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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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Automatic continuous development and delivery of a hybrid mobile app

Hybrid apps are a good middle ground between native and web apps.

Plan your own holiday calendar at the Linux command line

Link commands together to build a colorful calendar, and then whisk it away in a snowstorm.

How to use the Linux mtr command

Mtr (my traceroute) is a command line network diagnostic tool that provides the functionality of both the ping and traceroute commands.

DataExplore - free Python based data plotting and analysis software

LinuxLinks: DataExplore is an open source desktop application for data analysis and plotting intended for use in both research and education.

How to Install PM2 to Run Node.js Apps on Production Server

PM2 is a free open source, advanced, efficient and cross-platform production-level process manager for Node.js with a built-in load balancer

How to install VeraCrypt on Kali Linux

LinuxConfig: For years, TrueCrypt was the gold standard in encrypting drives across platforms.

Four Easy Ways to Search Or Find Files And Folders in Linux

2DayGeek: Use following commands to find or search files and folders in Linux.

How Google Is Improving Kubernetes Container Security

eWEEK: Google is doing more than just taking the upstream open-source Kubernetes project as is, to enable its GKE service.

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Valve adds even more gamepad support to their latest client beta

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Editorial: An open letter to Valve on why they should keep on embracing Linux

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Grab a glass, the first release candidate for Wine 4.0 is now available

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NVIDIA driver 415.22 is out for Linux, finally adding Transform Feedback support

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DiRT 4 is officially coming to Linux, port from Feral Interactive

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Blackout, a modern choose your own adventure inspired by World of Darkness, H.P. Lovecraft and Twin Peaks

Tags: Adventure, Indie Game, Itch.io, Steam, Coming SoonInspired by the likes of World of Darkness, H.P. Lovecraft and Twin Peaks, the choose your…

EmptyEpsilon, a free and open source spaceship bridge sim

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