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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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What is YOUR Essential FOSS Program?

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We all have at least one or maybe even a handful of programs we seemingly just can't live without. You know, that program that you instantly go looking for as soon as you've installed your new shiny OS (or Linux distribution, more specifically in our case). For me, personally it's the Vim text…

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GNOME Recipes to Receive Interface Improvements, New Recipes and Cuisines

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A few months back we took a look at the new GNOME Recipes app that's currently in heavy development. Matthias Clasen has announced that along with a growing team of developers, some further improvements are on the way, both in terms of user experience and the selection of recipes and cuisines…

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Introducing Sudo Satirical

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Recently on The Linux Rain I wrote about some recent changes to the site and towards the end of that article I made mention of a new category that had shown up on TLR: satire. Well, in the interest of keeping The Linux Rain fully on its track and focussed, say hello to a new site. Say hello to Sudo…

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