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File system compatible with all OSes?

I use Linux and Mac OS X on a regular basis, and sometimes I have to use Windows. I need to use a flash drive on all three, and I need a filesystem that will work well on all of them. None of the ...
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Does installing and using Wine open up your Linux platform to windows virus'?

Just wondering if installing wine might open up a fairly solid linux desktop to the world of windows virus'. Any confirmed reports about that? Would you then install a windows antivirus product ...
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What is Linux doing differently that allows me to remove/replace files where Windows would complain the file is currently in use?

The example I have is Minecraft. When running Bukkit on Linux I can remove or update the .jar files in the /plugins folder and simply run the 'reload' command. In Windows, I have to take the whole ...
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Can GRUB2 share the EFI system partition with Windows?

I have an existing Windows 7 GPT installation, which already has a EFI System partition. I am now trying to install a Linux on a separate harddisk, which is also GPT formatted. I did not find any ...
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Can I connect to Windows machine from Linux shell?

I can connect to Linux machines from Windows using PuTTY/SSH. I want to do the other way round - connect to a Windows machine from Linux. Is this possible?
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Different time in Windows and Linux Mint

I installed Linux Mint first on my Acer Aspire 4930 and then dual booted with Windows 7. I see the correct time on Linux Mint but on booting into Windows the time is shifted back by a few hours, even ...
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Where can I learn more about how to use the GRUB `ntldr` command (module?)

I recently stumbled across the GRUB ntldr module. Apparently one of the things it can be used for is as an alternative to chainloader to boot the NT >= 6.0 versions of Windows as in the example ...
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Create a Bootable (UEF GRUB) USB for Ubuntu & Windows 7 Install

I want to create a Bootable EFI USB to install Ubuntu & Windows 7 (maybe with utilities like PartedMagic). I did that using MultiSystem previously. However, I am using GPT and Windows install ...
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Dual monitors and panels

I have a question with regard to a multiple monitor setup. I'm currently primarily a Windows user, but I've been running Ubuntu in dual boot to get a feel for it. The one thing I find lacking that ...
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wubi pros and cons

Do you have experience using Wubi and if so, what are the major pros and cons ? I am of course particularly interested in potential problems.
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Dual boot windows 8 and Linux Mint 13 (based on Ubuntu 12.04)

I've searched a lot for my problem but couldn't be sure what should I do in my case. I bought my Asus N56VZ several months ago, and it came with Windows 7 and bunch of bloatwares that I don't like, ...
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What files should I copy from Windows into Wine?

As far as I understand Wine runtime does better if some libraries are copied from MS Windows, but some Windows system libraries really are not to be used with Wine (some can even make it stop working, ...
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When is exFAT coming to Linux? [closed]

It seems that exFAT is to be the next standard filesystem for removable media. The problem is, it is designed by Microsoft and made proprietary. However, it is the standard FS for the upcoming SDXC ...
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Linux in a mostly Windows dev environment

A little background: our shop has traditionally run a Microsoft software stack but now we're planning to use embedded Linux and I find myself in the role of Columbus: conquer the new world. I mention ...
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exit out of all SSH connections in one command and close PuTTY

Is there a way to back out of all SSH connections and close PuTTY in "one shot"? I work in Windows 7 and use PuTTY to SSH to various Linux hosts. An example of the way I find myself working: SSH to ...
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What's the name of the technology that instantly boots to Linux from within Windows?

I once had some package that you could run to instantly replace a running Windows instance with a running Linux instance. I'm not talking about virtualization or coLinux. I'm talking about the moral ...
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How do you make samba follow symlink outside the shared path

This is ubuntu server 10.04 64 and samba 3.4.7 I have a shared directory /home/mit/share and another one /home/temp that I link into the shared one: ln -s /home/temp /home/mit/share/temp But on ...
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Allowing user to read only parts of NTFS filesystem

After installing ntfs-3g I have an option in nautilus to mount a Windows directory but I need to give root password. While I have no objection to giving root password I would prefer to be restricted ...
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Boot windows from grub rescue command prompt

Previously I had installed the Ubuntu 10.04 and Windows 7. Now I logged on to Windows, opened thepartition editor and deleted the volume containing the Ubuntu (Thought it will delete the Ubuntu and ...
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Linux user's guide to windows? [closed]

I am a grad student who recently found out that I will have to switch to a Windows box for my research (despite my pleading). I know there are lots of guides out there for Windows users switching to ...
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How do I get the creation date of a file on an NTFS logical volume?

I created an NTFS logical volume on my Linux system for Windows file storage because I want to retain the creation date of my files (I would probably zip them into an archive and then unzip them, ...
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Configuring File Associations in Ubuntu with Wine

Related to this question, I have Ubuntu 20.04.1 LTS. I downloaded PlayOnLinux 4.1.9 (the Precise version) and used it to install Microsoft Office 2010 Pro. PlayOnLinux downloaded Wine 1.5.21 and ...
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Advantage to using Linux over Windows? [closed]

I want to get into using Linux more, all my programming and development has all been done under Windows. But I am wondering what is the core advantages to using Linux over Windows? What can I do in ...
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How to share files between Linux and Windows?

I am wondering, is there any way to easily share a folder between Linux and Windows?
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Overwrote Windows with Linux, how can I recover data?

