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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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openbay project launched

isohunt: Torrent sites like Isohunt and The Pirate Bay gave us lessons that would be a crime to ignore.

PostgreSQL 9.4 Increases Flexibility, Scalability and Performance

This release adds many new features which enhance PostgreSQL's flexibility, scalability and performance for many different types of database users, including improvements to JSON support, replication and index performance.

Git Vulnerability Exposed; Patch Now or Be Hacked Later

eWEEK: Git users, it's time to update.

Red Hat Looks to OpenShift Containers for the Future

ServerWatch: For the quarter, revenue was reported at $456 million for a 15 percent year-over-year gain.

Review: CuBoxTV running OpenELEC+Kodi and Android

 LinuxGizmos: This hands-on review takes a first look at SolidRun's tiny CuBoxTV set-top box, running both its default OpenELEC/XBMC OS, as well as an Android 4.4.4 beta.

The 7 Best Alternative Linux Distributions Of 2014

 EveryDayLinuxUser: Here is a list of the 7 best alternative Linux distributions of 2014.

How to rename multiple files on Linux

 xmodulo: In Linux, when you want to change a file name, mv command gets the job done.

GamingOnLinux.com Latest Articles

Outcast, A Real Classic Has Been Revamped, And Linux Is Planned

A revamp of the classic game Outcast named "Outcast 1.1" has been released, and the developers noted a Linux version is planned.

GamingOnLinux GOTY Section & Nominations Now Open

It's official, we are doing our very first GOTY awards for Linux games. Nominations are currently open and will be for a few days before voting begins, so be sure to add every game you think deserves it.

Clockwork Empires Still Pushing Towards A Linux Version, Suffering Delays

Clockwork Empires is the new strategy game from the developers of Dungeons of Dredmor, and sadly it has seen a number of delays in coming to Linux.

Distance, A Survival Racing Game Released On Steam Early Access

A little late on this, apologies. Distance the excellent looking and well reviewed survival racer is now available for anyone to try out on Steam.

Spermination, Battle It Out In A Procedurally Generated Uterus

Is this the greatest game you've ever seen? Spermination comes from the developer of 3089 and promises a wierd and funny experience.

Local Multiplayer Game Collection 'Sportsfriends' Available For Linux, Missing Content On Windows

The game was funded on Kickstarter two years ago, and was released for PlayStation 3 and 4 in May. This week it was released for PCs, but due to Bluetooth driver issues one of the four games in the compilation is missing in the Windows version.

Sokoban-Like Puzzler 'A Good Snowman Is Hard To Build' To Be Released Soon

The winter themed puzzler is the latest invention by one of the creators of the clever puzzle game Sokobond, and it will be released on Steam "before winter's end", according to the teaser website.

Welcome To The Re-launched GamingOnLinux!

Surprise! This new design has been in the works since around the end of September 2014 and we have sent previews around to people a few times, but it's now live!

The Weekly Livestream Is Here Once More At 6 PM UTC!

It's nearly Christmas but it's not yet time to lean back and relax for it's Livestream Friday! So join me while I try some Civ: BE and Interstellar Marines along with your recommended games.

Mount And Blade: Warband DLC "Viking Conquest" Is Out

A new DLC for Mount And Blade: Warband has been released to mixed reception due to it being rather buggy, but it did come with Linux support as standard.

Civilization: Beyond Earth Released For Linux, On Sale & You Can Win Some Keys

Aspyr Media have done it again! Civilization: Beyond Earth is now officially available for Linux. Sadly, all the keys have now gone out to the winners, thanks!

New Minecraft Game Announced Coming From Telltale Games, Linux Status Unknown

Minecraft: Story Mode is a brand new adventure being created around Minecraft, but sadly Linux has been left out in the cold it seems.

Endless Legend Will Come To Linux, Suffering Delays

Thanks to our supporter, FutureSuture, we have word that Endless Legend will still come to Linux, but it has suffered delays.

Move Crates In Odd 3D Platformer 'Job Lozenge'

It's no easy job to explain exactly what Job Lozenge is. That it's a game out of the ordinary is certain though.

Windows Games On Linux, WINE & PlayOnLinux

Although WINE is a difficult beast to tame, it can be done quite effectively with a little help from a program called PlayOnLinux