu (on the DVD) and helps you configure a powerful, attractive and feature-laden personal video recorder. You can watch TV over the web, cut out annoying adverts and never miss your favourite shows again.

Open Ballot: is Android's success good for Linux?


There's no doubt that Android is a storming success, with 37% of the North American smartphone market share in January, and over 150,000 applications available. At its core is a customised Linux kernel. But there's a big question here: is all this success actually good for Linux? Millions of people now have Linux in their pockets and are using it every day, but will this ever help Linux in its more familiar server and desktop settings?

New podcast section: Speak Your Brains!


Are there things you want to tell us? Perhaps you've got a question about choosing a Linux netbook, or you've written a limerick about KDE. Maybe you want to announce a funky new project you're working on, or just rant about Microsoft. Either way, we have a shiny new section of the podcast for you.

It's dead simple. Email Mike with the subject line "Speak Your Brains" and we'll read out our pick of the best in the next podcast. Think of it like a traditional magazine letters page, but with more sound atoms involved. And the possibility to ask Effy to say things in Spanish.

Podcast Season 3 Episode 6


Title: A message from our sponsors

In this episode: Canonical and Gnome may benefit from some relationship counselling. GTK+ 3.2 will enable you to run Gnome apps through a web browser. The Debian Derivatives Exchange (DEX) project has launched and Firefox 4 is here. Share our discoveries, listen to our marketing slogans and hear your own opinions in our Open Ballot.

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