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Recommendations for advanced linux system administration training?

I've recently come up against several vexing linux system administration issues that have our company outsourcing solutions to other people. I'm looking for advanced linux system administration courses that go beyond installing packages and installing/configuring/starting and stopping services. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 22, 2013 - 6 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

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 Error

my computer froze, and when i tried to reboot it, it got to the green suse screen proceeded normally, and then when it went forward, i got an error message that said could not start "kdeinit4. check your installation" tried to fix it using the protocal i found here but sitll have the same problems with the error message. I hadn't plugged in my computer for about 5 months, because I had a laptop, but the laptop is on it's last legs, but it was working pretty well for the last couple of days.
posted by PinkMoose on Mar 8, 2013 - 3 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

Basic Linux distro for text-only system?

What is a suitable Linux distribution for a text-only system? [more inside]
posted by Grinder on Mar 4, 2013 - 15 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

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

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

What is the best Linux Distro for my mom?

I just had to replace the hard drive in my mothers computer and reinstall Windows 7. She is open to using Linux so it seems like a good time to get her to switch. [more inside]
posted by johnpowell on Jan 31, 2013 - 15 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

Computer music with linux

I just discovered the wealth of audio programs for linux, and it's very exciting except I don't know how to use any of it. I'm learning linux, computer music composition, and music programs all at once. [more inside]
posted by lhude sing cuccu on Jan 21, 2013 - 5 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

Data Driven Clinical Care - Dynamic Graphing Website

I would like advice on creating a dynamic graphing website to display clinical data on a intranet website to better aide clinicians. What my superiors are seeking is a "Data Mall." My programming/server-admin. experience is minimal, but my Linux-hobbyist mentality hates the MS Access solution that is being built. [more inside]
posted by rosswald on Jan 16, 2013 - 4 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

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

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

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

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

Windows boots from the wrong drive's bootloader, but is it worth fixing?

I bought a new laptop that has 2 hard drive bays. It came with a hard drive with Windows 7 preinstalled. I bought an SSD, installed Windows and Linux fresh onto it, wiped the old hard drive and used it as a data disk, but something is slightly out-of-whack in the boot sequence (and a partition is marked "System" when it really isn't). Is it worth fixing? [more inside]
posted by jozxyqk on Oct 24, 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

Recording "screencast" together with webcam video in Ubuntu 12.04?

Using a laptop running Ubuntu Linux 12.04, I want to record three things at once: 1) video of my desktop, 2) video from a USB webcam, 3) audio from a USB microphone. Ideally I would like some setup which simultaneously starts all three recordings, and keeps them in sync, so that it will not be too painfully difficult to mix them later -- my eventual aim is to make a kind of "picture-in-picture" screencast. Is this feasible, and if it is, what's the best approach? (Free is nice, but if I can make this process smoother by paying less than a thousand dollars, I will happily pay.)
posted by em on Sep 27, 2012 - 2 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

Help me build my bunker of sounds from vintage vinyl.

Minimum computing horsepower for recording from vinyl? [more inside]
posted by Currer Belfry on Jul 20, 2012 - 11 answers

The switch from Mac to Linux, 2012

After a couple of mind-changing conversations I'm ready to give Linux another shot. Old hands, please help me pick a laptop, a distro, and offer a little advice for some transition issues. A few details within. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by finnb on Jul 16, 2012 - 27 answers

Wanna DIMyself.

Aspiring hobbyist asks: What would YOU do with this board? [more inside]
posted by Currer Belfry on Jul 13, 2012 - 6 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

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

The year of...

Can you bring me up to date with the state of Linux desktop environments? [more inside]
posted by deadwax on Jun 19, 2012 - 12 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

Scanning TrueCrypted hard drives

I'm looking for a good Linux distribution to run from a USB stick for virus scanning on Windows computers. Difficulty - these computers have their hard drives encrypted with TrueCrypt. [more inside]
posted by charred husk on Jun 8, 2012 - 8 answers

Put /var over thar?

How do I best set up Linux partitions & mount points on my old netbook with limited storage capacity? [more inside]
posted by Edogy on Jun 5, 2012 - 12 answers

Trying to recover from a bad RAID rebuild

I have a NAS appliance that crashed last weekend. The IT guys apparently / maybe didn't recover it in the right way? There's about 50,000 directories in a "lost+found" directory each with a numeric name like "#4289756". It looks as if all the missing files are within these directories, each with the original date and owner information (Linux). I need to organize them so they are findable to the staff. [more inside]
posted by nedpwolf on May 24, 2012 - 6 answers

Chumby & Last.fm

How can I get last.fm streaming to my chumby from my (ubuntu linux) laptop? [more inside]
posted by galadriel on May 16, 2012 - 2 answers

How do I increase partition size in a RAID 1 array with minimal downtime?

RAID 1 Partition Filter: Physical capacity increased. How do we increase the partition size to match on a production machine? Details within. [more inside]
posted by even butter on May 4, 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

I don't have the money, honey--but it's got the time.

Finally have a for-reals home server. What ELSE can I do with it? [more inside]
posted by TomMelee on Apr 23, 2012 - 6 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

Whoa, Whumpscutt followed by Vivaldi is jarring...

Linux app filter; I need a program for playing mp3s that lets me create playlists. Difficulty - I want to do things like create a playlist of all genres and no genres minus classical music. [more inside]
posted by QIbHom on Mar 6, 2012 - 6 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

Linux (Ubuntu) filter: Why aren't my login supplementary groups correct?

I just upgraded to Ubuntu 10.04. My system is set up to use NIS and autofs. I am able to login and get to nfs-mounted filesystems w/o problem. However my login is just reporting one group membership (as per the 'id' command) whereas it should be reporting 15. I've found that if I su to myself ('su - luge') then all the groups appear. I've also found that if I ssh to another system and ssh back to my system then I only get one group, but if I ssh to another system and *telnet* back to my system then all the groups appear. I've also found that the getgroups(0, NULL) syscall behaves accordingly, returning 1 or 15 depending on the above. Is this some kind of process inheritance issue?
posted by luge on Feb 2, 2012 - 16 answers

The Internet is a series of tubes, right?

IT Manager Interview help! Crash course resources and interview tips wanted. [more inside]
posted by j03 on Jan 9, 2012 - 6 answers

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