Qt Creator

Apps

Reviewed: Linux isn't short of a few integrated development environments, but if your chosen development arena happens to be Qt, and/or KDE, the only viable option for the last eleven years has been KDevelop. KDevelop is a powerful application that supports many more languages than just C++, but the bewildering array of icons, panels, tabs, menus and windows are likely to scare beginners back to Blitz Basic.

There's a new version of KDevelop on the horizon, but Nokia has beaten them to the punch with Qt Creator, which comes included in the latest release of Qt 4.5 - that's the one with the LGPL licence.

xPUD, the ultra-fast booting Linux flavour

Distros

Weighing in at a mere 48MB, xPUD boots up before you can even decide how to pronounce it. This mini distro is built upon Mozilla's XUL and Gecko engines, with an interface called 'Plate' which includes a web browser, media player, BitTorrent client and other tools. There's not a great deal of information on the website just yet, but read on for a video of its über-rapid bootup.

Microsoft: "Windows on 96% of netbooks"

Hardware

Here's a nice stat. According to the Microsoft Windows Team Blog, Windows market share in the blossoming netbook market has reached a whopping 96% as of February this year. "Not only are people overwhelmingly buying Windows, but those that try Linux are often returning it", says the blog, claiming that "customer confusion" has led the Carphone Warehouse, a major UK mobile phone (and now netbook) retailer, to drop Linux.

Mandriva 2009.1 RC 2 released

Distros

Can you hear that noise? It's the sound of a brand new distro coming over the hills. Mandriva 2009.1 (aka 'Spring') is almost here, and the second release candidate is available for testers to iron out any last-minute crinkles. It's available in full-whack DVD incarnations or diet-friendly Live CD versions. Summary of changes since 2009.0 after the break.

Guake 0.4.0 is here

Apps

If you find yourself frequently launching terminal windows to Get Stuff Done, you should by now have discovered Guake - a drop-down, always-on terminal for Gnome (screenshots).

We usually set F12 to display/hide the terminal, which means multi-tabbed command-line power is only a keypress away. What's more, a new version has just been announced, so download Guake 0.4.0 today!

PS: KDE users - has YaKuake been replaced by something else now?

How's our driving?

TuxRadar

We've posted up a lot of content in our first two months, and we think it's about time to take stock of where we are, what you guys liked and didn't like, and what articles you think we need more of.

Remember, most of TuxRadar.com is taken from Linux Format magazine, which means there's about 100 pages of new Linux reviews, features and tutorials every four weeks, plus a huge back catalog of articles we can draw upon - only a small part of this makes it onto TuxRadar.

So, if you could take the time to post a comment below on any or all of the following questions, it would be really helpful - thanks!

Nexuiz 2.5 pumps up Linux gaming

Games

If anyone tells you that Linux gaming is all about Nethack, show them Nexuiz. This ace-looking first person shooter has just been updated to version 2.5, with a whopping 3,000 changes to the code, graphics and sounds since 2.4. We've long been fans of Unreal Tournament here at TuxRadar HQ -- so we'll certainly be putting this through its paces. Our hardcore gamer chums over at Phoronix are highly impressed: "We have been trying out this release since it was announced today, and to say the least, Nexuiz 2.5 is stunning. This is really the best open-source first person shooter we have ever played." Summary of the biggest changes follows.

Master the Linux command line

LXF

In depth: The Linux platform is becoming a stronger desktop solution day by day, and part of the reason for this is the commitment by distribution authors to provide an exclusively graphical user interface, from installation to upgrade. We shouldn't forget, though, that the command line interface still exists. It may not be as pretty as a GUI but this alternative interface has flexibility, and there are many cases where it can save you a lot of time.

If you've already worked your way through our Command-line Phrasebook and had a go at our Exploring filters and pipes tutorial, then you're more than ready to move on to greater things. Read on!

Portable Ubuntu: Linux on Windows for the masses?

Ubuntu

Live distros have done a fantastic job of getting timid Windows users to try Linux. No installation, no faffing around with hard drive partitions and bootloaders -- just pop in the CD/DVD and go. But one of the downsides is performance, with optical-based Linux not running as swiftly as its hard drive-installed counterpart. Well, Portable Ubuntu is here to save the day using a crafty combo of free software technology.

Get started with GnuPG

Apps

In depth: Thanks to software like GNU Privacy Guard (GnuPG or even just GPG), the kind of encryption that was used only by top secret government departments is now open to all. In many ways GnuPG is more than just a free software implementation of Phil Zimmermann's notorious Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) software, and a lot more than just another piece of cryptographic software.

