Linux Format November 2018

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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who we are

Jonni Bidwell I had some bad habits when I was a student, one of which was computational group theory. They locked the lab at night, which is when I do my best (ahem, overdue – Ed) work, so I learned about SSH and forwarding X traffic and, eventually, installed Gentoo. The rest, as they say, is a rewarding role on a leading magazine for Linux enthusiasts! John Lane I’d been honing my unix-fu on an early Slackware for my day-job coding X/Motif front ends when I first saw Windows 95 and its increasingly familiar blue screen of death. I knew the world had changed enough for me to go out and buy a Linux CD set. I still have it somewhere… Nick Peers It was the perfect storm: more usable virtualisation software meant I didn’t…

hello world

I say it every year (probably) that there’s never been a better time to get into Linux. It’s never been easier to use, there have never been so many features, it’s never been so smooth to install, it’s never been so much fun – and you hold in your hands the best guide to getting Linux up and running on your PC. For the 2018 Escape Windows guide we’re going with Linux Mint 19. Any Windows user is going to feel right at home with this version of Linux thanks to its classic Cinnamon desktop: it is so fast, so straightforward, so easy to update and offers so many features from its Software Centre. So go dive in on page 34 now! For those new to Linux we show you how you…

linus torvalds takes a break from linux

Linus Torvalds has announced he’s taking a break from his work as a maintainer to address what he calls his “unprofessional” behaviour. In his release announcement for Linux 4.19 release candidate 4 (, Linus explains the reasons. “I’m not an emotionally empathetic kind of person and that probably doesn’t come as a big surprise to anybody. Least of all me,” he says. “The fact that I then misread people and don’t realise (for years) how badly I’ve judged a situation and contributed to an unprofessional environment is not good.” Linus has long been known for his outspoken and sometimes combative nature, but a few recent incidents have brought things to a head. The Maintainer Summit (, an annual invite-only gathering of kernel developers to discuss issues with Linus, was rescheduled because…

valve vr goes more open

Valve, the company behind hit games like Half-Life, as well as the all-conquering Steam game store, continues to impress us with its forays into open source. First of all, eagle-eyed Michael Larabel of the Phoronix website spotted that Valve had created a Git repository (which you can visit at for its Moondust virtual reality technical demo. By creating a Git repository and starting to fill it with files, including an MIT licence, it looks like Valve could be open-sourcing the VR tech of Moondust, hopefully making it easier for developers to create virtual reality games and experiences. You can read Michael’s report at Meanwhile, GamingOnLinux has an illuminating interview with Philip Rebohle, developer of DXVK ( is an open-source project that provides a Vulkan-based D3D11 and D3D10 implementation for…

patently public domain madness!

Google has a contentious history when it comes to patent applications, and its latest move to patent asymmetric numeral systems (ANS), a widely used data compression algorithm, has attracted a fresh round of criticism. This is mainly due to the developer of ANS, Jarek Duda, who had published his work with the intent that it was for the public domain and free of restrictions. In an Ars Technica article that goes into the specifics about Google’s patent application and Duda’s objections over it (, Jarek claims that the technique Google’s trying to patent was suggested by himself in an email exchange in 2014, a claim that a preliminary ruling in February by European patent authorities agrees with. The US Patent Office has now issued a non-final rejection of Google’s application (,…

open core disruption

“The Linux Foundation recently partnered with Heavy Reading to conduct a survey to gauge industry perceptions of open source across networking technologies. Key findings indicate CSPs show an high level of sophistication around new technologies and approaches. Ninety eight per cent of CSPs are confident that open networking solutions can achieve the same level of performance as traditional networking solutions, and 69 per cent are already using open source networking solutions in production networks. SDN in particular is seeing strong deployment, with nearly 60 per cent of CSPs reporting they have either already deployed SDN (39 per cent), or are currently trialling SDN (20 per cent). The survey shows open source has become core to how service providers are reinventing their networks and basic assumptions on how networks are managed have evolved. More…