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What is YOUR Essential FOSS Program?


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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Variables in Python: Concepts With Examples, Common Errors

This guide explains variables in Python with basic concepts, including various examples to define and store values in them.

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How to Install Java on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

Are you looking to install Java on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS? Our step-by-step guide will walk you through the process with ease.

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vtm: Text-Based Desktop Environment That Runs Inside a Terminal

vtm is a text-based desktop environment that runs inside a terminal, available for Linux, Microsoft Windows, macOS, and BSD. Learn more here.

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How to Install Ntopng to Monitor Network Traffic on Debian 11

Ntopng is an open-source network monitoring tool that monitors real-time network traffic from a web interface. In this article, you will learn how to install Ntopng on Debian 11.

The post How to Install Ntopng to Monitor Network Traffic on Debian 11 appeared first on Linux Today.

Best GUI Package Managers for Arch Linux

Learn about the best GUI package managers for Arch Linux with their features, advantages, installation guides, and more.

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GNOME 44 Features Improved Settings Panels for Device Security

GNOME 44 Kuala Lumpur features a grid view in the file chooser, improved settings panels for Device Security and Accessibility, and refined quick settings in the shell. Learn more here.

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Firefox 112 Will Let Ubuntu Users Import Browser Data From the Chromium Snap

With the upcoming Firefox 112 release, Mozilla promises to let Ubuntu Linux users import their browser data from the Chromium Snap package. Learn more here.

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Kubuntu Focus Team Announces XE Gen 2 Linux Laptop

The Focus XE Gen 2 is an ultra-portable and affordable laptop that is a great choice for developers, creators, and those who are looking for the best out-of-the-box Linux experience.

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GNOME 43.5 Adds 32:9 Aspect Ratio, Plugs More Memory Leaks

GNOME 43.5 brings support for 32:9 aspect ratios, reduced memory bandwidth usage for some GPUs, and improved drag-and-drop support. Learn more here.

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Ubuntu 23.04 Lunar Lobster: Best New Features

Learn about the new updates and features of the Ubuntu 23.04 “Lunar Lobster” release across desktop, official flavours, and more.

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GamingOnLinux Latest Articles

Counter-Strike 2 from Valve releasing Summer 2023, Limited Test starts today

Valve has today announced Counter-Strike 2, which will be arriving in Summer 2023 and they've released some details on what's changed.

GNOME 44 is out now finally adding thumbnails to the file picker

One thing I genuinely hated about GNOME has finally been solved with the GNOME 44 release. It includes some big improvements and new features.

Amazon Luna cloud gaming launches in Canada, Germany and the UK

Amazon Luna, the cloud gaming service has finally expanded into more territories. They're also no longer blocking Linux.

Warside is a pixel-art turn-based tactics game much like Advance Wars

Love turn-based tactics and classics like Advance Wars? You should keep an eye on Warside, as it's firmly channelling that same energy.

Colourful retro platformer Frogun Encore announced for Summer 2023

Frogun Encore is the follow-up to Frogun from Molegato and Top Hat Studios, Inc. that was released in 2020, giving more family-friendly retro…

Upcoming city-builder HexLands sounds like a relaxing time

HexLands from Portgate Studios has been announced with a new Steam page live, taking inspiration from the likes of Islanders, Dorf Romantik and Sid…

EmulationStation Desktop Edition 2.0 is out now

EmulationStation Desktop Edition is a great front-end open source app for managing various emulators. A big 2.0 release went up recently too!

Mask of the Rose set to release on June 8th

Mask of the Rose, the incredibly stylish upcoming dating sim visual novel from Sunless Skies creator Failbetter Games is set to now release on June…

Big Ambitions drops Native Linux support shortly after the Steam release

After being in Beta for a while for pre-orders, Big Ambitions, a role-playing business sim from Hovgaard Games (who previously developed Startup…

Girl Genius: Adventures In Castle Heterodyne has a new trailer

Rain Games, developer of the Teslagrad series, World to the West and others are still working away on Girl Genius: Adventures In Castle Heterodyne…

Developer of Deadnaut: Signal Lost requests Linux testers

Deadnaut: Signal Lost from Screwfly Studios is an upcoming fast-paced sci-fi roguelike with a pretty unique style. The developer got in touch, as…

GOG Spring Sale is live with more free games

GOG are doing their own Spring Sale live now, and during it they will be giving away four free games.

MiLE HiGH TAXi out now blending Crazy Taxi with The Fifth Element

The Fifth Element and Crazy Taxi are both classics, so one developer decided to try and combine them together into a game.

Striving for Light: Survival blends popular horde survivor games with a big skill tree

Do you enjoy games like Vampire Survivors, Brotato and the other horde survival games? You may want to look at Striving for Light: Survival.

Here's how to run Diablo 4 on Steam Deck

Diablo 4 is currently in Beta and due to launch soon, so here's how to get it working on Steam Deck. The same steps can be used to get it working on…

Stellaris: First Contact Story Pack and the free 3.7 update are out now

Paradox have released the latest DLC for Stellaris with the First Contact Story Pack, along with a free update for all players.

Wine 8.4 rolls out with initial Wayland graphics driver work

The Wine 8.4 development release is out now for this Windows translation layer, part of what makes Steam Play Proton tick.

Canonical want help testing their Steam snap package for Ubuntu

Do you game on Ubuntu or one of their flavours like Kubuntu or Xubuntu? Canonical want your help in further testing of the Steam snap.

It's Creator Day where they take no cut of sales

The game store is having another Creator Day where they take no cut from sales. They also have a sitewide sale for the whole weekend.

