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Teach your Grandmother to write scripts

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It says here that people 65 and older have poorer vision, poorer dexterity and poorer memory than people 21-55 years old. Sounds right to me. My wife and I are 70, and there's no smartphone in our house because we can't read a smartphone screen easily and an on-screen keyboard is way too small for…

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Miaou Moon - Linux Game Impressions

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Miaou Moon is an unusual platformer styled game. On the one hand, it's an almost hypnotic and patient adventure through space as you let yourself bounce around through low gravity while conserving energy. On the other hand, you'll suddenly find yourself using cleverly timed thrusts to avoid a…

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Finding unmatched braces (brackets)

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Recently I was checking for unmatched braces in a big text file with nearly half a million lines (300+ MB). Was there a closing brace for every opening brace? The text file was called 'beetle' and was actually a tab-separated table with each line divided into 77 fields. What I wanted to do was find…

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How to use flags in AWK

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Flags in AWK are variables which are set to either true or false. They're handy for defining ranges over which AWK can act, as shown below. The AWK used here is GNU AWK 4.1.1 (gawk 4). Sometimes flags aren't needed I'll demonstrate with a simple text file called demo, which has 6 lines with 3…

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Snaps vs Flatpak? Both!

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We recently did a little article on Canonical's "Snappy" system, also known as Snaps, and it's usefulness for testing new and updated software without breaking your existing installations or versions of that specific software. Akin to Upstart vs systemd, Red Hat also have their own slice of…

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Snaps - A Good Way to Test the Latest Apps

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If you've been following the latest Ubuntu news around the traps, you've probably heard about Canonical's "Snappy" system. We actually did an article on Snappy back in late 2014 when the project had just started to surface. As of the latest Ubuntu 16.04 LTS release, the core program 'snapd' is…

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Proofreading for illusions with grep and AWK

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Lexical illusions are very hard to find when proofreading. The most common lexical illusion is a duplicated word, as in this well-known example: A lexical illusion: many people are not aware that the the brain will automatically ignore a second instance of the word 'the' when it starts a new line. …

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Transposing rows and columns: 3 methods

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Swapping the rows and columns in a table on the command line would seem to be a fairly easy thing to do. For example, with this tab-separated table (called 'tabbed') as input: get this tab-separated table ('swapped') as output: Datamash Transposing rows and columns is indeed easy if you have the…

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Got tearing with proprietary NVIDIA? Try this.

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If you're using a reasonably modern NVIDIA graphics card on your Linux box with the proprietary driver, there's a fair chance you may encounter that nasty thing called 'screen tearing'. There is a little setting worth trying in NVIDIA's blob driver called 'ForceCompositionPipeline' that can…

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Distro Wars: It's All Linux

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This is likely a topic covered plenty of times, and as such I won't make this a too in-depth article, but I feel it's something always worth reiterating and remembering that no matter what distribution of Linux (or GNU/Linux if you prefer) you use... it's all Linux. You only have to whiz around the…

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Vendors Pile on Big Data News at Strata

EnterpriseAppsToday: Cloudera, Pentaho and Alation are among vendors making Big Data announcements at this week's Strata event.

Riak TS for time series analysis at scale

Riak TS automatically handles the distribution of data around your cluster of nodes

Ubuntu's Shuttleworth Explains Why Not All Containers are the Same

Datamation: As container use continues to grow, Mark Shuttleworth provides some definition on why he's backing Kubernetes but isn't a fan of OpenStack Magnum.

Meet Apache Spot, a new open source project for cybersecurity

Cloudera and Intel on Wednesday announced that they've donated a new open source project to the Apache Software Foundation

Raspberry Pi Foundation Unveils New LXDE-Based Desktop for Raspbian Called PIXEL

Until today, Raspbian shiped with the well-known and lightweight LXDE desktop environment, which looks pretty much the same as on any other Linux-based distribution

Tiny, open, $18 quad-core SBC has WiFi, BT, eMMC, microSD

FriendlyARMs 40 x 40mm "NanoPi Neo Air" hacker SBC runs Ubuntu Core on an Allwinner H3 with 8GB eMMC, WiFi, BT, a DVP cam connector, and a microSD slot.

