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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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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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How to stitch photos into a panorama with Hugin Panorama Creator on Linux

 HowToForge: Almost every modern digital camera offers the ability of 'on the fly' panorama creation, but often you will find the result of this automated process not to meet expectations.

Cinnamon 2.8 Desktop Environment to Feature a Visual Workspace Switcher Applet

 softpedia: The great news we want to share with you today is that Cinnamon's workspace-swither applet has been redesigned to offer you a visual representation of your desktops

Linux Foundation is giving away Chromebooks

 ITworld: Enroll in a Linux Foundation training course in the month of September and get a Chromebook for free.

LibreOffice 5.0.1 Open-Source Productivity Suite at a Glance

eWEEK: Ever since the LibreOffice open-source office suite was forked from the Oracle OpenOffice suite in 2010, its community of developers has been working to improve it.

Where to Download the Best Linux Games Without Any Hassle

MakeUseOf: Today, it’s clear that the “no games on Linux” myth is dead.

About the systemd controversy...

Errata Security: As a troll, one of my favorite targets is "systemd", because it generates so much hate on both sides.

13 Ways You Can Help Desktop Linux To Grow

ItsFOSS: How can I help Linux?

How to set up AirPlay Mirroring on a Raspberry Pi

CultofMac: If you don’t have an Apple TV, you can’t use AirPlay Mirroring, right? Actually, you can — as long you have a Raspberry Pi.

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New Trailer Released For Time Jumping Puzzler Induction

Induction creator Bryan Gale recently released a new trailer for his upcoming game, featuring music by Duet composer Tim Schiel. The music in the new…

Grand Ages: Medieval From Kalypso Media Digital Looks Like It Will Be On Linux

Another good looking strategy game looks bound for Linux, this time it's Grand Ages: Medieval from Kalypso Media and Gaming Minds Studios. Recently…

Medieval II: Total War Looks Set For Linux, Possibly From Feral Interactive

Medieval II: Total War has popped up on SteamDB with Linux information, and we also have Feral Interactive teasing us on twitter again, looks like…

Nvidia Video From SIGGRAPH Talks About Vulkan

One video that got buried in my inbox of games was the Nvidia video from SIGGRAPH, so here it is. Packed full of lovely info. It's almost an hour…

New Linux Gaming Survey For September

It's that time of the month again Linux gamers! The new GOL survey for September is now available, so please make sure to fill it in if you have the…

GOL Asks: What Was Your Favourite Linux Game Release In August?

As part of an ongoing series of asking you stuff, today I ask "What was your favourite Linux game release from August?". Personally, I'm seriously…

Gas Guzzlers Extreme Could Still Come To Linux, Nice Surprise

I had given up hope of seeing Gas Guzzlers Extreme on Linux, but it seems the developers have found a new porter. On the 30th of August the developer…

Obsidian Entertainment Say Linux's Future Is Good With Pillars Of Eternity

Recently, we accepted an article that quoted Obsidian Entertainment saying Linux wasn't worth it. That same developer now has nicer comments about it…

Insurgency FPS Should Be On Linux By The SteamOS Launch

It has been a long time coming, but it seems Insurgency will be with us within the next few months. The developer said it was important. They…

DiRT Showdown Updated For Linux, Should Fix It Up Nicely

DiRT Showdown has fantastic performance, but it did suffer from an annoying bug, and it looks like it has now been fixed. Patch notes below:Quote1…

XCOM 2 Delayed Until February Next Year

XCOM 2 has now been delayed until February next year to make it a worthy sequel, this should also ease the porting pressure on Feral who are doing a…

Prison Architect Last Ever Alpha Released

Prison Architect has come a massively long way since the first alpha, and building a prison has never been more fun. This is the last alpha before…

An Interview With Corpses 'N Souls Developer Side Scroll Studios

With the ever growing number of free and affordable game development tools and the accessibility of online game distribution platforms, there has…

Arma 3 Available For Linux In A Beta

Arma 3 is now downloadable and playable on Linux, but be warned it's early days for the port, and the port may not graduate to official status. You…

Obsidian: Developing For Linux Was Not Worth It

In a recent interview with PC Gamer, lead producer Brandon Adler of Obsidian said, "I don't think it was worthwhile developing for Linux. They are a…