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Best reading & writing applications on Android and Linux?

Hi everyone! For my job, I'm transitioning from Mac to Linux (trying Ubuntu) on my laptop and using an Android phone (CyanogenMod). I'm a little new to all this. For work and for play I read and write just an insane amount of text. I write papers and nonfiction research pieces and novels and thousands of notes. I read epubs and mobis and piles o' PDFs and many many online articles. What are your favorite apps and programs for reading, writing, editing, saving, and searching/storing text on these platforms? [more inside]
posted by deathmarch to epistemic closure on Dec 26, 2014 - 6 answers

Open-Source Replacement for iTunes

iTunes has a nice interface but it sucks deep down. Is there a good open-source iTunes alternative for Windows? Linux and Mac OS are nice but not a necessity. [more inside]
posted by anemone of the state on Dec 11, 2014 - 17 answers

Vortexbox, ripping DVD's, preserving chapters/menus and playback.

How do I use a Vortexbox to rip DVD's including menus & chapters so that I can play them back using e.g. VLC and get the same experience as if I still had the DVD? [more inside]
posted by rouftop on Dec 6, 2014 - 4 answers

Great Linux games for school children?

My foster kids are 7 and 8. I recently turned over my Thinkpad X40 (running Debian) for their exclusive use. It is old and underpowered, but they're loving "their" computer. I installed GCompris and the Tux4Kids suite (TuxMath, TuxPaint, TuxType), which they really enjoy, and I'd like to find more games for them. [more inside]
posted by amandabee on Dec 2, 2014 - 6 answers

Configuring a whitebox laptop to be future-proof, but not OTT ridiculous

I have a high budget for this particular purchase-- as much as I need to spend, I can spend. I'm sure I want a small laptop, about 13", and I'm 85% sure about the builder I've chosen, Mythlogic. I'll be using the machine for gaming and programming/computer science applications for certain. I have some ideas about how to do this the ideal way, and some specific questions about those ideas. [more inside]
posted by dee lee on Nov 23, 2014 - 14 answers

Does this desktop fretboard mapping software exist?

I love Guitar Toolkit on my iPhone. Specifically, the scale and chord features. I want the same functionality on my desktop monitor so I can see more than 5 frets at a time. [more inside]
posted by usonian on Nov 15, 2014 - 5 answers

Mint Linux can't see Windows 7 partition

I'm trying to copy a laptop drive to a new laptop as a starting point (drivers, obviously, will need updating), and I keep hitting snags. [more inside]
posted by IAmBroom on Nov 2, 2014 - 8 answers

From crap laptop to serviceable terminal desktop

I recently upgraded my main use laptop, replacing an HP Pavillion G4 that had a dead battery. The HP had lost much functionality as a laptop because it couldn't run for more than 10 minutes without being plugged in. I want to use the HP as a secondary workstation for Google Docs, reading .PDFs, and browsing the web. I have two main questions about this: what's a good OS to reformat onto the system to make this happen, and is the dead battery going to get in the way of it being a serviceable low profile desktop? [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Oct 16, 2014 - 8 answers

Nice way to put GRUB2 onto flash drive with debian installed already on?

I know this would be solvable with search engine and time; humility brings me to the green. I installed a minimal debian system on a flash drive from a debian live cd. Did not install a boot loader. How should I go about putting the boot loader on the drive? Difficulty level: GRUB NOOB. Links, words of wisdom and/or caution appreciated!
posted by bertran on Oct 9, 2014 - 7 answers

Need to buy a 30Tb hard drive, what are my options?

My question is should I go with an enormous Linux raid or a dedicated NAS, and which hardware? [more inside]
posted by CautionToTheWind on Oct 9, 2014 - 15 answers

Online linux administration course ?

Anyone have a recommendation for an online linux administration course ? [more inside]
posted by southof40 on Oct 7, 2014 - 5 answers

How to get the music from my Ubuntu machine to my Airport Express?

How would you push audio from a 64-bit Ubuntu 14.04 machine to an Airport Express? [more inside]
posted by General Malaise on Sep 26, 2014 - 3 answers

How to hire a sysadmin?

I work for a web-based software startup, and we need a kick-ass system administrator. Problem: how to find one? [more inside]
posted by Emanuel on Sep 15, 2014 - 14 answers

Linux laptop?

What is the most excellent Linux-friendly laptop I can buy? [more inside]
posted by nthdegx on Jul 31, 2014 - 14 answers

MIDI messages to alphanumeric keyboard bindings in linux?

I'd like to use a 12 key MIDI footpedal to type in various (arbitrary) keystrokes under linux (debian.) Is this doable, easy, hard? (I can put in time & effort to write config files and mapping files. Would rather not do any real coding for this, if possible. I'd like to have an idea of do-ability before investing in the gear. Am posting here because quality response and unsure where else to.)
posted by bertran on Jul 23, 2014 - 5 answers

Laid off from non-profit job. Can I transition into Linux sysadmin work?

