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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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Steel, Password Managing the CLI Way

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One thing that's probably obvious to anyone who's read more than a few Linux Rain articles is that we appreciate the CLI (command-line interface). Graphical programs and utilities are great and there are some fantastic examples of those out there, not to mention new ones being created all the time.…

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Installing Firestorm (Second Life viewer) for Linux

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Unless you've lived under a virtual rock since 2003, you have probably heard of Linden Lab's baby, Second Life at some point. The online virtual world, where you can literally pretty much do anything, might not be at the peak popularity it once experienced but there is still plenty going on. If…

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I think I like backreferences (sometimes)

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Backreferences are part of the complicated and sometimes confusing world of regular expressions. The basic idea is this: you can substitute any part of a regular expression with a backslash followed by a number, so long as you surround the part to be substituted with round brackets. The command…

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Keeping emails as text files: 2 scripts

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Most people store and organise their personal emails as individual files (messages) in folders. Those folders might be on a webmail company's servers, or in a mail client program on the user's personal computer. In both cases the emails are probably in a special email format. I'm horribly…

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How to manage alternating lines of text on the command line

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In this article I've pulled together some command-line tips for alternating lines of text. Questions about alternating lines turn up regularly on online help forums, and they sometimes get complicated answers. Here I've tried to keep things simple. Interleaving lines For demonstration purposes I'll…

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The joys of ISOdates

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It took me a fair while to get comfortable with the ISO 8601 date format. After so many years of using DD MMM YYYY, my old eyes and brain had some trouble understanding YYYY-MM-DD. Finally something clicked, and I now read 'ISOdates' easily and I really appreciate their advantages. The biggest…

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Scripting a fancy chooser for recently used files

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I recently scripted a GUI dialog that lists my 10 most recently modified files in reverse chronological order and allows me to choose more than 1 file for opening. The dialog is launched with a keyboard shortcut and is shown here with 2 files selected: The script is in copy-and-paste form at the…

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Gnumeric: a filter-and-export script

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My wife likes to organise and store information in Gnumeric spreadsheets. Every now and then she needs to filter her data and save the result to a new spreadsheet. Gnumeric doesn't have a simple way to do that. It has a complicated way to do it ('Advanced Filter'), but nothing so straightforward as…

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How to insert code snippets on the command line without executing them

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You can store a code snippet in a shell alias or a function, but when you type the alias or function name in a BASH shell and press 'Enter', the shell executes (or tries to execute) the snippet. That's no good if the snippet is incomplete or needs editing. A simple workaround is to paste the…

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Rackspace Partners with Red Hat for Private OpenStack Cloud Deployment

ServerWatch: In a podcast interview, Darrin Hanson, vice president and general manager of OpenStack Private Cloud OpenStack at Rackspace, discusses why his company is making the move now and what it means for the state of private cloud deployments.

LibreOffice 5.1 Looks Better and Plays Nicer with Other Office Apps

The VAR Guy: LibreOffice 5.1, the latest release of the open source office productivity suite from the Document Foundation, brings interface and compatibility updates.

Linux Commands to manage Local Accounts - useradd, usermod, chage & passwd

 LinuxTechi: User administration is one of the important task of Linux system administrator.

How to run Windows programs on Linux with CrossOver

 ZDnet: Want to move to Linux, but there's this one application that's keeping you stuck on Windows?

Three tools to scan a Linux server for Malware and Rootkits

 HowToForge: Servers connected to the internet are seeing a constant level of attacks and scans all day.

Maru, the Debian for Android Project, Goes Open Source

The Maru project promises to bring an Android-based one for the phone that transforms into a Debian-based operating system when connected to a PC.

An Introduction to SELinux

Linux.com: SELinux has three modes (which can be set by the user). These modes will dictate how SELinux acts upon subject request.

Microsoft Continues to Use Software Patents to Extort/Blackmail Even More Companies That Use Linux, Forcing/Coercing Them Into Preinstalling Microsoft

 techrights: Acer is the latest large OEM to have become a victim of Microsoft's witch-hunt against Android/Linux preloaders

Linux-ready dev board beats BeagleBoard-X15 to the AM5728

Elesar's "Titanium" is a feature-rich board based on TI's AM5728 SoC, featuring dual Cortex-A15, dual DSP, and dual Cortex-M4 cores, plus a dual-core GPU.

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XCOM 2 strategy game reviewed on Linux

Tags:Strategy,Steam,Review,Feral InteractiveXCOM 2 has been well reviewed for Windows, but exactly how is it on Linux? I spent many hours defending…

Friday Livestream will greet you once again at 6 PM UTC!

Tags:Site InfoI for one am particularly happy that it's Friday today. My studies have been stressing me out a little bit so it's good to relax a…

Dying Light hotfix released, should fix major texture issue on Linux, no co-op fixes yet

Tags:Zombies,Steam,RPG,Action Well, looks like Techland are at least paying some sort of attention to their Linux port, not much mind. They just…

Nvidia pushes more OpenGL and Vulkan blog posts for developers

Tags:EditorialNvidia have published two more blog posts about both Vulkan and OpenGL, "Transitioning from OpenGL to Vulkan" and "OpenGL like Vulkan".…

Sunless Sea looks like it may get an official Linux build, game looks creepy & awesome

Tags:Survival,Steam,Sandbox,Humble Store,GOG,Coming Soon,Adventure I've been keeping an eye on Sunless Sea for a long time, as it looks really quite…

Xenonauts 2 being made, developer tells us should be on Linux

Tags:Coming Soon,StrategyIf XCOM just isn't enough alien vs human strategy for you, Xenonauts 2 is now also being created and the developer confirmed…

Frozen Synapse 2 announced, dev confirmed to us it will be on Linux

Tags:Coming Soon,StrategySorry for being a bit late on this, but a few days ago I asked the developers mode7 if Frozen Synapse 2 will be on Linux,…

Firewatch: first impressions

Tags:Initial Thoughts,AdventureVideo by Xpander. Since I first found out about Firewatch, I was intrigued, so when it was released, it was an…

Tomb Raider really does look like it's coming to Linux & SteamOS

Tags:Action,Coming Soon,Steam Thanks to SteamDB and a twitter follower it really does look more likely that Tomb Raider (the 2013 version) is coming…

Cities: Skylines to get a free Theme Editor, with way more map customization options

Tags:Video,Strategy,Steam,Sandbox,City BuilderCities: Skylines looks like it's getting some really great support, and with a free update coming soon…

The talk about Vulkan at FOSDEM by Jason Ekstrand from Intel now has a video up

Tags:Vulkan,VideoFor those wanting to listen to the actual talk Jason Ekstrand from Intel did about Vulkan you can now watch the video.QuoteVulkan is…

Tempest, a good looking pirate ship combat game looks like it's coming to Linux

Tags:Steam,RPG,Early Access,Adventure,ActionTempest is a pretty good looking naval warfare game involving pirate ships, and it looks like it's coming…

BattlEye anti-cheat now supports Linux, already live in ARK: Survival Evolved

Tags:Toolkit,Survival,Steam,Editorial Everyone playing ARK: Survival Evolved on Linux can calm down now, as BattlEye now supports Linux and it's…

We Are Legion, indie strategy game with hundreds or even millions of units now on Linux

Tags:Strategy,Steam,Indie GameWe Are Legion is a small indie strategy game with no unit caps, so you could end up with millions of units going at it.…

Vulkan webinar to take place this month, hour session talking about the API and SDK

Tags:Coming Soon,Editorial,VulkanIt's getting close to the launch of Vulkan, I can feel it! Khronos are doing a webinar on February 18th at 9:00am PT…