The Complete Linux Magazine Archive

Linux Magazine DVD: November 2010

The Linux Magazine archive DVD included with this issue contains the complete history of Linux Magazine.

Browse through the years of Linux an issue at a time. Remember important events, catch up with old columnists from the past, and check out the best work of current columnists, like Zack Brown, Mike Schilli, and Klaus Knopper. In every issue, you’ll find smart solutions, great ideas, and all the intriguing open source tools you’ve come to expect from Linux Magazine.

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  • Problems with docSearcher in Nov. Issue

    I am also having problems similar to "Joe" when attempting to run this application. I'm on Ubuntu 8.04. Issuing the command "java -jar search.jar" from the high level directory on the cd yields a blank pop-up window with the following in the terminal window:

    mnb@Mira:/media/cdrom$ java -jar search.jar
    NOTICE getUserHome() using HOME directory=/home/mnb
    ERROR loadProperties() /home/mnb/.docSearcher/docsearcher.properties isn't a file!
    ERROR loadSettings() failure with numAdminEmails (For input string: ""blunk
    Loading : *home*
    WARN DocSearch() Error creating directory: /home/mnb/.docSearcher/archives
    Index Linux Magazine 2010 : 2172 days old : 1/14/2005
    Index Linux Magazine 2009 : 2172 days old : 1/14/2005
    Index Linux Magazine 2008 : 2172 days old : 1/14/2005
    Index Linux Magazine 2007 : 2172 days old : 1/14/2005
    Index Linux Magazine 2006 : 2172 days old : 1/14/2005
    Index Linux Magazine 2005 : 2172 days old : 1/14/2005
    Index Linux Magazine 2004 : 2172 days old : 1/14/2005
    Index Linux Magazine 2003 : 2172 days old : 1/14/2005
    Index Linux Magazine 2002 : 2172 days old : 1/14/2005
    Index Linux Magazine 2001 : 2172 days old : 1/14/2005
    Index Linux Magazine 2000 : 2172 days old : 1/14/2005
    11 Total indexes
    NOTICE listAllProps() using language: en_US

    It appears there is no .docSearcher directory in my home directory - and this process won't create one. What's up with this? Any ideas on how to correct this - I'm a little bummed... I paid EXTRA for this issue based on the assurances that I would be able to easily all this extra content. Hints would be greatly appreciated!
  • Feedback to your comments

    Hello everyone,

    Thank you all for your comments on this archive DVD! Here's some feedback from the publisher of Linux Magazine.

    @All: First of all, my apologies for the the couple of errors and bugs which made it to the final product. The only excuse we have is that it was the first product using a new process of converting and preparing layout files. The 2011 annual DVD will have these errors corrected.

    @Joe: Here's what you need to do in order to make this work on Windows: Run the DocSearcher and go to the "Tools / Settings" dialog. Set the document handlers for htm(l) and pdf to apps you have installed on your system on the "Document Settings" tab.

    Some background explanation: DocSearcher isn't able to use the system default apps for opening HTML and PDF files. So, we had to select the document handling apps when preparing it for the DVD. We decided on using Firefox and acroread since those seemed to be most common on Linux systems.

    @LinuxUser: We'd have loved to convert all issues into HTML. However, we have switched our DTP software after issue #55. Converting all files before that would have required a whole new process (which wouldn't have been economically justified).

    @Kenny: I agree with you in that the physical production of a DVD alone wouldn't warrant a £3 increase. However, what isn't accounted for in this view is the costs of preparing the content for it. Assuming that the layout data is directly usable for online publication isn't quite right, unfortunately. It's exactly the opposite: Most layout software requires additional steps and processes to get an usable HTML/XML output from it.

    Anyway, look at other publishers doing archive DVDs as stand-alone products. Usually these are priced in the £20-50 price range. Compared to that it seems to me that we're offering great value for the (small) £3 extra.

    Kind regards, Hans
  • November 2010 DVD

    Just picked up the Nov 2010 issue and while trying to view articles in either pdf or html format the links are broken.

    Everyone that I've attempted to open came back with similar results
    for example:

    firefox: R:\Magazine\Archive\2010\110\072-074_per\article.htm;
    java.io.IOException; Cannot run program "firefox":CreateProcess error=2, The system cannot find the file specified.

