September 24, 2009 @ 9:50am
Yes, a brand-spanking-new version of the Gnome desktop is now available for your downloading and compiling leisure (although for most of us, it's easier to wait for the next round of distro upgrades). Various new user-facing features have been rolled into the codebase, but also of interest is the stuff that's removed. As part of the progress towards Gnome 3.0, the developers have ripped out crusty old code - there are no longer any applications that depend on esound, libgnomevfs, libgnomeprint, or libgnomeprintui. Hurrah for that. You can see the full release notes here, or read on for a quick summary of the changes.
September 23, 2009 @ 10:53am
We're going to build a complete application that wouldn't take too much additional work to qualify for re-distribution as a bona fide open source application. It's an RSS reader which allows you to add your own feeds, lists the stories on that feed and then lets you read those stories within a browser window attached to the main application.
If you already tried our previous two Qt code projects - Create an ffmpeg front end and Create a media player - and are looking for more Qt fun, read on...
September 22, 2009 @ 4:15am
Taking a break from having fun with the 7 cool Linux projects every geek should try, we're attending LinuxCon. So far, the highlight was undoubtedly the Roundtable session held earlier this afternoon. The panel consisted of Greg Kroah-Hartmann, Ted Ts'o, Linus Torvalds, Chris Wright and Jonathan Corbet and it was ably hosted by James Bottomley. It was funny, informative and convivial. But it was Linus that everyone wanted to hear, and despite a reticence for public appearances, he actually had a lot to say. Here’s our pick of his quotes.
September 21, 2009 @ 4:40pm
As autumn begins, the nights start drawing in and you're no doubt itching for new things to do with your Linux box. Well, we asked our projects expert to rustle up 7 great things you can do on your penguin-powered machine - host a photo album, make sweet music, create stop-frame animations and more. Read on to get cracking!
September 21, 2009 @ 10:24am
War. In our world, people get into conflicts about all sorts of matters, from religion and belief through to money and oil. And, in the Linux world, tensions can build up and overspill into flame wars on many subjects too. The most popular of these is text editors - yes, the KDE vs GNOME and GPL vs BSD arguments rage on, but the infamous combat between Emacs and Vi predates
most arguments you'll see, and is just as heated today.
Nine years ago, Linux Format magazine printed a group test of the best text editors. We sent a red-shirted colleague down - deep below LXF Towers, way under the execute gym complex, far beneath Nick Veitch's cave, and down on into the archives - where we dug up that group test just for you. So, if you've already read the best distros of 2000 and the best window managers of 2000, read on for more historical Linux goodness...
September 19, 2009 @ 9:32pm
September 17, 2009 @ 2:29pm
With the OpenSUSE Conference in full swing, we caught up with Andreas Jaeger, Program Manager for the distro. Read on for his opinions on the new eight month release process, the controversial KDE-as-default decision, and
how distros can work better together.
September 17, 2009 @ 10:18am
Yes, we're here in the lovely city of Nuremberg and Novell's OpenSUSE Conference has just kicked off. Much laughs were had during the keynote speech: laptops were booting up left, right and centre, and then... the Windows startup tones blurted out somewhere in the crowd. We didn't spot the offender, although perhaps it was some canny trolling.
September 16, 2009 @ 11:52am
Title: Escape from Targ
In this episode: The first Linux botnet has been detected, version 2.6.31 of the Linux kernel has been released and the Haiku project announces the availability of Alpha 1 of its BeOS-like operating system. We discuss Novell's expensive foray into iPhone development, with its MonoTouch SDK, and we ask whether we should focus on other Unixes alongside Linux.
September 16, 2009 @ 11:11am
Once upon a time, there was a person who decided that people needed more distractions in their lives, so he created Twitter. This may not be exactly how they tell the story at Twitter HQ, but that's probably because it would create a less than glamorous image (oh, and it's also wildly inaccurate). After all, Twitter is pretty much constantly in the news. If you want to catch up with where in the world Stephen Fry is now, what everybody in North America had for lunch or precisely how smugly great Jonathan Ross thinks he is today, there's really only one place to turn.
Amazingly, Twitter can be put to useful things as well. As it happens, Twitter's application programming interface (API) is particularly convoluted - it seems to have evolved by using many different ways of doing various things. That needn't worry us, though, because there are plenty of API wrappers for Python. The one that's most suited for us is the standard Python-Twitter, which is available through most repositories and also at http://code.google.com/p/python-twitter.
September 14, 2009 @ 5:10pm
So you've been playing around with alternative OSes for a while and you reckon you've got this Linux thing mastered. Maybe you're tried Mac OS X and found it a bit too restrictive (or expensive); perhaps you've kicked the Hurd's tyres and thought you'll come back to it when it's something more than just a clever name.
