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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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adcli - Easy Way To Join RHEL/CentOS System To Active Directory Domain

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Command line fun: Insult the user when typing wrong bash command

Nixcraft: You can configure sudo command to insult user when they type the wrong password.

How to Install Fedora 27 Alongside With Windows 10 or 8 in Dual-Boot

This tutorial will guide you on how to install Fedora 27 Workstation in dual boot with Microsoft Windows 10 Operating System pre-installed on a BIOS firmware machine.

Record and Share Terminal Session with Showterm

You can record a terminal session with any screen recording program, but Showterm for Linux makes it very easy to record and embed on a site. Here???s how it works.

You can record a terminal session with any screen recording program, but Showterm for Linux makes it very easy to record and embed on a site. Here???s how it works.

How To Use YUM History Command To Rollback An Updates In RHEL/CentOS Systems

Yum history command allows administrator to rollback the system to a previous state on CentOS and RHEL Systems.

How to Install Icinga 2 Monitoring Tool on Debian 9.2

HowToForge: In this guide we will discuss how to install and configure the latest version Icinga 2 web monitoring tool

Slax Linux Distro Gets New Release After Two Years, Drops Slackware for Debian

Slax 9.2.1 is now available for download as the latest stable release of the Linux distro

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Colony building sim 'RimWorld' is now in Beta, with lots more content on offer

Tags: Strategy, Steam, Humble Store, Simulation, SurvivalTo say the RimWorld [Humble Store, Steam, Official Site] Beta is a big update might be a…

Fun free to play vehicle combat game 'Robocraft' updated with a new major building tool

Tags: Steam, Free Game, ActionI greatly enjoyed my time with the free to play vehicle combat game Robocraft [Steam], but the actually building wasn't…

Stardock is planning to release 'Star Control: Origins' on Linux

Tags: Adventure, Action, Strategy, RPG, SteamIt seems Ashes of the Singularity won't be the only Stardock game coming to Linux, as they've said Star…

Among the Sleep - Enhanced Edition, a free update to a great horror game

Tags: Horror, Indie Game, GOG, SteamAmong the Sleep - Enhanced Edition [GOG, Steam] is one I missed due to the stress of moving, which released at…

Friday Livestream with Samsai at 6 PM UTC!

Tags: LivestreamHey! You might not believe it but it's Friday today! And as is typical of a Friday here at GOL, we have a livestream for you! So, get…

Completely free top-down shooter CS2D is now on Steam

Tags: Free Game, Action, SteamCS2D [Steam, Official Site] is a top-down shooter heavily inspired by Counter Strike 1.6 and it's now available on…

Looks like the open-world FPS 'The Signal From Tölva' is now on Linux

Tags: Action, Open World, FPS, Steam, Indie GameThanks to a user comment on one of our older articles, we've been informed that The Signal From…

The developer of Siralim and Siralim 2 has blogged about supporting multiple platforms

Tags: MiscWhile not too in-depth on the technical side of things, the developer of Siralim [Official Site] and Siralim 2 [Official Site] has blogged…

Jump Gunners is a pretty hilarious action platformer now on Linux

Tags: Steam, Action, Platformer, Local co-opIn Jump Gunners [Steam, Official Site], as the name might suggest, you use your gun to propel you around…

Planet Nomads is about to get a lot more interesting

Tags: Steam, Early Access, Sandbox, Survival, Adventure, GOGPlanet Nomads [GOG, Steam, Official Site], the Early Access singleplayer sci-fi sandbox…

GOG now has 'West of Loathing' on their store, including a Linux version

Tags: GOG, DRM Free, Adventure, Comedy, RPGThe comedy adventure game West of Loathing [Official Site] is now available DRM free on GOG and they have…

Build a fleet and go to war in Battlevoid: Sector Siege, now out with Linux support

Tags: Strategy, Steam, Indie GameBattlevoid: Sector Siege [Steam] is a real-time strategy game about spaceships battling it out, it's now out with…

Tannenberg, the standalone expansion to Verdun, explodes into Early Access

Tags: FPS, Action, Early Access, SteamThe Eastern Front just got a little bit busier. The standalone expansion to the WW1 FPS pits Russians versus…

Crusader Kings II: Jade Dragon now available, my thoughts on all the kowtowing and tribute

Tags: DLC, Review, Steam, StrategyThe latest expansion to the medieval grand strategy game focuses on the East and the splendors of China. I had the…

Europa Universalis IV: Cradle of Civilization now available, here’s some thoughts

Tags: DLC, Review, Steam, StrategyThis ambitious DLC adds new shiny toys to nearly every nation of the Near East. I did my best to navigate religious…