February 15, 2009 @ 9:51am
After almost two years of work since the release of Etch, the Debian team has finally released Debian 5.0 "Lenny" to the world - their tenth major release. When we spoke to Steve McIntyre, the Debian Project Leader, he said "we basically decided that if we were happy that stuff looks and is legal, as in there isn't any source missing or anything like that, then screw it - we'll go with that." To find out what he was talking about and see our initial views on the new release, read on...
February 15, 2009 @ 12:13am
Not everyone who's into Linux is a dyed in the wool techie. While some people need to know the intimate workings of their PCs and what runs them, others are quite happy simply to use them. There will always a certain amount of crossover, but the one thing that neatly distinguishes the techies from the power users is the command line interface (CLI).
Old-school Linux users swear that it's the only real way to do things properly, while the rest of us often avoid it like the plague. But what if we gave you just enough command-line knowledge to let you do all the important things, without having to don sandals and a fake beard?
February 14, 2009 @ 11:41pm
Download managers exist for two reasons. Firstly, they help organise your downloads, moving them to a single, central location on your desktop. Secondly, they help to improve download performance. But with so many around, which to choose? Let us help you...
February 13, 2009 @ 9:03am
Are you looking to master OpenOffice.org? Or do you want to help one of your friends or family make the switch from Microsoft Office (or, worse - Microsoft Works!) to something free and just as good?
Look out for our new special edition magazine on OpenOffice.org 3.0 in your local magazine outlet, or buy one from our online store with delivery available worldwide - it's 132 pages of tutorials and tips to help everyone get more from OOo, and includes OpenOffice.org for Mac OS X, Windows and Linux on the free disc.
Contains 40 hands-on tutorials: Writer, Calc, Impress and Base are all covered, as is Draw, macro scripting, extensions, web-site creation, working with templates and more!
February 12, 2009 @ 3:56pm
February 12, 2009 @ 2:55pm
Some people have said that Mac OS X is eating away at the Linux market as hardcore Unix-heads get their Posix fix on Macs. Others have said that Linux marketshare is as tiny as it was several years ago and that Windows 7 might even kill Linux.
Well, today we have something positive to announce: Linux Format magazine sales are up 13.3% over the last year, as measured by the Audit Bureau of Circulations - an independent body founded to track and verify magazine circulation data. You might think that a 13% is fairly small, but keep in mind that many other magazines are reporting steep sales drops right now, so any rise at all is a good sign!
People are crying out for good Linux knowledge, and we think it's great to have some more irrefutable numbers that Linux continues to be on the march against closed-source software.
February 11, 2009 @ 6:32pm
Way back at the beginning of the web (or when it started to become mainstream) it was popular to spend hours hacking away at a keyboard to type your first web page. These early efforts were horrific mish-mashes of colour, style (or lack thereof) and seemed to consist entirely of people telling you just how they felt about certain topics. - you only have to spend some time with the Internet Archive to see shining examples of the terror that could be wrought with a simple text editor and far too much knowledge.
From there web development got a bit smarter, and it wasn't long before GUI-based tools became available to make the whole process more speedy and user friendly. Sadly, they didn't improve on the whole colour clashing, but they did make a lot more people a lot more productive. Even Microsoft, having previously dismissed the power of the web, did a complete U-turn and ended up releasing FrontPage to fuel even more abuse of the senses.
So, if you're looking around for a great web editor for Linux, just what is the state of editors for Linux and does it get any better than Vi or Emacs? Let's take a look at what options are on offer today.
February 11, 2009 @ 4:18pm
The awesome debut episode of the TuxRadar podcast has been brightening up the interwebs at www.tuxradar.com/podcast for a while now – so long in fact that we’re about to produce episode 2.
For the Open Ballot section we’re revisiting a topic we’ve had loads of emails about recently; namely, the rise and rise of Ubuntu. Is it a force for good, unifying the masses behind a single banner? Or is it an inhibitor of free choice, herding us into the kind of narrow computing landscape associated with closed operating systems such as Windows and OS X?
Let us know your thoughts, feelings, hopes and fears, and we’ll shoehorn as many as we can into the next podcast.
February 11, 2009 @ 2:27pm
As you might have guessed from our domain name, TuxRadar.com, we're big fans of Linux. But being a fan of Linux doesn't necessarily make you a Linux fanboy - the kind of person who blindly ignores anything negative about their passion of choice as if that somehow made it better.
