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.

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Your comments

You wouldn't be able to

handle it if my brain started to speak! :D

linux netbook

A while back I got myself one of the first linux netbooks (acer aspire one). Have tried various distros from the cover cd of linux format magazine on it (it came with Linpus whatever) but when it came to writing up my masters thesis - I needed something I am very comfortable with and I now have Windows 7 / Office 2010 on it - I wish I could get myself to use LibreOffice or even Abiword but......

I dont think this is a fail for opensource - just that I work with closed source allday and when I go home I can "play" with opensource but I tend to "rely" on known tools for anything time critical. I am going back to some nice shiny lite distro after my submission but it was worth the question - How would you change this behaviour?

Aaah - forgot to use the

Aaah - forgot to use the "email mike" bit - why cant we just post it here in comments?

Open source is about feedback

so you are right on about asking for content from the "users"


"why cant we just post it here in comments?"

1) Because comment threads often turn into discussions, which makes it hard to pick out messages directed at us

2) Where's the element of surprise, if you can read everything in the comments beforehand? :-)

-- Mike

fair enuf!

Ok - agreed - the surprise is lost but my question stands :)
will email next time.

You stole that title from The Day Today!

I am cancelling my subscription.

@ Ganesh

What you did was very sensible. Migrating to a new office suite and a new OS when you are facing a deadline is not a smart idea.

If I were you I will install LibreOffice in my Windows machine. And I'll start using it for a few weeks. Once you are comfortable with it and you know that you can do your work with it, LibreOffice is pretty good and there is a good chance you will, install the Linux distro of your choice. The same to other software, like Thunderbird or Firefox.

If you know what distro you want to use, go ahead. If not, I think that the best option is Ubuntu. You will find a very good distro, quite user friendly, with a lot of documentation available and a community that is generally very friendly. Anyway, any main stream distro would be a good option.

Once you feel comfortable with Ubuntu, you are ready to try other less main stream distros.

Good luck!


Slackware Linux

I'm quite a collector of Linux format however, there has been very few articles on distributions with extreme potential and I am not hating on any debian derived distros or fedora, but it feels like the software you are publishing in the LF disk is only available only for the popular distributions. I was introduced to Linux from a random article on the internet about 3 years ago and ever since I have been experimenting with linux however, an article published from Mike introduced me to slackware and I have stuck with it ever since. within this article, Mike wrote that slackware has it's own file type. I was wondering if you are able to compile the applications that are included on the disk in .tgz form as well as the file types that are already included?

Thanks awesome people

agree with Den

agree with denzel... it is important to cover the mainstream distributions, but just feel those that have more of a cult following, like Slackware and Arch don't get enough coverage and get neglected a bit. Most Linux Format readers will already be comfortable using Ubuntu, but I reckon there are many, like myself, who have never used slackware because they find it a bit intimidating. I tried Arch and had problems. Will persevere though.

more screencasts

I remember I found Paul Hudson's Python screencasts fantastic. I don't know about other people, but I would really like to see more screencasts... I know KDE Development is something close to Graham's heart... any chance of any KDE development screencasts. (I know you have done some written articles on KDE Development, but I just find screencasts so much easier to follow).

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