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NVIDIA Driver with Improved Optimus Support Lands for Fedora 25+

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For those using an NVIDIA powered machine, especially those running Optimus laptops, a new NVIDIA driver stack has landed in the negativo17.org repo for Fedora 25 (and up) users. In a blog post, user "slaanesh" announced the improvements: "The Nvidia repository now contains all the…

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Solus Project Gets New Website, Migrates to New Development Tracker and More

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The fast moving Solus Project that is making some waves in the Linux distribution world has some new shiny things going on. Joshua Strobl, Solus Project Communications Manager has announced them in the latest This Week In Solus. In the 44th installment of This Week In Solus, Joshua details the…

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What is YOUR Essential FOSS Program?

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We all have at least one or maybe even a handful of programs we seemingly just can't live without. You know, that program that you instantly go looking for as soon as you've installed your new shiny OS (or Linux distribution, more specifically in our case). For me, personally it's the Vim text…

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GNOME Recipes to Receive Interface Improvements, New Recipes and Cuisines

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A few months back we took a look at the new GNOME Recipes app that's currently in heavy development. Matthias Clasen has announced that along with a growing team of developers, some further improvements are on the way, both in terms of user experience and the selection of recipes and cuisines…

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Introducing Sudo Satirical

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Recently on The Linux Rain I wrote about some recent changes to the site and towards the end of that article I made mention of a new category that had shown up on TLR: satire. Well, in the interest of keeping The Linux Rain fully on its track and focussed, say hello to a new site. Say hello to Sudo…

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Xfe file manager: an independent marvel

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Nearly all Linux distros come with a graphical file manager tied to a particular desktop environment. KDE comes with Dolphin file manager, Gnome with Files, MATE with Caja, Cinnamon with Nemo, Xfce with Thunar, LXDE with PCManFM. You're not, of course, stuck with the file manager that comes with…

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Review: Spec Ops: The Line

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The bullets screamed past Walker's ears, piercing the dust-ridden air. The only consolation of being aware of the sharp hot cracks through the air from the bullets whizzing by meant that he was still alive. His fellow Delta Force teammates, Lugo and Adams, were crouched nearby on the flanks behind…

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A Linux Rain Update

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How do we look? Regular readers will instantly notice we've had a bit of a facelift all of a sudden. Nothing too dramatic, mainly just CSS stylings and the overall colour scheme. There's also a few other technical changes that have already happened, as well as a few others planned for…

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BASH a block of bytes

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I was preparing a slide presentation and wanted to show a block of random 8-bit bytes, like this: Naturally I didn't just type out that block of text on a slide, which would have taken maybe 10 minutes, or copy and modify some byte-text I found online. Of course not. Instead I spent hours dreaming…

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Containers, a Great Privacy Add-On Currently in Firefox Test Pilot

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While not Linux specific by any means, here is a Firefox add-on (currently in Firefox Test Pilot) that I've been using and I believe is beneficial to any Firefox user, especially those who want a bit of extra privacy. Containers are basically a way of isolating tabs to their own profiles…

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Canonical Reboots Convergence; Introduces the No Desktop Environment

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Just mere days after the news broke that Canonical would be using the GNOME desktop environment in the default release of the Ubuntu operating system, following the news of the company also dropping the Unity desktop and the greater goal of "convergence", newly re-appointed Canonical CEO…

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A Useful Android App To Browse Arch User Repository(AUR)

ostechnix: AURdroid is a free Android that allows Arch Linux users to browse the AUR (Arch User Repository) from the mobile phone, tablets or any Android devices.

Linux 4.12 rc3

Linus Torvalds: Hey, things continue to look good, and rc3 isn't even very big.

Peppermint 8 Linux OS Released, It's Based on Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS with Linux 4.8

Peppermint 8 is based on the Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system and the HWE (hardware enablement) Linux 4.8 kernel and graphics stacks from Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak)

How To Configure SAMBA Server And Transfer Files Between Linux & Windows

LinuxAndUbuntu: File transfer between Linux and Windows can be done using SAMBA which is an open source software suite that provides seamless file and print services to SMB/CIFS clients, allowing interoperability between Unix/Linux based system and Windows-based system.

