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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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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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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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New Ubuntu Phone Separates the App from the Data

Wall St. Journal: The open-source, Ubuntu-powered mobile phone is moving forward once again, according to Mark Shuttleworth, founder of both Canonical and the Ubuntu Linux operating system.

Source Engine 2, Steam Link And More Announced At GDC

 GamingOnLinux: This is what we have been waiting for

MPV - A truly lightweight Mplayer based media player for Linux

 techdrivein: MPV is a free, open source, and cross-platform media player based on mplayer2 and MPlayer.

Korora 21 Review

 DesktopLinuxReviews: Fedora has always been a popular desktop Linux distribution, but it has not always had the reputation of being welcoming to new Linux users

Docker Acquiring Container SDN Specialist SocketPlane

eWEEK: Docker is buying SDN vendor SocketPlane. Financial terms of the deal—considered a talent and technology acquisition—have not been disclosed.

GNOME Control Center Improves Support for Firefox Nightly Builds

 softpedia: In GNOME 3.16, GNOME Control Center will better support the nightly builds of the acclaimed Mozilla Firefox web browser in the Details section,

Understanding The Linux Kernel's BPF In-Kernel Virtual Machine

Phoronix: The Berkeley Packet Filter was originally designed for network packet filtering but has since been extended as eBPF to support other non-network subsystems via the bpf syscall.

Automate Your Infrastructure with Ansible

DevX: Ansible is a tool that allows you to control remote servers from the comfort of your laptop.

Mozilla Expands Firefox OS Phone Ecosystem With Partners' Help

eWEEK: Firefox OS will power 17 smartphones, including a range of devices combining the form factor of more basic phones like flips, sliders and slates.

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14 Steam Machines Revealed At GDC, Some Thoughts

With GDC being in full swing we’ve had a chance to take a look at 14 different models of Steam Machine thanks to Ars Technica, and the findings are interesting.

Planetary Annihilation Making A Go At Linux Stability, Report Your Bugs

Just a friendly note that Uber Entertainment are wanting feedback on Linux issues in Planetary Annihilation, as they want to make it a great experience.

Lots Of Big Games Confirmed For SteamOS, Torchlight II Now Out, Payday 2, Mordor And More Coming Too

Valve has announced a Steam sale simply titled ”STEAMOS SALE” with interesting games that are already available and games that they claim are heading over to the platform. The list seems to include some quite big titles too!

Zotac Announces A Proper Steam Machine With SteamOS (Updated)

Now it’s getting really interesting! Zotac has announced a proper Steam Machine with SteamOS, and it looks quite nice too. (Updated: See the bottom).

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.