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What is Ubuntu Snappy?

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If you're anything like me, you've probably heard about this new thing from Canonical called "Snappy" Ubuntu Core, but at the same time trying to understand exactly what it is may leave you cross-eyed, especially with the buzzwords such as "cloud", "containers" and "apps" floating about. Once you…

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Kirby Becomes Kirby 2

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While not Linux-specific, Kirby (also known as KirbyCMS) is a content management system that The Linux Rain itself runs on. Kirby 2, an updated and revamped version of the file-based CMS, recently became available and we have updated to that exciting new version. You may say to me, "wait, the site…

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Building a Desktop Wikipedia Checker

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I often look something up in Wikipedia when reading non-browser documents, like PDFs, ODTs and emails. I wanted to have a little desktop window for those look-ups - somewhere I could check Wikipedia without opening a browser and without leaving the document I'm reading. This article describes how I…

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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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Memo - Note Taking, Unix-style

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We all take notes in various ways. Whether it's old fashioned sticky notes littering the front of your PC monitor, an app on your smartphone or simply using your brain to take a 'mental note' (if your memory is that good!), it's a useful activity. How about note taking on the command-line? And in a…

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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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elementary OS Freya Beta 1 is Looking Sparse But Fast and Sleek

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elementary OS is a GNU/Linux distribution that you will either adore or on the other hand, find isn't for you. Fast, tight and favouring beauty and a logical simplicity over the ability to customize every little thing, eOS takes a different approach to many Linux distributions. In this article we…

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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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Multimedia Tip: Sync Your XBMC/Kodi Watched List with trakt.tv

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While this is actually cross-platform and not necessarily Linux-specific, there's no doubt many of you out there making use of the awesomeness of XBMC (soon to be known instead as 'Kodi') Media Player would be doing so on the Penguin-powered platform. In this article we look at one of the various,…

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Red Hat Looks to OpenShift Containers for the Future

ServerWatch: For the quarter, revenue was reported at $456 million for a 15 percent year-over-year gain.

Review: CuBoxTV running OpenELEC+Kodi and Android

 LinuxGizmos: This hands-on review takes a first look at SolidRun's tiny CuBoxTV set-top box, running both its default OpenELEC/XBMC OS, as well as an Android 4.4.4 beta.

The 7 Best Alternative Linux Distributions Of 2014

 EveryDayLinuxUser: Here is a list of the 7 best alternative Linux distributions of 2014.

How to rename multiple files on Linux

 xmodulo: In Linux, when you want to change a file name, mv command gets the job done.

Most important open source news of the year

 opensource.com: In this round up, take a look back at some of the most important open source stories that happened in 2014.

Kubuntu 15.04 Alpha 1 Is the Biggest Update in Years, Features Plasma 5 by Default

 softpedia: Kubuntu 15.04 Alpha 1 (Vivid Vervet), a Linux distribution based on Ubuntu that uses the KDE desktop environment, has been released and is now ready for testing.

Master ExifTool Basics with Practical ExifTool

 scribbles&snaps: If you want to make the photo management process more efficient, ExifTool is right up your alley.

Can Ubuntu Click Address Linus Torvalds’ Binary Problems?

Linux.com: Linux is a dominant player in almost every industry segment, minus one: desktop.

Network Time Protocol Vulnerabilities

Google Security Team researchers Neel Mehta and Stephen Roettger have coordinated multiple vulnerabilities with CERT/CC concerning the Network Time Protocol (NTP).

GamingOnLinux.com Latest Articles

Outcast, A Real Classic Has Been Revamped, And Linux Is Planned

A revamp of the classic game Outcast named "Outcast 1.1" has been released, and the developers noted a Linux version is planned.

GamingOnLinux GOTY Section & Nominations Now Open

It's official, we are doing our very first GOTY awards for Linux games. Nominations are currently open and will be for a few days before voting begins, so be sure to add every game you think deserves it.

Clockwork Empires Still Pushing Towards A Linux Version, Suffering Delays

Clockwork Empires is the new strategy game from the developers of Dungeons of Dredmor, and sadly it has seen a number of delays in coming to Linux.

Distance, A Survival Racing Game Released On Steam Early Access

A little late on this, apologies. Distance the excellent looking and well reviewed survival racer is now available for anyone to try out on Steam.

Spermination, Battle It Out In A Procedurally Generated Uterus

Is this the greatest game you've ever seen? Spermination comes from the developer of 3089 and promises a wierd and funny experience.

Local Multiplayer Game Collection 'Sportsfriends' Available For Linux, Missing Content On Windows

The game was funded on Kickstarter two years ago, and was released for PlayStation 3 and 4 in May. This week it was released for PCs, but due to Bluetooth driver issues one of the four games in the compilation is missing in the Windows version.

Sokoban-Like Puzzler 'A Good Snowman Is Hard To Build' To Be Released Soon

The winter themed puzzler is the latest invention by one of the creators of the clever puzzle game Sokobond, and it will be released on Steam "before winter's end", according to the teaser website.

Welcome To The Re-launched GamingOnLinux!

Surprise! This new design has been in the works since around the end of September 2014 and we have sent previews around to people a few times, but it's now live!

The Weekly Livestream Is Here Once More At 6 PM UTC!

It's nearly Christmas but it's not yet time to lean back and relax for it's Livestream Friday! So join me while I try some Civ: BE and Interstellar Marines along with your recommended games.

Mount And Blade: Warband DLC "Viking Conquest" Is Out

A new DLC for Mount And Blade: Warband has been released to mixed reception due to it being rather buggy, but it did come with Linux support as standard.

Civilization: Beyond Earth Released For Linux, On Sale & You Can Win Some Keys

Aspyr Media have done it again! Civilization: Beyond Earth is now officially available for Linux. Sadly, all the keys have now gone out to the winners, thanks!

New Minecraft Game Announced Coming From Telltale Games, Linux Status Unknown

Minecraft: Story Mode is a brand new adventure being created around Minecraft, but sadly Linux has been left out in the cold it seems.

Endless Legend Will Come To Linux, Suffering Delays

Thanks to our supporter, FutureSuture, we have word that Endless Legend will still come to Linux, but it has suffered delays.

Move Crates In Odd 3D Platformer 'Job Lozenge'

It's no easy job to explain exactly what Job Lozenge is. That it's a game out of the ordinary is certain though.

Windows Games On Linux, WINE & PlayOnLinux

Although WINE is a difficult beast to tame, it can be done quite effectively with a little help from a program called PlayOnLinux