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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

How do I route everything except a few ports out a VPN?

I've got a VPS. If I set up a VPN connection from it to a VPN provider in NL, everything goes through the VPN, but that means I can't SSH to the machine anymore. How do I set this up such that the VPS is listening at its regular IP on SSH, HTTP, and HTTPS, but everything else goes through the VPN? [more inside]
posted by chazlarson on Mar 20, 2014 - 6 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

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

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

why do these sites never load?

Some sites never load on my ubuntu laptop. e.g. meetup.com, arxiv.org. why?! [more inside]
posted by bleary on Jan 7, 2014 - 14 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

Using Ubuntu to clean up my music library

I have an ubuntu powered fileserver that I primarily use as a media server these days. There are many files on the machine that (for various reasons) I no longer have a license to play.* What is the best way to scan through all the songs in my library (about 30k) and filter out those that will not play given that they do not all have an exclusive filetype? *Example: a song that was bought by a roommate with a license shared through iTunes that is no longer shared.
posted by stuboo on Oct 23, 2013 - 9 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

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

Hard drive encrypted with Ubuntu, forgot password. Oops.

My netbook is running Ubuntu (11?). I set up hard drive encryption when I installed Ubuntu, and gave my hard drive the same password as my user account. Then I didn't use the netbook for several months and forgot the password. Help me make netbook go. [more inside]
posted by momus_window on Oct 10, 2013 - 7 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

Disk encryption for the clueless

Is there a reliable disk encryption tool for Linux that is simpler for a nOOb to install than TrueCrypt? I've failed in getting TC to work, but have two older Western Digital MyBook drives that I'd like to protect. [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Jun 11, 2013 - 6 answers

Local root exploit code for Ubuntu?

Motivated by a combination of curiosity and laziness, I want to gain root privileges on an Ubuntu 10.04 machine (which belongs to me). I'm pretty sure I failed to apply any security updates, so hopefully there are some unpatched holes. I have an account which I can log in to, but I have forgotten my password so I can no longer sudo. It's not easy to physically access the machine, so I can't boot to single user mode. I have found sites which provide exploit code, but the exploits seem to be crippled in a highly responsible way. Where are the non-crippled versions?
posted by beniamino on Jun 11, 2013 - 10 answers

Weird stuff in mail logs. Was my server hacked?

I'm running the latest LTS version of Ubuntu on my hosting provider's cloud VPS service. I recently noticed a series of weird, spammy looking messages in my server's mail.log file. Tech support at my hosting provider says it does not appear to be compromised; are they wrong? [more inside]
posted by compartment on Jun 6, 2013 - 2 answers

Google Pixel questions: GMail as main email client; benefits of Ubuntu?

I just nabbed a 32gb WiFi Chromebook Pixel off Craigslist and it's a fun machine. I'd like to get the most out of it and have a two questions, one about ubuntu and one about GMail (as my main email client). [more inside]
posted by dobbs on May 27, 2013 - 8 answers

Help me make Ubuntu Trackpad Accessibility at least as good as Win7

I have a good friend with dystonia, which limits his physical dexterity greatly. He has a new Acer Aspire netbook, running Ubuntu 12.04LTS. His old machine ran Windows 7. The accessibility for keyboard in Ubuntu is pretty good, offering the same sort of sticky keys, and repetitive key blocking and so forth. The problem is with the trackpad. Under Win7, he can left-click once on the trackpad button, which then treats it the same as if he continued to hold the button down until the button is clicked again to release it. Ubuntu will not do this out of the box. [more inside]
posted by beelzbubba on Apr 19, 2013 - 7 answers

X11 apps on Ubuntu Touch?

Ubuntu touch preview does not use X11 for graphics. The repository for armhf contains virtually all apps available in desktop Ubuntu, but they cannot be run directly on the tablet (Nexus 10 in my case). Is there a way to run those using a virtual X-server, perhaps passing through local VNC to be displayed? I have ssh access to the device, so I can run commands normally.
posted by jaduncan on Apr 16, 2013 - 2 answers

Having trouble trying to partition the hard drive on my old Mac

I'm trying to partition the hard drive on my old mac (model 4,1 running OS X 10.5.8) so I can dual boot Ubuntu. The problem is that when I go to Disk Utility and and select to partition the drive I get an error saying that the partition failed because there's no space left on the device, even though I have lots of space. This happens no matter how small I make the partition. [more inside]
posted by el chupa nibre on Apr 15, 2013 - 4 answers

Music Library Management for iPad/Linux

Is there an application that runs on iOS, or that runs on Ubuntu and has an iOS client, that will allow me to manage (as oppose to merely play) my digital music collection? I need to be able to import new files I have ripped, edit tags, and edit file/folder structure from my iPad due to carpal tunnel syndrome. [more inside]
posted by gd779 on Apr 6, 2013 - 4 answers

Update/restore iOS devices using Acer Chromebook running ChrUbuntu?

