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Magical pen drive to resuscitate ancient PC - a fake?

Seen a lot of advertising recently for a pen drive costing €25/30 (various brands) which claims to put new life into an old PC. Has anybody used this, and if so what is your assessment? [more inside]
posted by aqsakal on Nov 26, 2016 - 19 answers

Broken Windows, is there a glazier in the house?

For the past 5 years or so, I have used Ubuntu Linux of various incarnations almost all the time. My laptop currently has Ubuntu 12.04 LTS installed "on top" of Windows 7, so that it is dual boot, but Ubuntu uses the Windows filesystem so there is only one partition. I always have kept Windows 7 around for the odd thing that requires it. [more inside]
posted by ackptui on Nov 24, 2016 - 3 answers

sudo apt-get clue

Help me learn Linux the right way circa 2016. [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Oct 12, 2016 - 14 answers

How does one create music on Linux? No clue where to start.

I would like to get started creating music in my spare time. I have a Linux laptop, a mini keyboard, some DAWs, and no idea how to get any of it working together. Please help me! [more inside]
posted by miltthetank on Aug 14, 2016 - 9 answers

Ubuntu mp3 sync script help needed

I am looking at writing a script for my Ubuntu system that synchronizes the latest (as in, last added) N (say, 10 or 20) files from one of my home folders with one of my Dropbox folders. Rsync seems to offer all but one needed feature. [more inside]
posted by circular on Jun 23, 2016 - 3 answers

ISO better Linux laptop

Last year I took my old Acer Aspire One and replaced Windows with Kubuntu, and in general I was quite pleased. I have been carrying it around in my backpack with my work Windows laptop. I use it for personal/educational development projects, and in general things that go easier on a laptop than a tablet (real keyboard, larger hard drive and screen, standard *nix software, etc.) [more inside]
posted by forthright on Jun 5, 2016 - 12 answers

how realistic is it to use one home server for multiple applications?

I'm wanting to set up a home server that I can envision having multiple roles. Is that a realistic thing to attempt for your above-average technically informed user? [more inside]
posted by diode on Jun 3, 2016 - 11 answers

GPS / Heart Rate Monitors, Linux, Cycling...

I have various questions related to GPS watches and cycle computers, particularly when used with Linux. [more inside]
posted by andrewcooke on May 18, 2016 - 5 answers

CAD/Drafting on Linux - What software for strange bicycles?

What software should I use to create a parametric model of a bicycle and have the software generate plan views I can send to a welder/framebuilder. [more inside]
posted by sibilatorix on Apr 25, 2016 - 4 answers

Help buying a nice laptop with Linux pre-installed

I'm looking to buy a nice new Linux laptop and having trouble finding many reviews online of the various options. [more inside]
posted by parkin on Apr 16, 2016 - 17 answers

I want to send and receive SMS from the command line.

I have a Linux machine. I have a spare activated cheap-o SIM card. I have a spare old phone and an old hotspot. Can I connect these things together to build an SMS gateway that will allow me to send and receive text messages from the command line on the Linux box? [more inside]
posted by toxic on Apr 15, 2016 - 12 answers

Whatever dot local

I am getting some flaky activity with .local addresses on my LAN. I tell CUPS to print to ipp://computer-a.local:631 and it works some of the time, but takes about 15 minutes to print when it does. But as soon as I use a direct IP address, printing works great. What's the deal? Where should I look to start troubleshooting .local address issues? [more inside]
posted by circular on Apr 12, 2016 - 6 answers

Games on Linux (Stanley Parable In Particular)

According to this article Stanley Parable was released on Linux (most of the article is about an alpha release, but there's a footnote on the full release). So why is there no penguin icon? [more inside]
posted by andrewcooke on Apr 11, 2016 - 7 answers

A-A USB serial adapter?

Does an A-A USB serial adapter cable exist? I know I could get two A-DB9 USB serial adapter cables and gang them together. But I want USB A-A. The objective is to run a serial terminal between two linux computers over USB.
posted by GuyZero on Apr 5, 2016 - 8 answers

Ubuntu 14.04 - cannot connect to wifi. What gives?

