Linux Format June 2020

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.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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who we are

Jonni Bidwell I made a pointless device that alerts the household to the internet breaking by glowing an ominous red. It’s pointless because we already have devices that alert us to a loss of connectivity. They are called humans and they make, with very little latency, angry noises in this event. Nick Peers I’m taking the opportunity to finally get around to expanding my Booksonic audiobook streaming library with my wife’s massive library of audiobook CDs. I’d be shocked at their number if it wasn’t for the size of my own DVD and CD collections… Les Pounder Blackpool LUG are using, a multi-platform, open source video conferencing tool, to keep in touch. Jitsi works without any plugins or installation on Linux, Mac, Windows and mobile. With this we can all share our projects, help…

saving 32-bit

This isn’t quite the Linux Format any of us was expecting, but I guess we should feel lucky there’s a Linux Format at all, right now. I don’t want to dwell, as I expect you’re hoping for a happy FOSS-based distraction from world events, but if the magazine feels lighter than normal and you’re wondering where the DVD has gone, the Covid-19 box below explains. Distribution, transport and circulation restrictions meant we simply couldn’t continue with business as usual. Our honest hope is to return the magazine to normal as soon as possible – you know, after everyone out there is safe and back to normal, too. With the release of Ubuntu 20.04 imminent and its lack of a 32-bit build, we thought we’d look at who’s out there trying to…

lockdown raises questions over messaging security

The rapid worldwide lockdown over the Covid-19 pandemic has help push a mass movement of tele-conferencing. This hasn’t just for been for work, but also to help people socialise, run quizzes and generally start hanging out together. But as is often the way, the majority adopts the easiest solution while blithely overlooking any possible flaws. This has seen services such as Zoom come to the fore. Anyone can install it on a range of platforms and get people to join with a 10-digit link. It’s even been used to host UK cabinet meetings with the Biritsh Prime Minister. But incidents of “Zoom bombing” (entering a random 10-digit number) and research by Citizenlab.ca1 has shown that the proprietary Zoom isn’t as secure or perhaps even as private as the developer claims. A key…

tux in windows explorer

The next release of the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) will bring Tux into Windows Explorer itself! Sadly not ext4 support for Windows, but rather the ability to access files inside any running WSL. WSL was launched as part of Windows 10 Anniversary Edition in August 2016 and has seen progressive improvements ever since. WSL 2 was released in May 2019 with an entire new VM backend and lightweight Linux kernel. It’s part of an ongoing programme by Microsoft to keep developers within the Microsoft ecosystem by integrating more Linux functionality within Windows. This now extends to putting a little Tux into Windows Explorer itself! More details at…

razer laptops see the light

Some companies do insist on delivering features with awful proprietary implementations. One such example is the keyboard backlight in Razer laptops. Thankfully for any Linux-using Razer users out there, Reddit user u/UKSFM99 has developed their own kernel driver to help control the backlight under KDE and Gnome. This development is separate from the OpenRazer project, as this is specific for Razer laptops and brings additional backlight control alongside the power and fan control. So if you’re the one LXF reader who owns a Razer laptop, get over to the Git Hub and get it installed by visiting…

pinephone offers ubports edition

We’ve been reporting on the UBports project since August 2018, picking up where the official Ubuntu Touch left off. After 18 months of development UBports has a real phone you can buy (well, pre-order) and use UBports on. In conjunction with PinePhone you can now pre-order for $150 the UBports Community Edition of the PinePhone, which gives $10 back to UBports. Described as “not daily driver ready” it’ll have core features like phone, data, SMS, GPS and GPU acceleration, but perhaps not camera and USB features. But with a 720p display and Allwinner A64 SoC (1.2GHz quad-core Arm Cortex-A53) with 2GB and 16GB eMMC, it sounds like a usable device to us. More at…