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Steel, Password Managing the CLI Way

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One thing that's probably obvious to anyone who's read more than a few Linux Rain articles is that we appreciate the CLI (command-line interface). Graphical programs and utilities are great and there are some fantastic examples of those out there, not to mention new ones being created all the time.…

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Installing Firestorm (Second Life viewer) for Linux

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Unless you've lived under a virtual rock since 2003, you have probably heard of Linden Lab's baby, Second Life at some point. The online virtual world, where you can literally pretty much do anything, might not be at the peak popularity it once experienced but there is still plenty going on. If…

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I think I like backreferences (sometimes)

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Backreferences are part of the complicated and sometimes confusing world of regular expressions. The basic idea is this: you can substitute any part of a regular expression with a backslash followed by a number, so long as you surround the part to be substituted with round brackets. The command…

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Keeping emails as text files: 2 scripts

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Most people store and organise their personal emails as individual files (messages) in folders. Those folders might be on a webmail company's servers, or in a mail client program on the user's personal computer. In both cases the emails are probably in a special email format. I'm horribly…

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How to manage alternating lines of text on the command line

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In this article I've pulled together some command-line tips for alternating lines of text. Questions about alternating lines turn up regularly on online help forums, and they sometimes get complicated answers. Here I've tried to keep things simple. Interleaving lines For demonstration purposes I'll…

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The joys of ISOdates

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It took me a fair while to get comfortable with the ISO 8601 date format. After so many years of using DD MMM YYYY, my old eyes and brain had some trouble understanding YYYY-MM-DD. Finally something clicked, and I now read 'ISOdates' easily and I really appreciate their advantages. The biggest…

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Scripting a fancy chooser for recently used files

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I recently scripted a GUI dialog that lists my 10 most recently modified files in reverse chronological order and allows me to choose more than 1 file for opening. The dialog is launched with a keyboard shortcut and is shown here with 2 files selected: The script is in copy-and-paste form at the…

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Gnumeric: a filter-and-export script

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My wife likes to organise and store information in Gnumeric spreadsheets. Every now and then she needs to filter her data and save the result to a new spreadsheet. Gnumeric doesn't have a simple way to do that. It has a complicated way to do it ('Advanced Filter'), but nothing so straightforward as…

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How to insert code snippets on the command line without executing them

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You can store a code snippet in a shell alias or a function, but when you type the alias or function name in a BASH shell and press 'Enter', the shell executes (or tries to execute) the snippet. That's no good if the snippet is incomplete or needs editing. A simple workaround is to paste the…

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How to read a file N lines at a time in BASH: 3 methods

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The file I'll be using for this demonstration is called demo and looks like this: demo is plain text with 2 tab-separated columns. The first column is sorted alphabetically, but the second column isn't sorted. What I want to find out is how many different letters are in the second column for each…

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Linux 4.5 rc3

Linus Torvalds: It's Sunday afternoon, and everything is normal. And that means that there's a new rc release right on time.

NVIDIA GeForce GT 710: Trying NVIDIA's Newest Sub-$50 GPU On Linux

Phoronix: This really isn't a graphics card for gamers or anyone needing any serious GPU performance but rather as an upgrade for an entry-level system

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Will Ship An Older Version Of Nautilus

OMG Ubuntu: Just don't say it's 'cos the new one sucks

Make a $40 Linux or Android PC with this tiny new Raspberry Pi 2 rival

PCWorld: Hardkernel's Odroid-C2 supports 4K video and gaming

Docker Official Images are Moving to Alpine Linux

Alpine Linux is a security-oriented, lightweight Linux distribution based on musl libc and busy box

MaruOS claims to turn your Android phone into a Linux desktop

Liliputing: Odds are that the smartphone in your pocket is powerful enough to run some desktop apps like office suites, web browsers, and other productivity tools.

Calligra 2.9.11 Office Suite Launches for Linux with New Krita and Kexi Bugfixes

As expected, Calligra 2.9.11 is only a bugfix release

Rugged Turing Phone to Run on Sailfish OS, Not Android

LinuxInsider: The Turing Phone, molded from a single unit of the Liquidmorphium liquid-metal alloy, is designed to be more durable to absorb shocks and prevent screen breakage.

The Talos Secure Workstation Is A High-Performance Libre System

Phoronix: The Talos Workstation is built around the open-source-friendly IBM POWER8 processor.

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XCOM 2 can be pre-loaded ready for release on SteamOS/Linux & exact release time revealed

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