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Paper Dungeons Crawler Released in Early Access; First Impressions

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Just recently released into Early Access on Steam, Paper Dungeons Crawler is the sequel to Paper Dungeons, a table-top styled turn-based RPG that also saw a Linux release, by indie team Agent Mega. This sequel takes a more pure 'Roguelike' adventure direction than its predecessor while retaining…

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Liferea hack: add links to ABC (Australia) news items

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Most of the RSS feeds in my Liferea RSS reader have external links in their brief, descriptive texts, like this one from The Guardian newspaper: News feeds from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Australia's national broadcaster, don't have links: To see the the online ABC news…

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How to deal with NBSPs in a terminal

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A non-breaking space (NBSP) is a special kind of whitespace. It's an invisible signal that tells a text-processing program to avoid replacing that space with a linefeed or carriage return. For example, if you wrote "2 kg" in LibreOffice Writer and didn't want the "2" to be at…

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BASH drivers, start your engines

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There's always more than one way to do a job in the shell, and there may not be One Best Way to do that job, either. Nevertheless, different commands with the same output can differ in how long they take, how much memory they use and how hard they make the CPU work. Out of curiosity I trialled 6…

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A handy script for translations

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Do you translate blocks of text by copying them and pasting into Google Translate in a browser? If you do, the script explained here might save you a lot of work. At the core The script relies on translate-shell, a wonderful command-line utility written by Mort Yao and available in the repositories…

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When will this script finish doing its job?

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Several of my data-auditing scripts take a long time to execute. Until recently I had no way of knowing how long they'd take. I'd enter the command for the script, press Enter and wait. And wait. I've now discovered the pipeline viewer or pv command, which tracks the progress of my scripts. An…

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How to Run Diablo II with the GLIDE-to-OpenGL Wrapper

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Diablo II is usually a breeze to run on Linux, thanks to WINE and so often times you need no special tricks. However, if you're like me and experience a few glitches and washed out colours in the standard fullscreen mode, you have two options: run the game in windowed mode and go without…

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Layers of Fear - more like Layers of Jumpscares

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Let's not beat around the bush, Layers of Fear is a horror title slash walking simulator that you'll probably either love or hate. Well actually, that's not totally true, because if you're like me, you'll find the game to be an enjoyable, fairly intelligent and psychological (also psychedelic)…

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A simpler track-changes script

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Back in March 2015 I blogged about a track-changes script that reports the edits made to a tab-separated data table. The script actually generates two reports: a plain text version and a fancy HTML version. A slightly improved version of that script is on my data-cleaning website here. The script…

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A Script to Toggle the CPU Performance Governor

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If you're a gamer, you probably find your computer's default CPU scaling (usually the "balanced" or "powersave" setting) is more than sufficient the majority of the time, but just occasionally, a game will run at its best when the CPU is set to maximum frequency all the time,…

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Featured Linux Game Reviews

Review: DiRT Rally

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Yet another game in the porting lineup by Linux gaming heros, Feral Interactive, DiRT Rally is a racing game focussing on, you guessed it: rallying. As opposed to the largely arcade oriented DiRT Showdown released a few years prior, DiRT Rally is very much intended as a simulation, delivering…

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Review: Trigger Time

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Trigger Time is described as a story-driven, top-down 2D shooter with a gravity gun and physics puzzle elements with some cutscenes amongst the 9 levels of shoot-em up action. Amidst a world full of indie top-down shoot-em ups, does Trigger Time deliver enough to be different? Developer: Shephf…

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Review: Spec Ops: The Line

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The bullets screamed past Walker's ears, piercing the dust-ridden air. The only consolation of being aware of the sharp hot cracks through the air from the bullets whizzing by meant that he was still alive. His fellow Delta Force teammates, Lugo and Adams, were crouched nearby on the flanks behind…

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Review: Yooka-Laylee

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3D platformer and Banjo-Kazooie fans rejoice - Yooka-Laylee recently landed for all major platforms, including our very own Linux. As a spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie in particular, and created by a team made up of former Rare members, Yooka-Laylee has been a much hyped and anticipated game.…

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Review: HITMAN - The Complete First Season

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Here at TLR we recently had a 'first impressions' look at the newly released game in the Hitman series of video games. It is also the debut for the Hitman series on Linux, thanks to the porting efforts of Linux and Mac porting company, Feral Interactive. Having racked up more hours of gameplay and…

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Broken Age: Act 2 Review

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Way back in early 2014 I reviewed Act 1 of Double Fine Productions's quirky and colourful adventure, Broken Age. Somewhere along the line I assume I was either hit in the head or started living under a rock (perhaps both), because it wasn't until very recently that I got to playing Act 2. I gave…

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Aveyond 4: Shadow of the Mist Linux Game Review

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Times have been better, for Boyle Wolfbane. He and his unfortunate but loyal minions, along with his most faithful minion and pet, Fang, tried taking over the world like all of the best and most powerful dark lords do. Emphasis on 'tried', because Boyle failed. Miserably. Aveyond 4: Shadow of the…

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[Game Review] The Journey Down: Chapter Two

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Released on the 25th of August 2014, The Journey Down: Chapter Two is the second installment in The Journey Down video game series, a classic point and click adventure inspired by much-loved classic titles such as Grim Fandango. Described as having a "Afro-Caribbean vibe", a quick look at…

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Review: Broken Age - Act 1

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A sheltered, over-protected, bored boy in space. A girl in a fairytale style land who is thrust into becoming an offering to a giant sea monster. Talking trees. Hippy lumberjacks. Broken Age has it all. And then some. Broken Age (Act 1) is a point and click adventure game officially released by…

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Review: Euro Truck Simulator 2

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If you've never been a real sim game buff or especially never played a game the likes of the Euro Truck Simulator series, you would probably snicker or roll your eyes at the idea of driving trucks from A to B, often long hauls, being "fun". But you know, I once thought the same thing!…

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Why Linux users should try Rust

NetworkWorld: Installing the Rust programming language on your Linux systems could turn out to be one of the more rewarding things you've done in years.

