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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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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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Impressions of a Chromebook and Linuxy Goodness

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Feeling like something different, I recently bought a HP Chromebook 11. In this article I give my impressions on the device itself and also some Linux-specific goodness thanks to something caled Crouton, plus a few thoughts on working in the "cloud". As someone who uses a typical GNU/Linux…

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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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How to repeat a script, or not

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I have a data-entry script which adds records to a plain-text data table. It's a fairly complicated script with a GUI dialog, and until recently it added one record at a time. To add another record, I had to launch the script again. Was there a simple way (I asked myself) to re-run the script, or…

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On dates and stuffed non-dates

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Nothing gives my wife the Screaming Meemies like dates in spreadsheets. Unless she formats the target cell in advance as text, the spreadsheet will turn a perfectly innocent, non-date string like 23/2/6 into '23-Feb-2006'. When she types 6420-11-3, according to both LibreOffice Calc and Gnumeric,…

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The header line: how to add, delete and ignore it

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In a plain-text table, the first or header line usually contains the names of the fields. In this article I've pulled together a variety of ways to add and delete a header, and also how to do things with the rest of the table while leaving the header intact as the first line in the file. Add a…

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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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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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GitHub's Atom 1.5 Hackable Text Editor Out Now, Atom 1.6 Enters Beta Testing

 softpedia: As Atom is massively adopted by more and more programmers, it looks like GitHub's developers have speed up the development cycle of the project

Mentor Embedded Linux adds SMACK security and IoT support

 LinuxGizmos: Mentor Graphics has updated Mentor Embedded Linux (MEL) with Yocto Project 2.0 code, SMACK security, and support for CANopen, BACNet, and 6LoWPAN.

Making a Non-Spamming Alert using Diff

 FreedomPenguin: Being on pager duty is a downer.

Arch Anywhere: An easy way to install a fully custom Arch Linux system

 ostechnix: Arch Anywhere lets you to install a fully custom Arch Linux from anywhere in minutes

Monitor Linux Servers log files in Real-time in your browser using Log.io

 tecmint: Log.io is a small simple but effective application build on top of Node.js and Socket.io, which allows to monitor Linux servers log files in real time through web interface screen widgets.

X.Org Server 1.18 Gets Its First Point Release, Fixes Multiple XWayland Issues

softpedia: X.Org Server 1.18.1 represents the work done by the X.Org project's developers in the last three months

Mozilla Firefox 44.0.1 Patches Graphics Startup Crashes on Linux, Adds Gecko SDK

Among the new features and improvements, we can mention the addition of the Gecko SDK (Software Development Kit)

Alpine Linux Goes All In for Docker

eWEEK: While Docker can run on multiple OSes, including various flavors of Linux and Windows, there has been a movement in the last two years toward highly optimized Docker-focused operating systems

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We Are Legion, indie strategy game with hundreds or even millions of units now on Linux

Tags:Strategy,Steam,Indie GameWe Are Legion is a small indie strategy game with no unit caps, so you could end up with millions of units going at it.…

Vulkan webinar to take place this month, hour session talking about the API and SDK

Tags:Coming Soon,Editorial,VulkanIt's getting close to the launch of Vulkan, I can feel it! Khronos are doing a webinar on February 18th at 9:00am PT…

Steam Beta adds hardware accelerated encoding for Nvidia on Linux, Steam Controller major update

Tags:Steam,Hardware,Editorial,BetaUpdate: Valve said this about the missing option to run a game with the big picture mode overlay from the normal…

Amazon launches Lumberyard, a free game engine that will support Linux and have source access

Tags:Game Engine,EditorialAmazon dropped a bit of a big one recently, they announced Lumberyard which will be a mix of code from CryEngine, Double…

ARK: Survival Evolved devs throwing money at BattlEye for Linux support, good news for Arma 3 too

Tags:Steam,EditorialSad news for players of ARK: Survival Evolved as it now uses BattlEye for online play, but the great news is the developers of…

Firewatch, a first person mystery adventure game released for Linux & SteamOS

Tags:Steam,AdventureFirewatch looks awesome, for the style, the story and the gameplay. It's available day-1 for Linux and SteamOS. Sadly, the…

GOL Cast: Killing mushrooms and spiders in Sproggiwood

Tags:Roguelike,Review,Procedural Death Labyrinth,GOL CastRoguelikes have a tendency to be really complex games with tons of depth and thick user…

Tweaking Performance in XCOM 2

Tags:Unreal Engine,Nvidia,Feral Interactive,AMDWhen Firaxis chose to use Unreal Engine to power their latest title, XCOM 2, they chose to stay on the…

Dying Light: The Following - Enhanced Edition now available for Linux, texture issues

Tags:Zombies,Steam,RPG,ActionDying Light: The Following - Enhanced Edition is a big patch and DLC now available for Dying Light. I have tested it a…

Does Dying Light's Linux to Linux multiplayer fail for you? Please confirm it here

Tags:Zombies,Steam,Editorial I've heard reports far and wide that the Linux to Linux multiplayer in Dying Light is broken. Myself and Samsai tried to…

Multiplayer indie action game 'Super Snow Fight' may get a Linux version if there is enough demand

Tags:Action,Indie Game A developer of Super Snow Fight, a multiplayer action indie game, claims in its Steam discussion forum that if they receive…

GPUOpen has launched, AMD open up more to the community

Tags:Toolkit,Editorial,AMDSorry for the lateness, but GPUOpen from AMD is now officially open to the public. I really like the way AMD is going doing…

XCOM 2 is so popular it has beaten the all time peak player count of a number of games

Tags:Editorial,Feral Interactive,Steam,Strategy This is awesome to see. XCOM 2 has beaten the all time peak player counter of some pretty high…

Gas Guzzlers Extreme looks like it is going to come to Linux, porting starts soon

Tags:Action,Coming Soon,Racing,SteamGas Guzzlers Extreme has an interesting history, but it looks like the developers are once again trying to bring…

Valve rep mentions they will eventually survey Big Picture & SteamOS

Tags:EditorialCurrently Steam Big Picture mode and SteamOS don't get a hardware survey, so even if millions of people pick up a Steam Machine we…