Build your own system tools

Systems programming, Plasma Mobile, a Raspberry Pi music visualiser and Windows with Wine


Our latest issue hit the shelves this week (as well as the Play Store, iTunes and Zinio) – here’s a sneak preview of what’s in store for you this month!

Systems Programming

With a big feature on building your own system tools, Mihalis Tsoukalos kicks off a series of articles designed to teach you how to do systems programming. This month we’re recreating some classic utilities so you can see how they’re made, and over the coming months we’ll be looking at file I/O, processes and threading, interprocess communication and more.

Systems Programing

Plasma Mobile

We spoke to lead KDE developer Sebastian Kügler to find out more about the brand new Plasma Mobile, a mobile operating system built on the Ubuntu stack. Early test builds are available to flash now and Sebastian lays out the roadmap for a release next year.

Plasma Mobile

Raspberry Pi Music Visualiser

Liam Fraser shows us how to turn an LED strip into a music visualiser that changes colour in time with the energy of a song. Check out this video to see it in action!

Music Visualiser

Windows with Wine

Wine and PlayOnLinux are two great pieces of software that enable you to help anyone fully transition to Linux, giving you a means to natively run Windows software such as Photoshop or EA games – no dual booting, no virtualisation.

Windows & Wine