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BASH a block of bytes


I was preparing a slide presentation and wanted to show a block of random 8-bit bytes, like this: Naturally I didn't just type out that block of text on a slide, which would have taken maybe 10 minutes, or copy and modify some byte-text I found online. Of course not. Instead I spent hours dreaming…

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Containers, a Great Privacy Add-On Currently in Firefox Test Pilot


While not Linux specific by any means, here is a Firefox add-on (currently in Firefox Test Pilot) that I've been using and I believe is beneficial to any Firefox user, especially those who want a bit of extra privacy. Containers are basically a way of isolating tabs to their own profiles…

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Canonical Reboots Convergence; Introduces the No Desktop Environment


Just mere days after the news broke that Canonical would be using the GNOME desktop environment in the default release of the Ubuntu operating system, following the news of the company also dropping the Unity desktop and the greater goal of "convergence", newly re-appointed Canonical CEO…

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Review: Yooka-Laylee


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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Solus - Impressive, Most Impressive


If you pay attention to happenings in the Linux world, chances are you've heard the name 'Solus' being bandied around quite a bit. The Solus project (formally known as SolusOS) has been gathering momentum and popularity lately and I figured it was high time I actually try the operating system out.…

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How to build and edit LibreOffice dictionaries


When writing or editing scientific-type text in LibreOffice Writer, I rely a lot on its spellchecker. Unfortunately, the scientific terms I'd like to check aren't in the default dictionaries behind LibreOffice's spellchecking routine. There are two ways out of this dilemma. The first is to deal…

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Here's how GNOME Shell can look like Ubuntu Unity


With the recent bombshell that Canonical is quitting the Unity desktop project as well as the overall goals for convergence and returning to GNOME, one can't help but wonder what Ubuntu 18.04 LTS will look like. However, as you will see it is very easy to tweak GNOME to look and feel quite similar…

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Canonical Quits Unity/Mir/Convergence; My Thoughts


In stunning news, which is apparently NOT a late April Fools joke, Mark Shuttleworth has announced that Canonical will be dumping the Unity, Mir projects and ultimately the goal of 'convergence'. Canonical is also planning to then return to GNOME as the default desktop by the release of Ubuntu…

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The buttons of YAD


I use the YAD dialog program quite a lot in my shell scripts. Written and maintained by Victor Ananjevksy, YAD is easy to use and has dozens of handy options. In previous Linux Rain articles demonstrating YAD (here, here and here), I used only the default YAD buttons, "Cancel" and…

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A Look at GNOME Recipes


Now, yours truly isn't much of a cook, but I am trying to improve on that. With that in mind, the new GNOME Recipes application caught my eye and I decided to check it out. GNOME Recipes is still in development and its included library of recipes is certainly not exactly exhaustive, so I'm looking…

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Quick guide for Linux check disk space

Do you know how much space is left on your Linux system?

Mentor tips Azure IoT support and Linux-driven self-driving tech

LinuxGizmos: Mentor announced Azure Certified for IoT compliance for Mentor Embedded Linux, and unveiled a Linux-based "DRS360" self-driving car platform.

10 Alternatives to Your Favorite Windows Apps on Chrome OS

MakeTechEasier: For those who have switched to Chrome OS from Windows, this article will go over some of the popular alternatives to Windows apps for Chrome OS.

Shutter: The Ultimate Linux Screenshot Program

Nixcraft: Shutter is a free, open-source, and feature-rich screenshot tool for GNU/Linux distributions.

openSUSE Leap's New Versioning Scheme Finally Syncs with SUSE Linux Enterprise

openSUSE Leap 15 will follow openSUSE Leap 42.3, which is scheduled to launch in the last week of July, 2017, based on SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 Service Pack 3 (SP3).

Open-spec networking Mini-ITX has 1, 2.5, and 10 GbE ports

SolidRun's "Marvell MacchiatoBIN" is a $349, Mini-ITX networking SBC that runs Linux 4.4 on Marvell's quad -A72 Armada 8040 SoC, and supports ODP, OFP, and NFV.

