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Backing up to DVD under Linux

I've got a ~40G filesystem on a Linux machine. I'm looking for a solution that will let me backup to 4.7G DVD blanks - e.g., fill one disc, tell me to put in another, etc, until all of the data is copied to disc(s). I can do this easily with Dragon Burn under OSX with its "Span discs" option, but I'd like to find something similar for Linux. I know about cdrecord/proDVD, but last time I checked it didn't offer anything like this. Any suggestions?
posted by mrbill on Jul 3, 2005 - 7 answers

Suggest an open source OS

Can anyone advise a non techy person of an open source OS that I can use? I want it to be reliable, easy to use and intuitive. I know I am asking a lot but it needs to suit all the family. I currently use XP.
posted by ClanvidHorse on Jun 28, 2005 - 10 answers

Linux without pain?

I know nothing about Linux but would like to try it on my spare laptop... [more inside]
posted by words1 on Jun 27, 2005 - 15 answers

What are alternative search programs for a website?

I am investigating search programs for a website. Which have you installed and/or used? [more inside]
posted by ajbattrick on Jun 27, 2005 - 6 answers

How to organise my music on my MP3 player with linux

How to organise my music collection on my MP3 player with linux. [more inside]
posted by salmacis on Jun 24, 2005 - 2 answers

I miss OS X

I switched over from my Windows desktop to a Mac, and I loved it. Unfortunately the Mac had to go back to it's original owner. I've tried various distros of Linux and none of them seem to satisfy my OS X addiction. Can anyone recommend an OS that will tide me over until I can get the money for another Mac?
posted by jackofsaxons on Jun 20, 2005 - 16 answers

Vector drawing program for Linux

I will soon be acquiring a Linux box as an alternate (and, one hopes, eventual replacement) for my main Windows machine. I have open-source replacements for most of my main software applications -- except for vector-based drawing. I currently use Corel DRAW (and have used Freehand and Canvas in the past), mostly for RPG-related drawings. What /good/ vector programs are there in the Linux world? Does the choice of GNOME/KDE make a difference (I know KDE has a vector program with it, but don't know a thing about it)?
posted by Sand on Jun 20, 2005 - 11 answers

Open source confusion.

How does redhat make money? In wading through previous related AskMe posts as well as this Wiki article, I'm more confused now than when I started. [more inside]
posted by yoga on Jun 16, 2005 - 13 answers

KnoppMyth+Satellite TV=yes?

So I saw the second episode by Kevin Rose on but they only seem to mention setting up your linux box with your "cable provider" without any mention of Dish or Direct TV....does anyone know whether Myth TV or specifically KnoppMyth will work with dish TV type providers?
posted by stevyb on Jun 15, 2005 - 6 answers

Linux partition superblocks destroyed. Suggestions?

Our linux server got invaded and the intruder scrambled the superblocks, probably to cover his tracks. Not realizing what had happened, we (gulp) cycled the machine without first attempting any backups. Do we have any options? [more inside]
posted by rkent on Jun 7, 2005 - 3 answers

Lost Laptop Data

I'm posting for a friend who was using an old laptop running win95. One day it wouldn't boot, so they took it to "Geek Squad" at compusa or wherever, and they said they couldn't help. [more inside]
posted by craniac on Jun 3, 2005 - 9 answers

How to get XP desktop & OSX laptop to play nice in a LAN?

I'm getting an OSX laptop Monday after the keynote, and I'm trying to figure out how to get to place nice with my XP desktop. [more inside]
posted by keswick on Jun 1, 2005 - 10 answers

X font problem!

I have a nice wide screen display (Sony P234) on a linux box. It's usually beautiful but on many applications there's a font problem. When it happens all the fonts appear as boxes. [more inside]
posted by substrate on May 21, 2005 - 6 answers

apt-get screwed my network interface!

Lords of Linux! Demigods of Debian! I beseech thee. I inadvertently apt-get installed etherconf, and it nuked my ethernet interface! [more inside]
posted by jojopizza on May 6, 2005 - 7 answers

tab character in linux

how do i print a tab character [more inside]
posted by alkupe on May 3, 2005 - 11 answers

Learning Linux

I an not a complete newbie to Linux having done some linux programming, shell scripting and kernel hacking for school but I have huge gaps in my basic linux knowledge. What is the best way to fill them in? [more inside]
posted by srboisvert on May 2, 2005 - 10 answers

iptables stops?

One of my clients is running a linux firewall. (FC3, Kernel 2.6.10-1). Occasionally, the firewall box will stop passing packets on the internal interface for what seems to be no reason at all. [more inside]
posted by SpecialK on Apr 29, 2005 - 4 answers

OSX or Linux/BSD Laptop?

My laptop is basically toast. I guess I need a new laptop. I was heading toward an iBook/Powerbook, but it suddenly occured to me that a Thinkpad with Linux or BSD might be good. Whatchall think?
posted by five fresh fish on Apr 21, 2005 - 24 answers

Recording outgoing phone calls in Linux?

