November 6, 2012 @ 4:18pm
It's been a great year for small Linux-based devices. Perhaps the best year ever. There's simply too many for us to mention all of them. What we want to know is which piece of hardware comes top on your Christmas (or other secular/religious/seasonal holiday of your choice) list. Unless, of course, you've been naughty
. Is it the bare-bones Raspberry Pi or the cool-as-a-polar-bear's-ear-muffs Nexus 10? Or are you waiting for the Kickstared Ouya? Perhaps it's the Chrome book or the definitely not copied
Galaxy Tab? A Beagle Board or Cotton Candy? The not-linux-based-but-open-so-we'll-include-it-anyway Arduino?
October 26, 2012 @ 4:40pm
Title: Two cows and a house
In this episode: Raspberry Pi is nearly open source. Wayland 1.0 and Ubuntu 12.10 are here. Mandriva is being reborn, again. Goophone-mini has been announced and Apple apologises to Samsung over its patent dispute. Americans can jailbreak their phones, but they can no longer unlock them. There's a problem with the ext4, and Amazon remotely wipes a customer's Kindle. Plus: hear the best ever Speak your Brains, our own discoveries and your own opinions in the Open Ballot.
October 23, 2012 @ 12:38pm
This week will see the release Windows 8, and it hasn't exactly impressed
of course, this isn't the first time that Microsoft has launched a version of Windows that has failed to excite (remember Vista?), but in the past the Linux has failed to capitalise on Microsoft's errors and capture new users.
October 12, 2012 @ 10:25am
The hunt for the Higgs boson, the so-called God Particle that so angered Ewan McGregor, generates an enormous amount of data. And what kind of OS do think runs the machines that wrangle this data? It's not a trick question: the answer is Linux, because it's powerful, it's open, it's hackable, extensible, scalable and lots of other things that you can read about in this issue.
October 10, 2012 @ 2:20pm
Title: Vive la France
In this episode: More jury confusion on the Apple vs. Samsung case. Blue Systems sponsors KWin. Linux kernel 3.6 is out, and 3.7 is going to be ARM-unified. You can now shutdown Gnome 3.6 and the French adore le logiciel libre. Plus, hear our discoveries, our rants and raves, and your own opinions in the Open Ballot.
October 9, 2012 @ 11:27am
As the Apple vs. Samsung dispute wages on, with both sides arguing about rounded corners and rectangles; for this week's podcast, we want to know what can Linux really take from Apple?
Is it the design aesthetic, or its uncompromising attention to detail? Or how about its dictatorial approach to development? Or the narrowness of its hardware provision? Or would you like to transplant some of that famous Cupertino idolatry into the free software ecosystem, or simply shroud each Ubuntu release within Steve Jobs' Reality Distortion Field.
Let us know your opinions, and we'll read them out in the podcast we're planning to record tomorrow (Wednesday).
October 8, 2012 @ 12:37pm
We’ve been able to convince the holders of the purse strings here at Linux Format that we really do need to replace the ever-awesome Jonathan Roberts. So here’s your chance to grab a dream job, working on something you love!
September 27, 2012 @ 4:54pm
Title: Happy Birthday GNU
In this episode: Ubuntu embeds Amazon search results into its local search. There's a massive Android vulnerability. Cinnamon 1.6 is out and Nvidia is going to open up its Tegra GPU documentation. Hear our discoveries and listen to the internet famous, Open Ballot.
September 25, 2012 @ 2:38pm
Just in time for next month’s release, Ubuntu is adding Amazon search results to the Home Lens of its Dash. Mark Shuttleworth, in his blog, has staunchly defended this decision, saying, “It makes perfect sense to integrate Amazon search results in the Dash, because the Home Lens of the Dash should let you find *anything* anywhere.”
But others disagree, with many suggesting this is just another move to monetize the distribution whilst raising some serious concerns about privacy. So, for this week’s podcast, we’re asking whether or not you think it is a good idea. And if not, what better alternatives exist for financing a distribution. All comments gratefully received, well, except for those from Anonymous Penguins.
