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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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Damn Small Linux A Lightweight Linux Distro For Old Computers

By the name yes it's really small and lightweight

Wine 2.0.2 Brings Better Support for Mortal Kombat X and Microsoft Excel 2010

Among the Windows games that should now work better if you install Wine 2.0.2 on your GNU/Linux distribution, we can mention Mortal Kombat X

Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) Is No Longer Supported, Upgrade to Ubuntu 17.04 Now

Starting today, you should no longer use Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) on your personal computer, even if it's up-to-date.

Blockchain's Future: Nine Predictions

 Datamation: The future of blockchain is sure to be bright.

How to Set-Up Master-Slave Replication for PostgreSQL 9.6 on Ubuntu 16.04

HowToForge: In this tutorial, we will show you how to install and configure PostgreSQL 9.6 Master-Slave Replication on Ubuntu 16.04 server.

Does your software development team use scrum?

Is scrum a part of your team's project management workflow?

Wireshark, World's Most Popular Network Protocol Analyzer, Gets New Release

Wireshark 2.2.8 comes about one and a half months after the 2.2.7 release to patch security vulnerabilities that have been discovered in the application

Code::Blocks IDE Review

Codeblocks is an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for programmers and developers.

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Shadow Warrior: Special Edition is currently free on the Humble Store

Tags: Action, FPS, Free Game, Humble Store, SteamYou can now grab the silly and over-the-top FPS chock full of blood, demons and swords for free for…

Total War: WARHAMMER Norsca DLC set to raid Linux before too long

Tags: DLC, Feral Interactive, Steam, StrategyThe latest DLC for the fantasy-themed Total War game will be brought over by Feral Interactive. This DLC…

Thursday Madness, a quick look at some good Linux gaming deals

Tags: Game SaleWelcome to another late sales article here at GOL. Another quick look at some good deals you shouldn't pass up! First up, Shadow…

Cyberpunk horror game 'Observer' from Bloober Team & Aspyr Media will likely see a delayed Linux release

Tags: Adventure, Aspyr Media, Coming Soon, Horror, SteamSlightly sad news today, as the amazing looking Observer [Steam, Official Site] from Bloober…

Trains & Things, a multiplayer focused economic strategy game built on Linux

Tags: Coming Soon, StrategyTrains & Things [Official Site] has been announced as a multiplayer focused economic strategy game, it's built on…

God game 'The Universim' now has a demo to try on Steam

Tags: Alpha, Demo, Indie Game, Simulation, SteamGod game 'The Universim' [Official Site, Steam] now has a demo available on Steam if you're wanting…

OpenRCT2, the open source RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 game engine has another update

Tags: Game Engine, Open Source, SimulationA good one to keep an eye on for fans of RollerCoaster Tycoon 2, as OpenRCT2 [Official Site], the open…

The emulator 'Dolphin' is now available as a libretro core

Tags: EmulationFor the emulation fans amongst our readership, you might be pleased to know that libretro [Official Site] now supports the…

Harold Halibut, a clay animation adventure game, set in a spaceship stuck under sea will have Linux support

Tags: Adventure, Crowdfunding, Coming SoonHarold Halibut [Kickstarter, Official Site] is an interesting sounding adventure game set in a spaceship…

Tangledeep is a very sweet dungeon crawler that's now in Early Access, I love it

Tags: Roguelike, Steam, Early Access, Indie Game, Initial Thoughts, Dungeon CrawlerTangledeep [GOG, Steam, Official Site] is a colourful and cute…

Editorial: No, Valve is not killing SteamOS or the Steam Controller

Tags: EditorialAnother day, another journalist claiming that Valve is killing SteamOS (amongst other things mentioned) and it couldn't be further…

The fantastic Early Access sandbox space game 'Avorion' has a huge update named 'Alliances'

Tags: Early Access, Sandbox, SteamI was impressed by Avorion [Steam], very impressed. It's one game I'm considering getting us a server for when it's…

The Templar sounds like the most fun unit yet coming to XCOM 2: War of the Chosen

Tags: Coming Soon, DLC, Steam, StrategyXCOM 2: War of the Chosen [Steam] has another new unit reveal, this time it's for The Templar, another one we…

The Humble Telltale Games Bundle seems to have at least one Linux game coming (updated: nope)

Tags: Game BundleUPDATE: Turns out it is an error:QuoteIt is a generic graphic that we use for the "More games coming soon" section, which contains…

Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap released for Linux, tools included to mod the game too

Tags: Retro, Platformer, Action, SteamWonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap [Official Site, Steam, Humble Store] a remake of Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's…