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Packt 5 Dollar Deal


Following the success of last year’s festive offer, Packt Publishing will be celebrating the holiday season with an even bigger $5 offer.

From Thursday 18th December, every eBook and video will be available on the publisher’s website for just $5. Customers are invited to purchase as many as they like before the offer ends on Tuesday January 6th, making it the perfect opportunity to try something new or to take your skills to the next level as 2015 begins.

With all $5 products available in a range of formats and DRM-free, customers will find great value content delivered exactly how they want it across Packt’s website this Xmas and New Year.

Find out more HERE.

FCM makes no money from this, but Packt Publishing support FCM with review copies of books. So, in return, please support Packt. They’re good people.


Packt offers library subscription with additional $150 worth of free content

As  you may know, Packt Publishing supports Full Circle Magazine with review copies of books, so it’s only fair that we help them by bringing this offer to your attention:


PacktLib provides full online access to over 2000 books and videos to give users the knowledge they need, when they need it. From innovative new solutions and effective learning services to cutting edge guides on emerging technologies, Packt’s extensive library has got it covered. For a limited time only, Packt is offering 5 free eBook or Video downloads in the first month of a new annual subscription – up to $150 worth of extra content. That’s in addition to one free download a month for the rest of the year.

This special PacktLib Plus offer marks the release of the new and improved reading and watching platform, packed with new features.

The deal expires on 4 November.


Pushbullet + FCM = WIN!


If you’d like to know the very second FCM is out, and on all of your devices then install Pushbullet and subscribe to the Full Circle Magazine channel:

I’m not sure if I can push a 15MB PDF through Pushbullet, but I’ll give it a first try when FCM#90 is out (31st).

There’s also a Pushbullet subscribe button on the site.


Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) released

The Ubuntu team is very pleased to announce our fifth long-term support
release, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS for Desktop, Server, Cloud, and Core, as well
as Ubuntu 14.04 for Phone and Tablet products.

Codenamed “Trusty Tahr”, 14.04 LTS continues Ubuntu’s proud tradition
of integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a
high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution.  The team has been hard at
work through this cycle, introducing new features and fixing bugs.

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS is the first long-term support release with support
for the new “arm64″ architecture for 64-bit ARM systems, as well as the
“ppc64el” architecture for little-endian 64-bit POWER systems.  This
release also includes several subtle but welcome improvements to Unity,
AppArmor, and a host of other great software.

Ubuntu Server 14.04 LTS includes the Icehouse release of OpenStack,
alongside deployment and management tools that save devops teams time
when deploying distributed applications – whether on private clouds,
public clouds, x86 or ARM servers, or on developer laptops.  Several key
server technologies, from MAAS to Ceph, have been updated to new upstream
versions with a variety of new features.

The newest Kubuntu, Edubuntu, Xubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, Ubuntu
Kylin, and Ubuntu Studio are also being released today.  More details
can be found for these at their individual release notes:

Maintenance updates will be provided for 5 years for Ubuntu Desktop,
Ubuntu Server, Ubuntu Cloud, Ubuntu Core, Ubuntu Kylin, Edubuntu, and
Kubuntu.  All the remaining flavours will be supported for 3 years.

To get Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

In order to download Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, visit:

Users of Ubuntu 12.10 and 13.10 will be offered an automatic upgrade to
14.04 LTS via Update Manager shortly. Users of 12.04 LTS will be
offered the automatic upgrade when 14.04.1 LTS is released, which is
scheduled for July 24th. For further information about upgrading, see:

As always, upgrades to the latest version of Ubuntu are entirely free
of charge.

We recommend that all users read the release notes, which document
caveats, workarounds for known issues, as well as more in-depth notes
on the release itself. They are available at:

Find out what’s new in this release with a graphical overview:


EXTRA! EXTRA! Read All About It!


Our glorious news reporters have begun posting news items directly to the site to keep you informed of all the latest Linux related news.

Clicking the NEWS link at the top of the site will show you the headlines, while looking to the right will show the five latest news posts.

Feel free to comment on the news stories as maybe the comments could expand the news section in the magazine.


