World of Goo


Reviewed: Two whizz-kid programmers exit EA, decide to create a game to enter the Independent Games Festival, snatch awards for design innovation and technical excellence, and Linux gets a cracking new game as a result.

World of Goo for Linux already makes up 10% of the direct sales of the game - who said Linux users didn't play games? Read on for our full review...

More Linux tips every geek should know


If you've already read and memorised our "Linux tips every geek should know" and "20 all-new tips for KDE 4.2" features, we've picked out 50 more Linux desktop tips for you to enjoy.

And remember, if you don't ask, you don't get - follow us on or Twitter to have your say on what we post next...

MythTV made easy


In depth: MythTV is an incredibly ambitious suite of applications designed to sit at the heart of your home entertainment centre. It records, pauses and rewinds television, plays music and videos, catalogues your photo and DVD collections, browses the internet, makes phone calls, delivers the news and the weather and plays games - and it does all this thanks to the power of Linux.

Read on for our guide to installing MythTV and getting it to do just about everything you could want from a Linux box in your lounge...

Code Project: Build a flash card app


In this coding project, we're going to create a flash card program to help you remember foreign words. It displays an English word and asks you to choose its German equivalent from a list of three randomly chosen options, keeping a score as you progress.

But it's not just limited to German – you'll be able to use it for any language, or indeed for anything else you want to learn! You could even set it up to display the name of an animal, having the program test you on its species.

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KDE 4.2.1 includes slew of bugfixes


Most KDE fans regard 4.2 as the first proper, fully usable desktop in the 4.x series, and now it has its first minor update. KDE 4.2.1 rolls together improvements in Ocular, Kopete, KMail and KHTML -- the uber-detailed changelog is here.

Linux Format free to download for 24 hours only


As promised, we hosted a full high-res copy of the latest Linux Format magazine right now. Sadly, it was for 24 hours only, and you were too slow!

Still, we have some other incredible content you might want to read, not least of which are these five:

  1. Linux tips every geek should know
  2. The Linux Starter Pack - 130 pages of PDFs available for free download
  3. The Linux Pub Quiz - we bet you can't get 100% correct...
  4. How to install Linux on a USB flash drive
  5. 10 simple ways to make your Linux box more secure

Note that the Linux Starter Pack is available only as a low-res PDF. If you'd like to see it made available as a high-res torrent, let us know in the comments below.

Podcast Season 1 Episode 3

Title: Irradiated Sausage

In this episode: Debian 5 and Xfce 4.6 are released, Microsoft sues TomTom, are the Creative Commons licences working, are there too many Linux distributions and did Mike really play Captain 'S' - the remake?

Go back to 1986 with PC Plus

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Do you remember how the world looked in 1986? Back when Microsoft was famous for QuickBasic, Amstrad was a player in the industry, Infocom games came with 3D glasses, maps and scratch 'n' sniff cards, WordStar was still a brand you could trust, and Halley's comet made a flyby? If so, you absolutely won't want to miss this: the team from PC Plus has scanned in all of their third issue, dating all the way back to December 86.

Make sure you have Flash installed, because they've recreated the magazine using a page-turner. And make sure you get in quick before the rest of the internet frags their server. And most importantly of all, make sure you check out the cost of subscribing to PC Plus - it's great value right now, and the magazine has been putting out some particularly awesome issues recently.

PC Plus issue 3

Flashback: PC Plus, Issue #1

TuxRadar originals


If you've been too busy to visit the site every day, relax - here's our pick of unmissable features from recent days.

  1. The ultimate guide to the command-line for newbies
  2. Debian 5.0 hands-on, with exclusive interview the Debian project leader
  3. Download the Linux Starter Pack
  4. 20 all-new tips for KDE 4.2
  5. How you can help Windows users quit
  6. Error messages explained
  7. Linux tips every geek should know
  8. How to install Gnome Do in 3 minutes

And of course our old favourites - the Linux Pub Quiz, build a Space Invaders clone, and how to install Linux on a USB flash drive - are also worth reading if you didn't already catch them.

Plus there's much more to come - add use to your bookmarks or subscribe to us on Identica to make sure you don't miss a thing.

And remember, TuxRadar is brought to you by Linux Format magazine - the #1 source for Linux news, reviews, tutorials and wit, available from all good magazine outlets worldwide. Click here for the latest subscription deals - starting at just $US99 for 13 issues!

