Issue #192 / Nov 2016

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This issue celebrates 25 years of Linux, and 25 years is a remarkable run for an operating system that began as a college student’s hobby, but the story of Linux is a truly remarkable story.

SERVICE: Welcome

This issue celebrates 25 years of Linux, and 25 years is a remarkable run for an operating system that began as a college student's hobby, but the story of Linux is a truly remarkable story.

SERVICE: This Month's DVD

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Updates on technologies, trends, and tools.

NEWS: The World According to Linus

We talk with Linux creator Linus Torvalds

The 25th birthday of Linux is an important milestone for everyone in the Linux community. Who better to help us ring in the occasion than the man who started it all: Linux creator Linus Torvalds. 

: Peculiar Distributions

A guided tour of some notable and peculiar Linux distributions

Linux distributions proliferate like butterflies. Linux Magazine went hunting for some strange and particularly surprising specimens.

: Expletives and the Kernel List

Charting expletives from the Linux Kernel Mailing List

Kernel amateurs are best advised to read summaries of the heated discussions on the Linux Kernel Mailing List (LKML) before they delve in. We analyze 2.5 million postings to study the density of cursing.

REVIEWS: Free Media Centers

MythTV, Kodi, Plex, OSMC, and DVBLink tested

Free and commercial media center programs promise streaming HD videos, television, music, picture galleries, and a few extra tricks for Linux PCs and the Raspberry Pi – all from the comfort of your living room.

: Free Digital Assistants

Putting free digital assistants to the test

Researchers from the University of Michigan have built an intelligent personal assistant akin to Siri and Cortana from free components. Although the Sirius Project focuses on the server load created by digital assistant software, we are interested in the usability of Sirius and its successor Lucida.

NEWS: Ask Klaus

Klaus Knopper answers your Linux questions.

PROGRAMMING: Perl – Programming Tips

A bag o' tricks from the Perlmeister

If you have been programming for decades, you've likely gathered a personal bag of tricks and best practices over the years – much like this treasure trove from the Perlmeister.

: LXC Basics

Container management with LXC

Chroot lets you run a largely autonomous guest system on a computer, without the need to emulate hardware. The LXC container management tool refines this technique with a comprehensive range of additional functions.

SYSADMIN: Charly's Column – Socket Statistics

The sys admin's daily grind: socket statistics

Most sys admins use netstat to find out about the status of network sockets, but Charly knows a good shortcut.

LINUXUSER: Workspace – Emacs

Emacs for writers

With the pointers and useful tips in this article, you can turn Emacs into a powerful writing environment.

: GPG Key Management

Neatly managing and handling PGP/GnuPG keyrings

PGP/GnuPG is becoming increasingly popular, thanks to digital crime and government surveillance. We take a look behind the scenes and show how you can keep your keyring current and valid.

LINUXUSER: Maperitive

Enrich OSM maps with additional information

Maperitive helps users create high-quality maps with additional information from OpenStreetMap data.

LINUXUSER: Command Line – Logrotate

Managing log files with logrotate

Regularly switching log files keeps them from filling up the filesystem, but the logrotate tool can do much more.

: Doghouse – maddog's True Tails

The thrilling saga of a database gone bad

In which our hero relates a "True Tail" where lack of testing almost created a divorce.

: Event Report – LinuxCon NA 2016

Highlights of LinuxCon NA 2016

The Linux community gathered at LinuxCon NA 2016 in Toronto to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Linux.

: Kernel News

Chronicler Zack Brown reports on the latest news, views, dilemmas, and developments within the Linux kernel community.

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