I'm about to get laid off from my non-profit job within the next month. I was hired as a general office admin person, and ended up doing mainly Linux sysadmin work. What are my chances of getting this type of work as my next job? Details and snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by winterhill on Jun 17, 2014 - 20 answers

help! I upgraded Xuntubu 12.10 to 14.10 Utopic Daily build BY Mistake

I accidentally added a line of source for Utopic to sources.list. And later my system can't get into GUI. While trying to fix the problem I accidentally typed in command sudo apt-get update and sudo apt-get upgrade. So tragedy happened: my system was upgraded to 14.10 utopic daily built! which I don't want! what's worse, becuase it was upgrading from 12.10 to 14.10, a lot of dependency can't resolve, and many services stopped working. The worst thing is, I still can't get into GUI. What should I do for this circurmstance? I'm a newbie in Linux/Unix. Thank you very much!!!
posted by pack2themoon on May 6, 2014 - 8 answers

Recommendations for cheap (__cheap__) notebook/laptop

I'd like to buy a small (10-12 inch screen) very inexpensive (sub-$300) notebook, to use for reading PDFs, taking notes, and very light coding (i.e. emacs and python). Any recommendations would be most welcome. [more inside]
posted by uninformative on Apr 21, 2014 - 16 answers

Editing data in a unix/linux pipeline by hand

I am looking for a command line tool that will let me edit data in a shell pipeline by hand before sending it out again on STDOUT. [more inside]
posted by LiteOpera on Apr 12, 2014 - 3 answers

Looking for a light, Linux-friendly laptop with trackpoint

My Lenovo Thinkpad X220 has been falling apart for awhile, but I've resisted replacing it because shopping for laptops is annoying. But now it's definitely time for something new. I'm overwhelmed by the options, but maybe someone else who's done some laptop-shopping recently can help? I'm looking for something small and light (12-14", less than 4 lbs.), Linux-friendly, and (here's the hard part) with a trackpoint-style mouse. I use my laptop mostly for writing and general Internetting, but also for processing photos, so a decent processor and display is nice. Price isn't a huge issue. I could go with one of the newer Lenovos, and I might still, but I'm interested in other options, as well. I'm not interested in any of the Chromebooks. Any suggestions?
posted by rhiannonstone on Apr 3, 2014 - 10 answers

Ubuntu on my Chromebook. I thought I knew my login but I don't.

I just installed Ubuntu using Crouton on my new Samsung Chromebook. But... [more inside]
posted by amusem on Mar 16, 2014 - 12 answers

Where are virtualBox guest data saved in the host system?

Where are virtualBox guest data saved in the host system? [more inside]
posted by pack2themoon on Mar 12, 2014 - 6 answers

How to get Zotero talking to my home Webdav server?

I've set up a webdav service on my home server and am trying to back up my Zotero files onto it. The webdav service seems to work perfectly through a browser or cadaver but Zotero just stalls -- any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by crazy with stars on Mar 7, 2014 - 3 answers

Installing Mint, Screwed Windows

I went to install Mint 16 last night (the latest version) as a dual-boot system. I have a 1.5TB disk where Windows 7 lives with Mint 12, and 2 encrypted 3TB disks. (Mint 12 is no longer bootable, BTW.) Obviously, things did not go as planned... [more inside]
posted by IAmBroom on Mar 3, 2014 - 9 answers

Linux for Minecraft

I'm reformatting a cheap 3yo Asus laptop as a dedicated low-end games (read: Minecraft) machine for my kids. What's the best flavour/distro of Linux I can install for this?
posted by Hogshead on Feb 25, 2014 - 5 answers

Why virtualbox can overcome win8 UEFI issue to install Linux?

I tried to install linux on a win8 laptop and failed although I tried everything to disable UEFI and security boot options in Bios. So I think there is no solution to install Linux on certain win8 Laptops. But someone told me of course I can install Linux on any win8 laptops by using virtualbox. So I'm wondering why can it be done? How exactly is virtualbox/virtual machine works for this issue? can anybody explain this to me in a easy to understand way? Thanks very much.
posted by pack2themoon on Feb 19, 2014 - 9 answers

Can you help me pick a Linux distro?

