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Geolocation using Python


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


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


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 ✔


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


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


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


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 “”. nano Now, let’s add som…

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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Linux Today

7 Useful Free and Open-Source Flatpak Tools

This article focuses on useful Flatpak tools. Only free and open-source software is eligible for inclusion.

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More Data Centers Are Lowering Their Environmental Impact as a Side Effect of Liquid Cooling

After years of playing second fiddle to chilled air, it appears that direct-to-chip liquid cooling is finally going uptown.

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Curl 8.9.0 Is Here: New Features, Bugfixes, and How to Install

Daniel Stenberg, the maintainer of Curl, has announced the release of Curl 8.9.0. This release marks a significant milestone in the project’s history, with a whopping 260 bugfixes, 11 changes, and 2 security fixes.

The post Curl 8.9.0 Is Here: New Features, Bugfixes, and How to Install appeared first on Linux Today.

Run0 vs Sudo: What’s the Difference?

Looking for a privilege escalation tool for your Linux system? Read our comparison of Run0 vs Sudo to find out which one is the best for you.

The post Run0 vs Sudo: What’s the Difference? appeared first on Linux Today.

How to Lock User Accounts in Linux (Using 6 Methods)

In this guide, learn how to lock user accounts, disable user accounts, and expire user accounts in Linux using a command-line tool or manual method.

The post How to Lock User Accounts in Linux (Using 6 Methods) appeared first on Linux Today.

Meta Inches Toward Open-Source AI With New LLaMA 3.1

Is Meta’s 405 billion parameter model really open source? Depends on who you ask. Here’s how to try out the new engine for yourself​.

The post Meta Inches Toward Open-Source AI With New LLaMA 3.1 appeared first on Linux Today.

BIND 9.20 Debuts, Promise Boosted DNS Performance

BIND 9.20 DNS server rolls out with enhanced DNSSEC support, a new database backend, a streamlined core, and more.

The post BIND 9.20 Debuts, Promise Boosted DNS Performance appeared first on Linux Today.

Hyprland Completes Independence from wlroots

Hyprland has completed its move off of wlroots and is now a fully independent Wayland compositor. Here’s more on that!

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26 Security Hardening Tips for Modern Linux Servers

In this post, we’ll explain 25 useful tips and tricks to secure your Linux system. We hope these tips and tricks will help you secure your system.

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How to Install OBS Studio on Ubuntu and Other Linux Distros

Discover a step-by-step guide to installing OBS Studio on your Ubuntu system and other Linux distros with practical examples.

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Humble Games confirmed a 'restructuring of operations' with reports of all staff gone

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DRAG returns as ExoCross, an offroad racing game with 4CPT vehicle physics

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ChimeraOS 46 brings major upgrades and enhanced handheld support for GPD, AYANEO, OneXPlayer

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Check out the new demo for KILLBEAT a rhythm shooter roguelike

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Proton Experimental gets fixes for Ubisoft Connect, Once Human, Burnout Paradise Remastered

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Party-based soulslike Deathbound aims to be Steam Deck Verified at release

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It's officially Hammer time! In the BONK JAM mod for Quake

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FlatOut 1, 2 and Ultimate Carnage now Steam Deck Verified with Steam Workshop support

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Children of Morta, Celeste, Webbed, Hero's Hour and more in this pixel game humble bundle

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Just Crow Things looks rather chaotic and releases August 15

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Get a whole lot of Tropico and Railway Empire in this Humble Bundle

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Acre Crisis looks like a fun throwback to the original Dino Crisis

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1047 Games announced Splitgate 2 for release in 2025

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

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