Mozilla tells Firefox OS devs to fork off if they want to chase open web apps vision

el Reg: Lizard also set to char Windows XP and Vista by ending support

What are configuration management tools?

opensource.com: Whether you maintain 5,000 machines or five, configuration management tools make the job easier.

MintBox Mini updated with faster AMD SoC and 8GB RAM

 hackerboards: CompuLab's Linux Mint flavored MintBox Mini Pro mini-PC updates the Mini with an AMD A10 Micro-6700T, plus BT 4.0, mini-PCIe, and twice the RAM and storage.

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I think ‘Particle Fleet: Emergence’ just became my new Linux gaming addiction

Tags:Strategy,Steam,Initial Thoughts,Indie GameI’m a big strategy game fan, I like building stuff and especially destroying stuff. I did a…

Rotate different shapes made out of blocks into holes in 'Security Hole', now on Linux

Tags:Indie Game,Initial Thoughts,Puzzle,Steam'Security Hole' [Official Site, Steam] recently released for Linux and the developer sent in a key, so I…

'Sundered', a beautiful hand­-drawn action game coming to Linux next year

Tags:Action,Coming Soon,SteamSundered [Official Site], is a really beautiful looking hand-drawn action game from the developers of Jotun. It's…

Just a heads up, Saints Row: The Third on Linux has broken co-op play

Tags:Editorial,Steam,Virtual Programming The Saints Row: The Third [Steam] port from Virtual Programming looks like it could use some love, it seems…

Steam Hardware Weekend sale, bag some cheap kit, Steam Controller now has accessories

Tags:Hardware,SteamThe Steam Hardware Weekend sale is now live and it seems Valve now sell accessories for the Steam Controller. All items are now…

'Hybrid Wars', a futuristic top-down mech shooter released with day-1 Linux support,

Tags:Action,SteamHybrid Wars [Official Site, Steam] is a rather good looking futuristic top-down mech shooter that has now officially released, and…

Stardew Valley 1.1 beta now available, you can get divorced, new maps, new crops and more

Tags:GOG,RPG,Sandbox,Simulation,SteamStardew Valley [Official Site, GOG, Steam] 1.1 beta is now available with Linux support. It has a bunch of new…

Unity have released a preview of the Unity editor with the Vulkan API

Tags:Unity3D,VulkanThis is pretty exciting, Unity [Official Site] have released a preview update build of the Unity engine with the Vulkan renderer.…

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II, Chaos Rising and Retribution released for Linux, port report and thoughts

Tags:Strategy,Steam,Review,Feral Interactive,BenchmarkFeral Interactive have ported another set of cracking good games. This time we have Warhammer…

'We Are The Dwarves' now available DRM free for Linux on GOG

Tags:DRM Free,GOGWe Are The Dwarves [Official Site, GOG], an action-based tactical adventure is now available for you GOG fans in their usual DRM…

Minecraft: The Exploration Update announced, new monsters, new animals and more

Tags:Sandbox The Minecraft [Official Site] developers have announced The Exploration Update and they have already released a development release for…

'Sunless Skies', the next game after 'Sunless Sea' to support Linux, will go to Kickstarter next year

Tags:Coming Soon,Crowdfunding Failbetter Games [Official Site] have announced their next game titled 'Sunless Skies' as the follow-on from 'Sunless…

'Osiris: New Dawn', a graphically impressive multiplayer adventure and survival game coming to Linux

Tags:Survival,Steam,Early Access,Adventure,Action,Unity3D'Osiris: New Dawn' [Official Site, Steam] is a very impressive looking mix of multiplayer…

InXile Entertainment announced Wasteland 3, will use crowdfunding on fig

Tags:Strategy,RPG,Crowdfunding,Coming SoonInXile Entertainment [Official Site] have formally announced that Wasteland 3 is a thing and it will go to…

'Stash: No Loot Left Behind', the new MMO from Frogdice is now available in Early Access

Tags:Early Access,Indie Game,MMO,SteamStash: No Loot Left Behind [Official Site, Steam] is the new MMO from Frogdice that features turn based grid…