Reviewed: Gnome 2.28


The Gnome project's latest release, comes just in time to be bolted on to Karmic Koala. But with KDE making big strides forward with each point release of KDE 4, are the Gnome team doing enough to keep up? Only just... read on to find out more!

SCO fires CEO McBride, still loves litigation


Ah, SCO vs the world. It seems like it has been going on forever, but occasionally a bit of good news crops up. Everyone's favourite Unix company has decided to "terminate" Darl McBride, its outspoken CEO and key figure in the ligitation dramas. While this move will allow the company to "preserve cash and the value of the business", SCO still expects to "raise additional funding and sell non-core assets to bolster working capital". In other words, it needs to flog off some of its products (UnixWare?) to make sure the piggy bank still rattles when shaken.

Podcast Season 1 Episode 19


Title: A Hero's Welcome

In this episode: Linux is reported to be safer for online banking and international stock exchanges than Microsoft Windows, we reveal our personal geek heroes and our Open Ballot asks whether we should embrace Microsoft's open source work.

Open Ballot: Should we embrace Microsoft's open source work?


Want to contribute your views to our podcast? Sure you do, and here's your chance to have a say: do you think we should embrace Microsoft's new-found open source policies, or should we keep them at arm's length? Recently Microsoft has announced the CodePlex Foundation for supporting its own open source code, it has contributed code to the Linux kernel, it has announced that .NET is available under its community promise, and much more. Should we be afraid, or should be happy to take support and code from anywhere as long as it's open?

Our usual Open Ballot rules apply: please state either "yes" or "no" backed up by some sort of cogent reasoning, and give yourself a name that's a bit more original than Anonymous Penguin otherwise we're quite likely - no, very likely - to ignore your intellectual meanderings.

NB: our podcast will be coming out on Thursday this week rather than Wednesday. Can you hold out that long? Can you?

Debian gives FreeBSD some love


Netcraft hasn't confirmed it, but the upcoming release of Debian, codenamed Squeeze, will be available in a juicy new FreeBSD flavour alongside the regular Linux version. Well, Debian GNU/kFreeBSD has been around for a while, but now it will be an official part of the distro, combining the titanium-strength FreeBSD kernel with the GNU C library and userland utilities that we all know and love.

Interview: OpenSUSE's Joe Brockmeier


Previously at the OpenSUSE Conference we chatted with Program Manager Andreas Jaeger. Later on we caught up with Joe "Zonker" Brockmeier, the distro's Community Manager. Read on for his thoughts on the KDE-as-default-desktop choice, lessons we can learn from Apple's iPhone App Store, and why Linux is like The Ramones...

Podcast Season 1 Episode 18


Title: Linux Convicts

In this episode: We talk about the recent Linux conferences we've attended, the final versions of both Moblin 2.0 and Gnome 2.28 and discuss whether Linux is bloated. Our Open Ballot asks 'Are distro release cycles too short?' and Andrew finds a surprisingly practical 'Discovery of the Fortnight'.

Make a Python game in minutes with Gloss


When Hudzilla isn't busy working on his free Mono tutorials using C#, he likes to hack on one of his pet Python projects: Gloss. It's hosted right here on TuxRadar and you may already have given it a try. If not, he wrote a short tutorial for PC Plus magazine a few months ago, and took the time to repurpose it for the web.

So, if you fancy learning the fastest way to create Python games, read on as Hudzilla talks you through an example Gloss project...

Open Ballot: Are distro release cycles too short?


Back by popular demand, it's our Open Ballot. This is an opportunity to air your views on the important Linux issues of the day, which we'll be chewing over in our regular podcast. We'll read out the most incisive/witty/flamebaity responses on the show, so get posting!

The question is: with many distros adopting a six-monthly release cycle, is this a good or bad thing? Should we be looking at longer development phases so that there are bigger changes between releases, and users don't have to upgrade so often? Or perhaps you think six months is not rapid enough – maybe you'd rather have three months, or abandon releases altogether and just have rolling upgrades. Let us know what you think!

Learn Qt programming with our free tutorials


We've put up three tutorials using Qt, and we think you should try them. Why? Because they use Nokia's awesome new Qt Creator tool for quick design. Because Qt is easy to learn, cross-platform, super fast and lots of fun. Because each of those tutorials is a complete, finished project that does something useful and is easily extended to fit your needs. But most of all because coding is fun and everyone should give it a try at least once!

Rather than make you dig through Google to find our Qt tutorials, we figured we'd list them here for easy access. And if you have any suggestions for more Qt project tutorials, drop us a comment below and we'll see what can be arranged.

  • Create a media player Looking for a tutorial about Qt and Phonon? You've found it: this teaches you how to build a simple media player with less than half an hour's work.
  • Create an ffmpeg front-end Learn how to execute command-line programs through Qt by building a front-end for ffmpeg that makes it easy to encode videos for the iPhone, the PSP or the GP2X.
  • Create an RSS reader Get your news delivered straight to your desktop with this tutorial on Qt, XML and RSS - it really couldn't be much easier.

If you've whizzed through all those and want more programming projects to tackle, make sure you check out our coding project archive - it's full of tutorials for Python, C++, C# and more, all for free!

Gnome 2.28 released


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.

Code Project: create a Qt RSS reader


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...

LinuxCon Roundtable in Torvalds Quotes


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.

7 cool Linux projects


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!

From the archives: the best text editors of 2000


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...

Hudzilla Coding Academy: Project Eight

Interview: OpenSUSE's Andreas Jaeger


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.

Live from the OpenSUSE Conference 2009


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.

Podcast Season 1 Episode 17


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.

Code project: create a Python Twitter bot


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

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