Can I record outgoing phone calls with an external modem in Linux? [more inside]
posted by codger on Apr 5, 2005 - 1 answer

Linux server with GUI

Free server-oriented Linux distribution with GUI config tools? [more inside]
posted by Mwongozi on Mar 21, 2005 - 4 answers

Which Linux Certification?

I am trying to break into the Linux Server Administration field so I have been doing quite a bit of studying lately. I figured while I am studying the subject I might as well work towards a related certification. I am leaning towards the Linux Professional Institute Certification. Other certifications I am considering are CompTIA’s Linux+ and Red Hat’s RHCE. So which Linux certification is the best? I would say Red Hat is the most reputable of these three but I am concerned that their certification might be too Red-Hat-centric, and I don't want to be locked into one distro. Which one is the easiest/cheapest to obtain? Which is the mostly highly regarded in the industry? Are there others that I missed?
posted by dirvish on Mar 19, 2005 - 11 answers

How do I get php working in Ubuntu Hoary

So I upgraded from warty warthog to hoary hedgehog and something broke PHP on my box. Any ideas as to where I should look to fix this. I already have: DirectoryIndex index.html index.htm index.shtml index.cgi index.php and AddType application/x-httpd-php .php AddType application/x-httpd-php-source .phps in my httpd.conf file.
posted by outofpaper on Mar 17, 2005 - 5 answers

How can I save a hosed Windows partition from Linux?

My FAT32 Windows partition melted the other day; attempting to boot it now results in errors citing "nonvalid links" for most files on the system, unspecified errors, and a reboot. Fortunately a Linux partition on the same disk was unaffected and I've been able to use it to back up my data. Since the data is still accessible (nothing I've checked so far seems to be corrupted) I'm wondering if there is a way to rebuild the index/toc/whatever it is that's resulting in "nonvalid links" from Linux rather than having to reinstall everything. I've never really used Linux for anything other than playing Tuft Racer and growing disillusioned about the promise of open source, but my guess is that the solution involves fsck. My efforts in that vein have been stymied by the error: fsck: fsck.vfat: not found and I don't know how to rectify that. Thank you AskMe I love you all in advance and I was just kidding with the open sores jab. Please, I am writing this in emacs, send help
posted by moift on Mar 16, 2005 - 7 answers

Slackware 10.1 hates me.

Help needed with linux (re)install. Managed to somehow kill my slackware 10.1 box, so I reinstalled - now it's not networking because it can't properly reference the hardware auto-detect features. Any help would be appreciated... [more inside]
posted by caution live frogs on Mar 8, 2005 - 9 answers

I hate Red Hat

The Fedora Core 3 installation crashes on my Red Hat 9 PC, and posting to Bugzilla has yielded zero results. Is there any way to get my system up to date without upgrading? [more inside]
posted by IshmaelGraves on Mar 7, 2005 - 8 answers

Revealing minimized windows in Linux

A very silly Linux question: How do I get a window back after minimizing it? [more inside]
posted by MotorNeuron on Mar 6, 2005 - 7 answers

MP3 Players with Linux and/or Win98SE

My elderly PC boots up into either Win98SE or (preferably) Linux. I'm thinking of buying an MP3 player, such as the 20GB Rio Karma or Archos GMini XS200. I've just sent off for a USB2.0 controller card, as it seems this is the interface of choice for peripherals these days. Will I have any issues seeing the MP3 player? Will it show up as a removeable drive, or will I have to install extra software? Do I need to check which MP3 players are compatible with linux?
posted by salmacis on Mar 4, 2005 - 14 answers

What version of Linux should I try?

I want to try Linux. [more inside]
posted by Lockeownzj00 on Mar 2, 2005 - 23 answers

Converting Windows Event Viewer log files on a *nix platform?

DUMPEL from the Win2K Resource Kit takes .EVT (Windows Event Viewer) binary log files and outputs plaintext. I've searched high and low, and can't find a Linux/UNIX equivalent that I can use to process these saved log files. Any suggestions?
posted by mrbill on Mar 2, 2005 - 7 answers

Command line colors

Color in the Linux command line. My slackware 10 system uses contextual color for directory browsing, my RedHat 9 system uses it for vi. Both uses of color make life easier for me, but the difference between the two systems does not. Is there an easy way I can get both computers to use these colors? [more inside]
posted by caution live frogs on Feb 28, 2005 - 15 answers

Linux on an OLD Mac

This may be more of a Slashdot question, but as those super geeks would rip me to ribbons; I am asking yall instead. I have recently become enamored with the idea of running MK Linux or PPC Linux on an old beige Macintosh. What is the best distro to use? What is the ideal beige Macintosh model (Performa 5200CD?) Have any of you actually done this? Is ALL the hardware supported? Any horror stories? Thanks!
posted by Livewire Confusion on Feb 25, 2005 - 12 answers

Linux Music Application

Linux music-playing application with specific features needed [moencide]. [more inside]
posted by Capn on Feb 15, 2005 - 5 answers

How do I set up a Linux server to receive and store email?

