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Linux Format June 2019

Linux Format is your complete guide to the world of Linux. Whether you've just discovered Linux, or you're a full-time guru, Linux Format has everything you need to make the most of your OS. The editorial formula is a mix of features, reviews and practical tutorials that tackle topics as far ranging as installing software to socket programming and network management. Thought-provoking features and interviews also provide a focus on key technologies, trends and issues in the fast-paced world of Free and Open Source software.

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United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Ltd
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13 Issues

IN THIS ISSUE

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who we are

Jonni Bidwell After 28 years of greybeards telling newbies to RTFM, it’s time for an AI to determine what the user is struggling with, but rather than helping them, direct them to a tersely worded man page that they may be enlightened. Nick Peers I’ve been struggling how to develop a strategy for the hundreds of audiobook CDs my family possesses. Some kind of simple rip and management backend – perhaps with Cozy Audiobook Player as its frontend? Les Pounder I’d love to hack flashing lights and neopixels into Linux. Type in an incorrect command and all the lights shine bright! This would be great in an office if we included sirens and annoying ringtones to alert your colleagues to your status, helping them congratulate you accordingly! Mayank Sharma I wish I could hack Linux into my…

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polishing the chrome

Using Chromebooks is a bittersweet experience; it feels as if we’re so close to using a successful Linux-based ecosystem, and yet it never comes close to feeling like a fully fledged FOSS solution. In spite (or despite?) of our misgivings about Google Chromebooks, the platform has become a hit – not just in educational circles, but businesses are also picking them up for a number of reasons. Not least their ease of maintenance, low cost, lightweight software footprint and the built-in integration with the flourishing Google ecosystem. There are bonuses to running the shared Linux heritage. It has enabled Google to expand the the Chromebook’s basic abilities to running not just Android apps (in a clever containerised system), but now fully fledged desktop Linux software too. It’s this flexibility that makes…

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ubuntu 19.04 is coming…

The beta of Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo) is now available to download from http://releases.ubuntu.com/disco, with the full release expected to follow shortly. The latest beta brings a number of new features, including Gnome 3.32, Linux Kernel 5.0 and KDEConnect. The latter enables users to receive phone notifications in Ubuntu, as well as send messages, control media playback and share files between your PC and Android phone. Perhaps the biggest change for regular users is the inclusion of Gnome 3.32, which offers a major upgrade to Ubuntu’s desktop environment. It adds fractional scaling support, which means it will look better on high resolution monitors (though this is experimental feature at the moment that only works with Wayland, and needs to be added manually). The Gnome Shell’s performance has also been improved, with…

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firefox 66 improves the web

Firefox, Mozilla’s open source web browser, has been on a bit of a winning streak recently, with a number of recent releases bringing new features to make browsing the web a more secure – and enjoyable – experience. Mozilla has just released Firefox 66, which after a brief delay due to an issue with using certain web apps such as PowerPoint Online is now rolling out to users (you can read more on this at our sister website’s report: http://bit.ly/LXFFirefox66delay). It comes with a number of features that promise to make browsing websites less annoying, especially if you frequent sites that like to autoplay sounds and bug you to enable notifications. Websites will no longer give you a scare by blasting out audio – though you can add individual sites to…

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microsoft’s visual studio code comes to linux

Microsoft’s embrace of Linux continues with the software maker bringing its free Visual Studio Code application to Linux as a Snap application. While it was made available as a standard Linux application earlier in 2019, offering it as a Snap app is a canny move in our opinion. Snaps are containerised packages that can run natively on a variety of Linux distros, which means Microsoft doesn’t need to fiddle about making sure it’s supported on each distribution – and it can be automatically updated as well. An unofficial community-created version of Visual Studio Code was released in May 2017, but if you were holding out for official support from Microsoft, you’ll want to download the new version from https://snapcraft.io/ code . There are also early ‘Insider’ builds for you to test…

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android & wayland

“It’s now possible to run Android applications in the same graphical environment as regular Wayland Linux applications with full 3D acceleration. SPURV, a new experimental containerised Android environment, enables Android application windows to be rendered alongside native Wayland applications in Linux. Running Android has some advantages compared to native Linux applications, for example with regard to the availability of apps and application developers. For current non-Android systems, SPURV enables a path forward to running Android applications in the same graphical environment as traditional non-Android applications are run. One key difference from other existing Android-Linux integrations is that SPURV offers Android applications direct access to the hardware. Having direct access to the GPU in particular enables faster graphics, but does come with security trade-offs. However, on the embedded hardware platforms targeted by SPURV,…

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