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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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The Linux Rain Automatic Writing Contest

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Test your ingenuity in the first-ever Linux Rain contest, and try your hand at automatic writing! What it is In the weird world of spiritualism, automatic writing is writing by spirits who communicate their messages through a living person (the one holding the pen or pencil). Automatic writing in…

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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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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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How to monitor online prices on Linux

 xmodulo: Anyone who does a bit of online shopping knows that one of the most important rules to get the best deal possible is to look for the product you want on multiple shopping platforms.

Must-have GNOME extension: gTile

Fedora Magazine: Tiling window managers have always interested me, but spending a lot of time tinkering with config files or learning how to wrangle them? Not so much.

Workload deployment tools for OpenStack

OpenSource.com: Heat is an orchestration service to launch multiple composite cloud applications using templates.

Tesora Delivers OpenStack Database-as-a-Service for Enterprises

OSstatic: As the OpenStack cloud computing arena grows, a whole ecosystem of tools is growing along with it.

Red Hat Set to Grow Thanks to Cloud and Containers

ServerWatch: For the quarter, Red Hat reported revenue of $446 million for a 19 percent year-over-year gain.

Linus Torvalds and others on Linux's systemd

 ZDnet: Systemd has been widely adopted by Linux distributions, but many developers hate it.

Siego Throws Flame, Office Suite Kumbaya & OS Face Off

 FOSSforce: Wearing your fireproof underwear?

Phabricator: An Open Source Powerful Project Management Tool for Linux

 tecmint: Phabricator is an open source Project Management tool

Install phpMyAdmin in Ubuntu / Debian

 HowOpenSource: PhpMyAdmin is a free open source tool written in PHP developed for giving users the ability to interact with their MySQL databases

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Reflex, A Potential Successor For Quake Going To Kickstarter

Reflex is a competitive Arena FPS that combines modern tech with the speed, precision and freedom of a 90s shooter. It may become for Quake what UT is for the Unreal series. The game just went on kickstarter and Linux is on their list!

Oculus Rift DK1 VR Device Is Now Open Source

The Oculus Rift DK1 virtual reality device is no longer worked on as it has been succeded by the DK2, so what better way to continue life in the DK1 than to open source bits of it?

Heavy Bullets FPS Officially Released Out Of Early Access

Heavily Bullets is a highly colourful first person shooter that has been on Linux for a while, but it's now a finished game and has left early access.

SNOW, A Winter Sports Game Shows A Teaser On Linux, Powered By CryEngine

SNOW is an upcoming free to play, open world winter sports game that is going to use CryEngine and the developers sent a little teaser out.

Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition For Linux Is In Testing

Even though we still haven't gotten the Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition the developer has noted on twitter that Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition is already in testing for Linux, and it's promising.

The Wine Development Release 1.7.27 Is Now Available.

Wine development team was able to produce a new experimental release today. 1.7.27 bringing many new features and as many as 22 bugfixes.

Tropico 5 Officially Released For Linux

Tropico 5 has finally been officially release for Linux, so it's time to become a dictator and see how it runs on Linux.

Double Fine’s Decision To Drop Spacebase DF-9 Is Another Huge Blow For Indie Games

Double Fine’s decision to pull the plug on Spacebase DF-9 may seem on the surface like just the latest act by a developer taking gamers for a ride, but such decisions could have huge consequences for the flourishing indie scene as a whole.

Darksiders For Linux Has A Slight Delay As Bugs Are Found

The developer porting Darksiders to Linux has sent word out to all Linux gamers waiting patiently that it hit a slight delay.

Techland Shoot Down Any Hope Of Hellraid & Dying Light On Linux

Techland's Chrome Engine 6 will support Linux, but it seems they don't yet have enough faith in Linux as a gaming platform after we spoke to them again.

Cannon Brawl Blasts Onto Linux, It's Really Good

Cannon Brawl has just been released for Linux and quite rightfully deserves a write up, as it's really quite fun.

SPACECOM Strategy Game Released, Another Day 1 Linux Release

SPACECOM is a very interesting minimalistic strategy game from Flow Combine I've had a chance to play a bit of, and I like it.

Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Director's Cut Now Available & Day 1 Linux Release

Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Director's Cut is the standalone and reworked version of Shadowrun: Dragonfall with new missions, a revamped combat system and more.

Torment: Tides Of Numenera New Video, Looks Absolutely Stunning

Torment: Tides of Numenera is another game heading to Linux from inXile entertainment that was funded on Kickstarter. They have released a new video to show off just how amazing it looks.

DoubleFine Ceasing Spacebase DF-9 Development, Releasing Code For Modders

DoubleFine has announced it will cease development on Spacebase DF-9 and release their Lua code for modders to carry the dream on.