How do I set up a Linux server to receive and store email? (+) [more inside]
posted by cillit bang on Feb 4, 2005 - 10 answers

Running Linux on an old laptop

Laptop from the late silurian period, want to run linux. Specific problems inside.[+] [more inside]
posted by Mayor Curley on Feb 3, 2005 - 4 answers

is there a program that can scan a Linux hard disk looking for vulnerable web apps?

LinuxAdminFilter: is there a program that can scan a server hard disk looking for vulnerable web apps? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by sd on Feb 1, 2005 - 6 answers

minimal space hogging OS

Small Operating System: A ship that I work on has a VERY old computer (running Win 98) that is used as a public terminal. It's likely a P120, or some such thing. [MI] [more inside]
posted by MotorNeuron on Jan 26, 2005 - 17 answers

What PC games can be played off a disc with no installation whatsoever?

What PC games don't require any installation whatsoever? Or put another way, what PC games could I burn to CD/DVD and play on a system that I don't want to copy any files to? Linux-plus-games-on-a-DVD suggestions are also welcomed, although I would prefer games that would run on an existing XP installation.
posted by Jairus on Jan 22, 2005 - 12 answers

80211.g Cards and Linux

802.11g cards that work well in Linux. What has worked for you (and under what kernel)? Is there any advantage in getting a card with a native driver instead of using ndiswrapper? Do they speak successfully to both G and B access points? Even better if the card is available in both PCMCIA and PCI.
posted by mendel on Jan 16, 2005 - 6 answers

Linux Distributions

Hope I'm not opening a can of worms here. I'm jumping into the Linux ring for the very first time. There are a ton of distributions and I was wondering if there were any that the community would recommend for a noob like myself. So far, I've downloaded Mandrake and RedHat images but there are a ton of other out there and I wonder if I'm missing something better? I'll be dual booting on a WinXP pro box (Intel) so I'm looking for something that is relatively easy to install in this situation.
posted by KevinSkomsvold on Jan 15, 2005 - 30 answers

Linux -> Mac Mini?

I'm thinking of dumping my home Redhat 9 linux server in favor of the new cheap Mac Mini to serve the same purpose (file, web, mail). Is this a good idea? [mi] [more inside]
posted by sfluke20 on Jan 11, 2005 - 12 answers

Cheap retail Linux distros

I'm looking for a retail store in the Los Angeles that has cheap linux distribution CD/DVDs.
posted by rdr on Jan 10, 2005 - 3 answers

Thunderbird Defaults

Using Firefox with Linux. When I click a "mailto:" link, it automatically opens Evolution. How do I tell it to use Thunderbird instead? I didn't find any obvious settings in either the preferences or about:config.
posted by salmacis on Jan 5, 2005 - 9 answers

Need a Linux media server

I wish to rip DVDs to a Linux server and then watch them at my leisure on my TV via either a wired or wireless network. There appear to be countless devices that will stream videos (like this) but I haven't been able to tell which will play DVDs off a network (with menus and all) and which just stream plain-old-MPEGs. Has anyone got experience with a digital media gadget that will do this?
posted by jewzilla on Dec 27, 2004 - 5 answers

Best Linux build for my server?

Forced to reinstall my server, so I'm also optimizing it. Any suggestions on which Linux build I'd be best off using? Some specific issues inside. [more inside]
posted by caution live frogs on Dec 19, 2004 - 16 answers

Is there a wireless media center that will work with Linux rather than Windows?

Wireless Media Centers. I've ripped all my CDs to mp3 files and am looking at 802.11b or g unit to connect to my stereo/tv to browse and play music. However, all that I've seen (netgear, linksys, creative) all require a Windows based server to drive the device. Are there any out there that will work with a simple shared volume off a linux server? [more inside]
posted by beowulf573 on Dec 19, 2004 - 12 answers

How to play chess on linux?

Linux and Chess: Looking for something with a painfully simple UI that still allows me to enter custom board positions. [check] [more inside]
posted by bingo on Dec 16, 2004 - 20 answers

Database-driven web sites using using Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP, etc?

I know how to make database-driven web sites using Windows servers, Access, IIS, and ASP.

I want to learn how to do the same using Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP, and... whatever you use instead of Access.

Where do I start?
posted by Mwongozi on Dec 10, 2004 - 18 answers

Linux and AMD64

Are any flavors of Linux currently more adept at exploiting the AMD64 chip than others? I know that Gentoo has a robust package available. Last I check with Debian, they had one version better suited for the Intel, but were working on AMD-specific one. To compound my problem, I hope to add VMWare once it's up and running (to run WindowsXP as a virtual 32-bit OS).
posted by RavinDave on Nov 26, 2004 - 9 answers

help me find a laptop

So, I've come to the decision that I need a laptop, and I need to get it sometime within the next month. It's not quite as simple as all that, though, because I'm trying to find a good deal... [more inside] [more inside]
posted by wanderingmind on Nov 22, 2004 - 19 answers

Recording RealPlayer Streams

How can I reliably record RealPlayer streams for later listening, on Mac OS X or Linux? [MI] [more inside]
posted by beniamino on Nov 21, 2004 - 9 answers

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