Fedora 29 Linux Enters Beta, Introduces SilverBlue for Container Workloads

ServerWatch: Fedora 29 Beta was released on Sept. 25, providing an early look at new capabilities coming in Red Hat's community Linux project.

Endless OS - A Beautifully Unique Linux Distribution for Your Family

Endless OS is mostly used to teach computing all over the world

How to Find Out File Types in Linux

Tecmint: Linux has a useful utility called file which carry out some tests on a specified file and prints the file type once a test is successful

PostgreSQL performance tuning for faster query execution

Linuxconfig: Most mature database solutions provide tools and know-hows on how to tune the database, identify possible bottlenecks

Deutsche Telekom's and Aricent's Open Source Edge Software Platform for 5G

Big telecoms want to make sure that when 5G is rolled out wholesale, that data centers are ready to handle expected new use cases from the edge.

How To Set Up Nginx Server Blocks on CentOS 7

 Linuxize: Nginx Server Blocks allows you to run more than one website on a single machine

Install Google Assistant In Gnome Shell

Cloud-based voice recognition assistants have grown massively over the past few years

After Linus Torvalds, SJWs are now coming for Ted Ts'o

 ITwire: More than a week after Linux creator Linus Torvalds said he would be taking a break from leading kernel development, it is still unclear as to what actually led to his decision.

GamingOnLinux Latest Articles

Timespinner, a polished and fun metroidvania, is now available

Tags: DRM Free, Indie Game, Metroidvania, Review, SteamTraveling back and forth in time is seldom easy and often carries risks. I braved the odds and…

Mark of the Ninja Remastered from Klei Entertainment due out on October 9th

Tags: Indie Game, Action, Stealth, Coming SoonMark of the Ninja was a damn fun game and it's one I'm pretty happy to see remastered, it has a trailer…

Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire - Seeker, Slayer, Survivor is now out, some thoughts on the brawling

Tags: DLC, Review, RPG, Steam, GOGThe latest DLC for the engaging RPG, Pillars of Eternity II, sees you thrust into bloody arena combat. I spent some…

The RPG 'Pathfinder: Kingmaker' is out with critical bugs in the Linux version

Tags: GOG, Humble Store, RPG, SteamThe RPG Pathfinder: Kingmaker is out today from Owlcat Games and Deepsilver, sadly the Linux version has…

Lutris 0.4.20 is now out, to help you manage all your games plus some Overwatch testing

Tags: Apps, WineI have to admit, the game manager Lutris [Official Site] has come along quite a bit since I last used it. Today, version 0.4.20 was…

Wizard arena-fighter 'Gift of Parthax' is now officially out on Linux

Tags: Humble Store, Steam, Indie Game, ActionAnnounced yesterday after a pretty short beta period, the magical arena fighting game Gift of Parthax is…

Challenging minimalist puzzle game 'DotLine' released with native Linux support

Tags: Casual, Puzzle, Indie Game, SteamDotLine from The Selenite Forge who also made Bionic Attack is a minimalist puzzle game that tries to…

GOG added two more Visual Novels with Linux support, Highway Blossoms and A Kiss For The Petals

Tags: GOG, DRM Free, Visual NovelFor those who love Visual Novels, you might want to know that GOG have expanded their collection a little again…

Top-down shooter Geneshift is getting a Battle Royale mode and it sounds like a lot of fun

Tags: Battle Royale, Action, Indie Game, Steam, Early AccessGeneshift (also known as Mutant Factions or Subvein) is a top-down shooter with some…

Aspyr Media have a big sale going on the Humble Store, some sweet deals to be had

Tags: Game Sale, Humble StoreFor those of you in the mood to start you week with some fun new games, Humble Store is doing an Aspyr Media sale. If…

Sunless Skies to leave Early Access on January 31st, 2019 also now out is a free pen and paper RPG system

Tags: Early Access, Steam, GOG, Indie Game, RPG, AdventureFailbetter Games have announced that Sunless Skies is set to leave Early Access on January…

The beautifully weird hidden object adventure game My Brother Rabbit is out, it's really sweet

Tags: Adventure, Indie Game, Point & Click, Hidden Object, ReviewMy Brother Rabbit from Artifex Mundi is an absolutely beautiful adventure game…

What even more developers think of Valve's Steam Play

Tags: Steam Play, InterviewYou think we were done writing about Steam Play? Wrong. Here's what Godot Engine's Rémi Verschelde and Marc Di…

The rather good 2D action RPG 'Chronicon' just had a major upgrade

Tags: Steam, Indie Game, Action, RPG, Early AccessBeing completely honest here, I absolutely love this game! The 2D action RPG Chronicon has a new…

Turn-based rogue-like RPG 'Depth of Extinction' confirmed to release on September 27th

Tags: Roguelike, RPG, Strategy, Coming Soon, Indie Game, GOG, Itch.io, Humble Store, SteamWe knew that the rather good rogue-like RPG Depth of…