TUX Issue #13 Now Available

Issue number 13, May 2006, of TUX now is 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 #13, May 2006: Table of Contents


  • The Right Tool? by Phil Hughes
  • Linux's Fundamental Difference by Kevin Shockey
  • Letters by Various
  • TUX Delivers the News by Kevin Shockey
  • Q&A; with Mango Parfait by Mango Parfait

Home Plate

  • F-Spot by Jes Hall

Suited Up

  • Managing SOHO Businesses with Appgen MyBooks Professional by Donald Emmack
  • Imendio Planner and TaskJuggler: an Overview by Jes Hall

Tux Explains

  • At 5,000 Feet: Using Scribus to Publish a Newsletter by Donald Emmack
  • FreeMind by Daniel Bartholomew
  • Expand Your Reach with WengoPhone by Dmitri Popov
  • Internet Connection Sharing with Firestarter by Kevin Brown


  • With Skype, the Whole Business World Can Talk for Free by Jay Kruizenga
  • Gadget Guy: Into the Drink by Sean Carruthers


  • Neverputt by John Knight
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Thank you

Thank you for sharing such a great magazine. I read it cover to cover, usually the day it comes out. I only wish that it came out more often. To all the people complaining about a printed version, why not just print out the pdf?

Justin (not verified) - Thu, 2020-06-01 14:03.


Why can't there be a print publication that deals with new users like this one? Maximum Linux (I believe that's what it was called) was the first and only true newbie linux magazine and I had a subscription to that short run publication. I'm an off and on again linux user, I use it and then find myself going back to Windows to play games and use apps I can't get in linux more and more then linux is put to the wayside. I just recently reinstall linux this time SuSE 10.1, because XP is BSOD'n on me and I've really liked my reintroduction to Linux again :) i'll always consider myself a newb when it comes to Linux. But I sure wish someone would release a good n00b magazine for LInux.

Great job guys on a great online magazine!

pailhead (not verified) - Tue, 2020-05-30 11:43.

Tux may not be for everyone

This is true, I am an advanced Linux User, setting up servers and services based on Linux. I still enjoy the magazine, it helps me understand what might be good for a beginning Linux user and what might not be so hot.

Personally I would like to see an additon of an "Advanced" corner, discussing advanced topics like scripting. The series starts with the basics for scripting and why its done and a couple of introductory commands, the next article covers more commands and some nice tricks to make scritping easier to do. The last few articles might cover debugging and troubleshooting scripts. I would also like to see in this secion an item about root kits and how to get rid of them. (reinstall was how I got rid of mine) You could cover other advanced topics of any thing including setting up your own VOIP (Voice over IP) server.

Articles that don't intrest me, I skip over, but the one section I dont' skip is Mango Parfait, I like her wit and humor.

Remember though the magazine plainly states "The First and Only Magazine for the NEW Linux User" so this is exactly what you would expect. News articles that the New Linux User (not people like us) would understand.

An - ymous (not verified) - Tue, 2020-05-09 09:00.

If an advanced corner were

If an advanced corner were introduced, wouldn't it become just like the other magazines? An advanced article is also one less article for new users.

An - ymous (not verified) - Thu, 2020-05-11 20:33.

We need something on VOIP

TUX magazine has had great sections for newbies and I appreciate that. I have personally collected all issues you guys have published but I think you guys should put in some tutorials for linux based VOIP application like SER, Yat, SipX and asterisk. Don't say this is above newbiehood because if we need to click we can do windows

Wasubire Julius (not verified) - Wed, 2020-05-03 08:44.

just VOIP? what about Video Conferencing on Linux?

I want tutorials on alternatives to GnomeMeeting, and other Linux apps that do VIDEO conferencing, NOT JUST VOIP / audio only.

What apps out there do actual VIDEO conferencing, besides GnomeMeeting? And what if there are more than just 2 people? Then that's where TRUE "conferencing" begins, when you can have sectional frames that are select-zoom-able, within your video display of who you want to look at while you are conferencing.

I would also like more info about audio as well as video editing apps, please.

And my worst sticking point in learning Linux has always been in the basic System Administration department. I have hosed more installed distros on my own system MANY MORE TIMES than I care to admit or remember ... LOL (and all on accident, mostly ....) lol So, I think we ALL need to learn the basic underpinnings (low level scripts) that help keep a linux system held together and running smoothly. I would like more info about how to restore an installed distro back to installed-defaults and settings, please. Seeing as I hate having to go back and re-install over again from scratch each time i mess something up bad, how about teaching us HOW TO avoid doing all that just by running a few restorative scripts that put everything back to default settings? I need to learn HOW TO fix my mistakes and HOW TO get things running with INITIAL INSTALLATION DEFAULTS once again!

I would LOVE that! That would benefit MOST EVERYONE here, I think!

ProphetPX (not verified) - Thu, 2020-05-04 14:40.


I don't agree! I think this month is worse than the dreaded smackdown issue. Actually P2P is generally a good read but it goes downhill rapidly after that. This mag is apparently for the new linux user but I showed this mag (electronic and print) to various techie friends / family and not one of them found it interesting. It is all far too lightweight. This magazine is definitely not in the same league as the printed Linux magazines etc and should concentrate its efforts on improving the writing style and choice of topics covered. The issues never fulfil the potential of a completely free linux mag and I've a good mind to start off my own.

