The Linux Rain Linux General/Gaming News, Reviews and Tutorials

Articles found under tag: linux

How to repeat a script, or not

By

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…

Read Article

On dates and stuffed non-dates

By

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,…

Read Article

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

By

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…

Read Article

Joining Tables on the Command-Line

By

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…

Read Article

Splitting a File Elegantly

By

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…

Read Article

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

By

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…

Read Article

How to get nowhere in particular

By

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…

Read Article

Nostalgic Gaming On Linux With Good Old Games

By

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…

Read Article

GOG.com Launches Linux Support, Ahead Of Schedule

By

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…

Read Article

Top 10! Fun On The Command Line

By

If you just love making 'top 10'-type lists but are a little embarrassed to say so, tell people you're passionate about data exploration. To impress them even more, explain that you do your data exploration on the command line. But don't ruin the impression by telling them how easy that is! In this…

Read Article

News Elsewhere

Linuxtoday.com

How To Use Vagrant To Create Small Virtual Test Lab on a Linux / OS X / MS-Windows

 nixcraft: Vagrant is a multi-platform command line tool for creating lightweight, reproducible and portable virtual environments.

Facebook Builds Open-Source Osquery for Security Insight

eWEEK: The tool is designed to expose what's going on inside an OS. Osquery, Facebook's new open-source framework, could give enterprises new security insight.

Why Microsoft loves Linux

 ZDnet: Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer may have hated Linux, but new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says Microsoft loves Linux.

Ubuntu Could Give a Fatal Blow to Windows in China

 softpedia: The Windows operating systems is going out the front door in China and its place will be taken by a Linux distribution that will be used by the authorities and the governing body.

How to install LEMP stack (nginx, MariaDB/MySQL and php) on CentOS

 xmodulo: The LEMP stack is an increasingly popular web service stack, powering mission-critical web services in many production environments.

Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty Will Release On Linux Soon

 GamingOnLinux: Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty is the remake of Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee and the Linux release isn't far off.

The Failed Promise of HTML5

InternetNews: From the 'Standards That Aren't' files

Lightweight DBMS guides Linux-based cow feeding robot

 LinuxGizmos: Ittia announced a design win for its lightweight embedded DB SQL database in Wasserbauer's uClibc Linux based "Butler Gold" robot designed to feed cattle.

35 Essential Android Apps for Daily Use

 Datamation: The essential Android apps you must have every day

GamingOnLinux.com Latest Articles

Win A Copy Of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel

Surprise! Hello everyone it's been a while since I wrote anything here, so how about a chance to win some Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel keys?

SteamOS & Steam's Big Picture Mode Now Have Better Filter Options

One of the annoyances that may come with people using SteamOS is buying games from the store they cannot use a game-pad controller with, and Valve are taking steps to improve this.

The Last Dogma Is Now On Greenlight, Offering Linux Version Exclusively For SteamOS

The Last Dogma is a dark comedy adventure set in the year 1999 of an alternate reality world, where US actively campaigns for world domination, UK is ruled by the dictator from Iran and Yugoslavia is being invaded by several countries.

Animal Gods Coming To Linux, Now On Kickstarter

Animal Gods is top-down action adventure game now on Kickstarter inspired by classics from the 90's brought to the 21st century with full HD, dynamic lighting and high-res textures.

GOL Cast: Disorienting Jumps In DeadCore

DeadCore popped up on Steam a little over a week ago with neat trailers showing interesting, fast-paced gameplay. How well does DeadCore work in the practice? We are here to find out.

Aspyr Media Plans More Linux Games In The Next 6 Months

Aspyr Media are starting to be fan favourites with their open communication. They can't give full details of course, but they have given us hints about more games coming to Linux.

Humble Indie Bundle 13 - Hits A Milestone As 100 Linux Ports Reached

The newest Humble Bundle is live and this time around features quite a few Linux débuts. Currently there's a total of 8 games in the bundle with more to come.

Forward To The Sky, A Fantasy Platformer Coming To Linux

This weekend I decided to do what I haven't done in a long time.... explore Steam Greenlight! One game that caught my attention more than the others was Forward to the Sky.

GOG Announces 20+ LucasArts Classics To Release On The Digital Platform

The DRM free publisher has entered into a partnership with ©Disney to add 20+ classic titles from the back catalogue of now defunct publisher LucasArts Entertainment Company. The first batch of six games were added today. Two of which are available for Linux.

The Funding Crowd Isn't Going Anywhere Either... If You Don't Let It

The Funding Crowd Needs You! New volunteers are required to keep this column going as the current team just can't.

Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty Will Release On Linux Soon

Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty is the remake of Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee and the Linux release isn't far off.

Civilization: Beyond Earth Mac And Linux Dev Update

Aspyr Media has detailed in a new blog post their progress on the Mac & Linux Civilization: Beyond Earth ports. The good news is that it's fully playable, but performance is an issue due to the new game using Directx 11 as opposed to their previous port using Directx 9.

Volgarr The Viking In Open Beta For Linux

After collecting more than twice of their goal on Kickstarter in 2012, the retro action platformer was released for Windows in September last year but is now available for Linux for the first time in an open beta on Steam.

Three Argentine Kickstarter Projects Worth Checking Out, Plus Developer Comments On Linux

In this article, I want to highlight three active Kickstarter projects, with some comments on why these developers are choosing to support Linux, as well as what they think about the OS.

A Roundup Of The Last Weeks Linux Gaming

Here is a look back at the last week on GamingOnLinux, an easy way to for you to keep up to date on what has happened in the past week for Linux Gaming!