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Debian 9 on a Dell OptiPlex 9020 Micro

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TL;DR: Works fine (see title). The little old box I bought my last desktop from VG Computing (now Linux Now) in Melbourne. It arrived without an operating system and was basically a Mini-ITX board in a Shuttle XH61 case, with selected add-ins. (Specs below). I installed Debian stable and got years…

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How to tidy copied PDF text with a CoPa script

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The image below shows a small, demonstration PDF: When I highlight the text in the PDF, only the paragraphs and their internal spaces go to the X, or primary clipboard: When I middle-click-paste from the primary clipboard into a text editor, each line of text in the PDF appears on a new line,…

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Fixing Screen Resolution in The Book of Unwritten Tales 2

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KING Art's point-and-click adventure, The Book of Unwritten Tales 2, is a beautiful game. But you might have a hard time seeing much of the game properly if you ran into the problem I did - a wonky, improper fullscreen resolution that meant I couldn't even browse the settings menu and actually…

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Quick Tip: Mount DVD to Fix Playback Issues

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Popped in a DVD on your Linux box and started playing the disc directly, only to encounter weird playback issues such as stuttering, skipping or even flat-out stopping? It's a strange, hard to explain issue, but the fix is often quite simple. I believe this is mostly with encrypted, copy-protected…

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Sorting numbers inside text strings

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I have a script that compiles and sorts museum collection data. One of the data fields is for museum registration codes, and a plain sort doesn't understand that humans expect "KS.99", for example, to come before "KS.100": My script instead uses the magic "-V" option…

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Freeing an HP Chromebook 11 with Arch Linux ARM

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A few years ago I acquired an HP Chromebook 11, which I talked about in an article on this site at that time. I talked about how I ran Linux software side-by-side with Chrome OS thanks to the likes of Crouton. Since then, the machine has had some basic use, and rather ironically, used as an offline…

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Silver, a 90s Action RPG Lands on Steam for Linux

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"Silver, a corrupt and sinister sorcerer, rules the land of Jarrah with an iron fist. He and his henchmen have abducted the village women as part of a pact with the almighty god, Apocalypse. Now, only one man can put a stop to Silver and his minions. That man is you, David, a promising young…

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Quick Tip: Integrate Window Buttons into Xfce Panel

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For any Xfce gurus who may have tried to emulate the Unity desktop look, or maybe just wanted to save a bit of screen real estate, this may not be new to you. For anyone else though, here's a tip on this neat functionality. It's no secret that the venerable Xfce desktop is very configurable,…

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Presentations in a browser

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If you've ever given a slide presentation at a conference, you know the drill. Tell the audio-visual people what session your talk is in, then hand them a USB stick with your PowerPoint on it. The presentation has to be in Microsoft PowerPoint because the one and only laptop plugged into the data…

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Void Linux - the Strangely Overlooked Distribution

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Ahh, Void Linux. You may or may not have heard of it. If you have, more than likely it was by word of mouth, so to speak, from internet comments on a forum, YouTube video or in passing on Reddit. But this little distro rarely gets any press or recognition otherwise. Perhaps it's time that changes,…

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Featured Linux Game Reviews

Review: DiRT Rally

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Yet another game in the porting lineup by Linux gaming heros, Feral Interactive, DiRT Rally is a racing game focussing on, you guessed it: rallying. As opposed to the largely arcade oriented DiRT Showdown released a few years prior, DiRT Rally is very much intended as a simulation, delivering…

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Review: Trigger Time

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Trigger Time is described as a story-driven, top-down 2D shooter with a gravity gun and physics puzzle elements with some cutscenes amongst the 9 levels of shoot-em up action. Amidst a world full of indie top-down shoot-em ups, does Trigger Time deliver enough to be different? Developer: Shephf…

