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Software is not data

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You know that trick where the magician snatches the tablecloth from the table, leaving the plates, cutlery and glassware in place? Watch as I do something similar on my computer. The screenshot above shows the top left corner of a large data table of mine in a spreadsheet. Drum roll, please... …

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How to repeat a script, or not

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I have a data-entry script which adds records to a plain-text data table. It's a fairly complicated script with a GUI dialog, and until recently it added one record at a time. To add another record, I had to launch the script again. Was there a simple way (I asked myself) to re-run the script, or…

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On dates and stuffed non-dates

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Nothing gives my wife the Screaming Meemies like dates in spreadsheets. Unless she formats the target cell in advance as text, the spreadsheet will turn a perfectly innocent, non-date string like 23/2/6 into '23-Feb-2006'. When she types 6420-11-3, according to both LibreOffice Calc and Gnumeric,…

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The header line: how to add, delete and ignore it

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In a plain-text table, the first or header line usually contains the names of the fields. In this article I've pulled together a variety of ways to add and delete a header, and also how to do things with the rest of the table while leaving the header intact as the first line in the file. Add a…

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Joining Tables on the Command-Line

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This article compares 3 different ways to join tables on a common field. All 3 work OK on small tables, but there's a big difference in speed when the tables to be joined are large, as shown below. Table joining isn't something you need to do if you store data in a simple, flat-file database like a…

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Splitting a File Elegantly

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In a previous Linux Rain article I compared different ways to delete blank lines, and showed that the AWK way was the simplest and most thorough. Here I show how to split a text file into multiple text files using a surprisingly simple AWK command. Background In 2013 I published an article in Free…

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Tips on getting (and suggesting, and editing) user input

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In a previous Linux Rain article I explained how to use the YAD dialog to do multiple-item data entry in a GUI. Here I show one way to allow users to check and edit what they've entered in YAD. I also explain how to offer default, editable inputs in terminal-based data entry, and how to color the…

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How to get nowhere in particular

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In this tutorial I explain one way to generate a random geographical location, using simple command-line tricks. Latitude and longitude: decimal degrees Latitude runs from 0 to 90 degrees from the Equator to the North Pole, and 0 to 90 degrees from the Equator to the South Pole. Longitude in…

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Nostalgic Gaming On Linux With Good Old Games

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Thanks to the recent Linux support provided by DRM-free classic games provider, GOG.com, getting that nostalgic kick on Linux has never been easier. In this article I'll also detail a few of my favourite classic games that are now available to play in Linux. It's not all nostalgia, though. Some of…

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GOG.com Launches Linux Support, Ahead Of Schedule

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That's right, GOG.com has just announced they are supporting Linux, way ahead of their scheduled dates of around October or November. The launch brings 50 Linux-compatible games right away. GOG.com announced it on their website today, no doubt to the surprise of many. GOG.com says that 100 Linux…

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Report: Docker Not Yet Widely Used in the Cloud

ServerWatch: Canonical, the lead commercial sponsor behind the open-source Ubuntu Linux operation system has published its latest Ubuntu Server and Cloud Survey, showing the latest trends in server and cloud deployments

How to create and show a presentation from the command line on Linux

 xmodulo: Often times, the purpose of a presentation is to convey specific information, which can easily be done with textual messages.

Tech Comics: Do You Love Me?

 Datamation: Sometimes technology can help clear up the most basic questions.

Seeing the cloud through Ubuntu-colored glasses

 ZDnet: Ubuntu cloud users see OpenStack rising, Docker getting more talk than traction, and companies moving to the hybrid cloud.

CIOs: It's time to reinvent yourself and your teams, says Weather Company CIO

 EnterprisersProject: The CIO of the Weather Company explains why open source software is an 'uncomfortable' conversation that CIOs need to be having because it could be the key to innovation.

