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Linux Magazine Special Editions

Linux Magazine Special Editions

Getting Started with Linux

The editors of Linux Magazine take you on a deep-dive of Linux and other open source technology with quarterly Special Editions. You can choose the content that's right for you with titles covering Shell, LibreOffice, Linux and more!

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in this issue

2 min.
free your computer

If you haven’t done so yet, use this magazine to start your journey towards freedom: Freedom from proprietary software (like Windows and Microsoft Office). The Linux operating system and the hundreds of complex applications (including LibreOffice) that you find on our DVD are completely free; they replace your old operating system and apps. What does “free” mean? The first, and maybe most obvious, meaning is that there is no cost. If you’ve bought this magazine, you have paid for the costs of writing, editing, proofreading and laying out the articles, as well as printing the magazine and manufacturing the DVD; but the software on it comes free of charge, and you can install and use it on as many machines as you like. If you want to, burn copies of the…

1 min.
opensuse linux

This special edition features release 15.1 of the openSUSE Linux distribution. OpenSUSE is the free community edition based on SUSE Linux. SUSE began in 1992 as the first company devoted to providing services around Linux. (The Linux kernel was created in 1991, so SUSE is nearly as old as Linux itself!) SUSE Linux, which dates back to 1994, is one of the oldest Linux distros, and it has a reputation for enterprise-ready professional stability and performance. The DVD attached to this issue has everything you’ll need to install openSUSE. The first few articles in the Get Started section assume you’re using openSUSE. If you prefer a different version of Linux, and you already have it up and running, you might want to skip the Get Started section and move on to…

1 min.
on the dvd

OPENSUSE LEAP 15.1 The DVD attached to this issue comes with openSUSE Leap 15.1. OpenSUSE is the community edition based on the enterprise-ready SUSE Linux. Leap comes pre-packaged with hundreds of powerful applications for everyday tasks, as well as professional programming tools and web-ready network services. Just put this DVD in the DVD drive and restart your system. An easy installer will take you through the steps of setting up openSUSE. See the article on page 8 for more on installing openSUSE Leap. Defective discs will be replaced. Please send an email to subs@linux-magazine.com. Although this Linux Magazine disc has been tested and is to the best of our knowledge free of malicious software and defects, Linux Magazine cannot be held responsible, and is not liable for any disruption, loss, or damage to data and…

13 min.
ready, set, …

Linux was once considered a system for hackers and experts, but times have changed. Today’s Linux is every bit as easy on the beginner as Windows or Mac OS, and the best part is, it is all free. The operating system is free, and thousands of tools are also free and they are available for installation with only a couple of mouse clicks. The new Linux is simple and very accessible for the beginner. Once you get started, you’ll appreciate the ease of use, the security, and the freedom you get with a Linux system. As your knowledge of Linux expands, your system will evolve with you. When you’re ready to reach beyond a simple desktop environment, just add the necessary tools, and your system can easily act as a web…

13 min.
at your command

Once you’ve installed openSUSE Leap, you can start browsing the web, writing documents, or organizing your picture collection. At some point, you’ll also need to install new applications, print documents, or share some files with other computers within your network. That’s where YaST comes into the picture. This article introduces YaST and shows how to configure your system to fit your specific needs with a minimum of effort. GETTING TO KNOW YAST To launch YaST, click on System | YaST. Enter the system administrator password (usually root) when prompted, and you should see the YaST Control Center (Figure 1). The Control Center provides quick access to most of the installed YaST functions. These functions are sorted by categories, giving you a good overview of all available YaST modules. The right pane gives you access…

13 min.
safe, safer, linux

What? No viruses on Linux? Once you’ve become a Linux user, you’ll have to prepare yourself for questions like these. It’s true. Only five proof-of-concept Linux viruses exist, but there are many more funny jokes about how a working Linux virus would look, including having a user manually copy and execute it and then kindly send it on to all his friends, asking them to run and redistribute it, as well. Standard viruses don’t work on Linux for a variety of reasons, so you don’t have to worry about antivirus software and similar tools well known in the Windows world. In this article, I show where you find the relevant nuts and bolts in openSUSE Leap that define how securely your system is set up. Why is Linux so secure? One…