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HITMAN on Linux - First Impressions

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With HITMAN releasing just days ago on Linux, we have yet another big title landing on our favourite platform. It's also courtesy once again of the heavy lifting in porting that Feral Interactive do. The game is also interesting in that Feral promised launch-day Mesa 13 support, which is especially…

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All 7 Aveyond Games Released for Linux, DRM-Free

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Recently here, on The Linux Rain, I reviewed Aveyond 4: Shadow of the Mist, the latest entry into the Aveyond series and one that had been brought to Linux. Now, only a few days ago, the entire series from Aveyond from Aveyond 1: Rhen's Quest all the way to the aforementioned Aveyond 4: Shadow of…

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Getting Realtek 8188EU Wireless Adapters to work in Linux (and possibly other wireless Realtek chipsets!)

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Alright, so, disclaimer. This will likely be most suited for advanced or at least intermediate level Linux users. If you love NetworkManager, look away now, because we're going to obliterate it from the system. Unless, of course, someone works out how to make NetworkManager use the 'wext' driver.…

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Scottish Country Dancing stats

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My wife has been in the same Scottish Country Dancing group for many years, and back in 2005 she began keeping a record of the dances done at each meeting. She lists a fair bit of information in her "dances done" spreadsheet (screenshot below). She recently asked me "Would it be possible to get a…

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A script to log what my GPS tells me

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I carry a Garmin Etrex 10 when I go bug-collecting. It's a handheld GPS receiver without many frills, and I only use it to record the latitude and longitude of each of my collecting sites as a waypoint. At the start of a field trip I delete all previous waypoints. When I do this, the trip's…

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Review: Fedora 25 - The Trail Blazer that is Blazing Fast

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Not long after being released to the wild, I decided it was time to retire old faithful Ubuntu GNOME in favour of Fedora 25 on my main laptop (an Optimus equipped machine). The Ubuntu install had served me very well indeed, but with Fedora's latest offering featuring the latest stable version of…

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Eek! My rounding is biased!

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I've written several BASH scripts that use GNU AWK's printf function to round off decimal numbers. Now I've learned that the rounding is biased, and I need to re-do the scripts. For me the desirable way to round off a decimal is to round up if the bit to be discarded is greater than one half, and…

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Redshift functionality on Fedora 25 (GNOME + Wayland). Yes, it's possible!

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For those who can't live without screen colour shifting technology such as Redshift or f.lux, myself being one of them, using Wayland did pose the challenge of having these existing tools not working with the Xorg replacement. Thankfully, all is not lost and it is possible even right now. Thanks to…

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Give your eyes a break in the evenings with Redshift

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Eyes hurting at night from the glare of your screen? Perhaps it's even affecting your sleep? Then maybe you should give Redshift a try, a program similar to Twilight on Android and inspired by the likes of f.lux. If you've heard of either Twilight or f.lux, you'll probably know what these sorts of…

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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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Linux Mint 18.1 Is The Best Mint Yet

FreedomPenguin: Linux Mint 18.1 is out and it's arguably the best Linux distro available.

Descent OS Is Dead, Arkas OS Takes Its Place and It's Based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

 softpedia: Descent OS first appeared in February 2012 as a lightweight Ubuntu derivative built around the GNOME 2 desktop environment.

The 'New' Microsoft is Still Acting Like a Dangerous Cult in an Effort to Hijack and/or Undermine All Free/Open Source Software

 TechRights: In an effort to combat any large deployment of non-Microsoft software, the company goes personal and attempts to overthrow even management that is not receptive to Microsoft's agenda

3 things companies must know about data sovereignty when moving to the cloud

EnterprisersProject: I hear it nearly every day – the lament of teams trying to transform their enterprise from '80s-era software to the cloud

Linux 4.10 Released as First New Kernel of 2017

LinuxPlanet: After a one week delay, Linus Torvalds released the first new Linux kernel of 2017 on Feb. 19, with the debut of Linux 4.10.

