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To disable partition to be mounted at startup you need to edit /etc/fstab. To have your HDD not automounted when you boot, add one line for each partition, such as: /dev/sdb5 / auto noauto 0 0 UPDATE: sudo hdparm -y /dev/sdb -y Force an IDE drive to immediately enter the low power consumpā€ tion standby mode, usually causing it to spin ...


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There are lots of different options, my personal favourite is salt; other tools to manage files/software packages/config in a centralised manner are: chef, puppet, ansible, cfengine. http://docs.saltstack.com/en/latest/


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Just for the record, take a look at the minimum required specs of some distros: Fedora 20: 1GHz or faster processor 1GB System Memory 10GB unallocated drive space OpenBSD: Processor: 100MHz Pentium or better processor. 64M RAM or better: If you wish to run X, 128M would be a better starting point. Hard disk: A 1G hard disk. Debian: A Pentium 4, ...


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If you can change your brightness with root user by typing: echo 100 > /sys/class/backlight/<xxx>/brightnes Then, you can follow this link: http://askubuntu.com/a/82320/301773


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Another option would be to use geli block device encryption on a file mounted as a disk via the md driver using a vnode backing.


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If your laptop keyboard has a Fn + F1 combination which triggers some action, then you cannot expect the same combination to be available on an external keyboard. The Fn modifier is handled by the keyboard controller inside the laptop, you cannot copy this behavior to the external keyboard. What you can do is attaching an action for some keyboard shortcut ...



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