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Firmware for wireless card on Ubuntu/Debian?

This is a follow up to my previous question about Debian support for Linksys Wusb600n. I have tried running the Ubunut/Xubuntu LiveCDs and the WiFi does not come up. The Gnome Network Manager menu ...
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Debugging Java program for changing timezone configuration file on Ubuntu

Here is a ruby script I wrote to change the timezone configuration on Ubuntu. I run it with jruby (a Ruby interpreter running in a JVM). require 'java' if ARGV.length == 0 puts "Usage: jruby ...
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Installing drivers in ubuntu

I just installed Ubuntu 10.4LTS on my machine and I'm having trouble following the driver install directions. I am told to execute this command in the 'linux source tree': make ...
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How to transfer files from Windows to Ubuntu on Virtualbox?

How should I transfer files from Windows to Ubuntu installed on Virtualbox? When I plugged in a USB, it only pops up in Windows. How can I see it in Ubuntu?
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How to make an Ubuntu time zone change stick?

I'd like to reset the timezone through editing /etc/timezone. However, after I am done editing and save the file, the system time would not change accordingly. On the other hand, when I take ...
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How to transfer Windows application to Ubuntu on Virtualbox?

I have Matlab on Windows 7 and I need to use it in my Ubuntu system installed on Virtualbox because I am working on files only compatible in Linux. How can I transfer Matlab into my Ubuntu system?
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How to switch between GPU's

How can I switch between two GPU's on-the-fly using Ubuntu 11.04? I have an Asus EEE1015PN intel N550 with two GPU's: GMA3150 and Nvidia ION2. For example Windows 7 will switch to the bigger CPU when ...
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How to check if CONFIG_HIGH_RES_TIMERS enable?

I have to program a realtime application on Linux, but don't know whether the standard installation of Ubuntu has CONFIG_HIGH_RES_TIMERS enabled. How can I check this? I'm using Ubuntu 11.04 64bit.
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Virtual machine hangs when trying to login after beeing idle for som time

I'm using Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 to run a linux virtual machine, but after some time I can't login to it -- not from the instance on the localmachine or ssh in to the machine. Both give the same ...
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how to use nvidia vdpau decoding for mplayer video player in linux?

How can I manage to switch on nvidia vdpau decoding on mplayer video player in Ubuntu 11.04? It doesn't work with default options. I've got the proprietary drivers installed: dpkg -l nvidia-current ...
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Create Ubuntu USB-Installer from Debian

I have Debian Squeeze and want to create USB flash drive for install Ubuntu 11.04. I've already tried many ways: boot.img.gz + mini.iso at drive's root + syslinux = installer "couldn't found ...
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Can I get infected in this case if I run a live cd?

I recently got rid of a nasty trojan on Windows and want to migrate to Linux(Ubuntu). I want to run a Live CD so that I can format an SD card to put my brand new firmware on my router and format the ...
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Software (SciTe) runs differently when opened from Terminal Vs GUI

When I open SciTe from the terminal everything works fine. When I open it via Ubuntu 10.04 GUI drop down boxes I get this error every time I try to run a ruby program: sh: ruby: not found At this ...
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Installing Rubymine without sun-java6-jre

I'm using Ubuntu 10.04 and am looking to install Rubymine. It seems every tutorial recommends installing sun-java6-jre before downloading rubymine but aptitude and apt-get are returning nothing, ...
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I changed my hostname, why is my bash PS1 prompt unchanged

I changed my hostname by editing /etc/hostname and can see the new hostname using the hostname and hostname -F commands. But the shell prompt is still showing the old hostname. This is Ubuntu 11.0.4 ...
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Should the mysql user have access to /var/lib/mysql?

First, let me say that mysql seems to be working perfectly on the machine. Still, when I su mysql and ls /var/lib/mysql, I get access denided. When I sudo ls /var/lib/mysql I see the data files ...
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Ubuntu Drivers on Chromium OS?

I recently managed to install Chromium OS to a flash drive. However, when I booted into Chromium OS, I found that neither wifi or ethernet worked, yet both wifi and ethernet work on my Ubuntu ...
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Adjusting Screen Size on Ubuntu Virtualbox

When running Ubuntu as a Vitualbox guest, with a Windows 7 64-bit machine as host, how can I maximize the screen so it fills up the whole monitor?
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Debian package issue: files are installing into '/'

I have been recently trying to package a small Python utility to put on my PPA and I've almost got it to work, but I'm having problems in making the package install the binary (a chmod +x Python ...
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Setenv error message

When I opened up the Gnome command prompt, several lines of the message: No command 'setenv' found, did you mean command 'netenv' from package 'netenv' (command) However, I have never used ...
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How to move a file to /usr/local in Ubuntu?

I am working in the most recent Ubuntu in a 64 bit machine. I am currently on the Gnome command prompt and I am trying to move a file under the Downloads directory to /usr/local. However, it gives me ...
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Run Ubuntu 10.04 LTS with Apache2 SSL with passphrase

I am setting up a Virtual Machine with Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx Server. I have been reading the section on setting up Apache with an SSL certificate within the book : "Beginning Ubuntu LTS Server ...
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Ubuntu vs. CentOS and Binary Compatibility

I am trying to install software that is built on CentOS 4.7. Do you know if it will also run in Ubuntu? I read CentOS is 100% binary compatible. Is the same true for the most recent version of Ubuntu? ...
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How can I fix a partition conflict?

I am running Ubuntu 10.10 on a 250 gb hdd. I chose at installation to install all on one partition (it was recommended for beginners). Unfortunately, I need to use Windows 7 too. I didn't want to ...
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Mathematica makes no sound under Ubuntu 11.04

After waiting for days for my license I now got the opportunity to install Wolfram Mathematica 8 at home. However, neither the Play nor the Speak functions are doing anything as it seems that ...
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What does deb-src mean in the sources.list?

