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Eek! My rounding is biased!

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I've written several BASH scripts that use GNU AWK's printf function to round off decimal numbers. Now I've learned that the rounding is biased, and I need to re-do the scripts. For me the desirable way to round off a decimal is to round up if the bit to be discarded is greater than one half, and…

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Redshift functionality on Fedora 25 (GNOME + Wayland). Yes, it's possible!

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For those who can't live without screen colour shifting technology such as Redshift or f.lux, myself being one of them, using Wayland did pose the challenge of having these existing tools not working with the Xorg replacement. Thankfully, all is not lost and it is possible even right now. Thanks to…

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Give your eyes a break in the evenings with Redshift

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Eyes hurting at night from the glare of your screen? Perhaps it's even affecting your sleep? Then maybe you should give Redshift a try, a program similar to Twilight on Android and inspired by the likes of f.lux. If you've heard of either Twilight or f.lux, you'll probably know what these sorts of…

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Broken Age: Act 2 Review

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Way back in early 2014 I reviewed Act 1 of Double Fine Productions's quirky and colourful adventure, Broken Age. Somewhere along the line I assume I was either hit in the head or started living under a rock (perhaps both), because it wasn't until very recently that I got to playing Act 2. I gave…

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Sync your Fitbit on Linux with Galileo

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If you have a Fitbit fitness device and wish to sync your device using the wireless dongle on your Linux machine, the good news is it is possible with the Bluetooth-based Fitbit devices, thanks to a small Python utility called Galileo. Note: you will need a bit of terminal-foo, but to be honest, I…

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OpenMW 0.40 - Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind on Linux

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The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind is one of my personal favourite games of all time. Years ago I would have happily run the game in Linux, but the only real way to do so was through WINE. Thanks to OpenMW, a totally rewritten and open source engine for Morrowind, it is now very much possible to have…

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Aveyond 4: Shadow of the Mist Linux Game Review

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Times have been better, for Boyle Wolfbane. He and his unfortunate but loyal minions, along with his most faithful minion and pet, Fang, tried taking over the world like all of the best and most powerful dark lords do. Emphasis on 'tried', because Boyle failed. Miserably. Aveyond 4: Shadow of the…

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Scripting a DNA sequence viewer

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SANITY WARNING: Please don't read this article unless you're a compulsive shell scripter, like me. Seriously. There are some excellent FOSS sequence viewers in the distro repositories, with great GUIs and lots of features. Why would you want to build a less capable viewer that only works in a…

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Netflix on Firefox for Linux

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If you're a Firefox user and you're a little fed up with going to Google Chrome every time in order to watch Netflix on your Linux machine, the good news is since Firefox 49 landed, HTML5 DRM (through the Google Widevine CDM (Content Decryption Manager) plugin) is now supported. Services that use…

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Hunting gremlin characters

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When cleaning UTF-8 text files I sometimes come across invisible characters that I call 'gremlins'. These aren't the usual non-printing characters, like whitespace and (horizontal) tab, which are non-printing characters I expect to find in the plain text files I work with. Gremlins are weird things…

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Teach your Grandmother to write scripts

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It says here that people 65 and older have poorer vision, poorer dexterity and poorer memory than people 21-55 years old. Sounds right to me. My wife and I are 70, and there's no smartphone in our house because we can't read a smartphone screen easily and an on-screen keyboard is way too small for…

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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!

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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…