Long story short- I'm trying to make a go of it with an Acer C7 Chromebook as my main computer. I installed ChrUbuntu, and this is my first foray into the world of Linux. I like it so far, but it does beg the question of what to do with backing-up/restoring my iPhone 4s and iPad (original). Pretty soon I'm going to want to unlock my iPhone so I can switch to a prepaid plan, and I understand you need iTunes for that. Is there a Linux workaround that anyone knows about?
posted by letstrythis on Mar 15, 2013 - 1 answer

Linux VPN hairpuller

Please help me figure out how to get my VPN to work with Linux - it claims to, but I can't make it. [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Mar 7, 2013 - 27 answers

yet another laptop question

I want a new Internet provider. I have a new laptop. I am not froze to the idea of using this laptop if a new different laptop will serve me better. I want to run Ubuntu linux and I want decent speed and bandwidth caps. Currently I am accessing the Internet through a six year old IBM Thinkpad running Windows XP and I have an ISP account with Verizon. Please tell me your favorite low maintenence solutions. [more inside]
posted by bukvich on Feb 25, 2013 - 4 answers

LaptopFilter: is this ASUS ultrabook the machine I want?

I'm getting a new laptop. A new variant of the ASUS UX32VD Zenbook (model: UX32VD-R4010P) seems to tick all my boxes. But I'm good at talking myself into things, so please help me sanity-check my choice. Many details inside. [more inside]
posted by pont on Feb 12, 2013 - 8 answers

VPN that works reliably with Linux

I am running Ubuntu 12.04 w/Gnome - I use proXPN for Windows machines, but have never been able to get it to establish a connection w/the Ubuntu laptop I have. I'm looking for recommendations for VPNs that work reliably with Linux where set-up is basic enough for a Linux novice to understand.
posted by ryanshepard on Feb 1, 2013 - 4 answers

Help me restore a RAID5 array?

I have a software RAID5 array in Ubuntu. According to the SMART status, all the devices are okay (one has "a few bad sectors," but the health is green). I have 5 drives, but I can't get the raid to assemble! I'm about to try raid create as outlined here but it looks risky and I was hoping to see if there's something simple I'm missing. [more inside]
posted by geoff. on Jan 20, 2013 - 11 answers

How to continue using an almost new laptop

I have an Acer laptop with an i3 chip and the standard amount of RAM, probably 4GB that I bought in 2011. Just over a year after I bought it, and just weeks after the end of warranty, the hard drive died. I'm wondering how hard it would be to buy a new hard drive and install Ubuntu or something like that. Is it possible? If so, how much of a pain is it to set up drivers? Would I have to manually install drivers for nearly everything (USB ports, wireless receiver, etc)?
posted by KokuRyu on Jan 10, 2013 - 13 answers

Is there a way to update things on an no-longer supported version of Ubuntu?

I'm stuck using an old no longer supported version of ubuntu (11.04) on my primary laptop because the video card is not supported by the newer distros. Is there anyway I can get updates for it or is there an alternate OS that will still support old Intel video? I've already run into snafus with ruby and firefox is no longer updating ( I can probably just switch to chrome). I don't want to spend to much time yak shaving because I would rather be getting stuff done.
posted by srboisvert on Jan 6, 2013 - 12 answers

Mumbuntu.

Ubuntu for the elderly? [more inside]
posted by turgid dahlia 2 on Jan 4, 2013 - 10 answers

Epson projector w/Ubuntu

Epson EX7200 projector + Ubuntu 12.04 - help me make these two play together. [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Dec 27, 2012 - 6 answers

Graphics Problem with Macbook Pro/Ubuntu

I recently set up my old late-2007 Macbook Pro to dual boot OS X and Ubuntu. I'm very new to Ubuntu, and while mucking around I think I seriously screwed something up with my graphics card. Is there any way to fix it? Despite the problems these older Macbook Pros have with graphics cards, I am almost certain it is not hardware-related. [more inside]
posted by Yiggs on Dec 25, 2012 - 5 answers

Help a Linux novice set up a VPN connection

I'm a Linux novice and need some hand-holding in setting up a VPN connection. [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Dec 11, 2012 - 2 answers

How to get Win 7 to recognize a large HDD

How can I get Windows 7 64bit to recognize my 3 TB SATA hard drive? BIOS sees it, it works fine under Ubuntu, but it doesn't show up in Win 7's disk manager / storage tool. [more inside]
posted by lord_yo on Nov 27, 2012 - 4 answers

How to force eject a cd from a macbook?

