Open Ballot: What does Gnome have to do to win back users and developers?

Podcast

A few months back, we asked whether or not KDE had become a third class citizen on desktop Linux, but maybe we got the question wrong.

A recent post on Planet Gnome revealed to the world that not all is well in the land of gnomes. Gnome and GTK, according to the post, are understaffed, with some key developers having left the project, Gnome has no real goals left, and perhaps most importantly, Gnome is losing mind and market share: distributions like Mint and Ubuntu are dropping Gnome and many important applications aren't planning to port to GTK 3.

While the discussion in the comments reveals that not all of the author's arguments stand up to criticism, there's truth in much of what is said. We want you to tell us, and the developers of Gnome, what do they need to do in order to win back users and developers?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments, and we'll read out the best in our internet famous open ballot.

Using a VPN

Sysadmin

A common complaint for Linux users goes along the lines of: “I want to make service XYZ available over the internet but only to authorised users. How do I do this securely?” where XYZ could be VNC, NFS, Samba or a local web server. The solution to this problem depends on the exact service you want to forward and what methods it has for authentication and security. Some are better than others, but it still means potentially having to take care of several services and making sure all are secure.

Linux Format 161 On Sale Yesterday - Upgrade Your PC Today!

LXF

Upgrade today: take the fear out of buying new hardware.

We've been benchmarking, testing and generally doing time-consuming things for this issue, sifting through piles of SSD's graphics cards and other bits and bobs to find what works best with Linux. To be honest, it's been a massive pain in the behind, which is a good thing: we've taken one for the team, so when you come to upgrade your Linux machine you'll be able to stand on our shoulders and things will Just Work.

Podcast Season 4 Episode 13

Podcast
Title: Uncle Effy

In this episode: Steam'd Penguins. New hope for MeeGo. Buy loads of Raspberry Pis. Redphone is now open source. Project Sputnik has entered beta. Ouya open source console breaks Kickstarter records. Hear our on topic discoveries, your own opinions in the Open Ballot and some ranting and raving.

Open Ballot: What's your ideal distribution look like?

Podcast

Package managers, desktops, installers, multimedia codecs, proprietary driver support, start up and shutdown, and release models. All these things, and many more, separate the different distributions from one another. In this week's open ballot, we want to know if you were king for a day, what combination of components would you pluck out of which distributions to recombine into your perfect operating system?

Tell us what you think in the comments, and as ever, we'll discuss a selection in this week's podcast.

Build your own CCTV system with Zoneminder

Security

The three main reasons for surveillance are security, safety and nosiness. Whether you need a visual check on a sleeping baby, or a video of a stranger putting your cat in a wheelie bin, Zoneminder fits the bill. Zoneminder is a sophisticated camera manager, including support for multiple image sources, motion detection, email alerts, and X10 automation. It supports most V4L (Video for Linux) devices, and can control network IP cameras. The web interface makes it ideal for use on our headless server.

In the following tutorial, we will take you through the process required to build a headless surveillance server which can manage image feeds, upload images to another PC, and is accessible from the internet, even using a mobile phone.

PHP Coding Academy: Build an online calendar

Code

In the last tutorial, we covered the basics of PHP, including how the language was created and subsequently grew. We were also introduced to various parts of the language, such as variables, strings, integers and PHP’s internal date() function. In this tutorial, we’ll expand on those parts, but we’ll also introduce the concept of arrays and functions to make a fully working calendar.

Podcast Season 4 Episode 12

Podcast

Title: Higgs Boson

In this episode: The Higgs Boson has been discovered-ish. An extra nano second has wreaked havoc on Linux servers. Diablo III runs on Wine. Ubuntu drops Grub 2 over secure boot worries, and your comments from the last podcast are internet famous. Hear our better-than-average discoveries and your own opinions, in their original format, in our Open Ballot.

Complete Set of LXF Back Issues For Sale

LXF
We just came across a post on our forums, where vcoen is selling his complete set of Linux Format back issues. If anyone is interested or looking for missing issues to add to your collection, take a look.

Open Ballot: Is Linux Marxist or capitalist?

Podcast

Following on from our last podcast's unexpectedly political comments section, in which argument's were put forward from both ends of the political spectrum, we want to know if it's politics that motivates you to use Linux.

Are you inspired by Linus' claims that it's selfishness that motivates development, and probably encourages most users too - free software is free, after all; or is it the community ethic, the idea of everyone working together to create something better, that attracts you to free software?

Let us know in the comments section, and we'll read out a selection on this week's internet famous (no, really) open ballot.

