Open Ballot: Is Linux Marxist or capitalist?


Following on from our last podcast's unexpectedly political comments section, in which argument's were put forward from both ends of the political spectrum, we want to know if it's politics that motivates you to use Linux.

Are you inspired by Linus' claims that it's selfishness that motivates development, and probably encourages most users too - free software is free, after all; or is it the community ethic, the idea of everyone working together to create something better, that attracts you to free software?

Let us know in the comments section, and we'll read out a selection on this week's internet famous (no, really) open ballot.

LPI: Learn Linux and get certified. Part 8 Links and Permissions


We’ve come to the final part of this series, and it has been great to read your feedback. We’re really glad you’ve found it useful! Whether you’re an intermediate Linux user looking to find employment with your newfound skills, or you’re a home desktop dabbler who merely wanted to learn more about your operating system, we wish you good luck.

Podcast Season 4 Episode 11


Title: Shineness

In this episode: Linus doesn't like Nvidia. The Unity 4 games engine is coming to Linux. There's an Ubuntu app developer contest and Microsoft unveils surface computers and Windows phone 8. Hear our discoveries then your own opinions in the Speak your Brains section. And our Open Ballot is now the 4th result in Google when you search for 'open ballot'.

New Wallpaper

Red Hat

We all thought Effy did a great job with the latest cover, so we asked him to turn it in to a wallpaper to share with all of you. We've added it to our Linux Format wallpaper page, but it's included on this post as well.

Linux Format 160 On Sale Today - How to make a billion dollars the Red Hat way


How to make a billion dollars the Red Hat way. Yes, a billion dollars!

While other tech companies have been making headlines, Red Hat has been making money, and it has done so by selling a product that anyone can get for free: Linux. Is this a con trick? Alchemy? No: it turns out that hard work, expertise and giving the customers what they want is still a good way to do business. We spoke to the Red Hat chaps to find out more.

Podcast Delays


Bad news all, we're having to delay the podcast for 24 hours.

While normal service will hopefully be resumed tomorrow, in the meantime you might want to check out our archive. If you fancy peeking in to what now seems like an alternate reality, check out season 1, episode 1 where we heard how Torvalds had switched to Gnome, or check out season 2, episode 5 to discover how quickly we seemed to fail at You Dare Us. There's lots of fun to be had.

OSCON Discounts For You

Open Source

It's the summer, which can only mean OSCON, O'Reilly's annual open source conference, is only a month or so away. If you happen to be near Portland, Oregon, from July 16 - 20, and want to go along and see 200+ speakers and meet 3000 hackers and geeks just like you, you should definitely consider dropping by.

You’ll find practical tutorials, inspirational keynotes, and a wealth of information on open source languages, platforms, and development. Plus, OSCON offers fabulous networking events, the best “hallway track” around, and an Expo Hall that’s both entertaining and worthwhile. OSCON is where the serious thinkers and doers—and their favorite technologies—converge. And when the day’s sessions are over, join people just like you for some serious fun.

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LPI: Learn Linux and get certified. Part 7: Processes and Filesystems


We’re coming towards the end of our LPI series of tutorials, with the final instalment due next month, so it’s time to look at a few advanced topics that you might come across on your system administrator travels. We’re going to kick off with a look at processes, and how you can manipulate them to your liking. There’s nothing worse than an errant process deleting important files and leaving you feeling helpless, so we’re going to look at

See Richard Stallman at De Montfort University this weekend (23 June)


Richard Stallman, founder of the GNU project and the Free Software Foundation, will be gracing fair Albion's shores to give a free lecture at Leicester's De Montfort University this Saturday (23 June).

The lecture will be held at 1.30pm in the Hawthorn Building right in the middle of town and will last for about two and a half hours, so you should be able to get back home in good time to see England getting thrashed by Spain in the Euros. Car parking is available in the DMU main car park.

Open Ballot: Is the command line a crusty old relic?


We've slowly been posting our series of LPI tutorials to level up our readers (if you haven't seen them and want to catch up, we've created a handy index). The most recent part covered advanced command line techniques and opened with the following comment:

"...the command line isn’t a crusty, old-fashioned way to interact with a computer, made obsolete by GUIs, but rather a fantastically flexible and powerful way to perform tasks..."

In response, MSP suggested that there were a few errors in the post and said they could be corrected with the following snippet:

"...the command line is a crusty, old-fashioned way to interact with a computer, made obsolete by GUIs, but a small hardcore of people who refuse to move on still use it..."

For this week's open ballot, we want to know, who do you agree with: us (well, Mike!) or MSP? Let us know your thoughts in the comments and we'll discuss them in this week's podcast.

