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Geolocation using Python

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Geolocating is the process of retrieving location-related information about a given IP address. And yes! It can be done using Python! So, let’s get right to it. The first thing to do is to recover the html code from the webpage using the following: import requests from bs4 import BeautifulSoup u…

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Python for Data Science: Data Visualization

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Python can be used to generate from simple to very complex graphs. In this segment, we’ll learn how to graph using python. Simple Linear Plot The first graph we should learn how to plot is a simple linear plot. Suppose that we have the following: import matplotlib.pyplot as plt x = [1, 2, 3, 4, 5…

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Tor Browser: Anonymity and Beyond

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There are three types of web: the surface web, the deep web, and the dark web. All that you can access using your Google browser is known as the surface web - it is visible to one and all. The deep web is all information that is under lock and key. In other words, we don’t have access to it. The d…

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The Linux Rain is Now Brave Verified ✔

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For those of you using the Brave web browser, I'm pleased to report we (The Linux Rain) are now Brave Verified. What does this mean? Well if you're using Brave, you're probably familiar with Brave Rewards, BAT (Basic Attention Token) and all that entails. So with being a Brave Verified Creator, we…

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Security Auditing Tools For Ubuntu

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Malware, where aren’t thou found? Well, even our wonderful Ubuntu can be infected. So what can we do about it? Hope and pray we keep our system safe and better yet, audit our systems regularly for malwares and rootkits. There are 4 system auditors for Ubuntu that we will review - lynis, rkhunter, c…

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Hacking WPA2 WiFi Networks

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Whatever the reason for wanting to hack a wifi network, it is nonetheless doable. In fact, it’s become child’s play these days. First, let’s install aircrack-ng sudo apt-get install aircrack-ng Next, we need to put our wireless card into monitor mode. Monitor mode permits you to listen to other wirel…

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Sending an Email Using Python

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Ever wanted to send emails using just Python? A few lines of code and you don’t even need to log into your Gmail account to email anyone in the world. In fact, you can do this in your terminal. First, open up your terminal and create a file. I will call mine “emailer.py”. nano emailer.py Now, let’s add som…

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How to Set systemd to Hibernate Instead of Suspend on Laptop Lid Close

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In this article we'll be seeing how to change the setting that sets how systemd (the most common init system on GNU/Linux systems) handles lid closes. By default, when you close the lid on your laptop it will in most cases suspend (sleep). What if you wish to for the system to hibernate instead?…

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SSH Tunneling

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In SSH tunneling, an encrypted channel is created between an ssh client and an ssh server. Information flowing within the encrypted tunnel is secure and thus cannot be intercepted. This type of service is in particular used when running insecure protocols such as TightVNC. They can also be used to…

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Rainbow Tables

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All passwords in all databases are stored as hashes. Even on a Windows machine, when you set your password, the system doesn’t store the password in plain text – it doesn’t keep it in a readable format. It is instead passed through a hashing algorithm that turns the plain text password into a hash. The h…

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Featured Linux Game Reviews

Review: DiRT Rally

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Yet another game in the porting lineup by Linux gaming heros, Feral Interactive, DiRT Rally is a racing game focussing on, you guessed it: rallying. As opposed to the largely arcade oriented DiRT Showdown released a few years prior, DiRT Rally is very much intended as a simulation, delivering…

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Review: Trigger Time

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Trigger Time is described as a story-driven, top-down 2D shooter with a gravity gun and physics puzzle elements with some cutscenes amongst the 9 levels of shoot-em up action. Amidst a world full of indie top-down shoot-em ups, does Trigger Time deliver enough to be different? Developer: Shephf…

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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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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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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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Broken Age: Act 2 Review

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Way back in early 2014 I reviewed Act 1 of Double Fine Productions's quirky and colourful adventure, Broken Age. Somewhere along the line I assume I was either hit in the head or started living under a rock (perhaps both), because it wasn't until very recently that I got to playing Act 2. I gave…

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Aveyond 4: Shadow of the Mist Linux Game Review

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Times have been better, for Boyle Wolfbane. He and his unfortunate but loyal minions, along with his most faithful minion and pet, Fang, tried taking over the world like all of the best and most powerful dark lords do. Emphasis on 'tried', because Boyle failed. Miserably. Aveyond 4: Shadow of the…

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[Game Review] The Journey Down: Chapter Two

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Released on the 25th of August 2014, The Journey Down: Chapter Two is the second installment in The Journey Down video game series, a classic point and click adventure inspired by much-loved classic titles such as Grim Fandango. Described as having a "Afro-Caribbean vibe", a quick look at…

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Review: Broken Age - Act 1

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A sheltered, over-protected, bored boy in space. A girl in a fairytale style land who is thrust into becoming an offering to a giant sea monster. Talking trees. Hippy lumberjacks. Broken Age has it all. And then some. Broken Age (Act 1) is a point and click adventure game officially released by…

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Review: Euro Truck Simulator 2

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If you've never been a real sim game buff or especially never played a game the likes of the Euro Truck Simulator series, you would probably snicker or roll your eyes at the idea of driving trucks from A to B, often long hauls, being "fun". But you know, I once thought the same thing!…

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Expanded Markdown Support Is Coming to Google Docs

Big news for Google Docs users! Google announced expanded Markdown support, allowing seamless conversion and editing of Markdown files directly within Google Docs.

