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Joining Tables on the Command-Line

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This article compares 3 different ways to join tables on a common field. All 3 work OK on small tables, but there's a big difference in speed when the tables to be joined are large, as shown below. Table joining isn't something you need to do if you store data in a simple, flat-file database like a…

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The new Linux Rain is Here... well, sort of, almost

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You might have noticed that The Linux Rain has taken on a whole new look. If you had of tried the beta version of The Linux Rain the new look would look very familiar. So, are we now running a whole new shiny CMS (content management system)? Well, not quite. Not yet anyway. Here's why. It's a whole…

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Splitting a File Elegantly

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In a previous Linux Rain article I compared different ways to delete blank lines, and showed that the AWK way was the simplest and most thorough. Here I show how to split a text file into multiple text files using a surprisingly simple AWK command. Background In 2013 I published an article in Free…

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Over a Month On - Conclusion to the GNOME Shell Challenge

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Over a month ago I embarked on my own personal challenge to use GNOME Shell (otherwise just known as GNOME 3) for an entire week. That week happened and went, I wrote some thoughts I had after that initial week, but did not officially end my usage of the Shell. Fast forward to now... I'm still…

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Want Firefox without Australis? Try Pale Moon

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If the release of Firefox's Australis interface got you down, there are Firefox-based alternatives out there with a more traditional Mozilla UI. One such alternative is Pale Moon and here's how you get it. Earlier in the year I wrote about Seamonkey, an all-in-one internet suite. The browser…

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Tips on getting (and suggesting, and editing) user input

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In a previous Linux Rain article I explained how to use the YAD dialog to do multiple-item data entry in a GUI. Here I show one way to allow users to check and edit what they've entered in YAD. I also explain how to offer default, editable inputs in terminal-based data entry, and how to color the…

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How to get nowhere in particular

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In this tutorial I explain one way to generate a random geographical location, using simple command-line tricks. Latitude and longitude: decimal degrees Latitude runs from 0 to 90 degrees from the Equator to the North Pole, and 0 to 90 degrees from the Equator to the South Pole. Longitude in…

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Nostalgic Gaming On Linux With Good Old Games

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Thanks to the recent Linux support provided by DRM-free classic games provider, GOG.com, getting that nostalgic kick on Linux has never been easier. In this article I'll also detail a few of my favourite classic games that are now available to play in Linux. It's not all nostalgia, though. Some of…

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The 'New' Linux Rain Beta Is Now Live!

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The "Beta" version of the upcoming new site for The Linux Rain is now live and ready for your perusal and testing. While it is a beta and by no means entirely complete or set in stone, it is more than usable and already reached feature parity with the current site. It is live and reachable now at…

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GOG.com Launches Linux Support, Ahead Of Schedule

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That's right, GOG.com has just announced they are supporting Linux, way ahead of their scheduled dates of around October or November. The launch brings 50 Linux-compatible games right away. GOG.com announced it on their website today, no doubt to the surprise of many. GOG.com says that 100 Linux…

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Clusterbit Developed the World's Smallest Datacenter

 DarkDuck: Open source platform where home enthusiasts, IT professionals, Linux technicians as well as high-end users can explore new possibilities

Magento 1.9.0.1 Released: Installing and Configuring on Debian/Ubuntu

 tecmint: Magento is a free, open-source CMS for web-commerce websites, first launched in 2008 and later acquired by eBay

RHEL 7 / CentOS 7 / Grub2 : Protect Single User Mode / Rescue / Emergency with Password

All Linux: In This Howto, We will protect Grub2 with Encrypted Password and Plain Password.

Has Linux run out of time?

 EveryDayLinuxUser: Why does it have to be Windows or Linux, why can't it be both?"

Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition For Linux & Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition Linux Update

 GamingOnLinux: Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition has been announced to much fanfare and it looks like it will be getting a Linux version.

Low-Spec Hardware? Try these Desktop Environments

 LinuxLinks: I have selected my pick of desktop environments that are excellent candidates for older hardware.

Who's to blame when products fail?

Linux Magazine: "maddog" takes exception to attempts to blame Open Source for some recent product failures.

OpenStack Manila project Approved for Incubation

InternetNews: "Stated simply, the goal of the Manila project is to do for shared filesystem storage what Cinder has done for blocks storage"

Splitting a File Elegantly

LinuxRain: Is there a simpler way to split the file by last name using AWK, without sorting?

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Borderlands 2 Also Looks Like It's Coming To Linux, UPDATE: Confirmed

Remember when Randy Pitchford of Gearbox told us not to get our hopes up? Then Borderlands: The Pre-sequel was confirmed for Linux? Well he's a funny guy as Borderlands 2 is now showing signs of coming over to Linux anyway. UPDATED

A Valley Without Wind 1 & 2 Released For Linux

A Valley Without Wind 1 & 2 from Arcen Games are now available on Linux, and that folks is their entire back catalogue ported to Linux.

Project Vaulderie Is A Fan Made Remake Of Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines

Project Vaulderie is a fan made remake of Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines coming to Linux thanks to Unity3D.

Seven Dragon Saga, The Epic RPG Debut Title From Tactical Simulations Interactive

New independent video games studio formed by SSI alumni, updates “Gold Box” RPG experience with modern tech and new core gaming system

The Witcher 2 Improves With A New Round Of Beta

Virtual Programming are again delivering on their promises of better performance. The Witcher 2 has kicked off another round of beta versions and it comes with AMD related fixes too.

Firewatch, A First Person Mystery Game Finally Reveals Itself In A Trailer

Firewatch is an incredibly stylish looking first person mystery game from new developer Campo Santo Productions.

Mojang Releases Roadmap For Scrolls, Still No Sign Of Linux

Scrolls is a bit of a sad song for Linux and for me especially as I purchased it on their public promise of a Linux version, and with their release of a roadmap Linux is nowhere in sight.

Minecraft 1.8 Released, Includes Masses Of Changes

Minecraft 1.8 has officially just been released and with it comes maaaaany changes you need to be aware of.

Ryan Icculus Gordon On The Linux Action Show

Ryan Icculus Gordon has just recently been on a guest on the excellent Linux Action Show to talk about Linux gaming. Ryan Icculus Gordon is the name behind a number of big ports.

Empire: Total War Looks Close To A Linux Version, Pokes Fun At Linux Gamers

We already knew that Total War: ROME II would come to Linux, but now it looks like the original Empire: Total War will come to Linux too and maybe sooner than the sequel.

Steampunk Train Shooter Meets Tower Defense: Kickstarter & Playable Demo

If you're looking for steampunk game that combines elements of rail shooters and tower defense there's a kickstarter launching Sept 2 with your name on it! In Tumbleweed Express players must expertly defend their train while constantly battling against an endless barrage of militarized bandits, outlaws, and opposing organizations.

GOL Cast: Fighting A Desperate Battle In AI War

An RTS fan? Well, you might like what this complex strategy game about a galactic war against an over-powered AI brings to the table. Let's see what AI War is all about!

Metro: Last Light Redux Showing Signs Of Getting The Linux Version Out

Metro: Last Light Redux has been updated on the SteamDB to include some Linux information, so it seems the developers are working on getting it sorted.

NeonXSZ Cyberspace FPS Now On Steam For Linux

For those of you who stick to Steam this will be good news. NeonXSZ is an awesome cyberspace FPS with solid gameplay and it looks good too.

Ambient Puzzler Hexcells Infinite Available On Linux Today

The third and final instalment in the popular puzzle game series launches today, DRM free and on Steam.