The Linux Rain Linux General/Gaming News, Reviews and Tutorials

Articles found under tag: linux

Impressions of a Chromebook and Linuxy Goodness

By

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…

Read Article

Software is not data

By

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... …

Read Article

How to repeat a script, or not

By

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…

Read Article

On dates and stuffed non-dates

By

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,…

Read Article

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

By

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…

Read Article

Joining Tables on the Command-Line

By

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…

Read Article

Splitting a File Elegantly

By

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…

Read Article

Tips on getting (and suggesting, and editing) user input

By

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…

Read Article

How to get nowhere in particular

By

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…

Read Article

Nostalgic Gaming On Linux With Good Old Games

By

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…

Read Article

News Elsewhere

Linuxtoday.com

An Everyday Linux User Review Of Android x86

 EveryDayLinuxUser: In this review of Android x86 I have tried to work out whether Android really can ever work on a normal laptop

Will an upgrade to Windows 10 on a dual-boot system mess GRUB up?

 LinuxBSDos: This short post is for those running a system on which Windows 7 or 8 (or 8.1) is installed in dual-boot fashion with one or more Linux distributions.

Carrier adds Arduino and MCU hooks to Zynq ARM/FPGA COM

LinuxGizmos: Avnet released a carrier board for its Linux-driven, FPGA-enabled MicroZed COMs featuring an Arduino shield interface and hooks to an optional MCU board.

How To Test LaTeXila 3.17.0 on Ubuntu Linux

 LinuxPitStop: LaTeXila is an editor for GNOME desktop environment, it is an open source application and lets you compile, convert and view documents on GNOME desktop.

Complete solution for online privacy with own private SSH, VPN and VNC server

 blackmoreops: The best possible solution for this situation is to set up a private SSH and VPN server on your home network and use them when you are out on the road or oversea

Linux 4.2 May Finish Fixing Up Radeon Audio Support

Phoronix: Since the Linux 4.0 kernel there has been DisplayPort audio support for the open-source Radeon driver.

Snappy Ubuntu Core 15.04 Gets a Second Stable Release

 softpedia: A second Snappy Ubuntu Core 15.04 iteration has been released by Canonical

What's your favorite Linux desktop?

ITworld: One of the best things about Linux is the sheer range of different desktop environments.

MPEG-LA is Preparing New Patent Obstruction (Called DASH) Against Free Software, OIN Grows

 Techrights: We are definitely going to hear more about it in days, weeks, months and perhaps years to come.

GamingOnLinux.com Latest Articles

Middle-earth: Shadow Of Mordor Released For Linux, We Love You Feral Interactive

Feral Interactive have released an absolute whopper—Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is now actually available for Linux. This is a seriously…

Dying Light Reveals Upcoming Content In A New Teaser

I do love Dying Light (apart from the ending), and it looks like it will get a fresh coat of paint soon with new content. The trailer shows off some…

Retro City Rampage DX Parody Game Released For Linux, Some Thoughts On This Nostalgia Trip

Retro City Rampage is a bit of a love letter to the 80's and 90's gaming, and it just had a surprise Linux release. Retro City Rampage is a bit of a…

Q.U.B.E: Director's Cut, A Brain-twisting First Person Puzzler Is Being Ported To Linux

Q.U.B.E: Director's Cut is an excellent looking first person puzzle game, and the developer has confirmed Linux & Mac ports are currently in…

Retro-Pixel Castles, A Hybrid Godlike Village Simulator Thoughts & Key Giveaway

I’ve been keeping an eye on Retro-Pixel Castles for a while, and I decided to let it mature a bit. I’ve now given it some thoughts, and I…

Feral Interactive Have Something Up Their Sleeve For Tomorrow

Tomorrow isn't just my birthday, it's also the day Feral Interactive seem to have something "special" planned for Linux & Mac gamers.Hi Mac…

Psychological Horror Adventure Game 'Fran Bow' To Release Next Month, Has New Trailer

Fran Bow is a creepy point-and-click adventure game about a young girl, who has witnessed the brutal murders of her parents and is sent off to a…

Skullgirls Now In Closed Beta For Linux, Here Are My Thoughts & A Video

I am no stranger to fighting games, and I have been excited to get my hands on Skullgirls! I am lucky enough to be in the closed beta for the Linux…

The Wine Development Release 1.7.48 Is Now Available

Wine team released today another development release of their software. Version 1.7.48 have many small changes including 39 bugfixes. A new issue of…

GOL Cast: Saving Humanity In Nomad Fleet

Nomad Fleet developed by Autarca is a one-man indie strategy game that combines elements from FTL, Homeworld and even Battlestar Galactica into a…

Some Thoughts On Terraria Now It Has A Beta For Linux

Now that Terraria has been released, and I’ve had some time to put into it, here’s my thoughts on this new Linux game. It’s been a…

Bound By Flame RPG May Get A Linux Version

Thanks to SteamDB it seems that Bound By Flame a graphically pleasing RPG may get a Linux version. It has mixed reviews, but it may be worth a look.…

Shadowrun: Hong Kong RPG Arrives On August 20th For Linux

Shadowrun: Hong Kong now has a release date, and it's not far off at all. The game will release on the 20th of August! The good thing is you don't…

The Raven - Legacy Of A Master Thief Now Available On GOG For Linux

The Raven - Legacy of a Master Thief is reasonably well rated crime adventure game, and GOG have now published it in their DRM free library. I've…

Super Dungeon Run, Guiding Hapless Heroes Through A Dungeon On Linux, Some Thoughts

Super Dungeon Run recently released on Steam for Linux in Early Access, and the gameplay sounded interesting so I gave it a run or two.About the game…