Issue 235 Jun 2020

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Cover Theme: What's New in systemd: Reinventing home directories

DVD Theme: Knoppix 8.6.1 and OpenMandriva Lx Plasma 4.1

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Systemd is a mystery that keeps on giving. Now a new feature of the leading Linux init system will change the way you think about user home directories. This month we take a closer look at systemd-homed.

Also inside:

  • Vagrant – cool tool for managing and provisioning virtual machines.
  • Tangram – integrate social media portals in a single convenient interface.

Then turn to MakerSpace for a look at the MetPy Python science library, and check out LinuxVoice for a tutorial on building a 2D computer game with the Lua-based LÖVE framework.

Issue 234 May 2020

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Cover Theme: Edge Computing: Get ready for the low-latency cloud

DVD Theme: Manjaro 19.02 Gnome Edition and SystemRescueCd 6.1

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The Edge is a popular buzz word in high-tech news, but what does it mean really? We introduce you to an exciting new technology that could be changing the way we think about the cloud.

Also in this issue:

  • navi -- interactive cheat sheet for easy help on shell commands
  • chromedp -- extract data from complex dynamic web pages

Check out MakerSpace for a description of the versatile CircuitPython runtime environment, and turn to LinuxVoice for studies on the FreeDOS retro OS and printing in the shell.

Issue 233 Apr 2020

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Cover Theme: Stream to Your TV: Cool Tools for Sound and Video

DVD Theme: Complete Raspberry Pi Geek Archive

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The line between computers and television blurred long ago, but the new tools and new ideas keep coming. This month we highlight some innovative apps for multimedia in Linux, including Gnome Cast for TV, and the easy-to-use Serviio media server. Also in this issue:

  • Apache Cassandra – Find out why this free NoSQL database fills an important niche for companies with lots of data.
  • Metadata in the Shell – Use Bash scripts and built-in commands to track down useful metadata.

Check out MakerSpace for a look at how to create a smart picture frame, and turn to LinuxVoice for a tour of the privacy-focused Jami messenger app.

Issue 232 Mar 2020

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Cover Theme: Stop Ads: Before They Reach Your Browser

DVD Theme: GParted and Kali Linux

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Web ads and ad scripts can slow down your system and gum up your web experience. Browser-based ad-blockers are useful for controlling many types of popups and banners, but they are less effective with ads built into applications – and they are often difficult to implement on mobile devices. This month we look at a couple of alternative tools for blocking ads at the network level: Pi-hole and Privoxy. Also in this issue:

  • Firewalld and OpenSnitch – a practical workshop on configuring firewalls for outgoing, as well as incoming, traffic.
  • Create a Personal Web Archive – Future-proof your bookmark library by downloading and archiving web pages.

Check out MakerSpace for a study of the tiny BBC micro:bit, and turn to this month's LinuxVoice for a look at how to build a unified game library with GameHub.

Issue 231 Feb 2020

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Cover Theme: Tiling

DVD Theme: MX Linux MX-19 and Zorin OS 15 Core

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Are tiling window managers still relevant for today's desktop? This month we explore the possibilities of the tiling paradigm with a modern Linux built for tiling. Other highlights include:

  • Cryptomator – a free tool for encrypting cloud data.
  • Unison – access your files from anywhere with SSH and this popular sync tool.

Check out MakerSpace for a story on building your own security camera with a Raspberry Pi and motionEyeOS, and turn to LinuxVoice for a look at the innovative Kube communication and collaboration client.

Issue 230 Jan 2020

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Cover Theme: Automation Tricks

DVD Theme: Fedora Workstation 31 and Ubuntu Desktop 19.10

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Home automation is no longer the stuff of science fiction. This month we explore some versatile tools for Linux users who are interested in IoT but don't want to surrender the freedom of open platforms and open source. Elsewhere inside:

  • PXE Boot with TinyCore -- Your old computer can live on even without a hard drive. Boot across the network with PXE.
  • Symphytum -- Create a simple and practical database for your notes, recipes, or pine cone collection.

Turn to MakerSpace for a real-world project with the Python Remote Objects Library (Pyro), and check out LinuxVoice for a look at the Gotify push notification tool.

Issue 235/2020

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