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Quick Tip
Find Files Containing a Text Pattern
find . -iname "*.txt" -exec grep -l "hello" {} +
Quick Tip
Create a Bootable USB from an ISO Image
sudo dd if=/path/to/image.iso of=/dev/sdX bs=4096k
Replace /dev/sdX with your USB device, for example, /dev/sdb.
Quick Tip
Disable Overlay Scrollbars in GNOME
gsettings set com.canonical.desktop.interface scrollbar-mode normal
Changes should occur instantly. The overlay scrollbars should now be replaced with normal scrollbars. This method works for Ubuntu 12.10 and above.
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Process viewer: htop

htop is an improved version of top, a complex process viewer which allows to visualize processes in real time, see memory and CPU consumption, send signals to processes, renice processes, and sort them by various options. It makes use of colors and you can also scroll horizontally and vertically to see the full names of the running processes.

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Bluefish is a powerful text editor aimed towards developers with features such as syntax highlighting, indentation, support for projects, auto-completion and more. Considering Linux is saturated with various text editors and integrated development environments ranging from the simplest to the more complex and feature-rich ones, let’s see what Bluefish offers for programmers and not only.

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Calligra, the KDE office suite, has reached version 2.8 a few days ago. In this article I will overview each component this office suite comprises of, so if you want to try something different than LibreOffice, or you’re using KDE and want a set of applications to blend well in the environment, read on.

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Docking various applications comes in handy especially when you want to have applications you’d like to run continuously without taking up taskbar space, but the application in question has no such option. Below are a few ways of accomplishing this; the tools provided here will dock any window into the system tray, and they have several useful command-line options to control the behavior of docked windows.

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Yesterday QuiteRSS 0.15.0 was released with a great number of changes and fixes, while today a new bugfix release, 0.15.1, was put out.

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Here’s the follow-up to this article which overviewed 12 free, open-source games for Linux. Some really nice games were left behind in that article, but fear not, this is an overview of 5 more free games for Linux.

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The next Ubuntu Long-Term Release, codenamed Trusty Tahr, will be released on April 17th, 2014 and will ship with several notable features, while mainly focusing on stable main components rather than bleeding-edge software, a very good decision which fits perfectly such a big release. Trusty will be supported for five years on both the desktop and the server. I must say, this is a long awaited release, and probably not only by Ubuntu users, but also the ones of Mint and other distributions based upon Ubuntu, since the upcoming Mint 17 will be based on Trusty. I’m really expecting a solid experience here, which could last for years as a main desktop and development machine.

This is just an overview of the most notable features, I will dedicate a more through review when the final release comes out.

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Krita 2.8.0 was released yesterday, and this version comes with quite a big list of changes. In addition to the new features that were implemented, Krita is also available for Windows with an installer available from here.

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MegaGlest is a 3D real-time strategy game, completely free and open-source, taking place on a wide range of maps and including seven different factions. MegaGlest is a fork of Glest, which stopped being developed a few years ago.

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According to this announcement on Steam Community, Valve’s game Portal 2 Beta is now available on Steam for Linux. To access it in Linux, you will need to opt in to the beta from the Portal 2 properties in the Steam Library.

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The overview includes only games which are completely free, with a permissive license for both the code and their content. I could not include here games like Urban Terror or Warsow, since their assets are not free, nor Steam games.

0 A.D.

A very beautiful game, 0 A.D. is a 3D medieval strategy game with different nations, incorporating elements from various other games pertaining to the genre, like Age of Empires. Still in alpha stage (and has been for a long time), 0 A.D. is playable in both single-player and online. It has great graphics, specific units and buildings for each faction, and a selection of carefully designed maps.
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Canonical Announces Two Mobile Phones Manufacturers for Its Ubuntu Phones
Canonical signed agreements with bq and Meizu to deliver and ship Ubuntu Phones. The first company is headquartered in Spain, while Meizu is a manufacturer from China. The announcement came on February 19, and, according to Mark Shuttleworth,

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I must say, Hedgewars is a really beautiful experience, in that it perfectly resembles the feeling of the original Worms game, and adds a great online playing experience via the in-game online server browser, new weapons, sound themes and game modifiers.

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