LPI: Learn Linux and get certified. Part 6: Advanced Command Line


As we discovered last issue, the command line isn’t a crusty, old-fashioned way to interact with a computer, made obsolete by GUIs, but rather a fantastically flexible and powerful way to perform tasks in seconds that would otherwise take hundreds of mouse clicks. Additionally, you can’t always rely on the X Window System functioning properly – in which case knowledge of the command line is essential – and if you’re running Linux as a server OS, you don’t want a hulking great GUI sitting on the hard drive anyway.

Podcast Season 4 Episode 10


Title: Everybody loves Linus

In this episode: Two of the biggest distributions of the year have been released - Fedora 17 and Mint 13. Red Hat finds a solution to the UEFI problem with Windows 8 certified hardware, and both Steam and Carmageddon Reincarnation are coming to Linux. We've got more discoveries, a great Speak Your Brains section and one of the best Open Ballots for weeks.

Open Ballot: What does Torvalds know about interface design?


Just in time for this week's open ballot, Linus Torvalds has made his opinions about Gnome 3 known once again. Just in case you missed it, you can read what he had to say here.

The thing is, this is not the first time Linus has made a big deal about changes to one desktop or another. But what does Linus know about interface design, and should the community worry about what he thinks on this topic?

LPI: Learn Linux and get certified. Part 5: The Command Line


Some naysayers would have you believe that the command line is a crusty old relic of the 1970s, a pointless propellerhead playground which real human beings don’t touch. But when it comes to the world of a system administrator, nothing could be further from the truth. The command line, aka shell, is more important than ever – and for good reason:

It’s always there. It exists underneath all the layers of GUI goodness that we see on a typical desktop Linux installation, so even if your window manager is playing up, you can hit Ctrl+Alt+F2 to bring up a prompt and fix it.

TuxRadar: May 2012


May turned out to be quite a busy month for us, so ahead of the long weekend in the UK, we'd thought we'd give a quick recap of some of this month's content.

First, after Ben got a generic reply from his MP about the proposed Snoopers' Charter, we published the second part of our popular LPI tutorial, along with the third and fourth parts later on in the month. We're planning to put the next part up tomorrow, but in case you need to brush up, here's the links:

PHP Coding Academy: write your first script


You might already know that TuxRadar hosts the Practical PHP Programming guide. But we wanted to do something for beginners. So here it is. The first part in a series that will take you from neophyte to professional in baby steps. Let us know what you think!

PHP dates back to 1995 when its creator, Rasmus Lerdorf, began work on a scripting toolset dubbed Personal Home Page (PHP). The sudden demand for the toolset spurred Rasmus to further develop the language and, in 1997, version 2.0 was released with a number of enhancements and improvements from programmers worldwide. The version 2.0 release was hugely popular and spurred a team of core developers to join Rasmus in developing the language even further.

Podcast Season 4 Episode 9


Title: Minted

In this episode: Linux Mint 13 has been released. Chrome becomes the number one web browser (kinda). Google beats Oracle. Mandriva now belongs to you. KDE has announced a new Partner Network and there's going to be a new rival to the Raspberry Pi. Share in our discoveries, speak your brains and hear your opinions in our Open Ballot, a section which has very little to do with ballots these days.

Linux Format 159 On Sale Today - Ubuntu vs Windows


Ubuntu 12.04 vs Windows 8: we throw them both to our merciless testers.

We've been hearing from Canonical for ages about how Ubuntu is trying to attract new users to Linux, which is why the company doesn't seem too bothered to be losing ground to Mint: it figures that it will more than replace them with people who are new to computers and may not even have heard of Linux. So why not compare it with another operating system that's also had a renaissance: Windows 8? Let the battle of the reinvented desktop paradigms commence!

Open Ballot: Does Mozilla think desktop Linux is dead?


According to Internet News, Mozilla isn't including Linux in the platforms that will get initial support for their new web applications features. The reason given by some Mozilla developers: they need to focus on the platforms which provide the bulk of their users, which are Windows and Mac OS X.

The question is, if even Mozilla no longer see it as worth their while to support desktop Linux as a first class platform, is it finally time we give up on the dream of desktop Linux succeeding? Tell us what you think in the comments, and we'll discuss the responses in our infamous open ballot.

LPI: Learn Linux and get certified. Part 4: Package Managment


Installing software on Linux – that’s a doddle, right? Just fire up your lovely graphical browser, poke checkboxes next to the apps you fancy and they’ll magically be downloaded from the internet and installed. That’s all well and good for most users, but if you’re looking to be a serious sysadmin some day, you’ll need to know the nitty-gritty of managing packages at the command line, too. (Note: we’ll be covering the command line fully in a later tutorial; we’re just going to focus on a small set of utilities here.)

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