I'm wondering if there's a specific distro that will breathe new life into my spare aging Dell WinXP machine... [more inside]
posted by werkzeuger on Feb 14, 2014 - 24 answers

"Nah, boss; I'm just a speedreader"

Before building my own... does this software exist? I need to search a collection of PDF & Word files for key phrases, and dump the surrounding lines (x-m to x+n characters/lines, where x is the found phrase) into text files. I occasionally need to search a few dozen files for a few dozen data items, which usually have some identifying text nearby. This needs to be automated. Big bonus if it implements OCR, but that's not essential. Freeware, or cheapware, obviously is best. Windows-based is preferable, but I can do Linux.
posted by IAmBroom on Feb 12, 2014 - 9 answers

Self-contained Linux Os on USB flash drive with persistence?

Help me build a bootable USB stick with Linux on it that also can be updated with apps and data [more inside]
posted by theobserver on Feb 8, 2014 - 7 answers

System76 GazellePro laptop experiences?

Can anyone share direct experience using a GazellePro laptop or similar from System76? [more inside]
posted by mcstayinskool on Feb 3, 2014 - 3 answers

SSD 1 partition, how to shrink?

I have a windows laptop with only 128G SSD hard drive, which is not partitioned, only with one partition C: . I want to install Linux aside from the original windows 7 so I can have double OS. There are about 15G empty space I gues it's enough. I think I need at least two partitions in order to do this. So I went to Computer Manage storage trying to shrink the C:, however, it shows 0 shrinkable space. Why is this? Should I run Disk Defragment? Anyone can help me out? And it's appreciated if you can give me some detailed step by step instructions, ie, how to mount partitions. I'm a newbie to linux and what I'm trying to install is elementary OS Luna. if you can share with me some introductory articles on the basics of the system adminiatraion, OS install stuff it will be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much!
posted by pack2themoon on Jan 30, 2014 - 9 answers

You're MythTV, no good for me

A friend purchased a generic smart TV box (running Android 4.2) for use as a PVR for her elderly mother for Christmas, but is seeking a port of the MythTV back-end. It seems like it should be simple, but neither of us has been able to find an answer. Compiling the source code is apparently not an option as that would void the warranty and they are not comfortable. Does anyone know of an alternative that isn't a paid subscription service (a TV guide like ICE TV) for Australia that will work? I'm not that smart in PVRs, but we are both comfortable with Linux at different levels.
posted by Mezentian on Dec 29, 2013 - 2 answers

Drive w/encrypted partition will not mount w/Ubuntu

I have a portable drive w/an encrypted partition that I cannot get to mount on a laptop running Ubuntu 12.04. It is not visible to Disk Utility, either. Can anyone walk me through accessing its contents?
posted by ryanshepard on Dec 16, 2013 - 4 answers

Budget MP3 player for use w/Ubuntu / Banshee?

I need a moderately priced, durable MP3 player that I can dump selected tracks / podcasts from my Banshee library into for my commute. Ideally, I'd like to spend less than $100. Any advice will be appreciated - I've been trying for 6 months to get Linux and my iPod to play together reliably, and I'm throwing in the towel.
posted by ryanshepard on Dec 5, 2013 - 7 answers

64 bit CPU info?

I was trying to confirm my cpu information by typing in "grep flags /proc/cpuinfo". My Cpu is core i5 540M, supposed to be 64 bit I assume since I have 64bit win7 installed. However, the output is: flags : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe pni dtes64 monitor ds_cpl vmx smx est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr pdcm sse4_1 sse4_2 popcnt aes lahf_lm It does not has "lm" in it, and according to the sayings online, 64 bit cpu should has this flag. So what exactly is going on here? Is my cpu 64 bit or not? what's wrong with that command?
posted by pack2themoon on Dec 4, 2013 - 3 answers

One Music Library to Rule Them All

I currently use approximately four+ computers with all major OS'es (Mac, Windows, Linux-Ubuntu) between work and home. Plus an Ipod Classic for portable music listening. Problem is keeping my music library up to date on all machines, or synced together. If I create a playlist, or change ratings, genre, etc. the results also aren't propagated to the other machines. On Windows and Mac I've been using Itunes but I'm not necessarily tied to it, but it does work on 2 of the 3 OS'es. Any suggestions? There are some previous similar questions, but all look several years old.
posted by aarondesk on Dec 3, 2013 - 8 answers

High-DPI Linux?

I have a Yoga 2 Pro, freshly purchased, with an insanely high resolution screen (3800 x 1800). I generally run Xubuntu in a VM alongside windows, but I'm struggling to make it truly workable. What is the state of the art in resolution independence when it comes to Linux? What window manager should I be looking at, are there guides and tweaks etc.? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Dec 2, 2013 - 3 answers

Using OpenVPN only for specific applications

I have a working PPTP VPN with very specific routing requirements that I need to replace with OpenVPN due to issues with our ISP, and I am having issues adapting my Linux routing table rules to OpenVPN. [more inside]
posted by chundo on Nov 29, 2013 - 4 answers

Ideas for a low powered home server running Linux...

