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.
Also in the issue, we take a look back at the evolution of the Linux desktop, compare C, Perl and Python to see how our existing programming knowledge translates to new languages, and try out the high-performance computing benchmarking software used by the physicists at CERN and Swansea.
We report from Liverpool on the UK's OggCamp unconference, and make the hostile environment of The Outside World easier to navigate with OpenStreetMap. All this and more, coming soon to a piece of paper/digital device near you!
On the DVD: 3 bootable distros - Mint 13 KDE, Pear 5 and Bodhi 2 plus a library of Free Software reading.
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