September 13, 2012 @ 4:20pm
Title: World Exclusive
In this episode: OpenSUSE 12.2 has been released, the Raspberry Pi is now made on the UK, Michael Meeks dives into the on-going Linux desktop discussions and Alan Turing is immortalised with his own Monopoly set. Discover our discoveries and hear why our 'open ballot' is the second hit in a Google search for 'open ballot'.
September 13, 2012 @ 10:19am
They say you should never meet your heroes, but we ignore their advice and travelled to the home of Linus Torvalds to ask him about Gnome, KDE, Android, Apple, Ubuntu and Google. It was pretty cool, and you can read everything that he had to say to us in this issue.
September 11, 2012 @ 1:15pm
'Scratch your own itch' is a popular mantra for open source developers. And the principal is a good one: programmers working on software they want tend to produce good code. However, the itches of most coders are very different from the itches of most ordinary users.
The end result is that we have the best selection of text editors of any OS, yet (according to Miguel de Icaza) an audio framework that breaks so frequently it's not worth setting up.
September 7, 2012 @ 12:48pm
Turn an ordinary digital image into a convincing pop-art masterpiece.
September 3, 2012 @ 3:39pm
Ubuntu and Canonical have come a long way since their 7.04 Feisty Fawn release, which followed Microsoft’s Windows Vista. Back then, Canonical failed to capitalise on Vista’s universal rejection by its users. But it's now 2012, and things are different. Does Ubuntu 12.04 have what it takes to position itself as a more usable alternative to Windows 8? We put both operating systems in front of 18 testers to find out...
August 30, 2012 @ 4:03pm
Title: Patent orgy
In this episode: Apple vs. Samsung woes. Mageia is getting very popular. Twitter joins the Linux Foundation and Miguel de Icaza thinks OS X killed the Linux desktop. Share in the wonder of our discoveries, hear Andrew and Graham rant and rave and feel part of the team in Open Ballot.
August 28, 2012 @ 1:24pm
In a recent court case, a jury took just three days to decide that Samsung have infringed all over Apple's patents. The decision was reached so quickly that it looks like they didn't even have time to check their maths.
August 20, 2012 @ 11:49am
Best distro 2012: we put the top contenders head to head.
Complete with 2 distro packed DVDs; 15 top distros, 14 of which are bootable!
Mint takes on Ubuntu in the classic battle between father and son. OpenSUSE Tumbleweed takes on the most popular rolling distro, Arch. Gnome desktops compete for dominance when we pit Fedora against Sabayon, and we fulfill our KDE obligations by looking at both Mageia 2 and Rosa - two closely related distributions that have yet to make their mark. It’s not close to being an exact science as there will be as many opinions as there are distributions. But it will be fun. Let the games commence!
August 16, 2012 @ 1:26pm
Title: And then there were three
In this episode: Abandoned by Jon, Graham and Effy, three brave LXFers soldier on. We discuss CDE, Debian, XFCE, iCloud, the Ubuntu App Showdown and the Liberated Pixel Cup. We discover Linux Mint 13, dd, the Cask Corner, and Stella (the distro, not the beer). We Get upset about the British transport system and Ubuntu's package management, and happy about Rasbian's setup tool. And we get your views on whether Linux can corner the gaming market. Oh, and apologies for the audio quality: there were some gremlins in the recording software. Normal service will be resumed in a fortnight.
August 14, 2012 @ 12:30pm
August 2, 2012 @ 4:40pm
Title: Silver lining
In this episode: There's a problem with Nvidia's proprietary graphics drivers and it looks like Nokia might sell its interest in the Qt toolkit. There's another Linux audio framework on the horizon and we meet Linus Torvalds. Share in our discoveries, listen to fellow listeners' brains and hear your own opinions in our Open Ballot.