I'm not going to be doing much with this. I already have a NAS so this won't be a file server. I just want it to do a few things such as XBMC, OpenVPN server, Squeezebox server, etc. It's going to be on 24/7, and I don't want it to use much power. Since it is isn't going to be doing too much, I don't want too spend much. I tried the Raspberry Pi, but it doesn't have enough power. It can run one of these applications perfectly, but it can't run much more at the same time. Same with an old PogoPlug. I was thinking about one of these: Beaglebone Black? CubieTruck? An old Dell Mini 9? If anyone has any ideas or can tell me about their low powered/low cost server, I'd appreciate it.
posted by toddst on Nov 16, 2013 - 18 answers

Save me From Tim McCarver & Joe Buck

My Comcast feed and the MLB.com audio feed are about 30 seconds off. Unfortunately, the Comcast video is running 30 seconds behind the MLB.com audio. When I had DirecTV the audio was always about 1 minute behind, so it was easy to simply pause the TV until the audio caught up, then watch it off the DVR on a 1 minute delay synched to the audio feed. How can I achieve the same result pausing the audio stream via MLB.com? Linux solutions are best as my laptop runs the latest Ubuntu LTS. Android ok too if there is an app that does this that I haven't found. Please help, I just can't listen to Joe Buck and Tim McCarver for another game, let alone the entire World Series.
posted by COD on Oct 18, 2013 - 10 answers

Why do linux GUIs look like they do? (like shit)

I've got some old laptops I want to breathe new life into by installing linux on them and choosing a performant window manager. Whether its GNOME or KDE or any other GUI though, theres something very je ne sais quoi about the way they look that I can't get over. Even ubuntu's unity interface has it.. I can't quite put my finger on what it is exactly. Its the way the text looks, the way the buttons and windows look.. menus.. its kind of everything. Does anyone know what I mean? help me understand what it is exactly i'm referring to.. in other words, why can mac os and windows look so slick but linux always kind of looks like shit?
posted by postergeist on Oct 18, 2013 - 26 answers

External HD > Ubuntu > iPod - best media player?

I'm running Ubuntu 12.04, have all of my music on a portable hard drive, and ideally want to dump some of it onto an iPod. Is there a media player that will let me do this relatively painlessly? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Oct 13, 2013 - 5 answers

Help me get some basic Linux experience using my Win 7 laptop.

What's the best way to get some basic hands-on Linux experience as it applies to corporate environments using my Windows 7 laptop? I know there are some variants of Linux that can be booted from a CD, but I don't have an optical drive. I do have an external USB hard drive with lots of space available. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by iamisaid on Oct 6, 2013 - 15 answers

Ubuntu 12.04 - wireless passwords rejected. Why?

Ubuntu 12.04 is suddenly unable to connect via two different routers. When the (correct) passwords are entered, it attempts to connect, but then brings up the pwd entry form again. This is a new problem, as of last Mon. [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Sep 16, 2013 - 10 answers

What are your favourite obscure games for (Arch) Linux?

What are your favourite obscure games for (Arch) Linux? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 8, 2013 - 10 answers

Micro computers

I have a fascination for micro computers such as the Raspbery Pi, the wide array of micro Android PCs, and low-power wall plug computers. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Aug 9, 2013 - 15 answers

Sure, I know the operating systems...which means what, exactly?

I'm currently filling out a profile on elance.com for web development jobs and am being asked to indicate which skills I possess. Some of the choices include MacOSX and Windows. I've also seen people list these on resumes(used to work in HR) in the same section where they list proficiency in MS Word, or even in a separate section for operating systems, for pretty much every kind of job, not just tech-related. [more inside]
posted by fromageball on Jul 23, 2013 - 6 answers

How do you kill a RHEL process that you cannot see?

How can you kill a RHEL process that does not show up in either top or ps -ef? [more inside]
posted by Rob Rockets on Jul 18, 2013 - 10 answers

Auto-Unlock Keyring Manager In Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

I have just installed Ubuntu 12.04 LTS on a Lenovo Ideapad that was running Win XP SP3 and wish to bypass the password manager so the annoying message: " enter password" (which I do correctly), this is then followed by "Enter password for keyring default to unlock". I Googled this and found lots of conflicting answers but none of them work for me. I cannot find the 'keyring manager' to leave a blank password as some suggest, so I'm at a loss and frustrated. I don't really want to reinstall Ubunto! Please help, stating the steps one by one that I have to take.
posted by lungtaworld on Jul 15, 2013 - 2 answers

You don't know how to use the three bash shells?

There is this bash script that should take the contents of a log file, grep for a keyword, and then send the entire line to another script. It isn't doing that, and I'm not sure why. Can you spot the error? [more inside]
posted by TimeDoctor on Jul 9, 2013 - 10 answers

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