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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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Splice Machine Debuts Relational Database for Big Data Storage

 The VAR Guy: Splice Machine's relational database for Hadoop is now generally available, bringing an alternative, non-NoSQL scale-out storage solution to big data.

Finnish Sailfish/Android tablet rivaly heats up

 LinuxGizmos: Jolla quickly hit the Indiegogo goal for its first Sailfish-based tablet, with a quad-core Intel SoC, while Nokia tipped a similar Atom-based Android slate.

Six Clicks: The six fastest computers in the world

 ZDnet: In November 2014, the top six supercomputers all run Linux, but that's about the only thing they have in common.

A brilliant mind: SUSE's kernel guru speaks

 ITwire: The man who in every sense sits at the nerve centre of SUSE Linux has no airs about him.

Automotive Grade Linux Adds Industry Partners for Open Source Cars

 The VAR Guy: The Automotive Grade Linux project, which is sponsored by the Linux Foundation, has added partners in its effort to build an open source, Linux-based platform for cars and other automobiles.

Do I need OpenStack if I use Docker?

 OpenSource.com: Docker has broken a record in the speed in which it moved from being a disruptive technology to a commodity.

Google's Eric Schmidt helped inspire Raspberry Pi Model A+ price cut, says its creator Eben Upton

 Raspberry Pi Today: I had a great conversation with [Google boss] Eric Schmidt last year when Google gave us a large donation to help us distribute Raspberry Pis to school children," said founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation.

How to create dialog boxes in an interactive shell script

 xmodulo: When you install new software in the terminal environment, you may often see informative dialog boxes popping up, accepting your input.

How to Easily Install Ubuntu on Chromebook with Crouton

Linux.com: I love Chromebooks not only because they run the Linux-based operating system Chrome OS, but also because they are inexpensive and the app ecosystem around the OS is evolving rapidly

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Time To Guess What Feral Interactive Are Working On, New Teaser

Feral Interactive are being sneaky, as they have given a little hint towards their next game, and it's quite obvious it's for Linux.

Soul Axiom, A Sci-fi Action Adventure On Steam

Soul Axiom is a fantastic looking mix of a sci-fi story, action, and adventure wrapped up in a neat early access package.

Bear With Me - 2D Black & White, Point & Click "Horror" Noire Adventure

Are you yearning for something a bit different? Bear With Me might be right up your point & click street.

Pocket Rumble A 2D Fighting Game On Kickstarter

Pocket Rumble is a fun looking 2D fighting game currently on Kickstarter that promises a Linux port if they hit a stretch goal, I know what you're thinking, but look past that for a minute.

Red Awakening, A First Person Action/Horror Game May Be Coming To Linux

Red Awakening, the First Person Action/Horror game by the guys over at Domino Effect, may be coming to Linux. The developer confirmed this is a real possibility in an email.

Aspyr Media Have A New Blog Post On Porting Civilization: Beyond Earth To Linux

Another blog post from Aspyr Media has surfaced about their porting efforts on Civilization: Beyond Earth, and the news is looking good.

TinyKeep Dungeon Crawler Linux Version Released, It's Good

In TinyKeep players will embrace the role of a hopeless prisoner held deep in a forgotten dungeon who one day wakes up to find themselves mysteriously released.

The Darksiders Linux Port Has Switched Hands

Leszek Godlewski announced on Twitter that he will be leaving the Linux porting business, but the news isn't that bad. One of the original coders is taking over the Linux port of Darksiders.

Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Confirmed For Linux

Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions is the next in line of the crazy neon coloured action game. The new version has been confirmed for Linux too! We even managed to find out who is doing the port!

Monkey Island Creator Ron Gilbert Is Making A New Point-And-Click Adventure Game

The creators of the classic point-and-click adventure game Maniac Mansion, Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick, have launched a campaign on Kickstarter to crowd-fund a spiritual successor to Maniac Mansion and Monkey Island.

Daedalic Releases Goodbye Deponia On Linux

Daedalic Entertainment have released the third and final standalone part of the Deponia Trilogy which have seen Linux releases over the last few months.

This War Of Mine Is Bleak, Interesting & Difficult, Our Thoughts

This War of Mine is a really interesting take on the survival genre, and it's very bleak all the way through.

Legend Of Grimrock 2 On Linux Is Uncertain

I have been really looking forward to playing Legend of Grimrock 2 soon. Unfortunately, the game is not available for Linux yet, and as it seems it's not certain whether we will see it on Linux at all.

The Funding Crowd 39

Welcome to TFC#39! Back to a fortnightly schedule and that timing turned out to be super important! Why? Read this new issue if you want to find out.

Goat Simulator The MMO, Coming Soon, You Have Goat To Be Kidding Me

Goat Simulator was funny that's for sure, but does it really need a free MMO addon? Whatever floats your goat...