Sunday, 30 March 2014

News: Full Circle #83 is here to make you feel guilty about your spending

Full Circle, the independent magazine for the Ubuntu Linux community is proud to announce the release of our eighty-third issue.
This month:
  • Command & Conquer
  • How-To : Backup In Ubuntu, LibreOffice, and MultiSystem.
  • Graphics : GIMP G’MIC and Inkscape.
  • Review: HomeBank
  • Security Q&A
  • What Is: CryptoCurrency
  • NEW! - Open Source Design
plus: Q&A, Linux Labs, Ask The New Guy, Ubuntu Games, and a competition!
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Saturday, 29 March 2014

Review: ESET NOD32 Antivirus 4 For Linux [Guest Post]

Article originally appeared as Review: ESET NOD32 Antivirus 4 For Linux by The Spectre in Full Circle Managzine Issue 82.

The reason for this review is because I quite often see questions on the Ubuntu Forums about what Antivirus programs to use and the standard answer is: you don't need an Antivirus in Ubuntu/Linux.

And though this is generally true, some people feel uneasy without any Antivirus protection and just want peace of mind.

Plus, there are legitimate reasons to have an Antivirus program on a GNU/Linux machine; you may share files with other users who are running Windows, or you might be running a mail server and don't want viruses spreading through your network.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

How-to: Install Joomla on Debian 7 LaMp

Joomla is the well-established Content Management System (CMS) used to run a vast number of websites around the world.

I don't intend to be highly original here: you will find a version of these instructions on

Make sure that you have installed zip and unzip for extracting the downloaded Joomla (sorry, 'Joomla!') package; I've found the default Squeeze archive manager hangs when I try to use it on the Joomla zip files.

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Movie Review: Disconnect (2013)

The admirable ensemble cast of Disconnect does for the Internet what Crash did for the multi-cultural urban landscape. Trash it.

If you can ignore its unrelentingly bleak outlook, didactic tone and occasional melodrama, this worthy drama turns our connected on-line world on its head in a tidal wave of suspicion, distrust, paranoia and personal betrayal.

A collection of interwoven plots forms an overall narrative as the lives of the talented cast crossover and tear apart entirely because of the connections made on line.

Friday, 21 March 2014

How-to: Optimising animated GIFs using GIMP

Previously, I ran through preparing an animated GIF for use as a web banner ad. What I neglected to mention was the part of the brief that restricted the file size. While animated GIFs for banner ads come in standard size, trying to get these images all under a certain file size can involve a lot of trial and error.

Keep in mind each 'frame' of the animation starts out as a layer in the master graphic. Unlike static GIFs, which are saved "flattened" to a single layer, the animated GIF needs to keep its layering to work; the extra layer data bulks up the file size. So how do we reduce it?

Fortunately GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) has extra tools to help out.

Monday, 17 March 2014

How to enable mod_rewrite in Apache2 on Debian7

I have Apache2 installed as my web-server. It appears to work. So what is this mod_rewrite thing and why do I need it?

The point of the web server is to serve up web pages; mostly these days, the content of those web pages comes from various content management systems such as Drupal, Joomla, Wordpress and the like. 

They do a fine job of storing and organising content but not alays such a good job of serving it up under decent page addresses (URL's). Which is where the mod_rewrite module comes in...

Saturday, 15 March 2014

How-to: Animated GIFs using GIMP

I was asked to produce a couple of banner ads for cross-site promotion recently. What does that mean? Good old animated GIF's.

Since the open source GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is my graphics programme of choice, I went straight to its' facility for producing animated GIFs; simple layered graphics that can cycle through a number of frames, like an old-fashioned flick-book, the corner-stone of stop-motion animation.

While animated GIFs may be past their prime, there are still many sites using them for banner ads. Social media has also 'rediscovered' them for little animated gags and funnies.

Monday, 10 March 2014

Full Circle #82 arrives in your digital piggy bank

Full Circle, the independent magazine for the Ubuntu community, brings forth its 82nd edition.

This month:
  • Command & Conquer
  • How-To : Python, LibreOffice, and Connecting iOS Devices.
  • Graphics : Blender and Inkscape.
  • Review: NOD32 Anti-virus
  • NEW! – Security Q&A
  • NEW! – What Is: CryptoCurrency
plus: Q&A, Linux Labs, Ask The New Guy, Ubuntu Games, and even some competitions!

Get it while it’s hot!