Install Kali Linux Tools Using Katoolin In Linux

Katoolin is a Python script which is used to install all Kali Linux tools either automatically or manually one by one.

Another Stable Update Released for the Linux 3.18 Kernel, Adds Many Improvements

Last week Linux 3.18, which remains marked as EOL (End-of-Life) on the website, received an unexpected maintenance update

Canonical's Certified Ubuntu Images Land in Oracle's Bare Metal Cloud Service

softpedia: Canonical's Certified Ubuntu images in Oracle Bare Metal Cloud Service is a great addition because it promises to provide developers with dedicated, high-performance bare-metal compute instances

GamingOnLinux Latest Articles

Adventure game Syberia 3 looks like it will be heading over to Linux

Tags: Adventure, Coming Soon, SteamAdventure game Syberia 3 [Steam] is showing signs that it might release on Linux. It does look pretty good, so…

Phoenix Point from the original creator of X-COM is now crowdfunding on Fig

Tags: Strategy, Crowdfunding, Coming Soon, Steam, GOG I haven't been this excited for quite a while, the original creator of X-COM, Julian Gollop,…

Lil Tanks is a well polished and action packed side-scroller available for Linux

Tags: Action, Steam, Indie Game, ReviewI've been playing Lil Tanks [Steam, Official Site] and I think it's a fantastic side-scrolling action game…

UniBall, a completely free to play online 2D sports game arrives on Linux

Tags: Free Game, Casual, Steam, Indie Game, Sports UniBall [Steam, Official Site], a simple and completely free online sports game has arrived on…

OpenRCT2, an open source game engine for RollerCoaster Tycoon 2

Tags: Game Engine, Open SourceIt appears we've never mentioned OpenRCT2 [Official Site, GitHub] before, a fully featured open source engine for…

Stardew Valley 1.2 is out with more languages, better gamepad support and more

Tags: Adventure, GOG, Simulation, Steam Stardew Valley [Official Site, GOG, Steam], the lovely and addictive 2D game from ConcernedApe has a big new…

A look at 'Meganoid', the platformer with roguelike elements from Orangepixel

Tags:, Steam, Platformer, Indie GameOrangepixel's latest game 'Meganoid' [Steam,] is a platformer with randomly generated levels. I…

OpenRA has a new release with HiDPI font rendering, more Dune 2000 missions and more

Tags: Game Engine, Open SourceOpenRA is easily one of my favourite open source projects. It allows us to play early Westwood RTS games like Red Alert…

Reminder: Update your PC info for the next round of statistics updates

Tags: Site Info, SurveyThis is your once a month reminder to make sure your PC information is correct on your user profiles. A fresh batch of…

Linux gamers on Arch may want to hold off on updating due to openssl breaking some games (updated)

Tags: Misc, Feral Interactive, Aspyr MediaIt seems an Arch update today has broken a few games, several Feral Interactive titles as well as…

Dota 2 has massive changes to matchmaking that should give better games

Tags: MOBA, Steam Dota 2 [Steam] has been through a small evolution in the matchmaking to hopefully improve the experience for everyone. Everyone who…

Project Zomboid has another major update with tons of bugs fixes and new map items

Tags: Early Access, GOG, Sandbox, Steam, Survival, ZombiesProject Zomboid [Steam, GOG, Official Site], the sandbox Zombie survival game that can be…

Peace, Death! Possibly one of the weirdest games I've played for a while

Tags: Steam, Casual, Indie GameWe do get our fair share of completely weird games, today's weird one is Peace, Death! [Steam, Official Site] You are…

Some thoughts on 'Hollow Knight', an incredibly rich and unexpectedly great game

Tags: Action, Platformer, Steam, Indie Game, ReviewI knew Hollow Knight [Steam, Official Site] was going to be impressive when going into it, but I…

OpenLara, an impressive open source engine for classic Tomb Raider has a WebGL demo

Tags: Game Engine, Open SourceOpenLara [GitHub] was pointed out to me as it's an open source game engine to run classic Tomb Raider titles on Linux,…