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Installing Firestorm (Second Life viewer) for Linux

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Unless you've lived under a virtual rock since 2003, you have probably heard of Linden Lab's baby, Second Life at some point. The online virtual world, where you can literally pretty much do anything, might not be at the peak popularity it once experienced but there is still plenty going on. If…

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How to manage alternating lines of text on the command line

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In this article I've pulled together some command-line tips for alternating lines of text. Questions about alternating lines turn up regularly on online help forums, and they sometimes get complicated answers. Here I've tried to keep things simple. Interleaving lines For demonstration purposes I'll…

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The joys of ISOdates

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It took me a fair while to get comfortable with the ISO 8601 date format. After so many years of using DD MMM YYYY, my old eyes and brain had some trouble understanding YYYY-MM-DD. Finally something clicked, and I now read 'ISOdates' easily and I really appreciate their advantages. The biggest…

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Impressions of a Chromebook and Linuxy Goodness

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Feeling like something different, I recently bought a HP Chromebook 11. In this article I give my impressions on the device itself and also some Linux-specific goodness thanks to something caled Crouton, plus a few thoughts on working in the "cloud". As someone who uses a typical GNU/Linux…

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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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Getting Started with ZFS on Debian 8

Linux.com: There are many reasons why you should use ZFS for your file servers to create a pool of hard drives to increase redundancy.

Legacy Bios, UEFI and SecureBoot ready Ubuntu Live image customization

 LinuxConfig: This article will provide you with a core information on how to create boot-able Ubuntu Live customized isohybrid image to get you started with your own Ubuntu distro spin-off.

Schedule Tasks with Cron

 Freedom Penguin: The terminal is a scary thing for noobs.

Long Term Support vs Rolling Linux Release

 Datamation: When it comes to current software packages, control and speed - rolling releases are a solid option

Judge Says 'No' to SCO

 FOSSforce: Guess who's back in the news? Even as a ghost, SCO is trying to pickpocket IBM's wallet.

WandBoard.org spins Brillo-on-iMX6UL IoT hacker board

 LinuxGizmos: Wandboard.org launched a sandwich-style "HobbitBoard" that runs Brillo on an i.MX6 UltraLite, and offers Intel Edison, Wandboard, and MikroBus expansion.

Why I fought for open source in the Air Force

opensource.com: John Allison shares why he looked to open source software when tasked with modernizing a U.S. Air Force command center.

Left 4 Dead dedicated server install guide for CentOS

 HowToForge: Gaming servers are widely searched for by the internet-savvy online gamers.

Nautilus 3.20 Will Be a Major Upgrade, Here's What's New

A new GNOME major upgrade is on its way, and it will ship with Nautilus 3.20.

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Dying Light: The Following - Enhanced Edition now available for Linux, texture issues

Tags:Zombies,Steam,RPG,ActionDying Light: The Following - Enhanced Edition is a big patch and DLC now available for Dying Light. I have tested it a…

Does Dying Light's Linux to Linux multiplayer fail for you? Please confirm it here

Tags:Zombies,Steam,Editorial I've heard reports far and wide that the Linux to Linux multiplayer in Dying Light is broken. Myself and Samsai tried to…

Multiplayer indie action game 'Super Snow Fight' may get a Linux version if there is enough demand

Tags:Action,Indie Game A developer of Super Snow Fight, a multiplayer action indie game, claims in its Steam discussion forum that if they receive…

GPUOpen has launched, AMD open up more to the community

Tags:Toolkit,Editorial,AMDSorry for the lateness, but GPUOpen from AMD is now officially open to the public. I really like the way AMD is going doing…

XCOM 2 is so popular it has beaten the all time peak player count of a number of games

Tags:Editorial,Feral Interactive,Steam,Strategy This is awesome to see. XCOM 2 has beaten the all time peak player counter of some pretty high…

Gas Guzzlers Extreme looks like it is going to come to Linux, porting starts soon

Tags:Action,Coming Soon,Racing,SteamGas Guzzlers Extreme has an interesting history, but it looks like the developers are once again trying to bring…

Valve rep mentions they will eventually survey Big Picture & SteamOS

Tags:EditorialCurrently Steam Big Picture mode and SteamOS don't get a hardware survey, so even if millions of people pick up a Steam Machine we…

Dying Light's online modes get bigger with The Following, hopefully they actually fix it for Linux

Tags:DLC,Steam,ZombiesI do love the single player in Dying Light, and I am very much looking forward to Dying Light Enhanced Edition and The…

Ghost Theory, a unique horror game that also supports Linux, is now on Kickstarter!

Tags:Press Release,Horror,Crowdfunding,AdventureDreadlocks Ltd, indie game development studio responsible for last year's 2D cyberpunk RPG Dex,…

The final results of the Linux GRID Autosport tournament

Tags:Editorial Now that the braking-dust has settled a bit, I thought I should do a little write-up on the first official GOL Grid Autosport…

Shadowrun: Hong Kong gets free Extended Edition update

Tags:DRM Free,GOG,RPG,SteamThe latest in the line of cyberpunk RPGs by Harebrained Schemes gets a really beefy update available to all players for…

Don't Starve: Shipwrecked DLC is now available on SteamOS & Linux

Tags:DLC,Early Access,Steam,Survival Heads up survivalists! Don't Starve: Shipwrecked the good looking new DLC for the single player version of Don't…

Croteam confirm The Talos Principle will be their first Vulkan title

Tags:Vulkan,Puzzle,Coming SoonCroteam are aware of the excitement and general interest in their titles running on Vulkan, and they have confirmed it…

Friday Livestream commencing at 6 PM UTC, Commander

Tags:Site InfoIt likely doesn't come to you as a surprise that I am going to be playing XCOM 2 on the Friday Livestream. It's the biggest game that…

XCOM 2 tested on R7 370 with Crimson and RadeonSI

Tags:AMD,BenchmarkYou have seen Liam's port report of XCOM 2 on Nvidia hardware and it's time for me to take a look at the AMD performance. So, let's…