With GnuPG you can check the integrity of an email message, authenticate the sender and keep its contents safe from prying eyes without going near a patented encryption algorithm.

Your mission, should you choose to accept, is to liberate your files and communications from the tyranny of snoopers. For further instructions, calmly place this tutorial in your suitcase, put on the goggles and the hat, and make sure no one's following you as you exit the GUI lounge and make your way to the keyboard.

TuxRadar Originals

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If you've been too busy to visit the site every day, relax - here's our pick of unmissable features from recent days.

  1. Managing your log files
  2. How to set up a web server with Apache
  3. Detox your Linux box!
  4. Free software on Windows and Mac
  5. Code Project: Build a simple mouse game with Python
  6. Diagnose and fix network problems yourself
  7. Find files the easy way
  8. Exploring filters and pipes

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LaTeX made easy

Apps

OpenOffice.org and other word processors do a perfectly decent job for basic text, but sometimes you want better typesetting than that. LaTeX (pronounced "lay-tech" and commonly written Latex much to the annoyance of geek pedants) may look formidable, but once you get into the swing of it, it's remarkably straightforward, and manages to give you excellent control over how your deathless prose appears on the page without undue fuss.

This article will cover the basics, but you can do more or less anything else you have a mind to - although it's easy to leave Latex to do the heavy lifting for you, there's also scope to control your formatting more closely if you prefer. If you've already read MythTV made easy, LTSP made easy and Nagios made easy, read on to see what you can do with Latex...

Ubuntu Format magazine: on sale now!

LXF

While visiting Mark Shuttleworth to record our podcast with him, Mark agreed to give his backing to an idea we've been experimenting with for some time. So it's with great excitement that we can now announce the launch of Ubuntu Format magazine: your #1 resource for Ubuntu news, reviews and tutorials.

Ubuntu to rewrite Linux kernel using Mono

TuxRadar

Mark Shuttleworth, the Benevolent Dictator for Life of the popular Ubuntu Linux distro, has announced his plans to rewrite all of Gnome, X11 and the Linux kernel using the Mono platform.

Podcast Season 1 Episode 5

Podcast
Title: Space Shuttle

Guest presenter: Mark Shuttleworth

In this episode: We celebrate the release of Gnome 2.26 and talk about the Chromium browser. Could the Linux community have done more to capitalise on the weak take-up of Windows Vista, and how can we prepare ourselves for Windows 7? And is it a good thing to have two competing desktop environments?

Exploring filters and pipes

Command line

When many newbies first encounter Linux, the 'cool stuff' that often gets their attention is the incredible array of command line tools, and something called a pipe that allowed you to connect them together. Together, these provide an incredibly powerful component-based architecture designed to process streams of text-based data.

If you've never dabbled with filters and pipes before, or perhaps you've just been too scared, we want to help you out, so read on to learn how you can make powerful Linux commands just by stringing smaller bits together...

Free books!

TuxRadar

While we're busy working on each issue of Linux Format magazine, we get sent a huge number of books to read and review in the magazine. But once we're finished with them, where do they all go? The answer is: into a huge pile. And now a small part of that huge pile can be yours, because we're giving away free books to people who ask for them.

How PAM works

Security

PAM (Pluggable Authentication Modules) is one of those dark corners of Linux where most users don't venture - in fact, I'd be willing to bet that the majority of Linux users don't even know what it is. And yet, PAM is at the heart of every single thing in Linux to do with authentication.

Take our guided tour of PAM, join our science lab and perform our experiments (no bunsen burner necessary!) and see how PAM gives you fine-grain control over your security policy.

Group test: getting things done apps

Apps

Turning to time management software to organise your life is fine, just as long as it doesn't become another obstacle to actually Getting Things Done. David Allen's decision to give his time management method the acronym GTD is a good omen, then.

Another is that GTD has more cultists than GNU Emacs. The common faith goes like so: dump everything you must do out of your head and into a trusted system based on next actions, regular reviews and a 'tickler', which remembers everything and magically shows what you have to do next. That way you'll be much more productive.

Nagios made easy

Apps

In depth: What's the best way to monitor multiple Linux servers for configuration errors, high load or other problems? The answer is Nagios, which is a fantastic (and free!) networking monitoring system that lets you track multiple servers (HTTP, SMTP, SSH and more) across multiple machines, all backed by a neat user interface.

Nagios gives you an unbeatable overview of all your machines, meaning that you can fix upcoming problems before they turn critical and be certain that you're not missing anything about your network. The basic structure of Nagios is pretty simple: you set up one machine as your Nagios server, and it gathers information on the client machines you point it at, then displays it in a neat web page format. Read on to learn how to get started with Nagios on your own network!

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