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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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[Game Review] The Journey Down: Chapter Two

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Released on the 25th of August 2014, The Journey Down: Chapter Two is the second installment in The Journey Down video game series, a classic point and click adventure inspired by much-loved classic titles such as Grim Fandango. Described as having a "Afro-Caribbean vibe", a quick look at any of…

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Joining Tables on the Command-Line

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This article compares 3 different ways to join tables on a common field. All 3 work OK on small tables, but there's a big difference in speed when the tables to be joined are large, as shown below. Table joining isn't something you need to do if you store data in a simple, flat-file database like a…

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The new Linux Rain is Here... well, sort of, almost

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You might have noticed that The Linux Rain has taken on a whole new look. If you had of tried the beta version of The Linux Rain the new look would look very familiar. So, are we now running a whole new shiny CMS (content management system)? Well, not quite. Not yet anyway. Here's why. It's a whole…

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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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Programming by Voice: Staying Productive without Harming Yourself

I have had intermittent trouble with this in the past, but limiting my computer usage at home in the evenings had always been enough to previously solve it. This time, however, was different.

Emacs 24.4 released

Version 24.4 of the Emacs text editor is now available.

Rejuvenate your Fedora desktop with Moka

FedoraMagazine: Moka started as a single Linux desktop icon theme, but over time it has gradually evolved into an entire project & brand identity that provides quality designs to people

Updated Debian 7: 7.7 released

The Debian project is pleased to announce the seventh update of its stable distribution Debian 7 (codename wheezy).

Firefox 34 Adds Browser-Based Voice Calling, Blocks POODLE Attacks

eWEEK: In this slide show, eWEEK takes a look at some of the features in Firefox 34.

Samsung and Intel Stay Committed to Chromebooks

OStatic: Look for these new systems to sell very well during this holiday season, and introduce many young people to the basics of working with data and applications in the cloud.

The Companies That Support Linux: DataCentred

Linux.com: DataCentred is a leading provider of next-generation datacentre and open-source cloud computing services focusing on clients with big research data sets.

Chief Architect of Cloudera on growth of Hadoop

 OpenSource.com: Doug Cutting, Chief Architect ClouderaDoug Cutting is founder of numerous successful open source projects, including Lucene and Hadoop, and currently the chief architect at Cloudera and sits on the Board of the Apache Software Foundation.

How to monitor a log file on Linux with logwatch

 xmodulo: Log files are not precisely what you would call "light" or "easy" reading, and analyzing raw log files by hand is often time-consuming and tedious.

GamingOnLinux.com Latest Articles

The Dark Descent Of Frictional Games: Part One

In the first of a two part opinion series, we will explore how the Penumbra games through a process of gradual evolution created a solid design template for later Frictional Games titles to follow.

Airships Early Access F5 Introduces Ramming, Boarding

Airships early access version 5 is out. This release introduces boarding combat, ramming prows, and new ship modules such as sails - and music!

Civilization: Beyond Earth Linux Release Date Cleared Up

Civilization: Beyond Earth is coming to Linux and the Linux release has been cleared up a bit in terms of when we can expect it.

Warlock 2: The Exiled Now On Linux

Warlock 2 is a turn-based strategy game of fantasy warfare. Rival against Great Mages, lead mighty armies into fierce battles, wield ancient magic and faith as your weapons. It is now available on Linux, and a new expansion has been released alongside it too.

Door Kickers Officially Released Today

The tactical squad shooter has been in Steam Early Access since 3rd September of last year, but was officially released today. The game is now available for Linux through retailers such as GOG, Humble Store and Steam.

Poltergeist: A Pixelated Horror Released On Steam

Poltergeist is Colombian developer Glitchy Pixel's first commercial game but they've already got several free games under their belt. This is an interesting looking puzzle game which has made its way through Steam Greenlight and is now ready for release both DRM free and on Steam.

Indie Developer Threatens Gabe Newell, Game Removed From Steam

In a case of common sense going out the Window, Mike Maulbeck developer of the game Paranautical Activity that was only just released in full on Steam has been a bit of an idiot.

Paranautical Activity FPS Is Now Out Of Beta

Paranautical Activity drew a bit of ire when they cancelled a bunch of features and decided they were calling it quits, but the game is now fully out and looks fun!

GOG Now Have Over 100 Linux Games, New Classics Include Baldur's Gate

GOG are becoming more useful for Linux gamers, as in the last week they have hit over 100 Linux games on their store!

Dragonsphere, Darklands & More Classics Added To Steam For Linux

Looks like Night Dive Studios are at it again! Some classics have been added to Steam for Linux which include Dragonsphere & Darklands.

GOL Cast: Trying To Strike A Profit In Merchants Of Kaidan

I talk a lot about Early Access, because the majority of games sent to us are on there. The games there range from awesome to awful, and Merchants of Kaidan has a bit of both.

The Wine Development Release 1.7.29 Is Now Available.

Wine development team was able to produce a new experimental release today. 1.7.29 bringing many new features and as many as 44 bugfixes.

A Roundup Of The Last Weeks Linux Gaming

Here is a look back at the last week on GamingOnLinux, an easy way to for you to keep up to date on what has happened in the past week for Linux Gaming!

The Humble Mozilla Bundle

The Humble Mozilla Bundle includes eight games previously available on Linux and another one that hasn't been disclosed. What is different this time is that they can all be run in a web browser.

How To Get A Free XCOM: Enemy Unknown Key

On Greenman Gaming, they are giving a free XCOM: Enemy Unknown Steam key for anyone who is voting in the Golden Joystick awards.