TUX Issue #14 Now Available

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Issue #14, June 2006: Table of Contents


P2P

  • Open-Source Software: the Best Way to Ensure You Have Choices in the Future  by Phil Hughes
  • Linspire Embraces the Open Source Community with a Proprietary Solution Twist  by Kevin Shockey
  • Letters  by Various
  • Q&A with Mango Parfait  by Mango Parfait

Home Plate

  • Learning Foreign Languages with jVLT and StarDict  by Dmitri Popov
  • Creating Web Pages with Nvu  by Daniel Bartholomew

Tux Explains

  • Konqueror Your File Management with KIO  by Jes Hall
  • Linux RSS Readers: Blam!, Liferea and RSSOwl  by Donald Emmack
  • Introducing the New Linux International: a Talk with Jon “maddog
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Arzt (not verified) - Sun, 2006-11-12 09:12.

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Pozycj - owanie (not verified) - Thu, 2006-11-16 04:44.

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katalog (not verified) - Thu, 2006-11-16 04:45.

There are plenty of Linux

There are plenty of Linux resources on the web and offline. However, very few can be considered useful. I hope all upcoming issues would be in similar quality as this one.

Jim (not verified) - Sun, 2006-08-20 06:54.

Another Hit

Once agian another great issue I am so impressed with all that you cover in your magazine, are yo uplanning a sister magazine in the future?

Jessica (not verified) - Thu, 2006-06-29 01:53.

Issue for 'Really' New Linux Users

I am an absolutely new Linux user. I came across your magazine, and believe it or not, it's a bit advanced for me. I read all these great software reviews, but don't even know how to install software on Linux. I know there's a bunch of command line stuff you have to do to install new programs, but I'm not familiar enough with it to know exactly what to do. I tried to install a program once a year or so ago, but after doing what I read on the internet, the program supposedly installed, but I never saw anything added to the menu that allowed me to run the program. At that point, I got a little frustrated.

What I would like to see is an issue that is truly for the new Linux user from start to finish. I think that it should include information on choosing a distro, installing it, updating it, choosing apps from the built-in installer that most distros seem to come with, and how to do routine things with Linux, such as installing programs, system maintenance, etc.

I've read multiple articles on how more and more people are moving to Linux, but if people can't find information on how to do the basic things that they do with Windows every day, I think people are going to just use Linux as something just to mess around with, and not take it seriously because they're not able to do these basic things.

Thanks,

Chris

Chris (not verified) - Wed, 2006-06-28 07:42.

Re: Issue for 'Really' New Linux Users

Installing software in Linux can differ from distribution to distribution so any article written would have to cover a very wide range of distros, probably including the following list (in no particular order): Fedora, Ubuntu, Suse, and Mandriva. Of course the entire issue of Tux could be dedicated to just software installation.

Which distribution do you use? I think it's definitely a misconception that there is command line work involved in installing software on Linux. All of the above mentioned distributions have graphical package managers that greatly simplify the software installation process.

Cheers!

Daniel McCarthy (not verified) - Wed, 2006-06-28 13:22.

Installing Programs

I've used Mandrake/Mandriva, Suse, Fedora, and I've dabbled with Ubuntu and Kubuntu - basically all the free distros.

What I don't get is the whole 'make' thing you have to do with command line to install programs. I've (apparently) done this part correctly in the past, but had to go through a bunch of other hoops to actually add the new program to the menu so that I could run it. I was not a painless task, to say the least.

I understand that most distros have one package manager or another which simplifies the task of adding/removing software, but this is only for software that the distro's creator chose to include, and is listed in the package manager's catalog. I want to be able to install programs that I've downloaded from the 'net, and haven't had a whole lot of luck with it, and I've yet to find a package manager that allows you to enter the location of a program that you've downloaded for it to install for you.

Chris

Chris (not verified) - Thu, 2006-06-29 08:42.

Re:

Ubuntu, Fedora, and Suse will let you download an RPM and install it directly from Firefox by launching their preferred package manager.

