TUX Issue #2 Available

Issue number two, May 2005, of TUX is now available.  Subscribers, you can download this issue here or simply follow the Download TUX button on the right to download the current issue. If you're not yet a TUX subscriber, consider subscribing today for instant access to this issue and many more! 


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Issue #2, May 2005: Table of Contents

Home Plate

  • Movies and More—Life with Xine  by Lew Pitcher

Tux Explains

  • Linking Users with Their Data  by John Knight
  • Be the Master of All You Survey: Using Konqueror for File
    Management and Domination by AElleen Frisch
  • All about Screensavers, and Why You Want to Run Them  by Marco Fioretti
  • Going Guru: Michael's Top GIMP Tips  by Michael J. Hammel

Suited Up

  • The Cuts and Pastes of OpenOffice.org Productivity  by Scott Stahl


  • Can Anyone Use Linux?  by Phil Hughes
  • Viva La Linux Desktop Revolucion!  by Nicholas Petreley
  • Letters  
  • Q&A with Mango Parfait  by Mango Parfait


  • Adding PDF Power to OpenOffice.org  by Scott Nesbitt
  • Capsule Reviews  by Xavier Spriet

The Last Word

  • The Light and Dark Side of Linux Multimedia  by Nicholas Petreley
Carlie Fairchild - Sun, 2020-05-01 02:23.

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Can Open March---Not May.

I can open the March issue quickly by using "open".

I can not open the May issue. From Adobe Acrobat; I get a pop-up box that says "Could Not Launch Adobe Acrobat".

Any suggestions?

Alan (not verified) - Wed, 2020-05-25 07:24.

Tuxmagazine - Could Not Launch Adobe Acrobat

I would recomend upgrading to the latest version of Acrobat Reader, your current version likely doesn't support the latest encoding format for Adobe PDF files.

An - ymous (not verified) - M - , 2020-05-30 23:26.

I've noticed a few people com

I've noticed a few people complaining about the pdf format and how 'free' pdf readers can't read it. I just thought I'd point out that kpdf from the kdegraphics package in KDE version 3.4 (based on the xpdf 3.0 rendering engine) supports PDF version 1.5 which is what the TUX magazine is published as.

canllaith (not verified) - Wed, 2020-05-18 02:59.


Having read both issues of the magazine, I can only say, roll on June 1st.

If I may I have a couple of ideas for future articles:

1. Basic administration

To cover areas such as setting up and viewing log files as well as general house keeping.

2. Security

Although this could be construed as an advanced topic, it's in everyones best interest to have an understanding of how to secure their system.

I would love to see some guidelines on setting up a basic firewall for use with a dialup connection and perhaps a more advanced tutorial on using separate hardware to cater for those lucky enough to meet that requirement.

I would also like to see some guidelines on measures that can be taken to ensure a safe and secure environment.

Thanks for a great magazine

Morcas (not verified) - Sun, 2020-05-15 14:20.

Linux Desktop irony

I like your magazine, even though I just found it and have only read a little bit. But I just noticed something ironic. When looking at the properties for the PDF's, both were created by non-Linux/OpenSource software. Issue #1 was created with QuarkXpress which I am assuming you used on a Mac since the second issue was created with Adobe Distiller for Mac. I was curious why you don't use the OpenSource Scribus.

Evil_Hamster (not verified) - M - , 2020-05-09 19:25.

Its talked about in one of th

Its talked about in one of the issues, I think either #3 or #4 about that, and that the editor will probably be switching.

An - ymous (not verified) - Wed, 2020-07-27 23:10.

Just wait an issue or two

We are producing TUX with the same tools we have used for our sister publication, Linux Journal, for years. That is, long before Scribus was ready for prime time.

We are currently working on moving TUX to Scribus. The biggest issue is that we mark up all articles in DocBook XML for all publications and have translators that we use to target the articles for the web sites or Quark Xpress production. We are now writing the DocBook to Scribus tools. Once that is done, everything about TUX will be done with Open Source tools.

fyl - M - , 2020-05-09 21:25.

.pdf File download

I recommended the mag to "everybody I know", and now they will have a great opinion of a mag they can't download.

Is there an explanation for the apparent disparity in size of the downloads between the first and second editions? Or is the server reporting erroneous file sizes when it reports them at all?