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Review: Spec Ops: The Line

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The bullets screamed past Walker's ears, piercing the dust-ridden air. The only consolation of being aware of the sharp hot cracks through the air from the bullets whizzing by meant that he was still alive. His fellow Delta Force teammates, Lugo and Adams, were crouched nearby on the flanks behind…

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Review: Yooka-Laylee

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3D platformer and Banjo-Kazooie fans rejoice - Yooka-Laylee recently landed for all major platforms, including our very own Linux. As a spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie in particular, and created by a team made up of former Rare members, Yooka-Laylee has been a much hyped and anticipated game.…

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Review: HITMAN - The Complete First Season

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Here at TLR we recently had a 'first impressions' look at the newly released game in the Hitman series of video games. It is also the debut for the Hitman series on Linux, thanks to the porting efforts of Linux and Mac porting company, Feral Interactive. Having racked up more hours of gameplay and…

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Broken Age: Act 2 Review

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Way back in early 2014 I reviewed Act 1 of Double Fine Productions's quirky and colourful adventure, Broken Age. Somewhere along the line I assume I was either hit in the head or started living under a rock (perhaps both), because it wasn't until very recently that I got to playing Act 2. I gave…

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Aveyond 4: Shadow of the Mist Linux Game Review

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Times have been better, for Boyle Wolfbane. He and his unfortunate but loyal minions, along with his most faithful minion and pet, Fang, tried taking over the world like all of the best and most powerful dark lords do. Emphasis on 'tried', because Boyle failed. Miserably. Aveyond 4: Shadow of the…

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[Game Review] The Journey Down: Chapter Two

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Released on the 25th of August 2014, The Journey Down: Chapter Two is the second installment in The Journey Down video game series, a classic point and click adventure inspired by much-loved classic titles such as Grim Fandango. Described as having a "Afro-Caribbean vibe", a quick look at…

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Review: Broken Age - Act 1

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A sheltered, over-protected, bored boy in space. A girl in a fairytale style land who is thrust into becoming an offering to a giant sea monster. Talking trees. Hippy lumberjacks. Broken Age has it all. And then some. Broken Age (Act 1) is a point and click adventure game officially released by…

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Review: Euro Truck Simulator 2

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If you've never been a real sim game buff or especially never played a game the likes of the Euro Truck Simulator series, you would probably snicker or roll your eyes at the idea of driving trucks from A to B, often long hauls, being "fun". But you know, I once thought the same thing!…

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Wine 2.0.2 Brings Better Support for Mortal Kombat X and Microsoft Excel 2010

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Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) Is No Longer Supported, Upgrade to Ubuntu 17.04 Now

Starting today, you should no longer use Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) on your personal computer, even if it's up-to-date.

Blockchain's Future: Nine Predictions

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How to Set-Up Master-Slave Replication for PostgreSQL 9.6 on Ubuntu 16.04

HowToForge: In this tutorial, we will show you how to install and configure PostgreSQL 9.6 Master-Slave Replication on Ubuntu 16.04 server.

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Wireshark, World's Most Popular Network Protocol Analyzer, Gets New Release

Wireshark 2.2.8 comes about one and a half months after the 2.2.7 release to patch security vulnerabilities that have been discovered in the application

Code::Blocks IDE Review

Codeblocks is an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for programmers and developers.

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Trains & Things, a multiplayer focused economic strategy game built on Linux

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The emulator 'Dolphin' is now available as a libretro core

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Harold Halibut, a clay animation adventure game, set in a spaceship stuck under sea will have Linux support

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Tangledeep is a very sweet dungeon crawler that's now in Early Access, I love it

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Editorial: No, Valve is not killing SteamOS or the Steam Controller

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The fantastic Early Access sandbox space game 'Avorion' has a huge update named 'Alliances'

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The Templar sounds like the most fun unit yet coming to XCOM 2: War of the Chosen

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The Humble Telltale Games Bundle seems to have at least one Linux game coming (updated: nope)

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Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap released for Linux, tools included to mod the game too

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