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How to build and edit LibreOffice dictionaries


When writing or editing scientific-type text in LibreOffice Writer, I rely a lot on its spellchecker. Unfortunately, the scientific terms I'd like to check aren't in the default dictionaries behind LibreOffice's spellchecking routine. There are two ways out of this dilemma. The first is to deal…

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Here's how GNOME Shell can look like Ubuntu Unity


With the recent bombshell that Canonical is quitting the Unity desktop project as well as the overall goals for convergence and returning to GNOME, one can't help but wonder what Ubuntu 18.04 LTS will look like. However, as you will see it is very easy to tweak GNOME to look and feel quite similar…

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Canonical Quits Unity/Mir/Convergence; My Thoughts


In stunning news, which is apparently NOT a late April Fools joke, Mark Shuttleworth has announced that Canonical will be dumping the Unity, Mir projects and ultimately the goal of 'convergence'. Canonical is also planning to then return to GNOME as the default desktop by the release of Ubuntu…

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The buttons of YAD


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


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


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


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


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)


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?


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


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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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.

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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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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.