Linux Format October 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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Jonni Bidwell This year has been pretty action-packed. I’m excited about getting Bodhi 5.0 on my Eee 901. Finding out that the DXVK work I wrote about in LXF238 was sponsored by Valve as part of its Protonfork of Winewas pretty hot, too. All hail GabeN! John Knight Ever since Mint dropped KDE support this release I’ve had to look elsewhere. Kubuntu was too buggy, but I’ve found KDE Neon to be pleasingly solid. GalliumOS has had a major update recently, so my dual-boot hacked Chromebook will getting that installed, alongside Phoenix OS. Adam Oxford What’s impressed me this year has been the relatively painless transition of Ubuntu from Unity to Gnome 3 this year, and the ongoing improvements from Canonical to get closer to Gnome’s most current release. I’d actually grown to like Unity…

so hot it hurts

This issue is a celebration of the best open source distros. We’re recognising the achievements of thousands of unsung developers, coders, testers, organisers and documentation writers. Day in, day out, they’re working on open source projects, making git commits, filing bug reports and packaging tirelessly to bring us a bounty of free and open source software to choose from. I think it’s far too easy to take that for granted. So this issue we’re taking a while to stop and appreciate the best distros that have arrived in 2018. The sheer diversity that Linux and the GPL offer is staggering. It enables the same kernel to have software wrapped around it to specialise in every area of computing: cloud servers, security and penetration testing, NAS devices, IoT devices, scientific research, super-computing…

steam update now makes wine integration seamless

IN LESS THAN A WEEK, THE NUMBER OF GAMES THAT CAN BE PLAYED FROM STEAM IN LINUX GREW BY ALMOST 1,000 A post on the Steam community forums written by Valve representative Pierre-Loup Griffais has revealed an update to Steam Play (see upshot is that Windows games can now be played on Linux using Proton, a modified version of Wine (Wine Is Not an Emulator), without too much stress being placed on system resources. According to Valve, Proton is based on Vulkan, a popular open-source graphics API that’s multiplatform, which means it runs on Windows, Linux and macOS (and other operating systems), rather than APIs such as DirectX, which is Windows-only. You can view Proton’s code on Github at The new Steam Play is good news for not just Linux…

google releases android 9 pie

Google has released the latest version of its Android mobile operating system (known as Android 9 Pie, ). While it comes with some nice new features, as with previous versions of Android the release will be staggered, meaning if you don’t have a recent Google-made phone, you may be waiting some time to get the update. At the moment owners of Google Pixel and Pixel 2 phones, as well as Essential Phone, can download the update for free right now. Phones made by Sony, Xiaomi, HMD Global, Oppo, Vivo, OnePlus and certain Android One Phones will receive the update by the end of August. You’ll need to check with your phone manufacturer or network operator to find out when your phone can expect the update. If you have a very…

amd’s latest hits new linux highs

There’s some great news for Linux users who are considering AMD’s latest Threadripper CPUs. Benchmark tests run by TechSpot ( showed that these high-end processors performed better in the mega-tasking tests in Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS than they did in Windows 10. While the 32-core 2990WX performed brilliantly in both Windows and Linux, the performance difference when using Ubuntu was occasionally stark. For example, in the Stockfish 9 test, a free and open source chess engine, the 2990WX saw a 23 per cent performance boost when running in Linux compared to Windows. In the John the Ripper test, which is a password cracker, the increase was even more impressive, with it performing the tests three times faster in Linux than in Windows. In almost every test AMD’s 2990WX performed noticeably better in Linux…

the call for code

“While we know that technology can’t prevent natural disasters from occurring, we do know that it’s a critical tool in our toolbox that can help save lives and minimise property damage. With this in mind, The Linux Foundation stepped up to answer the Call for Code along with IBM, the UN Human Rights Office, the American Red Cross, David Clark Cause, the Cloud Native Computing Foundation and a global community committed to minimising the impact of the more frequent natural disasters that occur. The inaugural Call for Code challenges the world’s 22 million developers to tackle and find solutions around disaster preparedness and recovery. The winning Call for Code solution and team will be awarded a $200,000 prize along with an opportunity to pitch their idea to a venture capitalist. From AI,…