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The State of NVIDIA Optimus on Linux

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For those unaware, NVIDIA Optimus is a technology that allows integrated Intel graphics and a discrete NVIDIA graphics card to be built into the same computer (generally a laptop) and switch between the two on-demand. This same technology is also the cause of Linus Torvalds' infamous "finger"…

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A "Track Changes" script for data cleaning

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The complicated-looking script at the end of this article is in two parts. The first part detects the changes made when a data table is edited, and reports the changes as a plain-text logfile. It's a straightforward bit of shell scripting based on the diff command. The second part of the script…

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Linux, HP and the avoidance of Windows

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Having a TL;DR day? In a nutshell, I just replaced a 2011 HP Mini netbook with a 2014 HP mini-notebook. Both run Linux. Thank you, HP. The netbook I bought a 2011 HP Mini 110-3744TU in early 2012 (specs below). It came with Windows 7 'starter', which I replaced with CrunchBang Linux. The Mini is…

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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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Open-source IoT kit runs OpenWRT, mimics Arduino Yun

 LinuxGizmos: A "Domino.IO" Kickstarter project offers an Atheros AR9331 module running OpenWRT Linux, plus two tiny baseboards, one of which is Arduino Yun compatible.

Hilarious random startup website generator is pretty damn realistic

 NetworkWorld: A pair of Georgia Tech computer science students have created a Random Startup Website Generator that spits out a different jargon-laden startup website every time you click on the URL.

OpenMandriva Lx 3 Alpha Is Out with UEFI Support and LXQt, KDE Plasma 5 Coming Soon

 softpedia: OpenMandriva Lx 3 Alpha brings many changes

Integrating TinyMCE with Your Laravel CMS

 linuxphile: Laravel is a powerful and easy to learn PHP framework.

World's smallest i.MX6 module has onboard WiFi, eMMC

 LinuxGizmos: Variscite unveiled a 50 x 20mm "DART-MX6" module that runs Linux or Android on the Freescale i.MX6, with up to 64GB eMMC flash and -40 to 85 degrees C support.

How to Install the Gnome Classic Desktop in Ubuntu 15.04

 nextstep4IT: The Gnome classic desktop is easy to use

OSCON Moves, Nokia's on the Phone & More...

 FOSSforce: OSCON is making a big move.

How to Upgrade Ubuntu 14.10 to Ubuntu 15.04

 softpedia: The official support for Ubuntu 14.10 will end sometime around July 2015,

How to get involved with the Open Source Hardware Association

 opensource.com: One of the main objectives the board has in mind for the next year is to continue building up the community interaction and awareness of the association.

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Techland Presentation On Porting Dying Light To Linux

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Shadow Warrior For Linux Updated, Now More Graphically Awesome

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Half-Life 2: Update, A Community Made Graphical Revamp Released For Linux

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Jonathan Blow Creator Of 'Braid' On If 'The Witness' Will Come To Linux

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Interstellar Marines Tactical FPS Update 18, Lots Of Goodies

Interstellar Marines is the fantastic upcoming tactical FPS from Zero Point, and they have updated it with lots of goodies for us. It badly needed…

Contagion, Source Engine Zombie FPS Will Still Come To Linux, Requires A Rewrite

Contagion is the Source engine powered Zombie shooter from Monochrome, Inc that was funded on Kickstarter. We have some clarification as to what is…