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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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Tiny rugged COM runs Linux on quad-core 2GHz Tegra K1

 LinuxGizmos: GE unveiled a rugged COM Express Type 10 Mini module that runs Linux on a 2GHz Tegra K1 and offers soldered 2GB RAM and support for CUDA and VisionWorks.

Red Hat invites all to work on its OpenShift PaaS cloud

 ZDnet: Red Hat's OpenShift Commons invites open-source programmers and users to work on its OpenShift Platform-as-a-Service cloud.

GNOME 3.16 to Feature Redesigned and Superb System Notifications

 softpedia: GNOME 3.16 promises to be one of the best releases made so far and numerous changes have been already announced.

Record Screen as Animated GIF in Ubuntu with Byzanz

MakeTechEasier: If you are a Linux user and are looking for ways to record your screen as an animated GIF, byzanz is the app for you.

Ubuntu 14.04.2 arrives with updated hardware support and a new Linux kernel

PC World: Because each LTS release ends up being the recommended one for two years, the Ubuntu project releases regular updates to the LTS installation media.

Pearl OS Could Be a Gem in the Making

LinuxInsider: All in all, Pearl OS is a promising Linux distro.

The state of Linux gaming in the SteamOS era

Ars: After 14 months in beta, where does Valve's new platform push stand?

Monitor network traffic with Cacti

Linux User & Developer: Learn how to install and configure Cacti in order to watch the traffic of a Cisco ADSL router using SNMP

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Ars Technica On The State Of Linux Gaming

I, amongst others like Icculus and Aspyr, had the pleasure of speaking to Kyle Orland from Ars about the past, present and future of Linux gaming.

Insurgency FPS Finally Gearing Up For A Linux Release

It’s been a long time coming, but the FPS game Insurgency is finally looking like it may release on Linux.

Tune In To The Weekly Livestream At 6 PM UTC!

The weekend is once again upon us and that means livestreaming! It's time to tune in to the weekly casual 2-hour live segment where I play some Linux games for your entertainment while talking about (un)related topics.

Magicka 2 Linux Release Likely After The Initial Launch

Magicka is a very popular action/adventure game that is set to have a sequel soon, and the likelihood of Magicka 2 coming to Linux just went up.

Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number Gets Release Date, Linux Is A Day 1 Release

The sequel to the brutally fun Hotline Miami is set to be released on the 10th of March. More importantly, it seems that we'll have a same-day release on Linux.

Europa Universalis IV: El Dorado Released, My Thoughts

Paradox has released the El Dorado expansion for Europa Universalis IV, adding a bunch of new features and most importantly a nation designer which allows you to create your own country to dominate the world with.

Chivalry: Medieval Warfare Exits Beta For Linux, Some Thoughts & A Sale

I guess I had better announce this or the flurry of emails about it will never stop! Chivalry: Medieval Warfare is now fully out for Linux, and so you may draw your swords. It's also 66% off right now!

Pixel Heroes: Byte & Magic, Some Thoughts On This Party-based Roguelike

Pixel Heroes is one of the more interesting indie titles released recently, and I had a chance to take a look at the game and give you some thoughts on it.

Republique Remastered, A Beautiful Stealth Action Game Could Come To Linux

Thanks to a tip we have found out that the recently released Republique Remastered could see a Linux version.

Dungeons 2 From Kalypso Media Due Out For Linux In April, First Game-play Shown

The Dungeon Lord is back – and this time he’s serious! In Dungeons 2, fulfil the Dungeon Lord’s insatiable quest for vengeance by recruiting fearsome new monsters from all corners of the underworld in order to undertake his evil bidding.

Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty Released On GOG & Steam, We Take A Look At The Linux Port

Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty is a revamp of one of the platformers I used to love, so how is it on Linux? Hint: It's good.

Adorable Sokoban-Like Puzzler 'A Good Snowman Is Hard To Build' Released Today, A Must-Have For Puzzle Enthusiasts

The long-awaited puzzle game by Sokobond creator Alan Hazelden is finally released. Time to solve some challenging puzzles and let the lovely animations by Benjamin Davis and the soothing soundscapes of Ryan Roth melt your heart, as the the snow too melts and makes way for spring.

Pre-orders For Cities: Skylines Stand At Nearly 2% For Linux Gamers

The developers of Cities: Skylines are doing a reddit "ask me anything", and they kindly responded to my question about Linux pre-orders so far.

Space Grunts, A Fast-paced Turn-based Action Game From OrangePixel Coming To Linux

Space Grunts is a fun looking and quick turn-based action game, and we have it confirmed it will come to Linux.

Mechs & Mercs: Black Talons, A Real Time Strategy Game, We Take A Gander

Mechs & Mercs: Black Talons is admittedly a game that has been on the back burner with the wave of news recently, so I decided to sit down and take a proper look at this promising looking strategy game.