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How, why, and what OS for my old notebook...

What OS should I put on my aging laptop? How do I do it? [more inside]
posted by SuperErin on Apr 7, 2009 - 23 answers

Two old PCs. Several limitations. What's possible?

What should I do with these old PCs? Of course, there are some limitations... [more inside]
posted by cgg on Apr 7, 2009 - 19 answers

No reserved blocks in ext2 on Aspire One?

Why is it OK to have no reserved blocks in ext2 on the Acer Aspire One? [more inside]
posted by Busy Old Fool on Apr 6, 2009 - 4 answers

Re-purposing laptops: I want more than a picture frame.

When it comes to re-purposing old laptops, it seems like the only option people really talk about is to turn it into a picture frame. There's got to be more that an old iBook can do... right? [more inside]
posted by alexherder on Apr 2, 2009 - 21 answers

Linux Shares: SMB or NFS?

Which is the better way to share Linux folders with Vista and OS X: SMB or NFS? [more inside]
posted by fatbird on Mar 25, 2009 - 12 answers

A light OS for my mom?

What is the best light OS for my mom that is very easy to install? [more inside]
posted by mateuslee on Mar 23, 2009 - 18 answers

Help me pick a Linux distro

I'm about to move one of my computers to Linux, but I don't know much about the various distributions. Can you recommend resources that compare the strengths and weaknesses of the various distributions, so that I can assess any relevant tradeoffs? [more inside]
posted by philosophygeek on Mar 21, 2009 - 21 answers

Strange X restarts...

LinuxFilter: What could be causing these strange, unwanted, and annoying X restarts? [more inside]
posted by mqk on Mar 19, 2009 - 15 answers

Cheap ATSC tuner card for Mythbuntu?

Recommended HDTV tuner cards for Linux? Preferably inexpensive? And where to find them? [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool on Mar 19, 2009 - 12 answers

Port logging on a Linux/Mac home network

Looking for a program for Linux (or Mac) that will record what ports I'm using during a given period of time. [more inside]
posted by plaidrabbit on Mar 19, 2009 - 15 answers

How can I make Ubuntu beautiful?

I am used to Mac OS X and I really like the default fonts, the way anti aliasing works and the default theme as well. Now I am working with Ubuntu 8.10 on other machine, but it kind of frustrates me visually. I'd like to ask general tips on how could I make Ubuntu more visually appealing. I have found a couple of links about how to make fonts smoother. That improved a bit, bit still not there yet. I'd like to hear from you what font you use, themes, etc... So, what are the tricks you use to make your Ubuntu install beautiful?
posted by fcoury on Mar 19, 2009 - 9 answers

Hotplugging an external monitor? - xubuntu/aspire one

How do I make my external monitor hot-pluggable in xubuntu installed on an Acer Aspire One? [more inside]
posted by knapah on Mar 16, 2009 - 3 answers

Recommend Linux software to monitor e-mail, facebook, twitter, RSS feeds etc from across the room!

Can you recommend software that will let me use a Linux machine to monitor e-mail, facebook, twitter, RSS feeds etc and see new content at a glance, from halfway across the room (ie. it has to be in BIG letters)? [more inside]
posted by ranglin on Mar 13, 2009 - 9 answers

Linux, MIDI - Vici?

How do I get my Akai MPD24 to work under Linux? [more inside]
posted by papayaninja on Mar 12, 2009 - 7 answers

how can i backup a flickr account under linux?

how can i backup a flickr account under linux? [more inside]
posted by jeffcovey on Mar 11, 2009 - 8 answers

How to change computer's time using Fluxbox (Linux)

My computer has Fluxbox installed on it. How do I update the time on my computer? [more inside]
posted by aniola on Mar 8, 2009 - 18 answers

DVD Filesystems

What would cause certain folders to show up when a DVD is mounted under Windows (XP, FWIW), but not to show up under Linux (Ubuntu Intrepid)? [more inside]
posted by claudius on Mar 5, 2009 - 7 answers

OS-X-like touchpad acceleration under Linux?

Is there any way to get the standard OS X touchpad acceleration curve working under Linux? I've tried messing with the "synaptics" driver settings many different ways, but nothing yielded anything close to what I was looking for. [more inside]
posted by korpios on Mar 3, 2009 - 0 answers

What possible causes are there for an ACPI power button event?

What reasons could there be for the ACPI power button event being triggered, other than someone pressing the power button on a server? [more inside]
posted by drdevice on Mar 2, 2009 - 2 answers

Ubuntu 8.04 LTS Disk Power Management

I'm having a problem with an Ubuntu 8.04 LTS server that seemed to have stumped the stars on the Ubuntu forums. It deals with disk drives and power management. [more inside]
posted by tommasz on Feb 26, 2009 - 9 answers

Two disparate servers need to communicate

A Windows server needs to tell a Linux Web server to change the contents of a Web page. I don't know how the first can communicate this to the second, or how the second can then make the change. [more inside]
posted by davcoo on Feb 26, 2009 - 7 answers

Changing to linux on the MSI WIND

I recently bought an MSI Wind u100 160G 3 Cell netbook, and am very happy with the little thing. I used to have a mac, am familiar with windows, but am considering going the LINUX route. [more inside]
posted by maca on Feb 20, 2009 - 12 answers

Printers that will work with Windows, OS X and Linux?

Looking for a printer that will work with Windows (Vista), OS X and Linux. [more inside]
posted by northernsoul on Feb 18, 2009 - 9 answers

Ubuntu -> Debian ?

As a moderately experienced Ubuntu user, what should I know before giving Debian a try? [more inside]
posted by mannequito on Feb 16, 2009 - 15 answers

UbuntuFilter: Help me find a well-organized note-taking or notebook program.