How to Upgrade Linux Kernel to Stable 3.18.4 on CentOS 7.x

Linoxide: How to upgrade your current version of linux kernel to the latest stable version 3.18.4 on CentOS 7.0.

Explaining the Big Data Productivity Gap

 The VAR Guy: The slow adoption and lack of productivity associated with Hadoop and other big data technologies likely stems from poor planning and lack of big data training and expertise, among other factors.

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An Update On The Open Source Xoreos Project For Neverwinter Nights 2

xoreos is a FLOSS project aiming to reimplement BioWare's Aurora engine (and derivatives), covering their games starting with Neverwinter Nights and potentially up to Dragon Age II. This post gives a short update on the current progress.

Review: Forward To The Sky Now On Linux

Forward to the Sky is a new Steam release indie title based on the idea of taking the Japanese Anime / Visual Novel art-style and incorporating it into a action puzzle platformer with a "run of the mill" campy story.

GOL Survey Results: January

Thanks to GOL reader Fedso, we now have month-by-month comparisons for the survey as well as an automated program which takes the raw survey data and makes graphs. This is pretty exciting stuff since now one of the main goals of the survey project has been achieved and we can observe trends over time.

GOL Cast: Avoiding Zombies, Bugs And DMCA Claims In Dying Light

So... Dying Light. A triple A day one Linux port. Now that would sound awesome but sadly releasing games in a horrible state is trendy and Techland seems to have wanted a piece of that cake. Let's list the problems, shall we?

Raven’s Cry Released On Linux, Still A Bit Buggy

The open world pirate RPG Raven’s Cry has been released with day one Linux support. Raven’s Cry looks promising in terms of story and setting, featuring historically accurate architecture from the 18th century, a morality system, side-quests and economy system.

The Funding Crowd - Favorites From 2014

The TFC team has devoted this post-holiday quiet period to looking back at some notable projects that were funded in 2014.

Gravity Ghost Released For Linux, It's Bloody Lovely

Thanks to a reader we were able to take a look at Gravity Ghost, a charming gravity platformer from Ivy Games LLC.

BADLAND GOTY Edition, An Atmospheric Side-scrolling Action Adventure Platformer Is Heading To Linux

BADLAND is an atmospheric side-scrolling action adventure platformer set in a gorgeous forest full of various inhabitants, trees and flowers. Although the forest appears to be right out of a beautiful fairy tale, there’s something terribly wrong.

Feral Interactive Are Teasing Another Linux Port

Even though we still haven't found out what game we teamed up with Feral Interactive to do a competition for, they have unleashed a new radar blip for a new Linux port.

Friday Livestream Time! Join Us At 6 PM UTC!

It has been an eventful week and to wrap it up we have our traditional Friday Livestream where we chill out, play games and talk about gaming on Linux in general.

Dying Light Patch Released, Our Thoughts On It, Still Terrible

Techland has begun their patching of Dying Light for Linux & Windows in their effort to clean up the rather botched release, and we took a look.

Dying Light Is Almost Playable On Linux, If You Do Some Tinkering (Updated)

Thanks to pointers from our community member xpander69, we have found that Dying Light can be played almost acceptably on Linux with some messing around with the files. Updated.

Starbound's Massive Stable Update Released, It's On Sale, And We Have A Server

Starbound is a fantastic game, and the stable update has been long overdue, but that wait ends right now. The stable update is absolutely massive, and it's really worth trying out.

Aspyr's Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remaster Is Real And It's Out, We Have Keys For You

Few days ago the remaster of Fahrenheit popped up on Amazon with Aspyr logos and penguins. Well, it seems that Aspyr is indeed behind the remaster and the Tux was put on there for a purpose. Behold, the next Aspyr Linux port is here!

Outlast, That Really Scary Game Looks Like It's Still Heading To Linux

Good news folks, thanks to a comment on a recent article we were poked about taking a look at the progress of porting Outlast to Linux, and it seems to have a new private Linux build in testing.