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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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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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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.

You can build Linus Torvalds' PC: Here's all the hardware and where to buy it

ZDnet: Normally, Torvalds would pop into his local Fry's. But in these pandemic times, he ordered everything from Amazon.

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Stadia Pro now has 17 games to redeem, with Elder Scrolls Online soon

Google's game streaming service, Stadia, today adds another 5 titles available for anyone who has an active Stadia Pro subscription to redeem. As…

You can now roll with a gamepad in Dicey Dungeons

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SteamOS-like Linux distribution GamerOS has a new release up

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Valve continues to improve Linux Vulkan Shader Pre-Caching

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Monado OpenXR runtime for Linux 0.2 out, continues advancing VR

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The latest RimWorld update opens up more possible paths

RimWorld was already a deep game, with so much on offer it's easy to get completely sucked into it and now that's going to be even more possible.…

Akurra to support Linux without a stretch-goal on Kickstarter

Game developer Jason Newman who is currently crowdfunding Akurra, mentioned here on GOL recently, has decided they no longer need a stretch-goal for…

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

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Raspberry Pi 4 goes 8GB, plus new 64bit OS

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

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Spacebase Startopia confirmed for launch on October 23

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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

Proxy Studios and Slitherine continue supporting Warhammer 40,000: Gladius, with some major news dropping yesterday. Firstly, a new 'Assault Pack'…

Historically-accurate WWII adventure Attentat 1942 looking at Linux builds

Attentat 1942, a historically-accurate adventure about World War 2 from developer Charles Games has recently switched to the Unity game engine and is…

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

Darkest Dungeon got a big free new DLC recently with The Butcher's Circus but it comes with a caveat for Linux gamers. The Butcher's Circus adds the…

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

Feral Interactive announced today that the work has been completed on porting over the Total War: WARHAMMER II - The Warden & The Paunch DLC. A…

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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A fractured future and a beautiful yet dark style, Resolutiion is out now

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Viking strategy game Northgard gets a map editor, Steam Workshop support

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Onsen Master is a hot spring customer management game

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Dungeons of Clay has a wild style and a lot of action

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Mesa 20.1.0 drivers released

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Drox Operative 2 gets an action-packed trailer

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Steam Cloud Gaming confirmed with Steam Cloud Play

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Red Planet Farming is a new free game about feeding colonists

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Try the updated free alpha of ski resort builder Snowtopia

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The Last Faith, a dark gothic metroidvania is coming to Linux

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

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Half-Life was going to get a Ravenholm spin-off

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Check out the second teaser for Spiritfarer, looks super sweet

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Beyond Blue gets a release date, Linux looks to be later

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NVIDIA released a new 440.66.15 Vulkan Beta Driver

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Escape Velocity: Override remaster Cosmic Frontier: Override gets funded

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Stadia gets Elder Scrolls Online on June 16, 1440p in web and more

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Humble Cities: Skylines Bundle is up for some easy city building

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Burning Knight is a roguelike where you rob a dungeon, coming soon

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Roadwarden, an impressive text-adventure RPG has a new demo

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Heroic Labs becomes a Defold game engine sponsor

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GNOME seeking feedback on defining GNOME software

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Test Tube Titans: Taster Trial lets you play with colossal mutants for free

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Steam Beta adds Vulkan shader processing

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