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RSS readers on Linux

This afternoon I asked on UnixToolTip for suggestions of RSS readers on Linux. Here are the suggestions I got, in order of popularity. Liferea (Linux desktop) newsbeuter (Terminal-based. See installation notes) Akregator (KDE) Brief (Firefox plugin) rss2email (email) Tiny Tiny

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Ubuntu Made Easy

I like books from No Starch Press. (This isn’t some sort of paid endorsement; I don’t make any money from them. They give me books to review, but that’s kinda necessary if I’m going to review them.) Their books are

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The most brutal man page

In The Linux Command Line, the author describes the bash man page* as “the most brutal man page of them all.” Many man pages are hard to read, but I think that the grand prize for difficulty has to go

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Review: The Linux Command Line

No Starch Press recently released The Linux Command Line: A Complete Introduction by William E. Shotts, Jr. True to its name, the book is about using Linux from command line. It’s not an encyclopedia of Linux. It doesn’t explain how

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Unix tool tips

I’ve renamed my SedAwkTip twitter account to UnixToolTip to reflect its new scope. If you were following SedAwkTip, there’s no need to do anything. You’ll just see a different name. I have about a week’s worth of sed and awk

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Command option patterns

Here are some common patterns in Unix command options. This is a summary of the patterns Eric Raymond describes here. Option Typical meaning -a All, append -b Buffer,block size, batch -c Command, check -d Debug, delete, directory -D Define -e

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Why Food for the Hungry runs Ubuntu

Rick Richter is CIO of Food for the Hungry. In this interview Rick explains why his organization is moving all of its computers to Ubuntu. John: Tell me a little about Food for the Hungry and what you do there.

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Free Ubuntu Linux book

Andy Hunt announced this evening that Keir Thomas’ 170-page book Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference is available as a free PDF. It is also available on paper from Amazon.

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Entering Unicode characters in Linux

I ran across this post from Aaron Toponce explaining how to enter Unicode characters in Linux applications. Hold down the shift and control keys while typing “u” and the hex values of the Unicode character you wish to enter. I tried

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Porting Visual C++ code to Linux/gcc

Here are a few lessons learned from porting a numerical library recently from Windows/Visual C++ to Linux/gcc. Some of our code only runs on Windows, and only needs to run on Windows. Our first thought was to put #ifdef WIN32 directives around

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