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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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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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The growing appeal of open source in the enterprise

 EnterprisersProject: Why The American Cancer Society is embracing open source for its mission-critical IT.

How to scan for viruses with ClamAV on Ubuntu

 HowToForge: There aren't many viruses made for Linux distributions and as such, most people who use such systems don't ever bother using an antivirus software.

Safeguarding Choice and Control Online

Mozilla: We are calling on Microsoft to “undo” its aggressive move to override user choice on Windows 10

Linux Based Solus OS Now Boots in Flat 1.2 Seconds

FOSSbytes: The developer team behind Linux-based Solus distro has achieved a remarkable feat as they brought down the boot time of the Solus operating system to 1.2 seconds.

10 Job Interview Questions for Linux System Administrators

Linux.com: Job opportunities abound for system administrators and DevOps professionals who know Linux.

What's new in Mageia 5

The main spotlight of Mageia 5 is the support of UEFI systems.

Does the Chrome web store suck?

 ITworld: Are there serious problems with the Chrome web store itself?

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This Friday We Will Venture Into Mordor Live At 5 PM UTC

It's probably not going to come to you as a surprise that we are going to play Shadow Of Mordor on today's stream. So, prepare yourselves, man…

Don't Be Patchman Is The First Game On Steam To Be Linux Only

Don't Be Patchman is releasing very soon on Steam, and it's going to start by being a Linux-exclusive title. This won't stay forever though, but the…

Ziggurat Update 12 Has Been Released, Arrives On GOG

It's been a while since we last mentioned Ziggurat but the arrival of update #12 has given me a reason to remind you of this quite awesome game. The…

Middle-earth: Shadow Of Mordor Released For Linux, We Love You Feral Interactive

Feral Interactive have released an absolute whopper—Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is now actually available for Linux. This is a seriously…

Dying Light Reveals Upcoming Content In A New Teaser

I do love Dying Light (apart from the ending), and it looks like it will get a fresh coat of paint soon with new content. The trailer shows off some…

Retro City Rampage DX Parody Game Released For Linux, Some Thoughts On This Nostalgia Trip

Retro City Rampage is a bit of a love letter to the 80's and 90's gaming, and it just had a surprise Linux release. Retro City Rampage is a bit of a…

Q.U.B.E: Director's Cut, A Brain-twisting First Person Puzzler Is Being Ported To Linux

Q.U.B.E: Director's Cut is an excellent looking first person puzzle game, and the developer has confirmed Linux & Mac ports are currently in…

Retro-Pixel Castles, A Hybrid Godlike Village Simulator Thoughts & Key Giveaway

I’ve been keeping an eye on Retro-Pixel Castles for a while, and I decided to let it mature a bit. I’ve now given it some thoughts, and I…

Feral Interactive Have Something Up Their Sleeve For Tomorrow

Tomorrow isn't just my birthday, it's also the day Feral Interactive seem to have something "special" planned for Linux & Mac gamers.Hi Mac…

Psychological Horror Adventure Game 'Fran Bow' To Release Next Month, Has New Trailer

Fran Bow is a creepy point-and-click adventure game about a young girl, who has witnessed the brutal murders of her parents and is sent off to a…

Skullgirls Now In Closed Beta For Linux, Here Are My Thoughts & A Video

I am no stranger to fighting games, and I have been excited to get my hands on Skullgirls! I am lucky enough to be in the closed beta for the Linux…

The Wine Development Release 1.7.48 Is Now Available

Wine team released today another development release of their software. Version 1.7.48 have many small changes including 39 bugfixes. A new issue of…

GOL Cast: Saving Humanity In Nomad Fleet

Nomad Fleet developed by Autarca is a one-man indie strategy game that combines elements from FTL, Homeworld and even Battlestar Galactica into a…

Some Thoughts On Terraria Now It Has A Beta For Linux

Now that Terraria has been released, and I’ve had some time to put into it, here’s my thoughts on this new Linux game. It’s been a…

Bound By Flame RPG May Get A Linux Version

Thanks to SteamDB it seems that Bound By Flame a graphically pleasing RPG may get a Linux version. It has mixed reviews, but it may be worth a look.…