An - ymous (not verified) - Tue, 2020-05-02 09:24.


Yes this magazine is for the NEW Linux user, and as such I personally think they are doing a superb job. After all, many if not most people use a computer as a tool. You know, to get things done! Those who want to continue re-inventing the wheel have plenty of mags to help them along the way. Let the newbies have a magazine that doesn't assume that everyone who reads it is a computer science guru. Some of us just want to be able to get our work done without all the crashes and security issues inherent in the alternative OS's. We like and really have for a long time needed a magazine like TUX to help wrap our non-programming minds around this glorious NEW operating system. I say keep up the good work! And by the way, if you read these posts, Mandy Parfait - I love you! Well, at least I love your column!

Cheesy - e (not verified) - Thu, 2020-05-25 13:25.

I dont agree with your comment

I think that the distro smackdown was a great idea, specially since we always have the newbie asking 'what distro to choose' regardless of who win, is a useful documentation on learning what to expect from the most popular distros.

I havent finish reading this issue but I found the authors note really intersting. The way he describe good apps vs not so good and also FLOSS apps vs proprietary.

I really will like to show my support that using FLOSS apps are a better way to get a hold on your skills. The software should help but shouldn't make the designer. FLOSS might give independence to the designer on accesibility. Specially if he find himself without a license or support to do a job. GIMP allows him to work with no worries or not even thinknig about who needs to pay the initial cost or upgrade cost.

Also provides him with a 'free membership' to a club of professional graphic designers that specialize on this tool so he can always build his experience on this platform. If others can do it, why not you...

About the actual magzine tech appeal, well you just said it, you are a linux expert, yet I dont think I have found many desktop power users. you might use openoffice.org casually but little do you know about shortcuts, macros development, templating, Writer vs Scribus vs Draw, vs SodiPodi.

Yes intuitiveness is one factor but what about actuall productivity, community participation, accesability, and integration. Whch comes more from the experience from working on this tools than from merely comparing it to your common proprietary brand.

JZA (not verified) - Sun, 2020-05-21 13:03.


I believe we should lookforward to help the larger number of people using Linux. Im pretty much glad about TUX, as a newbie. Replying this, keep reading the printed mags and expand your mind the most, but please, do not fell free to desincourage (is this right?) others, ok? Sorry for the bad wrinting.

Andre (not verified) - Tue, 2020-05-02 12:56.

Argghhhh again

I can say whatever I feel like saying about the TUX mag. If products aren't criticised they never improve. I agree with encouraging new users of linux (trust me I've wiped so many win partitions in favour of ubuntu, mepis or PCLinuxOS it is untrue) but I really believe that this online mag is damaging people's opinion of the operating system. Anyway, nobody seems to be doing anything about my comments so I guess the editors and writers can't take criticism very well. Let's be honest, the readership of this mag isn't going to change the world.

An - ymous (not verified) - Wed, 2020-05-03 01:58.

Arrgh, etc.

""Anyway, nobody seems to be doing anything about my comments so I guess the editors and writers can't take criticism very well.""

You're what, 15 years old? The editors and writers have better things to do than respond to petulant twerps. If this FREE magazine bothers you so much, go read something else. Or go start your own like you said. With all the talent you display, you should go far.

jwesley (not verified) - Sun, 2020-05-14 04:12.

I'm 15????

I do read plenty of other material on the subject of Linux and open source. It seems like you cannot construct an intelligent response and have resorted to 15-year old backchat. Yes this FREE magazine bothers me and that's ok - you can still enjoy it. Just learn to accept others comments but I guess as a fellow teenager you've yet to work out that the world doesn't revolve around you or FREE linux magazines ;)

I'm far from being the only one who commented on the "smackdown" issue but like I said previously nothing has changed. Mango gets worse every month. For all you newbies out there go and listen to Linux Reality podcast. Now that's media aimed at noobs.

An - ymous (not verified) - M - , 2020-05-15 02:31.

I completly agree. Mango is

I completly agree. Mango is v. bad and the magazine doesnt read well. It is isnt worth the download banwidth.


An - ymous (not verified) - Thu, 2020-05-18 10:02.

Yes, you can say whatever

Yes, you certainly may say whatever you like. You have that right. The editors and writers have a complementary right to listen to your advice, then choose not to take it. I suspect you are a more advanced user than those the magazine is aimed at, and I know a lot of very beginner users who enjoy the magazine as they find many of the weightier printed mags a little above their heads. No one product is going to please every person, after all.

An - ymous (not verified) - Wed, 2020-05-03 02:24.

TUX is super!

Yep, TUX is one super linux mag! Good articles, neat and quality graphics. Have been downloading every issue. How about an article on LMMS, Linux's Fruity Loops? Have been having a rough going trying to learn it... Thanx!

Mike (not verified) - Tue, 2020-05-02 01:29.


I've actually been exploring LMMS myself, and I'm having an uphill struggle too! If I can figure out a way to ease someone into it, I'll send an article through.

John Knight (not verified) - M - , 2020-05-08 04:52.