WorldBox - God Simulator adds in alliances, ages, clans and more

WorldBox - God Simulator is a fun way to spend a coffee break, giving you a little world to mess about with and a big new update is out now to give…

Cities: Skylines final expansion is in May, with a bunch of stuff coming soon

Cities: Skylines 2 is on the way but Paradox and Colossal Order aren't done just yet with Cities: Skylines. Multiple new content additions were just…

Half-Life: MMod gets a release on Steam

Half-Life: MMod just released on Steam, a mod for the original Half-Life that overhauls many parts of it to create something that feels fresh.

Steam Spring Sale is live, Steam Deck gets a discount and startup movie customization

The 2023 Steam Spring Sale is now live, and with it Valve has put the Steam Deck on sale for the first time.

Space colony building sim Starmancer gets a huge content upgrade

After quite a while of waiting, Ominux Games have released The Wilderness update for space colony building sim Starmancer.

Get a whole bunch of kart racers in this latest game bundle

Humble Bundle have put up another game bundle full of treats, this time a whole bunch of indie kart racers to speed through.

Upcoming base-building RTS 'Dying Breed' set after a WW2 nuclear holocaust

Set in an alternate timeline where WW2 ended in a full nuclear holocaust, the classic base-building RTS named Dying Breed is worth keeping an eye on.…

Slime 3K: Rise Against Despot looks like a fun time

Slime 3K: Rise Against Despot is a fresh announcement from Konfa Games and TinyBuild, a spin-off from their earlier game Despot's Game: Dystopian…

Steam Deck hitting retail in Hong Kong, Taiwan and later Japan and South Korea

Valve's partner Komodo has announced they've teamed up with Acer, as they're bringing the Steam Deck to retail stores in Asia.

Valheim got a big patch with performance upgrades and controller improvements

Valheim continues to get improvements and it's easily one of my favourite survival games, it's just fantastic with a couple of friends. This new…

Steam Deck and desktop Steam upgraded with LAN transfers out of Beta

A fresh big stable update to the Steam Client has rolled out for Steam Deck and desktop Steam, bringing with it the useful LAN transfer feature.

Sci-fi submarine sim Barotrauma floats out of Early Access

Barotrauma, a game that's about exploring the ocean on Jupiter's moon Europa, where many horrors wait below the surface of the water.

Lancer Tactics announced adapting the tabletop roleplaying game

Love your mechs? Lancer Tactics was announced recently, as a video game adaption of the popular crowdfunded tabletop roleplaying game.

Marble It Up! gets Native Linux support in Beta

Up for a challenge? Marble-rolling platformer Marble It Up! just recently gained Native Linux support in a Beta.

The frantic Unrailed! gets a big free underwater update

Trains underwater? It's happening. The frantic and hilarious Unrailed! just got a big free content upgrade.

Proton Experimental fixes up Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty, BloodRayne, Prototype

Valve have put out a fresh update for Proton Experimental for Steam Deck and Linux Desktop, bringing more compatibility for Windows games. Here's all…

Steam Deck OS 3.4.6 out now with DOOM Eternal Ray Tracing

Valve has now promoted the recent Steam Deck OS Preview to Stable, giving all Steam Deck owners an updated graphics driver that brings Ray Tracing…

Steampunk survival game Volcanoids has been invaded by drones

I think it might be seriously time to play a whole lot more Volcanoids, with the new Ground Support update adding in special drones you can build and…

Turn-based colony builder on the red planet Terraformers is out now

After a while in Early Access, Terraformers from Asteroid Lab and Goblinz Publishing / IndieArk is officially out now with the 1.0 update.

Action-RPG in Early Access 'Last Epoch' adds in online multiplayer

A day many players have been waiting for, Last Epoch has finally added in multiplayer amongst a number of other big changes to this action RPG.

Railbound gets Steam Deck Verified with a new update

Railbound looks great, a relaxing puzzle game about fixing train connections and travelling the world and now it's Steam Deck Verified.

NVIDIA Vulkan Beta driver 525.47.13 out now

Over the weekend NVIDIA released a fresh small update to their developer-focused Vulkan Beta driver.

Slick tactical space RPG 'Relic Space' is out in Early Access

Relic Space combines together smooth turn-based movement (think like Jupiter Hell) with tactical combat, RPG mechanics and 4X elements.

No true next-gen Steam Deck for 'a few years' Valve say

As expected really, Valve said they don't really expect to see a true next-gen Steam Deck for a few years yet.

The Humble Heroines Bundle is an awesome deal for Steam Deck and Linux Desktop

The Humble Heroines Bundle is an absolutely fantastic deal, with some great compatibility across Steam Deck and Linux Desktop with Proton. Here's…

Aethermancer is a new creature collector rogue-lite from the dev of Monster Sanctuary

Seems moi rai games are sticking to what they know, with them moving on from Monster Sanctuary (which is still being updated) to their new…

Proton Hotfix updated for Resident Evil 4 remake, Steam Deck needs SteamOS 3.4.6 Preview

Valve developer Pierre-Loup Griffais mentioned that they've updated Proton Hotfix, which should allow the new Resident Evil 4 Chainsaw Demo of the…

Prepare to see a lot more of Epic Online Services, with Epic's new self-publishing

While the Epic Games Store doesn't support Linux or Steam Deck officially, this industry news is something we should all know about with Epic now…

Transport Fever 2 has a big free upgrade, plus Steam Deck support

Transport Fever 2 is going strong since the release in 2019. They just launched a console version, and upgraded the PC release with some massive…

FOSS strategy game OpenHV gets a release two years in the making

Do any of you remember OpenHV? Back in 2020, it was announced as an OpenRA-based free and open source RTS, based on designs from Daniel Cook that…

Free and open source party game Starship Olympics hits Alpha

Need a fresh party game with simple controls and plenty of mini-games to play? Starship Olympics is free, open source and worth a go.