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full circle magazine Issue 33 is out

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Ubuntu

A new month (well, in two days) and a new magazine issue is out.

This month, we’ve got:

* Command and Conquer.
* How-To : Program in Python – Part 7, Create A Media Center with a Revo, Ubuntu and Boxee, and The Perfect Server – Part 3.
* My Story – Ubuntu in Public Education, and Why I Use Linux.
* Review – Exaile.
* MOTU Interview – Didier Roche.
* Top 5 – Synchronization Clients.
* Ubuntu Women, Ubuntu Games and all the usual goodness!

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