I want to back up my Linux installation---everything EXCEPT my /home partition. Soup to nuts, what's my process? I am running the final release of Crunchbang, a Debian-based distro. [more inside]
Microsoft is creepy-crawling into and onto my shiny new WIN8.1 computers. Do I need to go linux to have some privacy? [more inside]
I'm working on testing a modification to a bash script for work. I'm trying to scp a file to the same source directory. For testing purposes, I've altered the permissions on the target directory so that the scp'ing user doesn't have permissions to write to it. The first try I get a return code of 1. The second try I get a return code of 0, even though the permissions haven't changed and the file actually fails to transfer. [more inside]
Who are the best (most innovative, most polished, most competent) designers of user experiences on various Linux platforms? Similarly, what Linux-based programs or application do an excellent job on UI/UX? [more inside]
I'd like to take two or three weeks and intensively study the administration of CentOS servers. What resources or online classes exist? Red Hat certification courses/resources would count. [more inside]
What do you recommend for a Dropbox-like file sync utility that doesn't rely on a server I don't control? [more inside]
Is there a simple way - an application or via the command line - to convert M4A files to FLAC?
At my Pretty Big company, I run a large Unix-based system that does Something Important, and we need to find someone to help me, and ultimately to take over running of the system. My two challenges right now are A) how to describe what I need to the HR folks, and B) how to evaluate the candidates that they come up with. Can you help me describe what I need, and come up with a way to test the people that show up? [more inside]
I want to use a PC or tablet for one single application - to go to a website where someone logs in with their account, "clocks in", and then logs out. That's it. (Snowflakes...) [more inside]
I would like to know how (if?) I can re-install ubuntu (from a flash drive) onto a partition of my dual boot hard drive without destoying the other partitions (a winxp OS and a large partition with data on it, respectively.) [more inside]
I just got a new linux laptop to replace my old one. I've set up everything I normally use on it, and have discovered a few pieces of software I hadn't known about before. I'd like more! Recommend to me your best-kept-secret linux apps. [more inside]
Hello everyone. I've put together a new Intel NUC and have installed Linux Mint 17.1. I need the machine to be able to do a few things automatically. I need it to power off at 10pm every day. I also need it to power on at 7am every day. [more inside]
Looking for a way to switch language to Icelandic in Lubuntu, getting the full Icelandic character set. It would also be very useful to be able to switch between more than four languages like you can in Windows. [more inside]
After I don't even know how many years my trusty Asus Eee 701 has finally bit the bucket and I need a replacement. Preferably by Monday... [more inside]
I have many folders each of which contains 125 or so brief wav files (1 - 4 seconds) with file names 001.wav, 002.wav ... n.wav. I want to create a long wav file for each folder that has the original files intercut with periods of silence equal to x times the length of the preceding individual source wav file. So, like, 001.wav + silence of length x times the length of 001.wav + 002.wav + silence of length x times the length of 002.wav + and so on. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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!
My question is should I go with an enormous Linux raid or a dedicated NAS, and which hardware? [more inside]
Anyone have a recommendation for an online linux administration course ? [more inside]
How would you push audio from a 64-bit Ubuntu 14.04 machine to an Airport Express? [more inside]
I work for a web-based software startup, and we need a kick-ass system administrator. Problem: how to find one? [more inside]
What is the most excellent Linux-friendly laptop I can buy? [more inside]
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.)
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]
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!!!
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]
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]
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?
I just installed Ubuntu using Crouton on my new Samsung Chromebook. But... [more inside]
Where are virtualBox guest data saved in the host system? [more inside]
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]
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]
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?
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.
I'm wondering if there's a specific distro that will breathe new life into my spare aging Dell WinXP machine... [more inside]
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.
Help me build a bootable USB stick with Linux on it that also can be updated with apps and data [more inside]
Can anyone share direct experience using a GazellePro laptop or similar from System76? [more inside]
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!
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.
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?
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.
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?