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April 2011 issue of The PCLinuxOS Magazine

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The PCLinuxOS Magazine staff is pleased to announce the release of the April 2011 issue of the PCLinuxOS Magazine.

In the April 2011 issue:

* e17: Create Your Own Custom Themes
* e17: Tips & Tricks
* e17: Running Ecomorph, Part 2 - Settings
* Using Scribus, Part 4: Layers
* Video: Part 3 - Converting Files With MyMencoder
* Video: Part 4 - MyMencoderDVD
* Remove Video Logos With Avidemux
* Burning CDs Over The Internet With Or Without ISO Image
* Learning rtmpdump By Examples
* Game Zone: Pipewalker
* Rudge's Rain: PCLinuxOS Makes Music
* Firefox Add-ons: Video DownloadHelper
* WindowMaker On PCLinuxOS: Working With Icons
* Alternate OS: Icaros, Part 2
* And much more!

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