Issue 265 Dec 2022

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Cover Theme: Quantum Computing

DVD Theme: Manjaro 21.3.7-220816 and Arch Linux 2022.10.01

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Most Linux users know that this futuristic technology leverages the weird power of quantum mechanics. But how does it really work? What can I do with it? Are there tools available today that will help me experiment? This month we take a deep dive into quantum computing.

Issue 264 Nov 2022

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Cover Theme: Artificial Intelligence

DVD Theme: Debian 11.5 Bullseye and Rocky Linux 9.0 Minimal

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Machine learning remains shrouded in mystery even though it is now an integral part of our everyday world. This month we look behind the curtain at some popular techniques for supervised and unsupervised learning.

Issue 263 Oct 2022

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Cover Theme: Build an IoT Linux

DVD Theme: Linux Magazine Archive

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The most amazing thing about Linux is its flexibility. Linux systems run on the biggest computers in the world – and on many of the diminutive devices that populate your home environment. If you’ve always wondered how developers adapt Linux to run on tiny tech, you’ll appreciate this month’s stories on Buildroot and the Yocto project.

Issue 262 Sep 2022

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Cover Theme: Beyond 5G

DVD Theme: openSUSE Leap 15.4 and MX Linux 21.1

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Behind the scenes, the cellular phone network has always been the preserve of highly specialized and proprietary equipment, but some recent innovations could be changing that. This month we explore the Open RAN specification, which could one day allow more of the mobile phone network to operate on off-the-shelf hardware.

Issue 261 Aug 2022

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Cover Theme: USB Boot

DVD Theme: Linux Mint MATE 20.3 and FreeBSD 13.1

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Live boot was such an exciting idea 15 years ago – just carry a CD with you and boot from anywhere. But old-style boot CDs had some limitations. For one thing, they came in a fixed size. Then there was the problem that you couldn't save anything. Today's USB boot tools solve those problems plus offer a feature that no one even thought about back then: access to several boot images on a single stick.

Issue 260 Jul 2022

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Cover Theme: Privacy

DVD Theme: Ubuntu 22.04 and Fedora 36

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If you are really serious about privacy, you’ll need to lean on more than your browser’s no tracking button. Those who need anonymity the most depend on the Tor network – a global project offering safe surfing even in surveillance states. We also look at Portmaster, an application firewall with some useful privacy features.

Issue 259 Jun 2022

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Cover Theme: Zero Trust

DVD Theme: Zorin OS 16.1 Core and Super GRUB2 Disk

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Twenty Years ago, everyone thought a gateway firewall was all you needed to stay safe from intruders, but recent history has told a different story. Today, the best advice is: Don't trust anyone. Your internal network could be just as dangerous as the Internet.

Issue 258 May 2022

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Cover Theme: Clean IT

DVD Theme: Manjaro 21.2 Qonos and DragonFly BSD 6.2.1

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Most people know you can save energy by changing to more efficient light bulbs, but did you know you can save energy with more efficient software? This month we examine the ongoing efforts to bring sustainability to the IT industry.

Issue 257 Apr 2022

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Cover Theme: Encryption

DVD Theme: Linux Mint 20.3 Cinnamon and deepin 20.4

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This month, we survey the state of encryption in Linux. We look beyond the basics to explore some of the tools and technologies that underpin the system of secrecy – and we show you what you need to know to ensure your privacy is airtight.

Issue 256 Mar 2022

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Cover Theme: Facial Recognition

DVD Theme: antiX 21 and Haiku (R1/beta3)

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Biometrics got a boost recently with the arrival of Microsoft's Hello technology. Now the open source world is catching up, with an innovative tool appropriately called Howdy. Facial authentication might not be ready for the CIA yet, but we'll help you get started with Howdy and explore the possibilities of authenticating with a glance.

Issue 255 Feb 2022

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Cover Theme: Break It to Make It

DVD Theme: Parrot OS 4.11 and Fedora Workstation 35

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Fuzz Testing: Ever wonder how attackers discover those "carefully crafted input strings" that crash programs and surrender control? Welcome to the world of fuzz testing. We introduce you to the art of fuzzing and explore some leading fuzz testing techniques.

Issue 254 Jan 2022

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Cover Theme: Phone Hacks

DVD Theme: Ubuntu 21.10 and EndeavourOS 2021.08.27

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Eventually phone manufactures just give up on supporting old hardware. If you're not ready to abandon that hardware yourself, you might find a better alternative with LineageOS – a free Android-based system that supports more than 300 phones, including many legacy models that are no longer supported by the vendor. We also explore PostmarketOS, a community-based Linux distribution that runs on several Android devices.

Issue 266/2023

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