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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Idiot-proof burning a live CD from an ISO image for me

I am a Linux noob - I have downloaded an ISO file, extracted it, and now would like to use it to create a live CD. Can someone give me a simple, step-by-step explanation of how to do this? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Jun 3, 2013 - 15 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

I need Apple Remote Desktop, but for everything else

How do I send a Unix command to a bunch of Red Hat servers at once from Windows 7? [more inside]
posted by the matching mole on Apr 4, 2013 - 16 answers

How are locked-down file perms in Linux similiar/different to Win EFS?

I am looking into alternatives to Windows EFS to protect sensitive data on a Linux web server. I know practically nothing about EFS, but I get the impression that the files are effectively plain-text if you are logged into the Windows machine as the user who owns the files, so the same level of "encryption" exists in a Linux environment if the files have only read/write perms for file owner and no perms for anybody else. My colleague says "No, it is not the same level of security" but doesn't provide any further info regarding how/why it's different. What am I missing here? [more inside]
posted by 0 on Apr 1, 2013 - 11 answers

Laptop Gives Error: Operating System Not Found

My friend's laptop runs windows 7. After resetting last night she's getting an Operating System Not Found error during boot. Assuming the hard drive hasn't completely failed, what are the best, simplest tools she can use to either fix the problem or at least get her important data off the drive? She has access to another computer with a cd/dvd burner, an 8GB USB flash drive, and blank cds. She doesn't have access to the system restore disc or anything like that. She can get a blank DVD if that's simplest. I was leaning toward Knoppix as the Linux distribution for a live dvd, but if there's an easier way I'd love to hear it. Thanks.
posted by Green With You on Mar 16, 2013 - 11 answers

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

Linux CLI Filter: Complete Linux Command Line Book?

Is there a book (or a way to have one made) that would list all available Linux commands with options and what they mean for any shell I'm interested in learning? (Currently bash) [more inside]
posted by InsertNiftyNameHere on Mar 6, 2013 - 14 answers

Help me find a tablet PC to buy!

My Thinkpad X61 tablet is dying. Work will replace it, I just need to tell them what fancy new machine I want. But I don't have much time - the new machine needs to be ordered and delivered by March 31! Which doesn't give me enough time to research my options. Thus I turn to you for help. [more inside]
posted by eviemath on Feb 13, 2013 - 11 answers

Which home NAS with online backup for 2013?

I have a mess of ad-hoc backup systems, none of which “just work”. I would like to have a NAS that quietly backs up the cross-platform content I have, and also mirrors it online securely. I should probably budget for about 1-2 TB. I have no problem doing geeky setup stuff, but the less routine stuff I have to remember, the better. System details follow. [more inside]
posted by scruss on Feb 10, 2013 - 10 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

Where can I download TT or T1 of public domain font IBM Courier?

Where can I download TT or T1 of public domain font IBM Courier? My Google-fu is exhausted. I can't find this font on my own. Help me, HiveMind! [more inside]
posted by ScarletPumpernickel on Jan 29, 2013 - 7 answers

What can I seed or mirror on my server to help the world?

I lease a massive server that I am underutilizing. I'd like to use up to 8TB/month of transfer and 500GB of disk space to make the world a better place. I am already seeding Ubuntu distros, Project Gutenberg, and Pearl Jam shows, and I'm looking for more ideas.
posted by quarantine on Jan 6, 2013 - 8 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

Developer seeks big memory, many cores

Looking for advice on a computer to buy or build that will have a ridiculous amount of RAM and many processor cores. [more inside]
posted by tomwheeler on Nov 20, 2012 - 15 answers

What's the meaning of this seemingly nebulous phrase?

What does it mean to "know Linux"? [more inside]
posted by bookman117 on Oct 22, 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

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

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

Flash Video Troubles

The red and blue channels of *some* videos I watch with the Firefox Flash plugin on sites like youtube are swapped. Halp? [more inside]
posted by CautionToTheWind on Apr 15, 2012 - 5 answers

halp i losted mah bricks

I'm looking for an old(ish) Linux breakout clone. I believe it came installed by default with Redhat (??) and/or KDE. This would be around 10 years ago, give or take. [more inside]
posted by NoraReed on Mar 26, 2012 - 6 answers

SSH with telnet -e as a ForceCommand: secure?

