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Scripting an arithmeticker

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I've just built my own GUI calculator (script below). OK, you're probably thinking "WHY? There are plenty of perfectly good GUI calculators for Linux. Why build another one?" And my answer is "Because the available calculators are way too powerful and don't do what I want…

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A Look at Ubuntu GNOME 17.04 Preview + Night Light

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Even as a self-confessed Arch Linux guru (okay, not a guru, but Arch is definitely my "main" distro), I do have a soft spot for the GNOME variant of Ubuntu, after running various versions of Ubuntu GNOME on my ASUS laptop for a fairly extended amount of time. With the release of GNOME…

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Review: HITMAN - The Complete First Season

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Here at TLR we recently had a 'first impressions' look at the newly released game in the Hitman series of video games. It is also the debut for the Hitman series on Linux, thanks to the porting efforts of Linux and Mac porting company, Feral Interactive. Having racked up more hours of gameplay and…

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Compiling Kodi 18 Leia (git) on OpenSUSE Tumbleweed

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Being a rolling release distribution that touts the ability to have the latest stuff, you'll often find the very latest software in OpenSUSE Tumbleweed. In the official repos, anyway. Certain software that is procured from external repositories such as Packman, however, this is not always the case.…

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Tips for tpp and patat

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You might be surprised to learn that there are programs for running presentations in a terminal. No, I don't mean opening PowerPoint or Impress slides one after the other, as images in a frame-buffered console. I mean presenting slides coded for the terminal, in a terminal. Interesting idea? It…

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HITMAN on Linux - First Impressions

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With HITMAN releasing just days ago on Linux, we have yet another big title landing on our favourite platform. It's also courtesy once again of the heavy lifting in porting that Feral Interactive do. The game is also interesting in that Feral promised launch-day Mesa 13 support, which is especially…

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All 7 Aveyond Games Released for Linux, DRM-Free

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Recently here, on The Linux Rain, I reviewed Aveyond 4: Shadow of the Mist, the latest entry into the Aveyond series and one that had been brought to Linux. Now, only a few days ago, the entire series from Aveyond from Aveyond 1: Rhen's Quest all the way to the aforementioned Aveyond 4: Shadow of…

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Getting Realtek 8188EU Wireless Adapters to work in Linux (and possibly other wireless Realtek chipsets!)

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Alright, so, disclaimer. This will likely be most suited for advanced or at least intermediate level Linux users. If you love NetworkManager, look away now, because we're going to obliterate it from the system. Unless, of course, someone works out how to make NetworkManager use the 'wext' driver.…

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Scottish Country Dancing stats

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My wife has been in the same Scottish Country Dancing group for many years, and back in 2005 she began keeping a record of the dances done at each meeting. She lists a fair bit of information in her "dances done" spreadsheet (screenshot below). She recently asked me "Would it be…

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A script to log what my GPS tells me

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I carry a Garmin Etrex 10 when I go bug-collecting. It's a handheld GPS receiver without many frills, and I only use it to record the latitude and longitude of each of my collecting sites as a waypoint. At the start of a field trip I delete all previous waypoints. When I do this, the trip's…

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Review: Fedora 25 - The Trail Blazer that is Blazing Fast

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Not long after being released to the wild, I decided it was time to retire old faithful Ubuntu GNOME in favour of Fedora 25 on my main laptop (an Optimus equipped machine). The Ubuntu install had served me very well indeed, but with Fedora's latest offering featuring the latest stable version of…

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5 myths busted: Using open source in higher education

 opensource.com: How a PhD student finished his degree in fine arts using Linux.

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

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

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

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Mesa 17.1.1 officially released

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

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