I finally upgraded to 14.04 and now, while my laptop can see networks, it is unable to connect to any of them. Other machines on our network have no issues. Please help me troubleshoot this! [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Apr 1, 2016 - 11 answers

What is this Linux Mint Notification Icon?

I'm running Linux Mint and I have the this notification icon showing (the one in centre, left of WiFi icon). Can anyone tell me what it means and how to remove it? [more inside]
posted by DamPots on Mar 26, 2016 - 5 answers

Ubuntu Sequencer

I am looking for a sequencer for Ubuntu Linux, something cheap or inexpensive please, as I am poor. [more inside]
posted by marienbad on Mar 9, 2016 - 6 answers

Looking for good regex tutorial

I would like to learn regex and am looking for a good tutorial. Brief details inside. [more inside]
posted by marienbad on Feb 4, 2016 - 13 answers

Windows Equivalent of Linux /home Folder on Separate Partition/Drive?

I know Linux, I don't know Windows. On Linux, I routinely create a separate /home partition on its own drive. [more inside]
posted by justcorbly on Jan 25, 2016 - 13 answers

Mini-ITX Linux PC For Work (Parts from UK)

Please can you help me spec out a PC? I have a Silverstone Mini-ITX case that I would like to re-use, with a 450W power supply. I'd like 32-64GB memory and a decent processor (although the case doesn't have room for much in the way of a cooling fan). The board must have whatever PCI slot is necessary for a (small) Nvidia graphics board (which is for both display and GPU programming). [more inside]
posted by andrewcooke on Jan 15, 2016 - 8 answers

How do I learn to understand Linux?

I got a new laptop. I tried Linux (dual-boot Win10 with Linux Mint). I think I'm in love. But I feel a bit lost and befuddled. How do I learn to understand Linux generally, and Linux Mint specifically? [more inside]
posted by Gin and Comics on Jan 13, 2016 - 27 answers

Why would my computer hang and reboot in Windows but not Linux?

About a year ago I made the mistake of building a computer myself. One motherboard and 12 months later, I have a crash that happens consistently in Windows but never in Linux. [more inside]
posted by Polycarp on Jan 5, 2016 - 12 answers

How do I cope with the loss of time from building a bogus server?

Received a very old computer. It had the necessary hardware, so I decided to turn it into a music streaming server so that I could listen to my 450gb of music at anytime over my iphone. I tried to set it up with tonido, and everything worked well. The only problem is that their iphone app sucks and crashes like a mofo EVERY time. [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on on Jan 2, 2016 - 13 answers

Certain wireless devices only work once in a blue moon

My blu ray player and wireless camera almost never work on the WiFi network, but things aren't completely broken because they worked for a day last week. The setup is a Netgear R6250 in Access Point mode connected to a linux server which does NATing and DHCP for my home devices. [more inside]
posted by chndrcks on Dec 12, 2015 - 8 answers

Can I turn my iPhone into a high-powered Raspberry Pi of sorts?

I have an iPhone 5S. I've broken the screen such that I have trouble getting sections of the screen to respond to touch. It's very expensive to replace the screen, so I'm considering bailing to another phone. But it seems such a waste of computing power to just abandon it. How can I turn it into a server? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt on Dec 1, 2015 - 3 answers

How can I listen to Souncloud audio using Firefox under Ubuntu Linux?

It always just craps out after a few seconds, saying "An error has resulted."
posted by ackptui on Nov 18, 2015 - 10 answers

Is moving from MacBook to Windows Laptop (running Linux) a good idea?

Has anyone had success transitioning from MacBook to a Windows laptop running Linux? [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious on Nov 1, 2015 - 13 answers

Please Help Me Start Blog On Bad Graphics

I can't take this any longer. I am going to start a blog with weekly posts highlighting the poor, misleading graphics in the newspaper I read. To do this I need a scanner for linux and a blog host. [more inside]
posted by andrewcooke on Oct 18, 2015 - 13 answers

Any advice on a clean install of Linux from no prior OS?