How to install Gnome Do in 3 minutes


Gnome Do is easily the coolest piece of software on any Linux desktop right now, so it's no surprise you want to try it for yourself and see whether it lives up to all the hype. Well, follow these simple instructions for Ubuntu 8.10 and you'll have it up and running in minutes - and you can get on with trying all its features!

We've included as many screenshots as we possibly can to make it easy enough for everyone to try Gnome Do - there's no excuse any more.

Build your own email server with Postfix


Whether you work for a small organisation or just use email to keep in touch, tailoring an open source email server to your needs is a great way to regain control over your mail. Using any of the big, free providers makes having an email account easy, but leaves you little that can be centrally monitored, configured or enforced.

If you work for a small organisation you may also have concerns about privacy or want more control over your account options. You could buy a domain name and get dedicated email hosting from a specialised provider, but even that doesn’t give you as much flexibility as it could. Thanks to free software, however, even a small group can get more bandwidth or disk space and make use of full custom filtering, privacy protection and many other features – all with the smallest possible costs and maintenance effort.

Your views wanted: are there too many distros?


Our podcast is released every two weeks, and in our regular Open Ballot section we ask you, our readers, what you think - and there's no room for sitting on the fence, because your answer needs to be either "yes" or "no" along with any explanation you feel like attaching.

We're about to record our third episode, so it's time to tell us what you think: are there too many Linux distros? Is such a thing even possible, or do we already have so much choice that newbies are overwhelmed with Ubuntu respins containing nothing more than a different wallpaper?

Tell us in the comments below, and we'll read out the best in the episode!

Warren Woodford on MEPIS kernel, favourite features


Warren Woodford, founder and lead developer of MEPIS Linux, had previously complained that Debian 5.0 "Lenny" didn't ship with a long-term support Linux kernel, and so the latest release of MEPIS breaks form with Lenny only days after its release by shipping with a newer kernel - something that could potentially make MEPIS less compatible with software certified for Debian. We asked Warren what kind of thinking was behind the switch, and also about his favourite new features in MEPIS 8.0...

The tragedy of Creative Commons


In depth: What if we told you that not everyone welcomes the growth of Creative Commons? And we're not referring to the RIAA and their friends - instead, many people openly fear Creative Commons as little more than a friendly face on unwelcome copyright laws, saying that it has too many varieties to be easily understood, and that, worst of all, it gives people who otherwise hadn't even considered copyright before a perhaps unwelcome taste of the Western legal system. Marco Fioretti reports...

Linux tips every geek should know


What separates average Linux users from the super-geeks? Simple: years spent learning the kinds of hacks, tricks, tips and techniques that turn long jobs into a moment's work. If you want to get up to speed without having to put in all that leg-work, we've rounded up over 50 easy-to-learn Linux tips to help you work smarter and get the most from your computer. Enjoy!

How to fix Linux boot problems


Booting, or "bootstrapping" for us older folk, is that deeply mysterious sequence of operations performed by your computer between the moment when you switch it on and the moment it's ready for you to log in. During this time, all kinds of incomprehensible messages scroll up the screen, but they're not something you usually take much notice of, and most linux distros cover them up with a pretty splash screen and a nice encouraging progress bar. This is all fine, of course, until it stops working.

Error messages explained


In depth: Some people are scared of Linux because the error messages it produces seem to imply the coming of the apocalypse. And there's a great number of them. If you search for the word 'Error' on the Linux Format forums, you get more than 150 pages of results. That's a lot of people experiencing a lot of problems!

The biggest difficulty for these users isn't the number of error messages; it's trying to get something useful out of them. What does 'Kernel Oops' mean, for example, or 'PCI Can't Allocate'? Linux error messages are obtuse, difficult to understand and rarely helpful. Which is a pity, because the vast majority of problems can be solved quite easily, and a considerable number involve the same problems recurring again and again. In business speak, these are low-hanging fruit. And it's these problems we want to target.

You shouldn't need to be a Linux expert to get your machine to boot, or a programmer to play a movie file. Yet it's this level of expertise that most error messages seem to assume of their users. We want to demystify these common errors, and provide solutions that should help ordinary Linux users side-step the problem and get their machine back on track. We've chosen areas we think are the most problematic. These include booting problems, general software usage, the filesystem, networking and distro installation.

We've picked a few of the most common errors from each, and explained what's happening along with the solution. The intention is that even if the problems don't apply to you, you can get an idea of how and why Linux error messages might seem arcane and a little intimidating. And hopefully, this will leave you with the knowledge to find a better solution that might help you to solve your own problems.

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