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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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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 viruses?

Just wondering if installing Wine might open up a fairly solid Linux desktop to the world of Windows viruses. Any confirmed reports about that? Would you then install a Windows antivirus product ...
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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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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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Best way to use a shell with Cygwin in Windows 7

I installed Cygwin, to be disappointed that bash by default runs within "cmd.exe". I googled around and found Console2. It's not a particularly well-designed application, as doing adjustments is ...
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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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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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Can I transfer files using SSH?

I am using PuTTY on Windows 7 to SSH to my school computer lab. Can I transfer files from my Windows machine to my user on the school machines using SSH?
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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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Why does Linux have poor battery life by default compared to Windows?

Is there something inherent to Linux operating systems that makes them poor managers of battery power by default? I would have thought a light distro like Lubuntu would have a clear battery life ...
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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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Create a Bootable (UEFI 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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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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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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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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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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Dual boot windows on second harddrive, UEFI/GPT system

I'd like to install linux, but I don't want to risk damaging my current windows installation as I have heard a lot of horror stories. Fortunately, I have an extra hard drive. Can I install linux ...
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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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Is it possible that X11 can be forwarded through a SSH tunnel

I communicate with the server via a ssh tunnel, configured via Putty. Recently, I'm trying to forward the X11 through it, but it doesn't work. Is there any one work this way? Searched with ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Write text messages between Unix and Windows

Is it possible to send text messages between two users of the same LAN, but the first running Windows with cmd and the second running Linux/Unix? I am not looking for an instant messaging service. I ...
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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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How to mount a windows/samba windows share under Linux?

Under Linux (Ubuntu 12.04) I want to mount a windows share / windows partition named //winshared on the network. I do not know the IP or anything else. On one Ubuntu system, I am able to mount a ...
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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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How to improve Windows perfomance when running inside KVM

I use Ubuntu 12.04 64-bit and KVM, my CPU is Core i5 3.3 GHz and I have 8 GB of DDR3 RAM. I run Windows 7 in KVM and it's extremely slow. My co-worker use Debian on the same PC configuration and can ...
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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 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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What is the alternative or equivalent to Windows services on Gnu/Linux?

I was wondering what is the alternative or equivalent to Windows services on Gnu/Linux. Is it a sever like X or Pulseaudio but that wouldn't make any sense because the theme service on windows, a ...
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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-format files, and I have to run them through dos2unix to clean them. (I ...
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What Linux kernel features does os-prober require to find a Windows 8 installation?

I built a new custom Linux kernel using make localmodconfig and after booting the new kernel, update-grub doesn't detect my Windows 8 installation. My distro kernel (with tons of modules I don't ...
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Remmina doesn't eat keys

Unlike rdesktop, when I press ALT + F4 in remmina, it doesn't react in the Windows system, but instead closes the remmina window. Any thoughts?
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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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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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Access VirtualBox Debian Apache Guest on Windows Host

I am running Oracle VirtualBox with Debian as guest OS on a Windows 7 host. I have installed Apache and specified the following two network adapters in VM: Bridge Host-only w/ the same IP set as ...
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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 to build a live Debian CD/USB in Windows, bootable in EFI mode?

I tried to install the latest stable Debian release (Debian 7.0 "Wheezy") using the Debian Multi-arch netinstall (AMD64) "debian-7.0.0-amd64-i386-netinst.iso" on my laptop. My laptop has a SecureCore ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...