I do hope someone is doing something to get files intended as TuxMagazine issues to work as downloadable files — else troubleshoot the server they're on.

I have already tried downloading from another site mirroring the files, and they had the same problem, so maybe it's the files.

Please, folks — put some attention on getting the downloads to work, even at the expense of delaying a June edition.

Maximillium (not verified) - Sun, 2020-05-08 04:55.

pdf download problems

The difference in file sizes is correct, the first issue was 14MB the second is 2MB.

Our download server shows about 2/3 of the downloads succeeding on the first attempt and about 1/3 succeeding on second attempt and less than 0.5% failing. Most of the failures are from people trying to download the incorrect file.

If you have problems downloading email me directly (mitch -at- ssc.com) and I will assist you.

mitch - M - , 2020-05-09 17:34.

Issue #2 download problems

Mitch, I have the same issue with #2. You said to email you,
but clicking on your name dosn't do it. Please email me at my
email above.


Quietg (not verified) - M - , 2020-05-09 18:05.

mitch -at- ssc.com

I think that although Mitch wrote "mitch -at- ssc.com" as his E-mail address, I am sure that he would have expected anyone to use the address "mitch@ssc.com" to contact him.

An - ymous (not verified) - Sat, 2020-06-04 12:29.

Great Magazine

Bottom line, great magazine!! I tell all my friends about your magazine, especially the ones that are on the fence about switching. Your magazine puts everything is a nice, easy to follow sequence, easily readable by a Linux newbie. I would like to see an article done on the absolute murderous ordeal of trying to get a wireless card to work, unless you have an orinoco classic, which only does 11Mb, you have to deal with NDISwrappers. I will not go into the whole nightmare. Maybe I should just write one up myself!! But it would probably be beneficial to your readers to have an idea about what they are getting into; prior to taking the leap. Keep up the good work!!!

Richard (not verified) - Thu, 2020-05-05 13:42.


Hey guys :)
Urm... What is it with the anti-gentoo stance? One the whole, not a bad e-zine but I can't for the life of me understand the comments made about Gentoo. Although not exclusive to Gentoo Linux, it does have a really wonderful community - catering for all levels of user. Perhaps the author of the article has a problem with their Gentoo box? *NIX DOES mutli-task! (In the true sense of the word, not the Redmond version) so the comment about the desktop crawling is just not true. Agreed, there will always be, "my distro is better than your's" discussions but I don't expect uneducated editorials from a Linux e-zine that has a growing readership.

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Mark (not verified) - Tue, 2020-05-03 17:04.

I totally argree with this re

I totally argree with this reader. Gentoo is the first linux distro that
seams to allow for a great amount of flexibility.

My friend put it one way; "you are touching bare metal when you use gentoo".

It is true that the installation is lengthy. But the ability to install a distro
and have it perform with complete hardware utilization is incredible.

When one starts to evaluate a Distro, they need to perform their own
strengths/weaknesses Analysis. I believe that gentoo is the best due to its
quick appliction installs. It is as near to "a:\setup" as is possible.

for example; to install vim all is needed is access to the internet and the following command; "emerge vim"

walk away get some coffee, when you return this will be compiled, installed and ready for use. if dependencies are needed then they will be installed as well. How much simpler can it get?

An - ymous (not verified) - Fri, 2020-06-24 13:26.

I, personally, have had nothi

I, personally, have had nothing but the BEST linux experience using Gentoo linux. It has been quick, powerful, and just all around wonderful. I would agree that, maybe, he should give Gentoo another shot before slandering it to the public masses.

0d1n (not verified) - Thu, 2020-05-05 16:40.

Gentoo is good.

I think the point is not that Gentoo is bad, but that it is difficult for nontechnical newbies. Most people want to use their computers, not figure out how to tweak their distribution. It was not always that way, but with more and more people using Linux...

Taran OutofOffice (not verified) - M - , 2020-05-09 16:39.

