Linux Format October 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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Future Publishing Ltd
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who we are

Neil Bothwick I‘m tempted to say Emacs, just to irritate all those with a preference for a weird text editor, but it’s probably ZShell. I do like my terminal. If you’re talking about graphical desktop software, maybe Chromium, as I love sharing all my browsing history with the world. Nick Peers It has to be BitWarden, my password manager. Once that’s in place, I’m able to log into other accounts and download other tools, whether it’s Signal for secure desktop messaging or Handbrake for ripping DVDs. Aaron Peters For Internet things, I’ll install Google Chrome straight away (yes, I’m aware of Chromium). For writing, Emacs and Pandoc come next. Finally, Git for version control. With these three programs, I can jump into work, and install others if I find I need them. Calvin Robinson On a fresh…

mo mint, mo problems

There’s no better, friendlier introduction to using Linux than Linux Mint. If you’re picking up this magazine for the first time, hello and welcome to Linux: the open, smart, friendly way to use a modern PC. Best of all, it’s all been freed for you to use – liberated, you could say – so you’re free to install it, use it and modify it however you would like to. Linux and the accompanying library of open source tools means you’re no longer locked to a single OS vendor, a single desktop or a single app store. Coded and maintained by an army of developers across the globe, this sometimes means things might not be as slick as under macOS or Microsoft Windows, but we think that’s more a strength of the…

ibm makes its power isa open source

IBM’s Power CPUs have been powering systems since the 1980s, and the company has now made the Power ISA (Instruction Set Architecture) open source in a bid to make the chips more widely used. The move will enable hardware manufacturers to build their own processors based on IBM Power CPUs, like the Power9, without having to pay royalties. The move will, according to IBM, make the company the “only processor vendor and POWER the only architecture with a completely open system stack, from the foundation of the hardware through the software stack.” The move is a welcome one, and certainly makes a lot of sense, with the increasing popularity of the open-source RISC-V ISA. RISCV’s success has also lead to its competitor Arm being encouraged to open up its licensing –…

microsoft officially brings the exfat file system to linux

Microsoft’s embrace of Linux continues, with the company announcing that it is helping to bring support for its exFAT file system to the Linux kernel. According to John Gossman, Microsoft Distinguished Engineer & Linux Foundation Board Member, the move will enable Linux users to easily use devices formatted in the exFAT files system with their PCs. Of course, some people may be thinking “I’ve been using exFAT devices with Linux for years,” and back in 2013 Samsung did indeed release a Linux FUSE driver for exFAT under the GPL licence. However, this is the first time Microsoft has officially supported the file system’s use in Linux, and it should hopefully make using exFAT-formatted devices with Linux much more stable. According to Gossman, Microsoft will also “support the eventual inclusion of a Linux…

godot and vulkan play nice

There’s been a spate of good news concerning Godot, the open-source game engine that allows anyone to create their own games without having to pay for expensive tools or licensing. First of all, a new progress report on the state of Vulkan support ( vulkanprogress-report-2) in Godot explains in detail how things are improving. For example, 2D lighting is now done in a single pass, for better performance. Custom shader support for 2D materials with the new Vulkan renderer has also been implemented, and the results so far are impressive. Not only do the graphics look great, but performance has again been improved – there’s now no sign of pausing or stalling in a game when compiling a shader (which happened in previous versions of Godot) thanks to shaders now being…

bye for now

“Right, that’s it. I’m leaving. But don’t worry, it’s only for a couple of months. After 70 issues and several hundred thousand words of hard Linuxing, I’m taking a short break to ponder life’s great mysteries: Why is middle-click pasting broken in KDE? Why does my monitor not wake from suspend 10 per cent of the time? What exactly does Brexit mean? Besides that I’ve got several little Pi projects to be resurrecting and hacking on with, and it’ll be nice to be doing this as a hobby and not a duty. Just keeping up with Linux developments is pretty much a full-time job. Even in five years things have changed a lot; the phrase “year of Linux on the desktop” has shifted from the dream category to the meme category,…