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How SUSE Is Replacing Red Hat as the Linux and Open Source Enterprise Standard-Bearer

It’s become clear to many that Red Hat’s recent missteps with CentOS and the availability of RHEL source code indicate that it’s fallen from its respected place as “the open organization.” SUSE seems to be poised to benefit from Red Hat’s errors. We connect the dots.

The post How SUSE Is Replacing Red Hat as the Linux and Open Source Enterprise Standard-Bearer appeared first on Linux Today.

Traefik 3.1 Reverse Proxy Enhances Kubernetes Support

Traefik 3.1, a cloud-native HTTP reverse proxy and load balancer, brings enhanced Kubernetes support and new HTTPRoute capabilities.

The post Traefik 3.1 Reverse Proxy Enhances Kubernetes Support appeared first on Linux Today.

Nobara 40 Debuts With Major Overhauls and Enhanced Stability

The Fedora-based Nobara Linux 40 rolls out with extensive updates, including KDE 6.1.1, GNOME 46, and improved driver support.

The post Nobara 40 Debuts With Major Overhauls and Enhanced Stability appeared first on Linux Today.

NVIDIA’s GPU Kernel Modules Go Open-Source

NVIDIA transitions fully to open-source GPU kernel modules with robust features in the upcoming R560 driver version.

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LibreChat: Your Free, Private Chat Platform With AI Assistant

LibreChat is a free, open-source AI chat platform that allows users to interact with multiple AI models through a single web-based user interface with high customization options. It supports a wide range of AI providers and services, including OpenAI, Gemini, Anthropic, and Ollama. LibreChat can be installed locally or deployed on a server, making it […]

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What’s New With the Just-Released Linux 6.10 Kernel

This mid-year 2024 kernel upgrade brings a host of exciting features and improvements that enhance performance, security, and hardware support across various platforms.

The post What’s New With the Just-Released Linux 6.10 Kernel appeared first on Linux Today.

Audacity 3.6 Released With Master Effects and Enhanced Themes

Audacity 3.6, a free audio editor, introduces a new compressor and limiter, FFmpeg 7 support, master effects, theme options, and more.

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Netfilter Announces nftables 1.1.0 Release

nftables 1.1.0 is out now, packed with essential fixes and compatibility improvements for robust Linux firewalling.

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SUSE Requests openSUSE to Rebrand

Breaking: The openSUSE Board discusses SUSE’s request to stop using its brand, highlighting the need for cooperation and goodwill.

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iFixit released a Steam Deck Toolkit

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Team Fortress 2 gets a Summer Event Update, new comic on the way

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NVIDIA talk up their transition to open source GPU kernel modules

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Cyber Knights: Flashpoint adds full gamepad support and Steam Deck improvements

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Blender 4.2 is another crazy-big release

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No Man's Sky - Worlds Part I is out now and drastically transforms the planets

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Get a Drawful 2 free with The Jackbox Megapicker for the first 30 days after release

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Fanatical's Bundle Bash has new game bundles every day this week

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Enlisted from Gaijin and Darkflow returns to Steam and now free to play

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TheForceEngine adds initial Dark Forces Remaster support

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Check out The Immortal Lock, an impressive new Quake 1 mod

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Steam stable update released, and a Beta with lots of fixes for Desktop and Steam Deck

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Try the demo for Pest Apocalypse a horde survival game where you deliver pizza in a van

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Infest is a deckbuilder where every pixel on the battlefield can burn, freeze, melt and more

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Amusingly British point & click adventure Heir of the Dog now on Kickstarter (demo available)

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SCAD is Twisted Metal meets Vampire Survivors and I want it now

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GameCube emulator Dolphin adds RetroAchievements support

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Get ready to beat 'em up in Steam's Fighting Games Fest that's now live

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Megacopter: Blades of the Goddess is a quality shoot 'em up throwback to Desert Strike

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Here's more of the latest Steam Deck Verified games including Sea of Thieves

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Nexus Mods new cross-platform app adds experimental Cyberpunk 2077 support

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Wine 9.13 brings more CMD.EXE engine rewrites, supports loading ODBC Windows drivers

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Customize your slice in Pizza Hero a (currently free) Vampire Survivor-like

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