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

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

By

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…

Read Article

How to deal with NBSPs in a terminal

By

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…

Read Article

BASH drivers, start your engines

By

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…

Read Article

A handy script for translations

By

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…

Read Article

When will this script finish doing its job?

By

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…

Read Article

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

By

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…

Read Article

Layers of Fear - more like Layers of Jumpscares

By

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)…

Read Article

A simpler track-changes script

By

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…

Read Article

A Script to Toggle the CPU Performance Governor

By

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,…

Read Article

File manager: open a terminal, but not here

By

Each of the two file managers I use — Thunar and Xfe — allows me to open a terminal in a selected directory. In Thunar, I right-click on a directory and choose Open Terminal Here, and in Xfe I use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + t. In both cases, though, the terminal window opens right on top of the fil…

Read Article

Featured Linux Game Reviews

Review: DiRT Rally

By

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…

Read Article

Review: Trigger Time

By

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…

Read Article

Review: Spec Ops: The Line

By

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…

Read Article

Review: Yooka-Laylee

By

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.…

Read Article

Review: HITMAN - The Complete First Season

By

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…

Read Article

Broken Age: Act 2 Review

By

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…

Read Article

Aveyond 4: Shadow of the Mist Linux Game Review

By

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…

Read Article

[Game Review] The Journey Down: Chapter Two

By

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…

Read Article

Review: Broken Age - Act 1

By

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…

Read Article

Review: Euro Truck Simulator 2

By

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!…

Read Article

News Elsewhere

Linuxtoday.com

How to display data in a human-friendly way on Linux

NetworkWorld: Many Linux commands now have options to make their output a little easier to digest.

How to Schedule Tasks on Ubuntu 18.04 Using Crontab

Learn how to run programs at a specific time or in a given interval on Ubuntu by using the crontab

How to Install Prometheus and node_exporter on CentOS 7

Prometheus is an open source monitoring system that allows you to collect metrics from any configured target system.

How to limit CPU usage with CPULimit on Ubuntu Linux

 Learn how to limit CPU usage in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.

How To Install Asterisk on CentOS 7

Asterisk is the most popular and widely adopted open source PBX platform that powers IP PBX systems, conference servers and VoIP gateways.

Researchers Reveal Security Vulnerabilities in Tracking Apps

eWEEK: At Defcon, security researchers revealed 37 new vulnerabilities in tracking apps that could have enabled attackers to steal information and track users.

How Netflix Secures AWS Cloud Credentials

eSecurityPlanet: At Black Hat USA, Netflix engineer explains how the streaming media giant uses cloud logs to spot security issues.

Linux 4.18 Benefits from Energy-Aware Scheduling on ARM

ServerWatch: The fourth major milestone release in 2018 for the Linux kernel was officially announced by Linus Torvalds on Aug. 12 with the general availability of Linux 4.18.

5 open source strategy and simulation games for Linux

Challenge your strategic skills and explore new worlds with these five open source games.

Challenge your strategic skills and explore new worlds with these five open source games.

GamingOnLinux Latest Articles

Boyfriend Dungeon, an action-RPG dungeon crawler where the weapons transform into people is on Kickstarter

Tags: Indie Game, Dungeon Crawler, Action, RPG, CrowdfundingBoyfriend Dungeon [Official Site] from Kitfox Games (Moon Hunters) promises a rather…

Graveyard Keeper from Lazy Bear Games and tinyBuild is out with same-day Linux support

Tags: Humble Store, GOG, Steam, RPG, AdventureGraveyard Keeper is a slightly amusing game that has you manage a medieval graveyard while facing…

Daedalic Entertainment's futuristic thriller 'State of Mind' is out with day-1 Linux support

Tags: Humble Store, GOG, Steam, Adventure, Indie Game, Cyberpunk, Unreal EngineGood stuff from Daedalic Entertainment here as they've released State…

Crazy Justice to finally enter Early Access with Linux support on August 23rd

Tags: Action, Battle Royale, Steam, Indie Game, Early Access, Unreal Engine, Free GameCrazy Justice [Steam, Official Site], the third-person shooter…

First-person grappling-hook platformer 'The Free Ones' is out with Linux support, it's pretty good

Tags: Platformer, Steam, Indie Game, Review, AdventureThe Free Ones is a first-person platformer that sees a slave escape from captivity and it's out…

Top-down 3D action-adventure game Sikanda gives you a shape-shifting weapon

Tags: Action, Adventure, Crowdfunding, Indie GameSikanda seems like a pretty interesting top-down action-adventure, one that gives you a…

Time Traveling Raptors is a 16-bit inspired action-platformer where you're trying to fix the timeline

Tags: Crowdfunding, Indie Game, Action, PlatformerTime Traveling Raptors looks all kinds of nuts, an action-platformer where you're facing people as…

Prepare to set sail as seafaring strategy game 'Nantucket' is now officially supported on Linux

Tags: Strategy, Steam, Humble Store, Indie GameAfter being in Beta since April, Picaresque Studio have now given the Linux version of the seafaring…

Isometric university management game 'UniverCity' has entered Early Access, developed on Linux

Tags: Steam, Indie Game, Early Access, SimulationUniverCity from developer Matthew Collins who develops on Linux is a new in-development university…

The Humble Jackbox Party Bundle is out, some of their games have hidden Linux beta versions

Tags: Humble Store, Game Bundle, BetaA quick tip for those who love their party games as Humble have put out the The Humble Jackbox Party Bundle. To…

Valve may be adding support for using compatibility tools for playing games on different operating systems

Tags: Valve, SteamReddit seems to be buzzing with information from SteamDB (full credit to them for finding it) showing indications that Valve…

The Linux version of Moonlighter should be out soon, in the 'last stage'

Tags: Coming Soon, Action, RPG, Rogue-lite, UnityThe action RPG Moonlighter [Official Site] seemed really interesting with the shopkeeper element to…

TANGLEWOOD is a properly retro puzzle-platformer that's now out for Linux, includes a Mega Drive rom file

Tags: Puzzle, Retro, Platformer, Steam, Indie GameBig Evil Corporation have released their puzzle-platformer that really is rather retro and not just…

2D pixel horror game 'Ellen' is looking for Linux testers of their teaser

Tags: Horror, Steam, Indie Game, Coming SoonIf you love your horror games, keep an eye on Ellen as it looks pretty spooky. Turns out Red Mount Media…

Reynard, an action RPG that mixes in some Tower Defense now has Linux support

Tags: Action, RPG, Indie Game, Early Access, Tower DefenseHyper Fox Studios [Official Site] announced today that their sweet action RPG Reynard,…