February 11, 2009 @ 9:44am
Programming is great. You get to create something new, stimulate your brain and have fun along the way - especially if you're programming games. So we're going to show you how to write your very own Space Invaders lookalike called PyInvaders - but don't panic if you're tired of dull programming theory: take that palm away from your forehead. Here we'll focus on doing Cool Stuff(tm), making a game work instead of warbling about algorithms, data structures and object oriented polymorphism encapsulation. Or whatever.
Consequently, to follow this guide it helps if you have some prior programming experience. We're not going to explain everything in depth; if you've dabbled in some code before, and know your arrays from your elbow, you won't have any problems. For those completely new to programming, you might find some of the terminology a bit bamboozling, but you don't have to understand it all. Just take in what you can, grab the source code from the DVD and start experimenting by making changes yourself. That's how all great programmers got started!
So, as mentioned, we'll be making a mini Space Invaders clone. Our choice of programming language is Python due to its simple syntax and code cleanliness - it's very easy to read. PyGame, a language binding that wraps the SDL multi-media library around Python, will provide the graphical plumbing for our program, saving us from the chore of manipulating images by hand. Most distros have Python pre-installed, and PyGame is available in nigh-on every repository, so get the tools, open up a text editor, and let's get cracking...
February 10, 2009 @ 2:05pm
February 10, 2009 @ 12:48pm
In the words of Frederic Baille, the CEO of Linutop, “an open source, Linux-based operating system is the ideal platform that allows users to get most of their devices. Additionally, open source allows running systems more cost-effective because users do not have to pay for an operating systems and applications from the established vendors. We are convinced that open source operating systems will become even more popular amongst many professional and semi-professional users in the future."
But then he would say that, wouldn't he - Linutop being a vendor of Linux micro-PCs, after all. Not that we mind - we rated it 9/10 in Linux Format issue 110, calling it "a flexible, powerful, silent and low-power device that could be used in many different situations."
Is it really such a bad thing if HP pulls support for Linux netbooks in the UK? Have your say below.
February 10, 2009 @ 12:07pm
Mobile telecoms companies are now pushing "mobile broadband" in the form of a connection that uses the 3G mobile phone networks. While the bandwidth available can be variable, you don't need massive bandwidth for most tasks, as long as it has sufficient throughput for the main business tasks: email, Facebook and YouTube. That leaves us a few questions. Has mobile productivity come of age? How do these systems work? What sort of coverage and speeds do they provide? Most importantly, do they work with Linux?
We're going to try to answer all of these questions, using the USB mobile broadband dongles provided by three UK mobile telecom companies: O2, T-Mobile and Vodafone...
February 10, 2009 @ 10:12am
The industrious folks behind Awn, the Avant Window Navigator, have popped out a new release. "This represents a year's worth of bugfixes, performance improvements, and new applets", with oodles of back-end work to make the spiffy dock integrate better with desktops. We like where this is going -- sure, it's very heavily inspired by the Mac OS X dock, much like Gnome Do as we've covered before, but that's not a bad thing. To get Linux in the hands of new users, a bit of eye candy never goes amiss, so having this on the next round of Linux-powered netbooks would truly rock our world.
February 10, 2009 @ 12:34am
February 9, 2009 @ 6:54pm
How well do you know your free software people, apps and commands? Put yourself to the test and see just how much you know - we don't think even Linus Torvalds knows all these...
February 9, 2009 @ 4:03pm
Nothing can beat having a great Linux distro installed on a super-fast hard drive, with all your favourite apps configured just how you like them and all your files at your fingertips. But this has one major drawback: perfect as your setup is, it's also just one machine, and sooner or later you'll be forced to leave that computer behind and use something else. Something that might run Windows. Something that might not even have Firefox.
Because no one likes being parted from their data for too long, we present a smarter option: store it all on a USB flash drive...
February 7, 2009 @ 10:47pm
February 7, 2009 @ 11:14am
Back in May 2000 the first issue of Linux Format magazine hit the newsstands. One of its features was a group test of Linux distributions, reflecting the state of play in Linux flavours at the time. If you fancy a trip down memory lane or just a quick look at how beautiful Linux wasn't all those years ago, we've dug out the original article complete with screenshots - read on!
February 6, 2009 @ 3:16pm
Manufacturers and PC vendors would have you believe that there's only one way to speed up your machine: buy new kit. And then, in 18 months, buy new kit again. However, it's usually our software that's the real bottleneck. If you've been using Linux for a while, you'll already have discovered lighter alternatives to some of the platform's bloatfests - for example, using AbiWord and Gnumeric in the place of OpenOffice.org.
But what about the desktop itself? That's where you can get some real speed gains...