While installing Ubuntu 11.10 (ext4) I accidentally chose a wrong partition and it overwrote my Windows 2003 installation (ntfs). How can I recover files? So far I tried photoRec and it recovered ...
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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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Copy from linux to windows every minute

I currently quickly setup a way to copy files from my linux machine to a windows share that multiple people can access, but I'm looking for a better way. In Windows 7, I made a folder accessible to ...
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Convincing boss that I need to use Linux [closed]

I am shortly going to be joining a statistics consultancy where the software I'll be using is R and SAS in Windows. For years I have been using R with Linux (most previous Windows knowledge has ...
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How to start a windows partition from the Grub command line?

I have Windows 7 installed on my system. After I installed Windows 7, I installed Fedora on a separate partition so that I could dual boot. I removed Fedora by deleting the partition it was installed ...
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alternatives to wine

Is there some alternative to Wine ( the windows "emulator" ) which is more stable and more likely to work with my Windows games?
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Which filesystem to use for a partition shared with a parallel windows instalation?

On my new PC I want to install both Linux and Windows, each on their own rather small partition, and put the big rest of the 1 TB HDD in a further partition (plus swap). Which filesystem should I use? ...
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Does Windows recognize Linux's symbolic links?

I was just wondering how a Windows system handles symbolic links. My best guess is that it will not recognize them, but I'm not entirely sure. Also, what do Macs do when confronted by one?
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Need to boot Windows 7 from Grub rescue command prompt

I booted my computer today and found the Grub rescue command prompt. I have been given this computer and it has Linux and windows 7 on it, but I have only ever used the windows section. I have no idea ...
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Install Debian on ONE partition

My plan was to dual boot Windows 8.1 and Debian. Currently I have Windows installed. My disk can only have 4 partitions. One is system reserved. I want to give both OS their own 64GB partitions, and ...
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How do I share internet with Windows from my Linux box?

I have a Linux (Ubuntu 12.04) PC connected to the internet with a Greenpacket WiMax USB modem. I want to share the Internet connection with another computer running Windows 7 Home Premium, connected ...
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How do I check if a particular hard disk is dynamic?

What commands do I have to check the dynamic or basic type disk/volumes of the Windows partitions? Topic of interest because: Warning: Don't install linux on a Windows Dynamic disk! Bug Report: ...
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Installing Linux Mint on Windows-Ubuntu Dual Boot

I currently have an Ubuntu-Windows Dual boot. However, I would like to try out a new OS so I burned Linux Mint to a USB stick. I would like to install Linux Mint and remove Ubuntu while still ...
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A layman's explanation for “Everything is a file” — what differs from Windows?

I know that "Everything is a file" means that even devices have their filename and path in Unix and Unix-like systems, and that this allows for common tools to be used on a variety of resources ...
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Is it possible to download extremely large files intelligently or in parts via SSH from Linux to Windows?

I have a ~35 GB file on a remote Linux Ubuntu server. Locally, I am running Windows XP, so I am connecting to the remote Linux server using SSH (specifically, I am using a Windows program called SSH ...
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Can I use an SSH key generated on Linux from Putty?

I have been asked to generate a pair of SSH keys so that I can access a remote server for development. To generate the keys, I used the ssh-keygen tool on our CentOS box, which I successfully did. ...
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How are drivers for peripheral hardware installed in Linux?

I have acquired a new wireless keyboard, and I've tested it out on both a Windows and a Linux box. It worked on both, but with an initial difference - Windows took a minute or two, to look up the ...
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How to install GNU/Linux on a Windows PC without the BIOS password?

I want to install a GNU/Linux based operating system on a computer with Windows preinstalled, but unfortunately, the BIOS is set to only boot from the harddisk, and there is no way to boot from ...
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Virus 'caught' while using Linux lays dormant, becomes active when login into Windows, can it be?

Can I 'catch' a Windows virus, while using Linux - so it will be saved on my hard drive and start working when I log in to Windows? I know it wouldn't affect the Linux itself. I am using 'Dual boot', ...
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What preparations should I make before reinstalling windows?

Since Windows still does not offer means to skip rewriting the MBR, what can I do before reinstalling Windows to get Grub2 back into the MBR as easy as possible? (I'll also appreciate it if the answer ...
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Setting up a development environment in Ubuntu

I'm a long time Window user. Recently, I learned JavaScript/PHP/mySql and considered that Ubuntu Server will be the choice. I'll still work on Windows XP/7, though. Here's my idea Development ...
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Windows 7 to Linux: install without CD/DVD or USB drive

Update Sorry, Question has multiple parts see below for details: I have been using Windows for many years and only used Linux from the command line, but want to shift after realizing Windows is ...
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Why is vim creating files with DOS line endings?

I have set fileformat=unix in my .vimrc, and yet if I create a file in vim (running in Cygwin) it persists in creating DOS files, and I have to run the little cotton-pickers through dos2unix to ...
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Linux and Windows compatible home drive

I want to have a singular home drive for both my Win7 and Arch partitions, so I initially set the partition to NTFS, as so: 5gb / 20gb C: 475gb /home + D: which worked up until I started ...
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Sharing folder from Windows Host to Freebsd Guest

First of all, let me say that though I use Linux (Red Hat, at work) regularly, I am a complete beginner when it comes to actually administrating it. What I am trying to accomplish: I have (at home) ...
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Mount windows Users directory as /home in linux virtual machine

I'm setting up a laptop for a friend and I'm going to put linux on it in a virtual machine and I want to make it as seamless as possible. I've mounted the \Users\Username directory in a VM before and ...