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Snaps vs Flatpak? Both!

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We recently did a little article on Canonical's "Snappy" system, also known as Snaps, and it's usefulness for testing new and updated software without breaking your existing installations or versions of that specific software. Akin to Upstart vs systemd, Red Hat also have their own slice of…

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Snaps - A Good Way to Test the Latest Apps

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If you've been following the latest Ubuntu news around the traps, you've probably heard about Canonical's "Snappy" system. We actually did an article on Snappy back in late 2014 when the project had just started to surface. As of the latest Ubuntu 16.04 LTS release, the core program 'snapd' is…

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Proofreading for illusions with grep and AWK

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Lexical illusions are very hard to find when proofreading. The most common lexical illusion is a duplicated word, as in this well-known example: A lexical illusion: many people are not aware that the the brain will automatically ignore a second instance of the word 'the' when it starts a new line. …

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Transposing rows and columns: 3 methods

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Swapping the rows and columns in a table on the command line would seem to be a fairly easy thing to do. For example, with this tab-separated table (called 'tabbed') as input: get this tab-separated table ('swapped') as output: Datamash Transposing rows and columns is indeed easy if you have the…

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Got tearing with proprietary NVIDIA? Try this.

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If you're using a reasonably modern NVIDIA graphics card on your Linux box with the proprietary driver, there's a fair chance you may encounter that nasty thing called 'screen tearing'. There is a little setting worth trying in NVIDIA's blob driver called 'ForceCompositionPipeline' that can…

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Distro Wars: It's All Linux

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This is likely a topic covered plenty of times, and as such I won't make this a too in-depth article, but I feel it's something always worth reiterating and remembering that no matter what distribution of Linux (or GNU/Linux if you prefer) you use... it's all Linux. You only have to whiz around the…

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Steel, Password Managing the CLI Way

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One thing that's probably obvious to anyone who's read more than a few Linux Rain articles is that we appreciate the CLI (command-line interface). Graphical programs and utilities are great and there are some fantastic examples of those out there, not to mention new ones being created all the time.…

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Installing Firestorm (Second Life viewer) for Linux

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Unless you've lived under a virtual rock since 2003, you have probably heard of Linden Lab's baby, Second Life at some point. The online virtual world, where you can literally pretty much do anything, might not be at the peak popularity it once experienced but there is still plenty going on. If…

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I think I like backreferences (sometimes)

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Backreferences are part of the complicated and sometimes confusing world of regular expressions. The basic idea is this: you can substitute any part of a regular expression with a backslash followed by a number, so long as you surround the part to be substituted with round brackets. The command…

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Keeping emails as text files: 2 scripts

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Most people store and organise their personal emails as individual files (messages) in folders. Those folders might be on a webmail company's servers, or in a mail client program on the user's personal computer. In both cases the emails are probably in a special email format. I'm horribly…

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Every Fedora system runs a kernel. Many pieces of code come together to make this a reality.

4MLinux 18.0 Distro Released with Support for LibreOffice 5.2, Thunderbird 45.1

Powered by Linux kernel 4.4.8 LTS, 4MLinux 18.0 has been declared stable

Linux Mint 18.1 to Come with Cinnamon 3.2 & MATE 1.16, Flatpak and Snap Support

 Linux Mint 18 is now out, so it's time to start thinking about Linux Mint 18.1

Using ATA Over Ethernet (AoE) on CentOS 7 (Initiator and Target)

HowToForge: This guide explains how you can set up an AoE target and an AoE initiator (client), both running CentOS 7.

Install Nagios core 4.1.1 on Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus) Server

 UbuntuGeek: Nagios Core is an Open Source system and network monitoring application.

Linux Mint 18 Brings Mint-Y Theme to Linux Desktop

eWEEK: The Linux Mint 18 milestone release is the first major update for the popular desktop Linux distribution in 2016 and follows the Linux Mint 17.3 update that debuted in December 2015.

MeX Operating System Brings Cinnamon 3.0 & Linux Kernel 4.6 to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

MeX Build 160630 is now available for download powered by the Linux 4.6 kernel.

14 Best IDEs for C++ Programming or Source Code Editors on Linux

tecmint: In this article, we shall look at some of the best IDEs you can find on the Linux platform for C++ or any other programming language

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The most popular Linux & SteamOS gaming articles for June 2016, 190 in total

Tags:Article OverviewHere is a look back at the 15 most popular articles on GamingOnLinux for June 2016, an easy way to for you to keep up to date on…

New Steam Client Beta adds fixes for 'upcoming' Vulkan games

Tags:Vulkan,Steam,EditorialSo here's something fun, the latest Steam Client Beta has 'Fixed compatibility issues with some upcoming Vulkan games'.…

Major new version of the open source itch store application

Tags:Itch.io,Open Source The latest and greatest itch app for the itch.io games store is now available, it's a pretty huge release. New features …

Join us for a special livestream tonight at around 7:30PM UTC

Tags:Video,LivestreamTonight is our usual weekly livestream and it's a little bit special. I have managed to rope Samsai back in for a night along…

Interested in interactive fiction? Then you should check this Choice of Games bundle on Steam

Tags:Game Bundle,Game Sale,SteamThe Every Game from Choice of Games bundle is currently with a 25% discount because of the Steam Summer Sale. It…

Apparently desktop Linux marketshare has finally hit that elusive 2% mark

Tags:EditorialAccording to the website 'Netmarketshare', Desktop Linux has finally hit 2% in June after three consecutive months of growth. I would…

Pro Pinball Ultra now available on SteamOS & Linux

Tags:Arcade,Early Access,Steam Pinball is something Linux has been lacking in variety, so it's pleasing we get another! Pro Pinball Ultra is now…

Space station management game, The Spatials: Galactology, is confirmed to be coming for Linux

Tags:Strategy,Steam,Simulation,Early AccessThis is an expanded and reimagined version of the management sim, The Spatials. It’s yet to be…

Oxenfree, an adventure game with supernatural elements, available on Linux

Tags:Adventure,DRM Free,SteamThis well-received indie title has been ported over to Linux. Combining plenty of elements of 80s teen movies and…

Developer breaks silence about 'The Silent Age', a point-and-click adventure for which a Linux port was promised

Tags:Steam,Coming Soon,AdventureThe Silent Age has been out for more than a year right now, and some months after its release the developers replied…

imprint-X from Morgondag is now on Kickstarter, a causal puzzle game set on an Asteroid Base

Tags:Puzzle,Indie Game,Crowdfunding Morgondag, the developer of RymdResa has launched a new Kickstarter for their puzzle game set on an asteroid…

Nightdive Studios aren't sure when the Linux version of the System Shock remake will be available

Tags:Crowdfunding,Editorial I shot off a message to Nightdive Studios about their Linux plans for System Shock since Linux is a stretch goal. The…

ZED by Eagre Games reaches the funding goal, developer thanks GOL and the Linux community

Tags:Site Info,Indie Game,Editorial,Crowdfunding I'm never one to shy away from patting my fellow Linux users on the back, so here it is pats. Thanks…

Some essential mods to try in XCOM 2 that don't break the balance or change gameplay

Tags:Strategy,Steam,Mod,Editorial I love XCOM 2, it's probably my favourite strategy game right now. The problem is, it's still a bit of a buggy…

Crush Your Enemies looks like a fun and simple RTS coming to Linux this July

Tags:Coming Soon,Steam,StrategyCrush Your Enemies from Vile Monarch and Gambitious Digital Entertainment looks like a pretty fun little RTS game and…