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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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Gradio - a Neat GTK3 Internet Radio App

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It's not often that I use internet radio applications, or even internet radio itself, but when a situation arose recently where I was seeking some online radio streams, I also then went delving into seeing what internet radio applications were available on Linux. Running a GNOME desktop, a GTK3 app…

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New Simple Scan Designs Emerge; Seeking Devs to Implement Them

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Simple Scan is one of my personal favourite and perhaps even one of the "essential" apps on the Linux desktop for me. It does what it says on the tin: it's simple and it scans, with a nice preview system and enough options to be decently functional. Some new designs for the app have…

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AWK and a rainfall time series - Part 2

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In part 1 of this article I showed how I used AWK on the command line to work up daily rainfall data for my home town, Ulverstone in Tasmania. I wasn't ready to analyse the data, because there were quite a few missing-data days. Some were part of accumulated-total series, where the rainfall total…

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AWK and a rainfall time series - Part 1

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AWK is my tool of choice for processing plain-text data, so when I wanted to look closely at daily rainfall data for my home town, I fired up a terminal. In this two-part article I explain how the rainfall data were beaten into shape, mainly with AWK, so I could do my analysis. The commands shown…

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Xfce 4.13 Development COPR Repo Available for Fedora

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For those wanting to try out the latest development version packages for Xfce 4.13 (which will become 4.14 at the stable release) in Fedora, user 'nonamedotc' has set up a COPR repo to try out. The COPR repo provides packages for Rawhide, Fedora 25 and Fedora 26 and as one can imagine, anything…

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KDE Plasma gets Google Drive Integration

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KDE Plasma and Google Drive users rejoice - you will soon get Google Drive integration in the KDE desktop, allowing you to browse your files in the Dolphin file manager and Plasma Folder View applets. Elvis Angelaccio announced it today on his blog. Apparently it's pretty much ready to go, though…

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The Importance of Static Social Media Buttons

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So, let's talk social media buttons. You know them; you probably see them on most sites that you visit these days. The little badges or icons that load, encouraging you to click on them to either connect with the associated social media account or to share the article you may be reading at the…

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NVIDIA Driver with Improved Optimus Support Lands for Fedora 25+

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For those using an NVIDIA powered machine, especially those running Optimus laptops, a new NVIDIA driver stack has landed in the negativo17.org repo for Fedora 25 (and up) users. In a blog post, user "slaanesh" announced the improvements: "The Nvidia repository now contains all the…

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Solus Project Gets New Website, Migrates to New Development Tracker and More

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The fast moving Solus Project that is making some waves in the Linux distribution world has some new shiny things going on. Joshua Strobl, Solus Project Communications Manager has announced them in the latest This Week In Solus. In the 44th installment of This Week In Solus, Joshua details the…

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Linux Kernel Deprecates 80 Character Line Coding Style After Torvalds Opposes It

The Linux kernel has a guideline that lines of code be 80 columns or less, but while that will still be recommended it is no longer going to be as enforced.

Linux Lite 5.0 Released With UEFI Support and Other Major Improvements

The lightweight Linux distribution Linux Lite 5.0 is released with UEFI support & other major improvements.

Linux Kernel 5.7 Officially Released, This Is What's New

Seven weeks in development, the Linux 5.7 kernel is finally here.

The Top Linux 5.7 Features From Apple Fast Charge To Official Tiger Lake Graphics

Assuming no last minute concerns, the Linux 5.7 kernel is set to debut as stable this weekend.

Ardour goes harder: v6.0 brings 'huge engineering changes' to open-source digital audio workstation

Dev sticks with elderly GTK+2 GUI toolkit because 'we would gain nothing' by upgrading

Why snap and flatpak are so important to Linux

Linux needs both snap and flatpak to succeed.

Latest BlackArch Linux ISO Adds More Than 150 New Hacking Tools, Linux 5.6

Coming five months after the previous release, the BlackArch Linux 2020.06.01 ISOs are here packed with more than 150 new tools

Rocket.Chat - Free, Open Source, Enterprise Team Chat for Linux

Rocket.Chat is a free, open-source, scalable, highly customizable, and secure platform that allows you to communicate and collaborate with your team, share files, and chat in real-time.

How to Use the Powerful Xargs Command in Linux [Explained with Examples]

xargs is one of the most powerful commands in Linux.

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The latest RimWorld update opens up more possible paths

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Space Grunts 2 is a roguelike with card-based combat out now

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Godot Engine editor running in a web browser is now a thing

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Path of Exile adds a Vulkan Beta, another step closer to Linux support

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Warhammer 40,000: Gladius gets a new DLC, major update and Steam Workshop

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Historically-accurate WWII adventure Attentat 1942 looking at Linux builds

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Darkest Dungeon gets a Free Weekend, Butcher's Circus on Linux later

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Total War: WARHAMMER II - The Warden & The Paunch DLC out now on Linux

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Civilization VI - New Frontier Pass adds Linux support

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Stadia Pro subscribers get 5 new games on June 1

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Try the updated free alpha of ski resort builder Snowtopia

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GOG Summer Sale is live, with demos for upcoming Linux games

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