Full Circle Magazine #73 is OUT!

UPDATE: Normal service has resumed.

Full Circle
Issue #73
Full Circle – the independent magazine for the Ubuntu Linux community
are proud to announce the release of our seventy third issue.

This month:
* Ubuntu News.
* How-To : Programming in Python, LibreOffice, and An Intro To SQLite.
* Graphics : Blender, and Inkscape.
* Review: TV Browser & CMUS.
* AND: New Ubuntu Games writers and the Reader Survey 2013 results!

plus: Q&A, Command & Conquer, Linux Labs, Ask The New Guy, My Story,
and soooo much more!
Get it while it’s hot!


Get 4GB of space, or 25% off, with SpiderOak

SpiderOak logoJovan from SpiderOak has emailed me an exclusive code for Full Circle readers. Before I continue, a quick disclaimer:

You should only use this code if you currently have less than 4GB, or are a new user. Using it on accounts larger than 4GB may actually drop your storage space.

So, with the disclaimer out of the way, log in to your account via the website then go to ‘Account’ (top right) then click the ‘Buy More Space’ button. Now enter this code:


You’ll now have two options. Up your storage to 4GB, or buy a storage package for 25% off.

PLEASE NOTE: the 4GB option of the code will expire on the 28th June. Using the code after that date will still get you 25% off.

Enjoy your extra space, and thanks to Jovan at SpiderOak for the kind offer.


The Official FCM Map Of Awesomeness

It’s a warm and lazy Sunday afternoon here at FCM Towers*, so I thought I’d put up a post showing some of the data from our visitors map (aka: The FCM Map of Awesomeness) and Google Analytics. I mean what proper geek doesn’t like numbers and graphs?

* We don’t actually have a tower, but it makes us seem bigger.

First, the world:

The Official Full Circle Map of Awesomeness

The Official Full Circle Map of Awesomeness

Approximately 46k visitors in 40 days. That’s not bad! Google Analytics tells me that the average pages per visit is 3, and the average stay is 3mins. You folks don’t have much in the way of an attention span, do you? Roughly 55% are new visitors, and about 45% are bounces.

Zooming in:



O’Reilly Velocity Conference, June 25-27 2012, Santa Clara CA

O’Reilly are looking forward to celebrating Velocity’s 5th Year with you June 25-27, at the Santa Clara Convention Center. You’ll meet the smartest people working in web performance and operations at the O’Reilly Velocity Conference. Web and mobile users expect better performance than ever before. To meet, and exceed, their expectations, you need to master a daunting array of web performance, operations, and mobile performance issues. Velocity offers the best opportunity to learn the newest info on what you need to know to build a faster and stronger web.

Take advantage of this rare opportunity to meet face-to-face with a cadre of industry leaders who are taking web performance and operations to the next level. Velocity packs a wealth of big ideas, know-how, and connections into three concentrated days. You’ll be able to apply what you’ve learned immediately and you’ll be well prepared for what lies ahead with four in-depth tracks covering the key aspects of web performance, operations, mobile performance, and Velocity culture.

Velocity has sold out the last two years, so if you want to reserve your spot at Velocity 2012, register now and save an additional 20% with code FULLCIR

FULL DECLARATION: We, Full Circle, make nothing from this, we just want to bring you folks discounts.


Looking to download a run of issues? There’s a script for that…

Google+ user Kevin Lynch has made a quick script (updated by David Mawdsley) to download multiple issues:



echo -n "What is the issue number of the first Full Circle Magazine to
download? "
read firstissue

echo ""
echo -n "What is the issue number of the last Full Circle Magazine to
download? ( > or = the previous number) "
read lastissue

cd ~/Desktop  # ~ brings you to the home directory of the user and from
there I wanted to use my folder 'Desktop'

for a in `seq $firstissue $lastissue`
        wget -U Mozilla ""$a"_en.pdf"

echo ""
echo "Complete!"


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Full Circle is a free, independent, monthly magazine dedicated to the Ubuntu family of Linux operating systems. Each month, it contains helpful how-to articles and reader submitted stories.

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