How to Disable Shutdown and Reboot Commands in Linux

Tecmint: Certain Linux distros such as Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Mandriva just to mention but a few, make it possible to reboot/halt/shutdown the system as a normal user, by default.

5 laws every aspiring DevOps engineer should know

Good engineers become great engineers when they follow these rules.

Quick Guide: How to Linux get ip address

This post will provides a quick guide how to Linux get ip address, subnet and related networking information.

How to Build a Custom Kernel on Ubuntu

MakeTechEasier: Building a custom Linux kernel sounds terrifyingly difficult, but it's really not that hard.

How to use sed to find and replace text in files in Linux / Unix shell

Nixcraft: How do I use the sed command to find and replace on Linux or UNIX-like system?

GamingOnLinux Latest Articles

Slime-san, an incredibly fast-paced platformer that takes place inside a worm

Tags: Steam, Platformer, ReviewA bit overdue, but today I checked out Slime-san [Steam, Official Site], an incredibly fast-paced platformer with a…

Questioning my life choices playing 'Grab the Bottle'

Tags: Puzzle, Steam, Indie Game, CasualGrab the Bottle [Steam] from developer Kamina Dimension is a really weird snake-like game about some weird…

Shadow of Mordor on AMD Ryzen CPU suffers from a performance hit due to non-optimal thread scheduling

Tags: Benchmark, Hardware, AMD, Feral InteractiveWhile doing some comparative benchmarks between my RX 470 and GTX 1060 on a Ryzen 1700 CPU and an…

Stardock CEO asking to see interest in Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation on Linux with Vulkan

Tags: Steam, Strategy, VulkanAshes of the Singularity: Escalation [GOG][Steam][Official Site] will come to Linux if Stardock see enough requests for…

Darkest Dungeon’s expansion, The Crimson Court, set to release June 19th

Tags: DLC, Dungeon Crawler, Roguelike, RPGThe very brutal and fun dungeon crawler will get its first expansion quite soon. Thematically about…

BlindQuest, an interactive audio novel, is looking for votes for Steam Greenlight

Tags: Adventure, Visual Novel, Steam, GreenlightSetting itself apart from the majority of visual novels by focusing on the player’s sense of…

Bounty Train, a game about the Wild West and trains, is set to come to Linux

Tags: GOG, Simulation, Steam, StrategyWith detailed equipment and management aspects, Bounty Train [Official Site] also has plenty of thrills and…

Friday Livestream with Samsai at 5 PM UTC!

Tags: LivestreamWe seem to have made it through another week, for today is Friday! You now have a once in a week (Shovel Knight streams do not count)…

Feral announce that Dawn of War III will use both OpenGL and Vulkan

Tags: Coming Soon, Feral Interactive, Strategy, Vulkan Feral Interactive have just announced some exciting news! The Linux port of Dawn of War III…

Hyper Knights, the Medieval mix of strategy and action is now fully released, multiplayer is coming

Tags: Action, Indie Game, Steam, StrategyHyper Knights [Steam] is one of those titles I previously picked up thinking nothing of it, but it turned…

SteamVR updated with experimental Linux support for SteamVR Home

Tags: Steam, Virtual Reality Valve have pushed out another update to SteamVR, this time Linux has been given experimental support for SteamVR Home.…

Wine 2.9 released with support for Direct3D tessellation shaders

Tags: WineWine 2.9 is now officially available and it's a very interesting one. Fantastic work from the Wine developers. Highlights:Support for…

Planet Nomads officially lands into Early Access

Tags: Early Access, GOG, Initial Thoughts, Sandbox, Steam, SurvivalPlanet Nomads [Steam, Official Site, GOG], the rather fancy looking sandbox…

Some thoughts on possessing dead bodies MidBoss, now on Linux as a day-1 release

Tags: Steam, Indie Game, Roguelike, ReviewI've been playing a bit of MidBoss [itch.io, Steam, Official Site], a new roguelike from Kitsune Games with…

The Culling survival game still broken, despite the attempted fix in the latest patch

Tags: Action, Early Access, Indie Game, Steam, Survival Despite the developers patching The Culling [Steam] today, which claims it addressed the…