    Here's what the command prompt window reports.

    R:\>java -jar search.jar
    NOTICE getUserHome() using HOME directory=R:\
    ERROR loadProperties() R:\.docSearcher\docsearcher.properties isn't a file!
    ERROR loadSettings() failure with numAdminEmails (For input string: ""blunk
    Loading : *home*
    WARN DocSearch() Error creating directory: R:\.docSearcher\archives
    Index Linux Magazine 2010 : 2143 days old : 1/14/2005
    Index Linux Magazine 2009 : 2143 days old : 1/14/2005
    Index Linux Magazine 2008 : 2143 days old : 1/14/2005
    Index Linux Magazine 2007 : 2143 days old : 1/14/2005
    Index Linux Magazine 2006 : 2143 days old : 1/14/2005
    Index Linux Magazine 2005 : 2143 days old : 1/14/2005
    Index Linux Magazine 2004 : 2143 days old : 1/14/2005
    Index Linux Magazine 2003 : 2143 days old : 1/14/2005
    Index Linux Magazine 2002 : 2143 days old : 1/14/2005
    Index Linux Magazine 2001 : 2143 days old : 1/14/2005
    Index Linux Magazine 2000 : 2143 days old : 1/14/2005
    11 Total indexes
    NOTICE listAllProps() using language: en_US

    I do appreciate all the work that was done, and this great offer for the DVD, I'm just wondering If there is
    something I'm doing wrong. I'm running a XP for viewing at work and on a laptop. I use Linux when I'm able.

    Again, thanks to everyone who put their effort into this.
  • Special issues and HTML

    The Archive of all past issues is great to have. I'm not unhappy that I purchased this issue, but I was wondering about the following:

    1. Why were the special issues not included on the DVD?

    2. Why are all issues from 2005 onwards in HTML format rather than PDF?

    Thanks happy

  • Special Issues and HTML

    The Archive of all past issues is great to have. I'm not unhappy that I purchased this issue, but I was wondering about the following:

    1. Why were the special issues not included on the DVD?

    2. Why are all issues from 2005 onwards in HTML format rather than PDF?

    Thanks happy

  • Broken links on DVD

    Hi,
    I have also noticed the broken links on the DVD as well. It seems to be just for the issues that are in PDF format (2000-2004) and magazines 1-9 in the main archive index. The way to get to those magazines and articles is to click on the year, then click on the magazine cover, as the text links are broken. As I have a subscription I didn't notice the price hike, but looking at the previous issues it does look like they raised the price $3 USD as well (up from $9.99 USD). It IS the whole archive for the magazine over the past 10 years and they could easily sell it for $100-$300 USD (with the links fixed of course). Hey, for 12 magazines (at non-subscription price) it's $119.88 USD. The articles published over the past one to two years are still fairly current and still hold valuable information, so the fact that they ONLY raised the price $3USD is pretty fair. So stop complaining about the price, (as long as they don't keep it there) and either get the one without the DVD, or enjoy a full 10 years of Linux pro magazine that you didn't have to digitize yourself.
  • Issue 120

    Why the price hike?

    I wouldn't normally mind, but an extra £3 for a DVD that you had not fully checked (it has broken links and I even saw one article twice under different names) is terrible.

    Having bought every single issue of the magazine I obviously have a desire to keep on buying, however this has annoyed my so much that unless I get a satisfactory answer to the price rise for a DVD that took you no time to produce, I will stop. Does it really cost £3 for a plastic DVD box and extra shipping?

    Over the last year the magazine has become a little stale in its articles but I have kept with it, but is it becoming too much of a strain? Does Joe need a holiday?

    The artwork is as always clear and crisp, but you still insist on listing on a grey background.
    Over the years you have increased the blank bits of pages and now when you have huge photos of people the area above always looks as though it is wrong. Why the huge photos? Do there egos really need the space or is it in their contracts?

    As I seem to be the sole person commenting on this issue, I assumed I was wrong about the links. Checking on another machine shows that they really are broken. Either no one else has noticed, which would mean no one else cares about the DVDs or people are so used to poor quality that they are not surprised. Eitherway - please explain the 50% price rise.
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