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The buttons of YAD

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I use the YAD dialog program quite a lot in my shell scripts. Written and maintained by Victor Ananjevksy, YAD is easy to use and has dozens of handy options. In previous Linux Rain articles demonstrating YAD (here, here and here), I used only the default YAD buttons, "Cancel" and…

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A Look at GNOME Recipes

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Now, yours truly isn't much of a cook, but I am trying to improve on that. With that in mind, the new GNOME Recipes application caught my eye and I decided to check it out. GNOME Recipes is still in development and its included library of recipes is certainly not exactly exhaustive, so I'm looking…

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grep vs AWK vs Ruby, and a uniq disappointment

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In my data-cleaning work I often make up tallies of selected individual characters from big, UTF-8-encoded data files. What's the best way to do this? As shown below, I've tried grep/sort/uniq, AWK and Ruby, and AWK's the fastest. The trials also revealed an unexpected problem with the uniq program…

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Netflix flicks the 'On' Switch for Firefox on Linux

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In news sure to please all Firefox users who also use the Netflix streaming service, it's now possible to do so without any user-agent tweaks or hacks. It now works out of the box, as Netflix themselves have finally done the necessary changes in the background to make Firefox recognised as a valid…

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GNOME 3.24 'Portland' Released

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A bit over a month following the beta release of GNOME 3.23.91, the GNOME project has now released the latest version of the GNOME desktop, now at version 3.24, codenamed Portland. Some of the new features and fixes include: Calendar: A new week view, plus allowing Drag & Drop events to…

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Getting Baldurs Gate 2 Enhanced Edition to run on Linux (GOG Games)

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If you are fortunate enough, your new shiny install of Baldurs Gate 2 Enhanced Edition will Just Work™. If you're on a fairly, what I call "late-model" distribution such as Arch Linux or OpenSUSE Tumbleweed or even one of the latest (non-LTS) versions of Ubuntu, you might run into…

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CAT Interstellar; Do Androids Dream of Electric Dogs?

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CAT Interstellar is an intriguing little indie game project currently in Early Access by Ionized Games set on Mars, during a time where humanity is in the middle of terraforming the Red Planet. Rather wisely, rather than sending and risking a bunch of humans on the planet, the powers that be…

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Streets of Rogue - Mindless Rogue-Like Adventure-GTA-Deus-Ex-Like Fun

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That title ain't a mistake folks. And in truth, the title could have had even more words crammed in had I not been so conscious of not making it virtually unreadable. Streets of Rogue is exactly that, though: a rogue-like, an action-adventure with Grand Theft Auto (the old school ones) and RPG-lite…

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Scripting an arithmeticker

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I've just built my own GUI calculator (script below). OK, you're probably thinking "WHY? There are plenty of perfectly good GUI calculators for Linux. Why build another one?" And my answer is "Because the available calculators are way too powerful and don't do what I want…

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A Look at Ubuntu GNOME 17.04 Preview + Night Light

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Even as a self-confessed Arch Linux guru (okay, not a guru, but Arch is definitely my "main" distro), I do have a soft spot for the GNOME variant of Ubuntu, after running various versions of Ubuntu GNOME on my ASUS laptop for a fairly extended amount of time. With the release of GNOME…

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Review: HITMAN - The Complete First Season

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Here at TLR we recently had a 'first impressions' look at the newly released game in the Hitman series of video games. It is also the debut for the Hitman series on Linux, thanks to the porting efforts of Linux and Mac porting company, Feral Interactive. Having racked up more hours of gameplay and…

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Some Btrfs vs Ext4 random-read/write performance observations

I've been using XFS as a very conservative file system option for years after having some bad experiences with BtrFS in the past.

Python Programming - if, else and elif

If you have the time, you can read this article else you can do something else. Sounds logical, doesn't it? Well, That's programming for you in a nutshell.

Install OpenNMS Network Monitoring Tool in CentOS/RHEL 7

OpenNMS (or OpenNMS Horizon) is a free and open source, scalable, extensible, highly configurable and cross-platform network monitoring and network management platform built using Java.

Dockly - Manage Docker Containers From Terminal

ostechnix: Dockly is a TUI (text user interface) utility to manage Docker containers and services from the Terminal in Unix-like systems.

11 Uses for the ps Command in Linux

MakeTechEasier: The ps command is a frequently-used tool for system administrators to list the currently-running processes on your system. Here are some great uses for it.

How to Tail Multiple Log Files at One Time

Learn two methods of tailing multiple files at the same time in the Linux terminal.

How to Build Docker Images with Dockerfile

Linuxize: Learn how to create one and how to build a Docker image with Dockerfile.

The future of Docker containers

Michael Crosby is one of the most influential developers working on Docker containers today, helping to lead development of containerd as well as serving as the Open Container Initiative (OCI) Technical Oversight Chair.

Kali Linux Ethical Hacking OS Now Supports More Than 50 Android Devices

Powered by the Linux 4.19.28 kernel, Kali Linux 2019.2 is here to introduce a new release of the Kali Linux NetHunter toolkit

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Very cool deck-building roguelike Dicey Dungeons alpha ending soon, last chance for early price + updated

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A look at what's on sale ahead of the weekend once again, come find your next game

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Cardlings looks to be an interesting turn-based strategy with an unusual gameplay style

Tags: Coming Soon, Indie Game, Steam, StrategyCardlings caught my attention recently, a unique turn-based strategy game from Clockwork Chilli that's…

Incredibly weird comedy point and click adventure 'Clam Man' is out

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Unique gravity-defying metroidvania 'Dandara' finally sees an update to the Linux version

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Steam Play updated again to 4.2-5 to include newer DXVK, networking and controller fixes

Tags: Steam, Steam Play, Update, ValveValve have pushed out the latest smaller update to Steam Play, this time including an updated DXVK and a bunch…

Surreal adventure game 'ZED' about an artist suffering from dementia is releasing in June

Tags: Adventure, Coming Soon, SteamZED, a game that will tell the story of an artist suffering from dementia from Eagre Games and Cyan Ventures now…

art of rally is bringing a stylized racing experience to Linux later this year

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Roguelike fantasy adventure 'Vambrace: Cold Soul' has a new feature trailer ahead of release next week

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IRKALLA, an incredibly stylish looking pixel-art tactical-action platformer is coming to Linux

Tags: Indie Game, Teaser, Coming Soon, Action, PlatformerThe developers behind IRKALLA emailed in today and it grabbed my interest right away with…

Total War: THREE KINGDOMS is out and it comes with same-day Linux support

Tags: Strategy, Steam, Feral Interactive, Humble Store, Benchmark, Initial ThoughtsTotal War: THREE KINGDOMS, possibly one of the biggest Total War…

Create your AI, pick your robots and prepare for battle as Gladiabots has left Early Access

Tags: Strategy, Itch.io, Steam, Indie Game, ProgrammingGladiabots makes me feel dumb, very dumb. It asks you to create various AI and assign them to…

We have some keys for 'Tank Maniacs' for those willing to test and give feedback

Tags: Steam, Indie Game, Coming Soon, GiveawayTank Maniacs, a crazy local multiplayer game that's all about blowing each other up is coming to Linux…