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mkws - Static Site Generation With The Shell

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Today I'm looking at something a little different. Rarely (or ever?) do I take a look at static website generators on here, but mkws is a bit of a special case. mkws is a static site generator (SSG) created by Adrian Emil Grigore, written in nothing but the good old shell. No, not BASH, but sh.…

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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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Review: Fedora 25 - The Trail Blazer that is Blazing Fast

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Not long after being released to the wild, I decided it was time to retire old faithful Ubuntu GNOME in favour of Fedora 25 on my main laptop (an Optimus equipped machine). The Ubuntu install had served me very well indeed, but with Fedora's latest offering featuring the latest stable version of…

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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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Memo - Note Taking, Unix-style

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We all take notes in various ways. Whether it's old fashioned sticky notes littering the front of your PC monitor, an app on your smartphone or simply using your brain to take a 'mental note' (if your memory is that good!), it's a useful activity. How about note taking on the command-line? And in a…

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Ardour 8.5 Open-Source DAW Improves Linux and AAF Import Support

Paul Davis announced today the release and general availability of Ardour 8.5 as a new maintenance update to this powerful open-source, cross-platform, and free digital audio workstation (DAW) for Linux, Windows, and macOS systems.

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TUXEDO Sirius 16 Gen2 All-AMD Linux Gaming Laptop Gets Faster Ryzen 7 CPU

Linux hardware vendor TUXEDO Computers announced the availability for pre-order of the second generation (Gen2) TUXEDO Sirius 16 all-AMD Linux gaming laptop with an updated Ryzen 7 processor.

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Ubuntu 24.04 LTS Beta Is Now Available for Download with GNOME 46, Linux 6.8

Canonical released today the beta version of the upcoming Ubuntu 24.04 LTS (Noble Numbat) operating system for public testing ahead of the final release on April 25th, 2024.

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KDE Gear 24.02.2 Brings Bug Fixes for Spectacle, Okular, Gwenview, & Other Apps

The KDE Project released KDE Gear 24.02.2 as the second and what would appear to be the last maintenance update for the KDE Gear 24.02 series of this collection of apps for the Plasma desktop and other platforms.

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LXQt 2.0 Gears Up for Wayland: What’s Ready and Next?

LXQt 2.0: A Wayland journey begins. Not fully ready, but a significant step toward a comprehensive Wayland experience in LXQt 2.1.

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Stalwart 0.7.0 Mail Server Introduces Web Admin Interface

Stalwart’s latest update brings a web-based email server management interface for easy mail server admin and enhanced performance.

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Ente Photos Unveils Self-Hosting for Enhanced Privacy and Control

Ente introduces self-hosting via Docker, offering a secure, open-source photo backup alternative to Google Photos with end-to-end encryption.

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OpenSSL 3.3 Released With Support for QLog for Tracing QUIC Connections

OpenSSL 3.3 has been released today as a major update to this powerful, open-source, cross-platform, and free software library that provides secure communications over computer networks for applications and websites.

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Canonical Announces Ubuntu Pro for Devices Subscription for IoT Deployments

Canonical, the maker of Ubuntu, announced the launch of Ubuntu Pro for Devices, bringing security and long-term compliance to IoT deployments.

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Grafana Loki 3.0 Released With Native OpenTelemetry Support

Grafana Loki 3.0 enhances log management with advanced query filters and comprehensive OpenTelemetry support.

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Nanuka: Secret of the Shattering Moon is a colourful cinematic 2D puzzle platformer

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Fallout 4 is getting a fresh update and will be Steam Deck Verified

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Streets of Rogue 2 gets a new trailer plus a demo for Steam Next Fest in June

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The first handheld to use PlaytronOS is some Web3 thing - the SuiPlay0x1

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Cute gravity-bending platformer ROTA is now free and open source

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The incredible pixel-smashing game Noita got a huge free update

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Tomb Raider 1 open source engine TR1X adds a 60FPS mode

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Over 20 classic SNK titles just released on GOG

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Explicit GPU Synchronization for Xwayland now merged

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