I do understand that some distros do not carry the complete gamut of software. There are third party repositories. This would definitely be something worth including in any article written on software/package management. In those third party repositories you'll find things like Flash, Java, Xine, and many of the multimedia packages that some distros don't include.

An entire issue of Tux on software management would definitely help clear away some of the confusion.

Daniel McCarthy (not verified) - Thu, 2006-06-29 13:31.

I understand that gist

I understand that gist distros submit to indignity one encyst supervisor or another which simplifies the task of adding/removing software, but this is one for software that the distro's creator chose to coop, and is listed in the all king's digest. I destitution to be keen to install tie up withs that I've downloaded wonderless the 'net, and underreckonn't had a winking lot of run of run of happy chance with it, and I've yet to find a bale king that allows you to enter the location of a rank that you've downloaded for it to install for you.

An - ymous (not verified) - Tue, 2007-08-28 03:31.

Excellent Idea

That's a great idea. I'm constantly barraged by users on my network at work who ask me about introducing them to Linux because they know I have some experience with it. I try to explain the basics to them, but if there were an issue of Tux dedicated to just that, I could send them the weblink and they could read the magazine and it would walk them through it all, so I wouldn't have to. Way to go!

Andrew S. (not verified) - Wed, 2006-06-28 11:52.

COMMERCIALSOFTWARE REVIEWS

I see next month there is to be a review of Crossover Office - great as its something I am really interested in as I still have to live in a MS Office World!!

Would be nice if, as part of the review, Codeweavers could offer a "special" for TUX Subscribers that would allow us to download the Standard Edition at a discount to the regular retail price.

Sure I know its still an inexpensive package for what it does but I am always looking for "FREE AS IN BEER"

Can I also hope to see a real step by step/Noddies Guide to installing and unpacking tarballs. Perhaps something like Thunderbird, IceWM, or something that not everyone will have as part of their distro but would be nice to have.

Keep up the good work.

An - ymous (not verified) - Tue, 2006-06-20 14:16.

Magazine Index

I really enjoy your magazine. I'm new to Linux and have found the articles helpful. Thank you for providing such a quality product.

Can you tell me if there is an index to all the articles that have appeared in all the issues of the magazine? I know there is a search feature but sometimes it would just be nice to see a list of all the articles published so far, by subject, section or author.

If there's already something like this, I haven't been able to find it on the website.

Cheers.

Just Learning (not verified) - Sat, 2006-06-10 05:36.

Freedom of accesability

I think that free software offers more than just the actual zero cost but also some other benefits such as the flexibility and disposability of information, and tools that you can just build your whole stack from out of the blue. The speed to put things together worth millions at work simply because you know your way in 20 minutes you have a rubbing server wtih a LAMP app or a functional thing to work.

The ammount of hours you save, regardless of the price tag is what really maike free software a no brainner for productivity.

Jza (not verified) - Sat, 2006-06-03 00:32.

And yet here we have the

And yet here we have the editor of Tux proudly on the Freespire board, which is part and parcel of the least-Free version of Linux there is. Interesting dichotomy, no? I thought journalists were supposed to be independent, and that Tux magazine represented Free software...

An - ymous (not verified) - Thu, 2006-06-08 11:34.

You are missing the point

You really need to look on what that board is about. Most people in that board won't touch Linspire/Freespire with a stick and I guess that is why they are on the board.

The Linux community is full with people that bash distros without learning about them. For example Gentoo, Linspire, Debian (years ago -- before apt-get), Slackware etc.

Jza (not verified) - Sat, 2006-06-24 23:53.

At least he said so next to

At least he said so next to the article, rather than everyone finding out later through someone else. It does seem a bit wrong, but at least he said it outright.

An - ymous (not verified) - Fri, 2006-06-09 00:16.

Version of Linux

Thanks Daniel, This is a wonderful, insightful and uplifting case of a revealing infrastructure implementation of Open-Source & Free Software. Keep up these useful pieces. Your help would be appreciated.

An - ymous (not verified) - Sun, 2006-12-24 06:16.