If you're looking for something else to play with, we humbly suggest OpenSolaris. Like Mac OS X, which we looked at recently, OpenSolaris is based on Unix; also like OS X, it's best known for running on a specific processor (in this case Sun's SPARC architecture) but now works on a range of architectures including x86. Unlike OS X though, OpenSolaris is open source, so you can download it for free and start fiddling with it.
We're not interested in a direct, head-to-head comparison, because for many people it's largely a matter of taste which one they choose. But we do want to help people see what makes OpenSolaris a little different from Linux, so read on for our quick-start guide for Linux users wanting to dip their toe into OpenSolaris and see which they prefer...
September 10, 2009 @ 12:56pm
Ah, Usenet newsgroups... Online communication and file sharing for the masses, still equal today to what it was before the advent of blogs, instant messaging and P2P networks: a fascinating universe with its own culture, from emoticons to killfiles and Godwin's law.
But with such a wide range of newsreader software for Linux, it's not easy to find the right one for you. In this group test we present six news clients - aka NNTP client amongst the truly hard-core - chosen according to two simple criteria. The programs must be developed mainly, if not exclusively, to deal with Usenet Newsgroups, and the application must be in active development, in order for it to run happily on a modern distro. Read on to find out our picks of the best newsgroup readers for Linux...
September 10, 2009 @ 11:29am
There aren't many Linux conferences worth going to, but the Linux Foundation is seeking to change that with the first annual LinuxCon due to take place in Portland, Oregon later this month. We'll be there, natch, and we think you should attend too. If you're not already going, read on to find out why we think it's going to be a great event...
September 8, 2009 @ 10:30am
The author of debtree, a program that illustrates dependencies between .deb packages, has posted a brief rant about the size of Gnome desktop installations in recent Debian releases. Specifically, he notes that a default Gnome install in Etch (4.0) was 1,360MB - but in the upcoming 6.0 release it'll be over 3,000MB.
September 3, 2009 @ 11:42am
While Linux is rock-solid reliable in day-to-day usage, when you start poking around at the command line (especially as root) then things can get a bit hairy. Equally, if you're living life on the razor's edge, installing new kernels and boot scripts every other day, there's a chance you can make your system unbootable. However, Live CDs come to the rescue: PC Plus shows you how to fix drive problems using Linux, whether you need to restore the bootloader, fix the partition table or back up your data.
September 2, 2009 @ 1:07pm
Title: The Shrieking Sister
In this episode: Nokia announces a new Linux handset, Sony drops Linux support from its new Playstation 3 console and Google creates a 64-bit version of its Chrome browser. Listen to the results of our two weeks with text-mode challenge and we ask whether we should be more zealous when promoting Linux and open source.
September 2, 2009 @ 12:04pm
At first glance Incognito may seem suited only for the extremely paranoid, because of the totality of tools it offers to hide your online presence. But those tools, each designed to mask a certain aspect of your online activity, have been around for quite a while. This 430MB-ish live CD has many faithful users, but I can't quote any on its usefulness since their identities couldn't be confirmed. Yes, Incognito is that good.
If you're looking for the ultimate way to encrypt absolutely all your internet communications and be untraceable on the internet, you're looking for Incognito. Find out how to get started by reading on...
August 27, 2009 @ 11:17am
It's been a busy few months here at TuxRadar HQ, largely because it's summer so we spend our time playing cards and drinking cider.
If you too have spent far too much time away from your computer and thus have missed out on the great stuff we've put online in the last few weeks, this is your chance to catch up: here's our pick of unmissable features from recent weeks.
If you've made it through that entire list and are still thirsty for more Free Software goodness, then we challenge you to read our article "100 Open Source Gems" (part two is here) and install as many apps as you can.
Of course, there's much more still to come - you should follow us on Identica or Twitter to make sure you don't miss a thing.
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August 26, 2009 @ 12:28pm
There's nothing wrong with the command-line. For many of us, it's one of the best reasons for using Linux. You can accomplish almost anything by typing things out, and command-line tools will often provide an unprecedented degree of control over how they can be run. But the command-line isn't for everyone, and there there's a surprising number of Linux users who find it unfathomable and intimidating, perhaps even a reason to avoid the Linux completely. And while it's true that you no longer have to use the command-line if you don't want to, it still means that you're missing out on some great utilities.
And this is where Qt can save the day. It's the perfect tool for creating a warm and fuzzy GUI around your favourite command-line tools. It doesn't require any ace programming skills, and only a little bit of effort, but in the process you can help your command loathing friends and make your own contribution to open source application development. Creating GUIs for command line tools is one of the best ways of getting started!
If you already finished our previous Qt Creator code project, how to create your own media player, you're more than ready to tackle this...
August 25, 2009 @ 12:02pm
We've reviewed Scribus a number of times in the past and even included a feature made using the tool in one of the back issues of Linux Format magazine. However, each revisit tends to throw up the same old problems: Scribus's lack of reliability and poor interface. Thankfully, after two years of solid development, these woes have been banished. Well, mostly - read on to find out what's changed...