About 5 minutes ago I put a CD into my computer and it won't read or eject. It's a Macbook purchased in late 2008 running Ubuntu 12.04. I've tried ejecting the cd using Disk Utility and get the following error message: "error ejecting: eject excited with exit code 1: eject unable to eject, last error: Inappropriate ioctl for device" Can anyone help?
posted by eurypteris on Nov 24, 2012 - 7 answers

Mac or Windows?

It’s time for my husband to get a new laptop, and we’re looking at a Mac that we’d share (the alternative is Windows). Help me decide whether a Mac is for us! [more inside]
posted by asnowballschance on Sep 30, 2012 - 9 answers

Will this RAID survive an Ubuntu installation?

I have an Ubuntu installation with a software RAID. The Ubuntu installation is on a separate disk than the RAID. If I reinstall Ubuntu, will it find and mount the RAID successfully? [more inside]
posted by geoff. on Sep 8, 2012 - 5 answers

Clearly too dumb to be doing this, Ubuntu wireless no worky

Wireless no longer working after upgrade to Ubuntu's Precise Pangolin. I've got just enough knowledge to be confused. Please explain what to do like I'm 5 years old. [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake on Aug 26, 2012 - 9 answers

What kind of a name is ZaReason anyway?

What kind of power supply (and cooling system) should I get for a tower with an 8-core processor? [more inside]
posted by Yesterday's camel on Aug 20, 2012 - 8 answers

An array of choices....

Looking for advice from other mefites on how to best use the additional disks I've purchased to expand my current home Linux server. RAID5/6? Native ZFS raidz? Something else? Also curious about use of iSCSI instead of SMB for things like Time Machine, etc. [more inside]
posted by snuffleupagus on Aug 17, 2012 - 4 answers

Why does PayPal want me to have a crappy password?

I'm trying to change my PayPal password. Normally I would copy-paste the new password in from KeepPass (or gedit), but PayPal disables copy-paste. That means I need to accurately type in a bunch of fiddly deliberately-hard-to-memorize characters, which only show up as asterisks, TWICE. Which apparently I am incapable of doing, whereupon PayPal kicks me out for two hours before letting me try again. Please help me figure out a workaround to solve this stupid problem. [more inside]
posted by Susan PG on Aug 10, 2012 - 13 answers

How can I tell linux to ignore one USB port?

How can I tell Linux to ignore a bad USB port? [more inside]
posted by flaterik on Jul 10, 2012 - 6 answers

Noob networking

I have an off-site server running ubuntu with 2 IP addresses (IPv4). How can I setup the interfaces file or what have you so that the server can be accessed from both addresses (SSH, ftp, etc.), but to the outside world whatever is done from one address is reported to the outside world with that same address? [more inside]
posted by drpynchon on Jul 6, 2012 - 6 answers

good heavens it is a full laptop

where on earth is the trash in easypeasy ubuntu linux on an eee pc? how can i empty it? [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God on Jun 29, 2012 - 5 answers

Low Ram Ubuntu Distros

Could you recommend a good Ubuntu based distro for old systems having under 512MB memory? Why should I choose that distro over others?
posted by raphael19 on Jun 17, 2012 - 9 answers

Boot ubuntu to the commandline

Due to my work laptop dying, I installed the gui on my Ubuntu 11.10 server. No biggie except that it seems to have messed up the video mode. My LCD just displays an error. How can I get around this? [more inside]
posted by tommasz on Apr 27, 2012 - 14 answers

Dist-upgrading Ubuntu when the PPA version of a package is newer?

Upgrading Ubuntu: I am planning to finally dist-upgrade my mythbuntu 10.10 box which has fallen out of official support. I probably will take 3 steps to get it up to 12.04 LTS, but this question is just about the first step. What happens during a dist-upgrade if I have a ppa-sourced package that is newer than the new distribution? [more inside]
posted by jozxyqk on Apr 25, 2012 - 6 answers

Ubuntu & Firefox troubleshooting

Yesterday, my firefox install on ubuntu started misbehaving. The bookmarks toolbar only shows up if I remove it and and add it again. There are no URLs in Address bar and no URL display down where the status bar used to be. Several plugins have stopped working without being disabled. Sometimes tabs can't be closed. No session management and on and on. The problem seems to be some interaction of a ubuntu update and firefox not cooperating. After googling I have nothing and am at a complete loss for how to fix it. Where do people turn for support for ubuntu firefox problems that don't require them to be on either development team? [more inside]
posted by srboisvert on Apr 17, 2012 - 8 answers

Where is the Ubuntu "Invest" Data stored?

Can anyone tell me where the Ubuntu "Invest" applet stores its quote data?
posted by Scoops on Feb 6, 2012 - 2 answers

Help me set up a media server for my home.

Help me set up a media server for my computer network on one of two old Windows boxes. [more inside]
posted by rocketman on Feb 6, 2012 - 7 answers

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