Issue #198 / May 2017

DVD: Linux Mint 18.1 MATE (32-bit Live) & AryaLinux Builder 2017 (64-bit Live)

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If you’re like many Linux users, that perfect desktop tool you really need does not always appear in your default configuration. The Linux repositories are a treasure trove of interesting and practical applications, and we highlight four in this issue: the Zim personal wiki, OnlyOffice, Getting Things Gnome, and Mozilla’s SeaMonkey Internet suite.

Also inside:

• Subgraph – a privacyconscious OS that doesn’t require an expert.

• AryaLinux – A Linux distro designed for users who want to roll their own system from source code.

You’ll find lots more in LinuxVoice, including a look at the Linux Embedded Development Environment and how it will shape the future of Linux routers.

SERVICE: Welcome

Make it Better

Sir Tim Berners-Lee has something to say about the state of the World Wide Web. What does he know about the Web? Lots, because he invented it.

SERVICE: This Month's DVD

Linux Mint 18.1 MATE (32-bit Live) and AryaLinux Builder 2017 (64-bit Live)


Updates on technologies, trends, and tools

NEWS: Kernel News

Chronicler Zack Brown reports on the latest news, views, dilemmas, and developments within the Linux kernel community.


Zim, the cross-platform desktop wiki

Organize your ideas, notes, and shopping lists with Zim, a handy tool that enshrines the principle of the wiki on your Linux, Mac OS, or Windows desktop.


Introducing the emerging office suite, OnlyOffice Desktop Editor

The OnlyOffice Desktop Editor is a free office suite built for collaboration.

COVER STORIES: Getting Things Gnome

Self-organization with Getting Things Gnome

Getting Things Gnome helps with getting things done. Users can enter outstanding tasks and assign keywords and completion dates to their task lists in the foreground.


Leaner surfing with the SeaMonkey Internet Suite

SeaMonkey is a lean and time-tested alternative for web, mail, IM, and address management that supports Firefox plugins.


Graphical desktop front ends for KVM and Qemu

If you want to care for a zoo full of exotic KVM guest systems on your desktop, you could use a little help from a graphical front end.


Endless OS – A PC for Emerging Countries

Endless OS is a Debian-based Linux for users who might not have access to the Internet.

IN-DEPTH: Subgraph OS

Subgraph OS – Adversary-resistant computing platform

Kid-tested and Snowden approved – is Subgraph, the privacy-oriented OS, now ready for humans?

IN-DEPTH: Command Line – Font Conversion

Converting font formats

Perform trouble-free font conversions from the command line with an easy-to-use script.

IN-DEPTH: Professor Knopper's Lab – Hybrid Image Mode

Hybrid image mode for Knoppix 8.0

As DVD drives disappear from modern notebook computers, Knoppix offers a hybrid image mode that works for both DVDs and flash drives.

IN-DEPTH: AryaLinux

Create your own Linux distribution

Linux systems out of the box are a dime a dozen. But if you want a customized system, you will certainly see the benefit of AryaLinux, which lets you put together an individualized system from the sources.

IN-DEPTH: Programming Snapshot – Power Outages

Mastering a power outage in the smart home

A power failure can cause the IQ of a smart home to plummet suddenly. An emergency power supply and a script on the SmartThings platform can prevent a total outage and inform the owner. The polyglot Perlmeister embarks on a foray into the territory of the Groovy scripting language in this issue.

IN-DEPTH: Charly's Column – Mosquitto Message Broker

The sys admin's daily grind – Mosquitto

Sys admin Charly does not tend toward hostilities, but he has huge problems with mosquitoes. Despite this, he does make an exception for the Mosquitto message broker.

IN-DEPTH: Ring Secure Communication

Free, secure universal communication software

In the last few years, secure text, voice, and video transmission have become major areas of free software development. One of the leaders in this field is Ring.

LINUX VOICE: Introduction


This month in Linux Voice.


The Linux Voice view on what's going on in the world of Free Software.

No matter what the zealots say, Free Software and Open Source occupy common ground.

LINUX VOICE: Contributing for Freedom

How do you charge for something that is free? Just ask!

LINUX VOICE: Doghouse – FOSS and FOH


Free hardware is a noble concept, but expenses associated with the hardware manufacturing process means your single-board system will never be quite as a free as the software that runs on it.


Discover the World of IRC

Drop Discord. Say goodbye to Slack. The real way to communicate online is IRC – here's why it still rocks.

LINUX VOICE: FAQ – Linux Embedded Development Environment


Ben Everard investigates the future of Linux-based routers.

LINUX VOICE: Core Technologies


Everyone wants to be root, because root can do anything. But in fact, its powers are now split. Learn more in this overview of capability sets.


Sparkling gems and new releases from the world of Free and Open Source Software

LINUX VOICE: Harness the Web from the Command Line

Command Line

Not only is it possible to browse the web from the CLI, it's mightily useful, too, as we demonstrate in this article.

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