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Xfe file manager: an independent marvel

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Nearly all Linux distros come with a graphical file manager tied to a particular desktop environment. KDE comes with Dolphin file manager, Gnome with Files, MATE with Caja, Cinnamon with Nemo, Xfce with Thunar, LXDE with PCManFM. You're not, of course, stuck with the file manager that comes with…

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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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A Linux Rain Update

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How do we look? Regular readers will instantly notice we've had a bit of a facelift all of a sudden. Nothing too dramatic, mainly just CSS stylings and the overall colour scheme. There's also a few other technical changes that have already happened, as well as a few others planned for…

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BASH a block of bytes

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I was preparing a slide presentation and wanted to show a block of random 8-bit bytes, like this: Naturally I didn't just type out that block of text on a slide, which would have taken maybe 10 minutes, or copy and modify some byte-text I found online. Of course not. Instead I spent hours dreaming…

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Containers, a Great Privacy Add-On Currently in Firefox Test Pilot

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While not Linux specific by any means, here is a Firefox add-on (currently in Firefox Test Pilot) that I've been using and I believe is beneficial to any Firefox user, especially those who want a bit of extra privacy. Containers are basically a way of isolating tabs to their own profiles…

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Canonical Reboots Convergence; Introduces the No Desktop Environment

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Just mere days after the news broke that Canonical would be using the GNOME desktop environment in the default release of the Ubuntu operating system, following the news of the company also dropping the Unity desktop and the greater goal of "convergence", newly re-appointed Canonical CEO…

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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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Solus - Impressive, Most Impressive

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If you pay attention to happenings in the Linux world, chances are you've heard the name 'Solus' being bandied around quite a bit. The Solus project (formally known as SolusOS) has been gathering momentum and popularity lately and I figured it was high time I actually try the operating system out.…

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How to build and edit LibreOffice dictionaries

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When writing or editing scientific-type text in LibreOffice Writer, I rely a lot on its spellchecker. Unfortunately, the scientific terms I'd like to check aren't in the default dictionaries behind LibreOffice's spellchecking routine. There are two ways out of this dilemma. The first is to deal…

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Here's how GNOME Shell can look like Ubuntu Unity

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With the recent bombshell that Canonical is quitting the Unity desktop project as well as the overall goals for convergence and returning to GNOME, one can't help but wonder what Ubuntu 18.04 LTS will look like. However, as you will see it is very easy to tweak GNOME to look and feel quite similar…

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Canonical Quits Unity/Mir/Convergence; My Thoughts

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In stunning news, which is apparently NOT a late April Fools joke, Mark Shuttleworth has announced that Canonical will be dumping the Unity, Mir projects and ultimately the goal of 'convergence'. Canonical is also planning to then return to GNOME as the default desktop by the release of Ubuntu…

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4 Ways to Disable Root Account in Linux

The root account is the ultimate account on a Linux and other Unix-like operating systems.

How To Remove Docker Containers, Images, Volumes, and Networks

Linuxize: Docker doesn't remove unused objects such as containers, images, volumes, and networks unless you explicitly tell it to do so.

On the low adoption of automated testing in FOSS

For projects of any value and significance, having a comprehensive automated test suite is nowadays considered a standard software engineering practice.

Android Integration Extension For Gnome GSConnect v13 Stable Released

 LinuxUprising: The latest GSConnect v13, released today, is a rewrite with with changes to the architecture, settings and default behavior, and it requires Gnome Shell 3.28 or 3.30.

How to start a vnc server for the actual display (scraping) with TigerVNC

HowToForge: VNC is a desktop sharing application

How the CISO of Xerox is Improving Security

eWEEK: Alissa Johnson knows full well that when it comes to securing a diverse, distributed enterprise like Xerox, there is no one single technology that is sufficient.

How To Browse And Read Entire Arch Wiki As Linux Man Pages

ostechnix: Arch-wiki-man program helps you to browse and read entire Arch Wiki as Linux man pages.

Linux: Find Out Which Port Number a Process is Listening on

As Linux users, we sometimes need to know which port number a particular process is listening upon.

How to Search and Remove Directories Recursively on Linux

Tecmint: This short tutorial describes how to find and delete directories recursively in the Linux file system.

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Tags: Steam, Coming Soon, Indie Game, Early Access, Puzzle, Action, RPGI'm always curious to see how hacking mechanics make it into games and Squally…

A look at some interesting games and bundles on sale for Linux gamers

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You can try HITMAN free for a limited time in the Colorado location with the Halloween Pack

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Holy Potatoes! A Spy Story?! from Daylight Studios to release for Linux on November 7th

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Relaxing puzzle game inspired by Sudoku and Kakuro 'Puzlogic' to leave Early Access on November 2nd

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Canonical have released some statistics from the Ubuntu installer survey

Tags: MiscWhen installing Ubuntu 18.04, Canonical's installer will offer to send some statistics to them. Canonical have now released some of this.…

Fight over the Iron Throne and swipe left or right in Reigns: Game of Thrones out now

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Rocket League's Halloween event is live, cross-platform 'RocketID' feature delayed and more news

Tags: Humble Store, Steam, Update, SportsThere's a few bits of Rocket League news to go over today, with the start being the Halloween event which is…

Hand of Fate 2 - The Servant and the Beast DLC is out extending the already great experience

Tags: DLC, GOG, Steam, Action, RPG, Indie GameReady to face the Dealer once again? Hand of Fate 2, the excellent mix of card-based board game…

The Steam Controller on Ubuntu 18.10 (and other distributions using Linux Kernel 4.18) needs a quick fix

Tags: HOWTO, HardwareAfter updating to Ubuntu 18.10 today I noticed that a lot of games were either crashing to the desktop, not detecting my Steam…