If you do not have paitence,

If you do not have paitence, Gentoo is not for you. Most other distributions after being installed bring up the nice X windows (M$ windows like interface) with all the programs you'll ever need. This is the route I almost went with while installing Gentoo. I had another computer downloading debian while I was trying and trying to work out a problem with Gentoo. (Thing is debian, after downloading the DVD iso was still not finished after over a day of downloading)

If you want to learn the nitty-gritty of linux (and have a fast pc) Gentoo is for you. On an Athlon XP 3700 (my overclock rating) it took most of the day and part of the night installing. Now this is what in Gentoo is called Stage one where everything is compiled to your system, but you'll have to do a bit of research to get it perfect. Thankfully Gentoo's forums are the best I've seen. No problem I had went unanswered (or was already answered) in the forms. Questions I posted were answered within a hlaf hour easily. If you want, Gentoo offers the Stage Three Install which everything is precompiled for your general system type. I had troubles with Stage Three, Stage one is the best to go with. Just realize, unless you got the power, Gentoo can take about a week to compile the base system, KDE and OpenOffice (This is what it took on an Athlon T-Bird 1.3)

If your going to try Gentoo, read through the forums, the user guides and handbook (all available from gentoo.org). Also check out gentoo-wiki.com, great resource.

MHenry676 (not verified) - M - , 2020-05-16 08:30.

My sister likes it a lot

Thanks for the great magazine. Even my sister reads almost every article in it. She likes it very much that TUX is written for people, who don't know every detail about computers and especially Linux. With your help she can see how easy and fun it is to use Linux. The only thing she complained about is that the screenshots could be better, with higher resolution. So just keep up the excellent job.

JLP (not verified) - Wed, 2020-05-04 08:26.

At last . . .

I have been searching high and low for a magazine that helps me understand Linux in all its many technicolour forms. You guys at Tux have achieved this, and i say thank you very much. I am trying to convince my work coleagues to migrate, and here i have a ready made helper in the form of this magazine.
Thank You
Namder from Down Under

Namder (not verified) - Tue, 2020-05-03 16:44.

Wooohhoooo another awesome

Wooohhoooo another awesome edition of Tux! This one, like the one before it, was a pleasure to read. The content was rich, the layout was awesome and I am really getting attached to all of those great writers that churn out these beautiful mags. And to all of those Tux bashers out there, get a life! I mean 2MB is small even for a 56k modem, I mean come on, its a miracle that such a rich mag weighs only 2MB. Second of all, all those people that are complaining about the mag's layout leave me saying to myself "Am I reading the same mag that they are ?" The font is crisp and clean on any modern distro, and there are tons of great PDF readers out there (including Adobe's Reader) that make the mag a joy to read.
So come on people, lets show a little appreciation and grattitude to these great people that are not only making such a great mag available to us newbies but are doing it for FREE. In this day and age, not many things of quality are FREE and we should be focusing on the mag's content more then anything else IMHO. So cheers guys, can't wait till June!!

Ryan (not verified) - Tue, 2020-05-03 13:59.


Look great. As non geek, I think you hit the right note for the ordinary mortal

Dekan (not verified) - Tue, 2020-05-03 10:50.

Great Magazine

you know I love this magazine. I love that there is a magazine out there which doesn't require you to know everything about development and the kernel just to show you how to run a DVD player. This is one magazine (of all my playboy, penthouse, barely legal, PC Gamer subscriptions) that I actually look forward to reading every week. And now that Mango Parfait is there, ahh.... I can cancel all of my other subscriptions too. Well maybe not PC Gamer, I still remember Coconut Monkey.

Love to all other Tux Magazine Reads!


surooot (not verified) - Tue, 2020-05-03 02:39.

File size

My March issue file is 7 times larger than my May issue. I need to go on a diet. How did you accomplish this?

Chris D (not verified) - M - , 2020-05-02 16:31.

Personally, I've found that t

Personally, I've found that the Adobe created PDF distiller or dummy printer driver both have exceptional compression/optimization mechanisms which I have not come across in any of the non-Adobe created software. This is one of the things which may warrant actually purchasing the official Adobe Acrobat software.

An - ymous (not verified) - M - , 2020-05-30 23:35.


I think it's great! What you guys are doing are like no other. Keeping it real and simple for linux readers. Everyone can use Linux, my friends oppse linux and think Microsoft is dominate therefore the best. I'm always trying to turn them around but they just won't listen. :)

If you use Linux you may want to visit our website, we SuSELinuxSupport.de provide the best support for the SuSE distribution but all others are also welcomed. We are recgonized as the UnOfficial Novell SuSE Linux Support Forums at Novells Website.

Maybe in one of the future issues, you can feature support sites for linux distributions. We would gladly be one of them.