Hi - I ordered a refurbished Dell laptop which came without a Windows install (thanks Dell), so I think that I would like to try Linux as my OS, installed sans Windows. Can you help me confirm that what I'm planning to do makes sense? [more inside]
posted by kensington314 on Sep 23, 2015 - 16 answers

Headphone jack dead after upgrade to Ubuntu 14.04

I recently installed Ubuntu 14.04 on a Toshiba laptop and now the headphone jack isn't working. [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Sep 22, 2015 - 3 answers

Teach me to robot.

I have an Arduino, and I want to make it do things. I gather that what I really want is a Raspberry Pi in addition to my Arduino. The trouble is, I don't know Python and my C and circuitry skills are severely rusty. So do you know of any online courses or physical books that will teach me all of this as a general subject of "making devices" rather than individual Python, C, and electrical engineering courses of study? [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Sep 16, 2015 - 5 answers

Versitile, intutive, well-supported music player for Linux?

I have a huge pile of digital music in a wide variety of formats (FLAC, WAV, AIFF, MP3, M4A, etc.) and am looking for a Linux music player. I've got some specific - and maybe pipedreamish- requirements: [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Sep 14, 2015 - 8 answers

When to fork a linux distro, and general licensing questions...

I'm delivering remote training in various technologies and i've build a VM image based on Bodhi to support this. I'm curious as to whether it's best for me to fork Bodhi at this point, and what license related things I should be considering. [more inside]
posted by jpziller on Sep 10, 2015 - 4 answers

Funny Linux man page for IE (Internet Explorer) Anyone remember this?

Waaay back I ran across it and now I can't find it again. Google is failing me. Can you help? It was humorous in nature pointing out all the major flaws and whatnot. Link would be ideal! Thanks!
posted by mrflibble on Aug 28, 2015 - 2 answers

Is installing Plex on Ubuntu with an external hard drive really hard?

I'm medium-capable with computer stuff; not afraid of a command line, but not a lot more sophisticated than mkdir and mv commands. I've got an ECS LIVA box that I'd like to try putting a Plex server on. I've installed Ubuntu 14.04, and connected it to a 5TB external drive, but I'm getting a bit nervous. Is Plex on this setup within my skill range? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Jul 25, 2015 - 8 answers

How can I fix Ubuntu so we can play our favorite games again?

Whenever I try to run any SDL games, I get the following error. Despite checking online, I haven't found any solutions to it. Unfortunately this means some of our favorite games have stopped working, and my son is showing signs of gamer angst. [more inside]
posted by circular on Jul 16, 2015 - 11 answers

Backing up my linux *installation;* everything but my /home partition

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]
posted by wires on Jun 21, 2015 - 5 answers

WIN8.1 insecure, bigtime. Do I need to go linux to have some privacy?

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]
posted by dancestoblue on Jun 19, 2015 - 10 answers

scp return codes different?

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]
posted by tckma on Jun 11, 2015 - 8 answers

Who are the best UI/UX designers in the Linux community?

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]
posted by rorgy on Apr 22, 2015 - 12 answers

Online CentOS administration courses / resources?

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]
posted by Nonce on Mar 27, 2015 - 7 answers

Self-managed Dropbox replacements?

What do you recommend for a Dropbox-like file sync utility that doesn't rely on a server I don't control? [more inside]
posted by baf on Mar 10, 2015 - 12 answers

Converting M4A to FLAC w/Linux?

Is there a simple way - an application or via the command line - to convert M4A files to FLAC?
posted by ryanshepard on Mar 8, 2015 - 10 answers

help me describe the IT worker that I need, then evaluate the candidates

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]
posted by intermod on Mar 7, 2015 - 14 answers

I want to turn a PC / tablet into a timeclock. How do I do this?

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]
posted by dukes909 on Feb 19, 2015 - 5 answers

reinstalling Ubuntu on a partition in existing dual-boot system?

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]
posted by needs more cowbell on Feb 11, 2015 - 8 answers

Killer Linux Apps: 2015 Edition

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]
posted by axiom on Jan 15, 2015 - 19 answers

Code & instructions needed to shutdown/boot up Linux Mint automatically

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]
posted by Jackie_Treehorn on Jan 8, 2015 - 4 answers

What language do they speak in What?

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]
posted by asok on Jan 3, 2015 - 2 answers

I need a new computer

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]
posted by Mister_Sleight_of_Hand on Jan 2, 2015 - 8 answers

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