Total War: SHOGUN 2 looks like it will be heading to Linux & SteamOS

GamingOnLinux: Well this was quite a surprise to see! It looks like Total War: SHOGUN 2 is going to make an appearance on Linux & SteamOS.

How To Use Plex To Cast Local Videos To Chromecast (From Your Desktop w/ Optional Mobile App)

webupd8: Plex is the complete solution for all local media streaming to Chromecast needs, and is fairly easy to set up.

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Black Ice, the 'hack and shoot' FPS has a major update to change the entire game

Tags: Action, FPS, Early Access, Steam, Itch.ioBlack Ice [itch.io, Steam, Official Site] is another one high on my list of promising Early Access…

How to record videos on Linux using OBS Studio with separate audio tracks for gameplay and microphone

Tags: HOWTOSomething I had been meaning to check out for a while is how to easily record videos of games, but have my microphone and the game audio…

Serious Sam 3: BFE with the 'Fusion' engine and Vulkan could arrive next month in Beta

Tags: Action, Coming Soon, FPS, Steam, Vulkan Croteam has stated on their forum that Serious Sam 3: BFE [Steam] running on their new Fusion engine…

MX Nitro, a positively rated motocross racing game is heading to Linux, should be here 'very soon'

Tags: Coming Soon, Racing, SteamMX Nitro [Steam, Official Site] is another title that popped up on SteamDB today and the developers behind this…

Total War: SHOGUN 2 looks like it will be heading to Linux & SteamOS

Tags: Coming Soon, Steam, Strategy Well this was quite a surprise to see! It looks like Total War: SHOGUN 2 [Steam] is going to make an appearance on…

I Am The Hero, a surprisingly great beat 'em up has Linux support

Tags: Action, Beat 'em up, Indie Game, Steam, Initial Thoughts I Am The Hero [Steam, Official Site] is an indie beat 'em up that I've actually been…

Rencounter, a turn-based roguelike RPG adds Linux support, a quick look

Tags: RPG, Roguelike, Steam, Indie Game, Initial ThoughtsRencounter [Steam], a reasonably good looking turn-based roguelike RPG has recently added…

Motorsport Manager 'GT Series' DLC announced, looks and sounds like fun

Tags: Coming Soon, DLC, Racing, Simulation, Steam Motorsport Manager [Steam] is to get a major gameplay DLC named 'GT Series' which will add-in…

Major update of the open source FPS 'Unvanquished' due soon

Tags: Action, FPS, Open SourceUnvanquished, the open source humans vs aliens FPS is due to get a massive update soon and it sounds pretty decent. See…

Colony building sim ‘Maia’ huge update released featuring Lava and colonist relationships

Tags: Early Access, Indie Game, Itch.io, Simulation, Steam, Initial ThoughtsMaia [Steam, itch.io, Official Site], the colony building simulation from…

Tonight at 20:00 UTC we continue Civilization VI live on Twitch

Tags: LivestreamTonight I shall once again be joined by Samsai and BTRE live on Twitch as we continue our quest towards world domination, something…

Join me for the livestream tonight at 20:30 UTC

Tags: LivestreamTonight I shall be continuing a little in Half-Life 2: Update (my first ever play-through) and another game Samsai is forcing me to…

Wine 2.2 released with even more Shader Model 5 instructions and work towards Direct3D command stream

Tags: WineWine development is starting to heat up again, as Wine 2.2 is now officially available. Sounds like a good one too.What's new - Windows…

Fumiko! Possibly one of the weirdest platformers I've ever played was developed on Linux, lots of bugs

Tags: Unity3D, Indie Game, Steam, Platformer, Initial Thoughts, Itch.io Fumiko! [itch.io, Steam, Official Site] An incredibly strange platformer was…

Friday Livestream today at 6 PM UTC!

Tags: LivestreamNew games and lots of them! Prepare yourselves and adjust your monitors to our frequency for yet another evening (or day, morning,…