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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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Over a Month On - Conclusion to the GNOME Shell Challenge

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Over a month ago I embarked on my own personal challenge to use GNOME Shell (otherwise just known as GNOME 3) for an entire week. That week happened and went, I wrote some thoughts I had after that initial week, but did not officially end my usage of the Shell. Fast forward to now... I'm still…

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Want Firefox without Australis? Try Pale Moon

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If the release of Firefox's Australis interface got you down, there are Firefox-based alternatives out there with a more traditional Mozilla UI. One such alternative is Pale Moon and here's how you get it. Earlier in the year I wrote about Seamonkey, an all-in-one internet suite. The browser…

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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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The 'New' Linux Rain Beta Is Now Live!

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The "Beta" version of the upcoming new site for The Linux Rain is now live and ready for your perusal and testing. While it is a beta and by no means entirely complete or set in stone, it is more than usable and already reached feature parity with the current site. It is live and reachable now at…

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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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Top 10! Fun On The Command Line

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If you just love making 'top 10'-type lists but are a little embarrassed to say so, tell people you're passionate about data exploration. To impress them even more, explain that you do your data exploration on the command line. But don't ruin the impression by telling them how easy that is! In this…

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Project Tool - A Third Person Space RPG Made By Astronauts

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"Project Tool aims to provide a cinematic game-play experience, with a captivating storyline that's set in a sci-fi future. Tool is a 3rd person action RPG at heart, with a single player campaign that spans our galaxy. Its story is unforgettable and its gameplay is just as enjoyable", says game…

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Metro 2033 Redux For Linux Looks Closer To Reality

 GamingOnLinux: Metro 2033 Redux is confirmed for Linux, but the actual release date isn't certain yet.

SUSE's Flavio Castelli on Docker's Rise Among Linux Distros

Linux.com: On July 30, the first official Docker build for openSUSE was released, making this distribution the latest among many to join the fray. I

LibreOffice 4.3.1 "Fresh" announced

DocumentFoundation: The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 4.3.1, the first minor release of LibreOffice 4.3 “fresh” family, with over 100 fixes (including patches for two CVEs, backported to LibreOffice 4.2.6-secfix, which is also available for download now).

What happens when a non-coder tries to learn Linux

OpenSource.com: I wanted to learn Linux, so here's my account of what I did to achieve that goal.

[ANNOUNCE] Jailhouse 0.1 released

LKML: After its publication about 10 months ago, the Jailhouse partitioning
hypervisor for Linux has reached an important first milestone: all major
features required to use Jailhouse on Intel x86 CPUs are now available.

Photo Editing on Linux with Krita

Linux.com: Krita is a wonderful drawing and painting program, and it's also a nice photo editor.

Google Chrome 38 Gets the 'Picture'

Datamation: Use of new HTML 5.1 tag could enable developers to more easily build responsive design sites.

Vault: The Linux Foundation's new storage-focused tradeshow

 ZDnet: The Foundation aims to bring together the world's leading developers in filesystems and storage in the Linux kernel.

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Ryan Icculus Gordon On The Linux Action Show

Ryan Icculus Gordon has just recently been on a guest on the excellent Linux Action Show to talk about Linux gaming. Ryan Icculus Gordon is the name behind a number of big ports.

Empire: Total War Looks Close To A Linux Version, Pokes Fun At Linux Gamers

We already knew that Total War: ROME II would come to Linux, but now it looks like the original Empire: Total War will come to Linux too and maybe sooner than the sequel.

Steampunk Train Shooter Meets Tower Defense: Kickstarter & Playable Demo

If you're looking for steampunk game that combines elements of rail shooters and tower defense there's a kickstarter launching Sept 2 with your name on it! In Tumbleweed Express players must expertly defend their train while constantly battling against an endless barrage of militarized bandits, outlaws, and opposing organizations.

GOL Cast: Fighting A Desperate Battle In AI War

An RTS fan? Well, you might like what this complex strategy game about a galactic war against an over-powered AI brings to the table. Let's see what AI War is all about!

Metro: Last Light Redux Showing Signs Of Getting The Linux Version Out

Metro: Last Light Redux has been updated on the SteamDB to include some Linux information, so it seems the developers are working on getting it sorted.

NeonXSZ Cyberspace FPS Now On Steam For Linux

For those of you who stick to Steam this will be good news. NeonXSZ is an awesome cyberspace FPS with solid gameplay and it looks good too.

Ambient Puzzler Hexcells Infinite Available On Linux Today

The third and final instalment in the popular puzzle game series launches today, DRM free and on Steam.

The Most Popular Linux Gaming Articles For August 2014

Here is a look back at the most popular articles on GamingOnLinux for August 2014, an easy way to for you to keep up to date on what has happened in the past month for Linux Gaming!

Trine Enchanted Edition May Have A Linux Beta

We know that the Trine Enchanted Edition major update to Trine will come to Linux, but we don't know when yet sadly. The good news is they may do a beta for the Linux version.

Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition For Linux & Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition Linux Update

Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition has been announced to much fanfare and it looks like it will be getting a Linux version. Well sort of, maybe, we aren't quite sure. Also there's another small bit of hope for the Baldur's Gate EE Linux version.

Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth Has A Strategy Packed New Trailer

Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth is going to rock the strategy world when it gets released. We already know the Linux release will be delayed, so for now here's a new awesome trailer.

Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Director's Cut RPG Is A Thing & Has A Trailer

Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Director's Cut is a new edition of the DLC for Shadowrun Returns in standalone form. The Director's Cut adds a host of new content and enhancements to the original game.

Appointment With F.E.A.R. A Comic Adventure Released For Linux

Appointment With F.E.A.R. is a rather interesting looking mix of comic, adventure and visual novel all in one fancy looking package.

Gas Guzzlers Extreme Is Still Heading To Linux Despite The Delay

Sadly the excellent looking Gas Guzzlers Extreme action packed racing game isn't yet on Linux, but we now know why at least!

Strife, The New MOBA From S2 Games Is Now In Open Beta For Linux & It's Free

Strife is the brand new free to play MOBA from S2 Games who created Heroes Of Newerth, Savage & Savage 2. Is it any better than other MOBA's though?