I want a secure way for people to log into a server on my Windows machine from the internet. I have an idea; is it good? [more inside]
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike on Mar 21, 2012 - 13 answers

TCP WTF

How do I fix this fast-then-slow download issue on a Linux machine? It doesn't happen on a Windows machine. TCP tuning nerdery probably required. [more inside]
posted by Kadin2048 on Feb 8, 2012 - 10 answers

Help me help my colleague

My colleague uses a Windows editor for writing code and a Unix system to run it. He has practical issues with version control. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by knz on Jan 8, 2012 - 12 answers

computer careers for the un(der) educated?

Thinking about the future. What certifications, courses, qualifications, etc. should I be looking at? [more inside]
posted by Mister_Sleight_of_Hand on Nov 7, 2011 - 4 answers

Best cheap hardware for Linux-based webcam system?

The makerspace I belong to has a webcam but the system doesn't work very well; it's just an iSight plugged into a Mac mini. I'd like to set up a dedicated headless linux box with a bunch of cheap USB cameras instead. Recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Mars Saxman on Oct 5, 2011 - 5 answers

Input Not Supported?

Getting an error after upgrading Ubuntu on dual-boot system (Vista x64). [more inside]
posted by KevinSkomsvold on Sep 17, 2011 - 5 answers

Help me retrieve my data

Help! Repartitioning failed, can't see the contents of my partition, and it has all sorts of important, un-backed-up things on it. [more inside]
posted by BungaDunga on Sep 3, 2011 - 13 answers

Faster, Linuxcat, Kill! Kill!

Persistent Linux Live USBs- I want to be be able to plug in at will, to do basic stuff. I want to hear from folks who have used them. [more inside]
posted by yeloson on Aug 16, 2011 - 14 answers

Linux Netbook Happiness?

Linux netbook filter: So, I'm looking for a fairly inexpensive Linux netbook - mostly to websurf and do some light data-processing. I've looked around and the ZaReason, Inc. Teo Pro looks good for the price point. Do you agree? What upgrades seem worth the price? [more inside]
posted by driley on Jul 25, 2011 - 12 answers

Why so last century?

Why are "i386" drivers supplied, and not 64-bit, for things like printer drivers? [more inside]
posted by Goofyy on Jul 19, 2011 - 19 answers

Linux for a 2007 MacBook Pro?

What version of Linux should I consider dual booting on my MacBook Pro? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim on Jul 15, 2011 - 13 answers

[UbuntuFilter] Hate Computers, Love Computer Science

I have recently become the defacto sysadmin for a number of Ubuntu machines, and it has become painfully obvious that I don't really know what I'm doing. Can you recommend resources for me to better understand how Linux works? Please note that I am not at all interested in this for its own sake, but only because I need to know this to be able to do the fun parts of my job. [more inside]
posted by Metasyntactic on Jul 4, 2011 - 12 answers

Help me perform forensics on a Linux botnet member.

Please share your resources and tips for analyzing a compromised Linux system for information about the attack. [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on May 25, 2011 - 20 answers

How to get my Dell Ubuntu server to boot from a different drive?

I have an Ubuntu server. It's a Dell PowerEdge with a PERC 6 RAID controller. I'm trying to get it to boot to a different drive, and grub doesn't seem to be cooperating - it appears to attempt to boot to the correct volume and partition and then bonks out when mounting /proc - what gives? [more inside]
posted by migurski on Apr 28, 2011 - 21 answers

Doesn't seem all that jaunty to me.

I'm trying to copy some windows files to an external USB drive so I can wipe the disk. I am doing this under Ubuntu Jaunty because it won't stay up in XP due to malware (not even long enough to scan the drive, but I'm don't need to repair the system. I just want to get some files off it.) [more inside]
posted by Obscure Reference on Apr 23, 2011 - 13 answers

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