I know I can download binary packages from repositories beginning with "deb", but what does deb-src do? E.g.: deb-src http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu natty universe in /etc/apt/sources.list in ...
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Window Manager for TV

I have Ubuntu installed on my computer, which is hooked up to my TV. I have tweaked some of Gnome's settings to make it easier to use from my couch (display larger fonts, increase the size of the ...
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Grub2 Error Loading Kernel

I have been trying to start a small home server, using Ubuntu 10.04 Server edition. The installation process finished, and I got an error from Grub saying that it was "out of disk". After a bit of ...
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Different Desktop for Different Users

How do I (if possible) set different default desktop environments for different users in linux? e.g. when user X login, Gnome Shell starts, when user Y login, Gnome starts. (I'm using ubuntu if it ...
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(audio) Files transferred to Motorola Milestone does not stay there

I'm using gpodder to manage podcast on Ubuntu machine (thinkpad laptop). When I transfer files to the phone I see the files on the phone sd card via ubuntu file manager, however, when I disconnect the ...
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problem with rsync. forgot the ending dot and can't find beackupfiles now

I am new with linux and tried to backu my files doing this: rsync -arvu /home /etc /opt /var I was in the desired directory (on an external hard-disk drive) and logged in as su. but no files where ...
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xrandr command not executed within shell command called from udev rule

I own a Thinkpad with an UltraBase (a docking station). My operating system is Ubuntu 10.10. Now, I would like to react on the "docking" event by setting the resolution of my external display ...
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How to switch between workspaces in ubuntu

I sent a window to another workspace in Ubuntu 10.04 but I am not able to go to that workspace. How do I do that ? Please let me know.
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Is there a software like Nokia Ovi Suite for syncing Nokia symbian phones with GNU/Linux?

I have been looking unsuccessfully for many days for a nice linux software similar to the Nokia Ovi Suite or Nokia PC Suite for syncing Messages, Contacts etc in Ubuntu/Fedora. There were rumors ...
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Have to reinstall NVidia driver on every reboot

I am having an issue with my Nvidia driver after the latest update. Now, Every time I reboot the machine there is some conflict between two different version and I have to reinstall the driver before ...
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What does this error mean when installing namecoin?

I'm trying to set up namecoin, but I get the following error on running makefile.unix: $ g++ -c -O2 -Wno-invalid-offsetof -Wformat -g -D__WXDEBUG__ -DNOPCH DFOURWAYSSE2 -DUSE_SSL -DUSE_UPNP=0 -o ...
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Does Fedora play all movie formats out- of-the-box?

Because Ubuntu does not. With Ubuntu it is the greatest of hassles to get certain video formats to play, like mp4 and wmv. With Fedora, does the movie player just play all movie formats ...
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How to auto-restart squid on ubuntu!

I have a Ubuntu Home edition set-up as DHCP and Squid proxy, but whenever I reboot my system, I have to restart squid in order for others to start browsing! Is there anyway I can make squid to restart ...
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Computer logs out when resuming from sleep

When I leave my laptop for a while, after it blacks the screen (as I configured XScreensaver to do), when I return, it awakens to the login screen. When I login, there is no trace of my previous ...
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How to check for hardware errors with software methods?

How can I check for bad blocks, bad memory, etc. using only software solutions? I'm using Ubuntu 11.04.
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How can I set that only root + a given user can shut down my pc?

If I'm using Ubuntu 11.04, how can I configure it such that that only two users can shut down/suspend/hibernate my PC: the root user and one regular user?
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How to move the existing mount point from /usr/local to /usr in Ubuntu 11.04?

I am running Ubuntu 11.04. During installation, instead of /usr, I mistakenly assigned /usr/local to a separate partition. Now I want to change the mount point to default to /usr on boot but I don't ...
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Changing owner of NAS drive

I have setup a Freenas system that I would like to mount on my Ubuntu Desktop. Freenas is configured with cifs service. When I open the freenas server in nautilus smb://freenas/homenas/ I can create ...
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Can I set a gnome keyboard shortcut to be a prefix key, like in emacs, tmux or screen?

I would like to setup some Gnome keyboard shortcuts to be a prefix-key, so that I can add several shortcuts with the same prefix. Eg. I'd like to be able to have Super+x be a prefix key, with the ...
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How to test the difference between using disk encryption or not?

If I have a laptop, and I want to install an Ubuntu 11.04 on it, but disk performance would be an important thing, then how could I test the real differences between: - not using encryption - ...
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ethernet not found- load module into linux kernel?

We got a new server at work and I installed harddrive from the old system. Ubuntu 8.04 boots up just fine. The only problem is: $ifup eth0 device not found $lspci Ethernet Controller Intel ...
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VirtualBox guest hangs when: Starting Apparmor profiles

I have a Fedora 14. I installed the Ubuntu 11.04 i386 mini.iso in Virtualbox. After install when I reboot it it just hangs with this message: /dev/mapper/vg-root: tiszta, 52354/5103616 fájl, ...
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Prevent claiming of novelty usb device by usbhid so I can control it with libusb?

I have a USB rocket launcher that I wish to experiment with through libusb. However, libusb cannot claim the interface; presumably because the output of usb-devices lists 'usbhid' as the driver for ...
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Find creator of resource in X [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What process created this X11 window? Recently I've been bugged by a mysterious invisible window in X on my Ubuntu machine. It takes the form of an always-top-most ...
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Fixing mime type on Ubuntu

I am using Ubuntu 10.04. Sometime back after an update, all files in Ubuntu started showing a mime type of text/plain. This means that double clicking on any file opened it using gvim which is really ...