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How to build and edit LibreOffice dictionaries

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When writing or editing scientific-type text in LibreOffice Writer, I rely a lot on its spellchecker. Unfortunately, the scientific terms I'd like to check aren't in the default dictionaries behind LibreOffice's spellchecking routine. There are two ways out of this dilemma. The first is to deal…

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Here's how GNOME Shell can look like Ubuntu Unity

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With the recent bombshell that Canonical is quitting the Unity desktop project as well as the overall goals for convergence and returning to GNOME, one can't help but wonder what Ubuntu 18.04 LTS will look like. However, as you will see it is very easy to tweak GNOME to look and feel quite similar…

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Canonical Quits Unity/Mir/Convergence; My Thoughts

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In stunning news, which is apparently NOT a late April Fools joke, Mark Shuttleworth has announced that Canonical will be dumping the Unity, Mir projects and ultimately the goal of 'convergence'. Canonical is also planning to then return to GNOME as the default desktop by the release of Ubuntu…

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The buttons of YAD

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I use the YAD dialog program quite a lot in my shell scripts. Written and maintained by Victor Ananjevksy, YAD is easy to use and has dozens of handy options. In previous Linux Rain articles demonstrating YAD (here, here and here), I used only the default YAD buttons, "Cancel" and…

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A Look at GNOME Recipes

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Now, yours truly isn't much of a cook, but I am trying to improve on that. With that in mind, the new GNOME Recipes application caught my eye and I decided to check it out. GNOME Recipes is still in development and its included library of recipes is certainly not exactly exhaustive, so I'm looking…

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grep vs AWK vs Ruby, and a uniq disappointment

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In my data-cleaning work I often make up tallies of selected individual characters from big, UTF-8-encoded data files. What's the best way to do this? As shown below, I've tried grep/sort/uniq, AWK and Ruby, and AWK's the fastest. The trials also revealed an unexpected problem with the uniq program…

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Netflix flicks the 'On' Switch for Firefox on Linux

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In news sure to please all Firefox users who also use the Netflix streaming service, it's now possible to do so without any user-agent tweaks or hacks. It now works out of the box, as Netflix themselves have finally done the necessary changes in the background to make Firefox recognised as a valid…

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GNOME 3.24 'Portland' Released

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A bit over a month following the beta release of GNOME 3.23.91, the GNOME project has now released the latest version of the GNOME desktop, now at version 3.24, codenamed Portland. Some of the new features and fixes include: Calendar: A new week view, plus allowing Drag & Drop events to…

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Getting Baldurs Gate 2 Enhanced Edition to run on Linux (GOG Games)

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If you are fortunate enough, your new shiny install of Baldurs Gate 2 Enhanced Edition will Just Work™. If you're on a fairly, what I call "late-model" distribution such as Arch Linux or OpenSUSE Tumbleweed or even one of the latest (non-LTS) versions of Ubuntu, you might run into…

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CAT Interstellar; Do Androids Dream of Electric Dogs?

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CAT Interstellar is an intriguing little indie game project currently in Early Access by Ionized Games set on Mars, during a time where humanity is in the middle of terraforming the Red Planet. Rather wisely, rather than sending and risking a bunch of humans on the planet, the powers that be…

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Streets of Rogue - Mindless Rogue-Like Adventure-GTA-Deus-Ex-Like Fun

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That title ain't a mistake folks. And in truth, the title could have had even more words crammed in had I not been so conscious of not making it virtually unreadable. Streets of Rogue is exactly that, though: a rogue-like, an action-adventure with Grand Theft Auto (the old school ones) and RPG-lite…

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5 Arduino projects to upgrade your car

The Arduino microcontroller opens doors for auto hobbyists and tinkerers.

Stacer An Alternative To CCleaner And Bleachbit On Linux

LinuxandUbuntu: Previously, I have used Bleachbit on Ubuntu but then I found Stacer and I am not looking back.

TypeCatcher - Download Google Webfonts to Your Ubuntu Desktop

TypeCatcher is a font manager with which you can search, browse, and download Google webfonts to use offline on your Linux workstation.

Buttercup - A Modern Password Manager for Linux

FOSSmint: Buttercup is a cross-platform, free, and open-source password manager

The Linux port of Dawn of War III will use both OpenGL and Vulkan

GamingOnLinux: Feral Interactive have just announced some exciting news

How to delete a non-empty directory when you get directory not empty error on Linux

Nixcraft: How do I delete a non-empty directory in bash terminal running on Linux operating system?

Linux-based gizmo offers remote 3D printer control and sharing

LinuxGizmos: Waggle runs Linux 2.6 on an ARM-based Nuvotron N3292602 SoC with integrated H.264 and MJPEG streaming.

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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…

Mesa 17.1.1 officially released

Tags: Drivers, Mesa, Open SourceThe Mesa team has officially released Mesa 17.1.1 which is a bug fix release to provide better stability in the open…

Installation 01, the Halo fan-game that will support Linux has a new trailer

Tags: Action, Coming Soon, FPS, Unity3DThe rather epic looking Halo fan-game Installation 01 has a fresh new trailer and it's certainly got me…

Blasphemous is a promising looking dark and brutal non-linear platformer

Tags: Action, Coming Soon, Crowdfunding, Indie Game, PlatformerBlasphemous, a dark and brutal non-linear platformer is currently on Kickstarter and…

Reminder: Update your PC info for the next round of statistics updates

Tags: Survey, Site InfoThis is your once a month reminder to make sure your PC information is correct on your user profiles. A fresh batch of…