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The State of NVIDIA Optimus on Linux

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For those unaware, NVIDIA Optimus is a technology that allows integrated Intel graphics and a discrete NVIDIA graphics card to be built into the same computer (generally a laptop) and switch between the two on-demand. This same technology is also the cause of Linus Torvalds' infamous "finger"…

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A "Track Changes" script for data cleaning

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The complicated-looking script at the end of this article is in two parts. The first part detects the changes made when a data table is edited, and reports the changes as a plain-text logfile. It's a straightforward bit of shell scripting based on the diff command. The second part of the script…

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Linux, HP and the avoidance of Windows

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Having a TL;DR day? In a nutshell, I just replaced a 2011 HP Mini netbook with a 2014 HP mini-notebook. Both run Linux. Thank you, HP. The netbook I bought a 2011 HP Mini 110-3744TU in early 2012 (specs below). It came with Windows 7 'starter', which I replaced with CrunchBang Linux. The Mini is…

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How to garble

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In 2003 a strange paragraph made the rounds on email. It read: Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at an Elingsh uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, olny taht the frist and lsat ltteres are at the rghit pcleas. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a…

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DMS to DD to KML with AWK and sed

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In a 2014 Linux Rain article I describe a fast 'points plotter' for Google Earth. First I copy a list of latitude/longitudes (lat/lons) from a spreadsheet to the clipboard, then I launch a shell script with a keyboard shortcut. The script builds a KML file from the copied list and opens the KML for…

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Grouping things with AWK

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In this article I explain one way to group data items with AWK arrays. The code is a little mysterious but the results are impressive, especially in my second example! Case 1: Cricket stats The table 'runs' is tab-separated and lists the 86 national team cricket players who scored (or have so far…

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Building sequences of numbers on the command line

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There are two easy-to-use tools for generating numerical sequences. 'Brace expansion' is a BASH shell built-in, while the seq command is included in the GNU/Linux 'coreutils' package. Each tool has its peculiarities and advantages, as shown below. Simple sequences One difference between the two…

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How to Write Good Software

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Software must be free as in freedom Good software is Free Software. I will avoid using the term "open source" as it doesn't cover a social side at all, which is equally as important, as the technology itself. You can read more about this from here. Widely accepted tools and languages Good software…

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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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No Linux, no Docker, no cloud OS? Think again

InfoWorld: OSv, a from-scratch OS for running applications at scale and with high performance, blazes a trail to the cloud that doesn't use Linux or Docker-style containers

"No Reboot" Kernel Patching - And Why You Should Care

LinuxJournal: With the major distros committing to support the 4.0 kernel and its features (including "no reboot" patching) at some point this year, it's a good time to take a look at what this feature actually does and what difference it will make for you.

Analyst Watch: Ten reasons why open-source software will eat the world

SDtimes: To be sure, many major Web companies like Google and Yahoo have been leveraging open-source dynamics aggressively and contribute back to the community.

Linux 4.1 rc1

Linus Torvalds: 4.1 seems to be smack dab in the middle of the normal range for the last couple of years.

How I shrunk a Docker image by 98.8% – featuring fanotify

Is there anything like a “diet program for Docker Images” ?

Microsoft continues earning money from Linux -- increases patent licensing agreements

betanews: Many people -- let's call them 'haters' -- like to make fun of Microsoft's mobile market share with Windows Phone.

Google Provides Detailed Analysis of GitHub Attack Traffic

ThreatPost: The high-profile DDoS attack against GitHub that went on for several days last month was the end result of an operation that included several phases and extensive testing and optimization by the attackers

Debian 8.0 Jessie has been released!

There's a new sheriff in town. And her name is Jessie.

Build Your Own Linux Distro

LinuxVoice: Do you have a favourite distro that you’ve spent hours customising?

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Antisquad Turn Based Strategy Released For Linux As Promised

We can add 'InsGames' to the list of developers who promise a Linux version, and deliver it eventually! Just over a year ago I wrote about the…

Arma 3 Certainly Looks Closer To A Linux Version

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The Vanishing Of Ethan Carter Is Being Moved To Unreal Engine 4, Should Come To Linux

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Gabe Newell Takes To Reddit To Answer Questions On Steam Paid Mods

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The New Trailer For 'Chroma Squad' Is Madness, Check It Out

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Dungeons 2 Strategy Game Released On Steam For Linux

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Will Fight For Food: Super Actual Sellout: Game Of The Hour Released For Linux

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Survivor Squad: Gauntlets Adds Linux Support, Looks Really Fun

Survivor Squad: Gauntlets has recently added Linux support to their Early Access title. Honestly, I didn't think much of it looking at screenshots,…

Remember Your Weekly Dose Of Livestream Starting At 5 PM UTC!

Can you guess what day it is? No? Fine, it's Friday and that means we get to do the gamings and streamings for you people. Live, naturally. Watch…

Steam Officially Starts Allowing Paid Mods In The Workshop, People Are Upset

In a move that is not even remotely surprising to me, Valve has started rolling out the ability for mod authors to sell their works. I think…

Demise Of Nations: Rome Enters Early Access, Free To Play Strategy Game For Linux

I know, I used that terrible free to play term in a title again didn’t I! They are doing it in an odd way too, with only one map playable…

Crypt Of The NecroDancer Exits Early Access, Get With The Beat

Crypt of the NecroDancer was a bloody good idea for a game, and it is executed well. The game has now left Early Access. I’ve spent a total of…

Parcel, A Cyberpunk Puzzler Exits Early Access On Steam For Linux

Parcel is a Cyberpunk puzzle game from Polar Bunny Ltd that kept our flesk pretty hooked, and less than a month later it has come out of Early…