LPI: Learn Linux and get certified. Part 8 Links and Permissions

Linux

We’ve come to the final part of this series, and it has been great to read your feedback. We’re really glad you’ve found it useful! Whether you’re an intermediate Linux user looking to find employment with your newfound skills, or you’re a home desktop dabbler who merely wanted to learn more about your operating system, we wish you good luck.

Podcast Season 4 Episode 11

Podcast

Title: Shineness

In this episode: Linus doesn't like Nvidia. The Unity 4 games engine is coming to Linux. There's an Ubuntu app developer contest and Microsoft unveils surface computers and Windows phone 8. Hear our discoveries then your own opinions in the Speak your Brains section. And our Open Ballot is now the 4th result in Google when you search for 'open ballot'.

New Wallpaper

Red Hat

We all thought Effy did a great job with the latest cover, so we asked him to turn it in to a wallpaper to share with all of you. We've added it to our Linux Format wallpaper page, but it's included on this post as well.

Linux Format 160 On Sale Today - How to make a billion dollars the Red Hat way

LXF


How to make a billion dollars the Red Hat way. Yes, a billion dollars!

While other tech companies have been making headlines, Red Hat has been making money, and it has done so by selling a product that anyone can get for free: Linux. Is this a con trick? Alchemy? No: it turns out that hard work, expertise and giving the customers what they want is still a good way to do business. We spoke to the Red Hat chaps to find out more.

Podcast Delays

Podcast

Bad news all, we're having to delay the podcast for 24 hours.

While normal service will hopefully be resumed tomorrow, in the meantime you might want to check out our archive. If you fancy peeking in to what now seems like an alternate reality, check out season 1, episode 1 where we heard how Torvalds had switched to Gnome, or check out season 2, episode 5 to discover how quickly we seemed to fail at You Dare Us. There's lots of fun to be had.

OSCON Discounts For You

Open Source

It's the summer, which can only mean OSCON, O'Reilly's annual open source conference, is only a month or so away. If you happen to be near Portland, Oregon, from July 16 - 20, and want to go along and see 200+ speakers and meet 3000 hackers and geeks just like you, you should definitely consider dropping by.

You’ll find practical tutorials, inspirational keynotes, and a wealth of information on open source languages, platforms, and development. Plus, OSCON offers fabulous networking events, the best “hallway track” around, and an Expo Hall that’s both entertaining and worthwhile. OSCON is where the serious thinkers and doers—and their favorite technologies—converge. And when the day’s sessions are over, join people just like you for some serious fun.

Register now and save 20% with code TUXR

LPI: Learn Linux and get certified. Part 7: Processes and Filesystems

Linux

We’re coming towards the end of our LPI series of tutorials, with the final instalment due next month, so it’s time to look at a few advanced topics that you might come across on your system administrator travels. We’re going to kick off with a look at processes, and how you can manipulate them to your liking. There’s nothing worse than an errant process deleting important files and leaving you feeling helpless, so we’re going to look at

See Richard Stallman at De Montfort University this weekend (23 June)

GNU

Richard Stallman, founder of the GNU project and the Free Software Foundation, will be gracing fair Albion's shores to give a free lecture at Leicester's De Montfort University this Saturday (23 June).

The lecture will be held at 1.30pm in the Hawthorn Building right in the middle of town and will last for about two and a half hours, so you should be able to get back home in good time to see England getting thrashed by Spain in the Euros. Car parking is available in the DMU main car park.

Open Ballot: Is the command line a crusty old relic?

Podcast

We've slowly been posting our series of LPI tutorials to level up our readers (if you haven't seen them and want to catch up, we've created a handy index). The most recent part covered advanced command line techniques and opened with the following comment:

"...the command line isn’t a crusty, old-fashioned way to interact with a computer, made obsolete by GUIs, but rather a fantastically flexible and powerful way to perform tasks..."

In response, MSP suggested that there were a few errors in the post and said they could be corrected with the following snippet:

"...the command line is a crusty, old-fashioned way to interact with a computer, made obsolete by GUIs, but a small hardcore of people who refuse to move on still use it..."

For this week's open ballot, we want to know, who do you agree with: us (well, Mike!) or MSP? Let us know your thoughts in the comments and we'll discuss them in this week's podcast.

LPI: Learn Linux and get certified. Part 6: Advanced Command Line

Linux

As we discovered last issue, the command line isn’t a crusty, old-fashioned way to interact with a computer, made obsolete by GUIs, but rather a fantastically flexible and powerful way to perform tasks in seconds that would otherwise take hundreds of mouse clicks. Additionally, you can’t always rely on the X Window System functioning properly – in which case knowledge of the command line is essential – and if you’re running Linux as a server OS, you don’t want a hulking great GUI sitting on the hard drive anyway.

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