Great job and keep it up!

Tony Cai

T - y Cai (not verified) - M - , 2020-05-02 15:01.

can not download

I'm unable to download the May 2005 issue of Tux. I tired both FireFox and Internet Explorer. I get an error about a server Timeout.


Andy (not verified) - M - , 2020-05-02 09:12.

can not download

I had trouble downloading with Firefox, the link would not open the
download manager, what I did was to open the link in a new tab and
the download manager appeared, and the file downloaded as it
should have done

Ian (not verified) - Sun, 2020-05-08 13:02.


You can always try finding TUX Magazine on eMule/aMule or BitTorrent networks.

An - ymous (not verified) - Tue, 2020-05-03 17:30.

Download also failed for me o

Download also failed for me on both March and May issues. Also used both IE and Firefox. Firefox did not give me a 'save to' dialog and IE suffered from the server connection dropping.

Bob (not verified) - M - , 2020-05-02 09:22.

And today it worked okay. ?

And today it worked okay. ?

Bob (not verified) - Wed, 2020-05-04 01:30.

Good magazine, but...

Another good magazine, especially for newbies like me. But a few observations:
1. Full screen & no apperent right click menu?
• Please make it windowed & allow jumps to different pages, or at least "end session".

2. Landscape over portrait
• I like this it fits the screen nicely - about time someone actualy moved with the times! However, the option to print to paper would be nice - printers can do landscape as well, don't you know? ;-)

3. Download size
• For some this is still a problem - so how about allowing seperate articles be downloaded?

alloydog (not verified) - M - , 2020-05-02 06:57.

RE: Good magazine, but...

1. Hit ESC to get to windowed mode.

2. Prints fine for me.

3. How long could it possibly take you to download a 1.97 meg file, even over dial-up?

An - ymous (not verified) - M - , 2020-05-02 07:38.

download size

On the download page there are apologies that the volume is big and it takes 15 minutes or more to download.
My issue no 2 was 2 Mb and took only a few minutes.

Thanks for the good compression

It seems to be very interesting , just like previous one.

T - y W (not verified) - Sun, 2020-05-01 21:56.

Printer friendly version

Greetings to all. The second issue looks great! However, I noticed an issue that I wanted to bring forward. Maybe I am a minority, but I HATE reading things on a screen. I like to print, read, and recycle. There are quite a bit of printer unfriendly items in the pdf file, such as big, black headers, and black backgrounds on screenshots. Would it be possible to make a "printer friendly" issue available. one without all the warm and fuzzies?


Craig Lindholm

Craig (not verified) - Sun, 2020-05-01 16:10.


Since Tux persists in not listening to it's readers who consistently say they want a print publication that can be read offline, the least Tux can do is to provide a printer-friendly version so that those of us who do print it can get it in portrait orientation and without using up an entire ink cartridge.

Ernie DeVries (not verified) - M - , 2020-05-09 11:58.

So, just to be clear, you wan

So, just to be clear, you want a butt ugly edition to go with the professionally produced one?

You can always lift the text in a copy paste...

Seriously, I think the problem is on your end. Like you, this is just my lost-in-the-masses opinion. Just to let you know that there are people on the other side of the fence, too.

An - ymous (not verified) - Wed, 2020-06-01 18:53.

Great second issue!

Tux is proving to be everything I hoped it would be. Good job! Already can't wait for the next issue (when is that, by the way?).

Corky (not verified) - Sun, 2020-05-01 12:57.

TUX is now a monthly publication

Beginning this month, TUX will be published monthly and released the first day of each calendar month - so you can look forward to yet another issue June 1.

Thanks for your support.

Carlie Fairchild - Sun, 2020-05-01 13:07.

I was hoping for a 14MB download...sniffle.

Thanks for a wonderful effort, Charlie. We'll be looking for it every month.

Don't change a thing.

E1 (not verified) - Tue, 2020-05-03 17:07.

Gob smacked, just gob smacked

Gob smacked, just gob smacked...
You have got the content so right.
Don't change a thing.
Thank you for putting out such a clearly explained "new linux users" mag.
Great layout, could go on, must go and read the first 2 edtions before the 3rd comes out.
Cheers fine people.
Just love it !!!!

Nix_Hard (not verified) - Thu, 2020-05-26 10:06.