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How to garble

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In 2003 a strange paragraph made the rounds on email. It read: Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at an Elingsh uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, olny taht the frist and lsat ltteres are at the rghit pcleas. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a…

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DMS to DD to KML with AWK and sed

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In a 2014 Linux Rain article I describe a fast 'points plotter' for Google Earth. First I copy a list of latitude/longitudes (lat/lons) from a spreadsheet to the clipboard, then I launch a shell script with a keyboard shortcut. The script builds a KML file from the copied list and opens the KML for…

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Grouping things with AWK

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In this article I explain one way to group data items with AWK arrays. The code is a little mysterious but the results are impressive, especially in my second example! Case 1: Cricket stats The table 'runs' is tab-separated and lists the 86 national team cricket players who scored (or have so far…

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Building sequences of numbers on the command line

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There are two easy-to-use tools for generating numerical sequences. 'Brace expansion' is a BASH shell built-in, while the seq command is included in the GNU/Linux 'coreutils' package. Each tool has its peculiarities and advantages, as shown below. Simple sequences One difference between the two…

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How to Write Good Software

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Software must be free as in freedom Good software is Free Software. I will avoid using the term "open source" as it doesn't cover a social side at all, which is equally as important, as the technology itself. You can read more about this from here. Widely accepted tools and languages Good software…

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What is Ubuntu Snappy?

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If you're anything like me, you've probably heard about this new thing from Canonical called "Snappy" Ubuntu Core, but at the same time trying to understand exactly what it is may leave you cross-eyed, especially with the buzzwords such as "cloud", "containers" and "apps" floating about. Once you…

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Kirby Becomes Kirby 2

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While not Linux-specific, Kirby (also known as KirbyCMS) is a content management system that The Linux Rain itself runs on. Kirby 2, an updated and revamped version of the file-based CMS, recently became available and we have updated to that exciting new version. You may say to me, "wait, the site…

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Building a Desktop Wikipedia Checker

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I often look something up in Wikipedia when reading non-browser documents, like PDFs, ODTs and emails. I wanted to have a little desktop window for those look-ups - somewhere I could check Wikipedia without opening a browser and without leaving the document I'm reading. This article describes how I…

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Software is not data

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You know that trick where the magician snatches the tablecloth from the table, leaving the plates, cutlery and glassware in place? Watch as I do something similar on my computer. The screenshot above shows the top left corner of a large data table of mine in a spreadsheet. Drum roll, please... …

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Memo - Note Taking, Unix-style

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We all take notes in various ways. Whether it's old fashioned sticky notes littering the front of your PC monitor, an app on your smartphone or simply using your brain to take a 'mental note' (if your memory is that good!), it's a useful activity. How about note taking on the command-line? And in a…

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Oracle VirtualBox Updates to run on Linux 4.0 Kernel

InternetNews: The open-source VirtualBox virtualization project is out with its 4.3.24 update today providing a number of important updates and bug fixes.

The Cat That Has Linux's Tongue

 FOSSforce: When I first decided that I wanted to use text to speech on a daily basis, I began researching and testing the available applications.

Do You Need A Swap Partition?

 EveryDayLinuxUser: This article provides an answer to the question "Do I Need A Swap Partition" by showing what happens when you don't have one and your system runs out of memory.

Jolla shows off Sailfish tablet, promises ultra-secure phone

 LinuxGizmos: Jolla released Sailfish OS 2.0, showed off the first tablet to run the OS, and announced plans with SSH to develop a security-hardened version of Sailfish.

Mad Max From Avalanche Studios Confirmed For Linux

 GamingOnLinux: You like car games right? Well the crazy and amazing looking Mad Max has been confirmed for Linux/SteamOS.

Blackphone unveils a new phone and tablet running secure, encrypted Android

The Verge: Blackphone's secure OS is forked off of Android, which is designed to protect metadata and provide end-to-end encryption throughout.

Jolla launches Sailfish 2.0, now with added security

El Reg: Jolla, the smouldering platform which was born out of Nokia’s decision to go Microsoft, has announced its new version of the Sailfish OS.

How the Linux Kernel is Like an Open Source Turducken

Linux.com: When looking out at the Linux and greater Open Source world, examples of “coopetition” stretch out to the horizon.

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Source Engine 2, Steam Link And More Announced At GDC

This is what we have been waiting for, Valve sent out official word about a number of things! These include Source 2, Steam Link and more.

Mad Max From Avalanche Studios Confirmed For Linux

You like car games right? Well the crazy and amazing looking Mad Max has been confirmed for Linux/SteamOS.

Bard To The Future, And My Brutally Honest Look At This Platformer

Weirdest setting for a game ever award goes to Bard to the Future, a new platformer now available on Linux. I take my usual look to tell you what to do with your wallets.

Unreal Tournament Has Come A Long Way, New Beautiful Map Included

The new free Unreal Tournament has come a long way in a short time, and it’s getting better with each new release!

The Funding Crowd 42

Finally we come to issue #42, which seems an appropriate occasion to come clean and confess that we are not really The Funding Crowd, but merely A Funding Crowd. Didn't you hear that we come in six-packs?

DRM Free Games Sales Orgy With GOG's Double Insomnia Promo

Since earlier yesterday and till next Friday a new Insomnia Promo is taking place at GOG.com, the first one since this store started supporting Linux.

Vulkan Really Is The Official Name Of The Next Generation OpenGL Initiative

It has been officially announced now, so Vulkan API it is! We are entering a new era of graphical performance.

GOL Survey Results: February

The results for the February survey are now available for you to take a look at and compare with results from previous months.

Worms Clan Wars Now Available On Linux

Need your fix of Worms? Worms Clan Wars is now available natively on Linux, and a massive sale too! Time to send in the exploding sheep!

Unreal Engine Is Now Free, Including Access To The Source Code

Today became a pretty good day to be a developer! Unreal Engine has dropped the monthly subscription, so anyone can jump in and tinker!

Trine 3 Announcement And Trailer Analysis

Finnish developer Frozenbyte has today announced Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power, a third game in their award winning Trine series.

HTC & Valve Announce The HTC RE Vive

Well that was unexpected, Valve and HTC have announced a joint venture at the Mobile World Congress! Introducing the HTC Re Vive headset.

New Linux Gaming Survey For March

The new GOL survey for March is now available, so please make sure to fill it in if you have the time.

Airships: Conquer The Skies Released On Steam For Linux, It’s Fun

Airships is a very interesting indie game that has just released on Steam for Linux, and it’s already impressing me. You are tasked with designing a steampunk airship, and taking over AI kingdoms.

Mussel, A Free Underwater Shooter, Synced To A Single Killer Chiptune Track

Today's boredom buster is Mussel, a highly interesting, and well executed retro looking arcade shooter, and the music is great too.