UbuntuFilter: Help me find a well-organized note-taking or notebook program. [more inside]
posted by nayten on Feb 12, 2009 - 9 answers

Off with his head!

Hopefully simple Ubuntu display question. [more inside]
posted by le morte de bea arthur on Feb 12, 2009 - 9 answers

help me chose a new computer

Help me choose a Linux desktop computer (UK) [more inside]
posted by primer_dimer on Feb 7, 2009 - 8 answers

"To boot, or not to boot."

I am finally making the jump to linux from Windows 7! To the 1337 linux askmefites: Is having the option of Windows as a secondary/emergency OS even important, or would I be better off keeping my machine strictly linux? [more inside]
posted by bradly on Feb 4, 2009 - 22 answers

DIY Ripserver

DIY Ripserver [more inside]
posted by spyke23 on Feb 1, 2009 - 7 answers

Hardware question about installing *BSD on old Sun equipment as a SOHO firewall/router.

Can someone give me any pointers, tips, or caveats about installing BSD on sun hardware for use as a firewall/router? [more inside]
posted by Myles on Feb 1, 2009 - 6 answers

Really Big iPhones Are Not in Budget

Cheap touchscreens + Linux (?) + full-screen browser? [more inside]
posted by rokusan on Jan 30, 2009 - 8 answers

Reccomend an NSLU2 alternative!

What Network Attached Storage enclosure should I get? [more inside]
posted by pwnguin on Jan 26, 2009 - 10 answers

Using physical encrypted disk in a VMWare Server virtual machine?

VMWare Server 1.0.8 on Ubuntu Linux 8.10 Host: Is it possible to use an encrypted disk on the host machine as a physical disk for a virtual machine? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy Zaga on Jan 18, 2009 - 7 answers

Mounting problems in Win 7

Windows 7: Is there any way to mount ext3/ext2 partitions in Windows 7? I would use Ext2 IFS but it's not compatible with the beta.
posted by Aanidaani on Jan 16, 2009 - 7 answers

what the shit

weird linux cursor problem. I'm having this problem with an ssh terminal where the cursor won't advance past the last character in a line, so I can't change or delete the last character. [more inside]
posted by alkupe on Jan 16, 2009 - 14 answers

mystery.app - File Not Found

Does anyone know of a wireless packet sniffer for Linux that shows pictures and only pictures? [more inside]
posted by Samizdata on Jan 15, 2009 - 9 answers

Need help getting seperate dual monitors to work with X/linux

Is it possible/feasible to have 2 completely seperate X servers running on one linux machine, outputting to seperate monitors? [more inside]
posted by RustyBrooks on Jan 15, 2009 - 12 answers

Why does Ubuntu/linux make it so freaking difficult to do the equivalent of the Windows command "Map Network Drive"?

For the purposes of using Amarok on my laptop, which can not be told that my music folder is located in a shared folder on my media center (as far as I can see), I need to permanently mount the shared music network folder in Ubuntu. They don't make it very easy it seems. Have to use a bunch of comand line editing to get it done? Come on Ubuntu!
posted by Jackie_Treehorn on Jan 9, 2009 - 4 answers

Linux-based PXE image server?

Need to create a PXE image server that supports ghost images. Difficulty: Linux [more inside]
posted by Industrial PhD on Jan 6, 2009 - 11 answers

Linux software for an electronic journal

What are some good Linux programs for keeping an electronic research journal? [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul on Jan 5, 2009 - 16 answers

Linux Guru/ Partition Magician Needed

So i partitioned my pocket 320gig USB drive and installed the lastest ubuntu. My intent was to use it like a live CD to virus scan windows XP worksations (to avoid imaging). Odd thing though, I can not access any data on this drive when running WinXP. in windows, it tells me that the drive isn't formatted. I checked the drive and see the Ubuntu partition, the original partition and a small 1gig partition I assume was created during the Ubuntu install. Grub loads when I restart the machine and boot from USB and Ubuntu runs fine. Is my data irrevocably lost? I was thinking of deleting the MBR, but I figure that'd just make the drive useless. ideas?
posted by Davaal on Jan 4, 2009 - 14 answers

Modest home Linux server hardware selection

Looking for hardware recommendations for a very modest home Linux server. [more inside]
posted by scruss on Jan 3, 2009 - 10 answers

static, live image serving on linux without funky applets

On-demand webcam image serving on a linux server? [more inside]
posted by datacenter refugee on Dec 31, 2008 - 2 answers

How best to export a Journler diary?

How best to export a Journler diary? [more inside]
posted by zenja72 on Dec 27, 2008 - 5 answers

Alternative to Papers

I recently found a fantastic program for managing research literature on OSX and I'm looking for a similar program for Windows and Linux. [more inside]
posted by Aanidaani on Dec 26, 2008 - 10 answers

They ain't made by Apple, but they are damn sweet little computers.

I got Mrs Mutant a netbook for Christmas, and grabbed one for myself as well. Questions about best practices to integrate Linux machines into an OS X household. [more inside]
posted by Mutant on Dec 26, 2008 - 14 answers

Downloadable Audiobooks that don't come with anti-purchase protection

I want to listen to audiobooks, hopefully better than the self-help chicken-soup or Tales Of The Rapture or bodice-ripping fare I can find at my local big-box bookstore. Without a DRM-enabled machine like Microsoft Windows or Apple Macintosh, it seems my only choice is Librivox. What other options do I have for downloadable audiobooks without the DRM crippling that bravely protects products from my purchasing power? [more inside]
posted by Mozai on Dec 22, 2008 - 13 answers

Can I get high availability with a modest budget?

How can I set up the virtual server environment I want, using as much open source and as little proprietary software as possible? [more inside]
posted by flabdablet on Dec 20, 2008 - 11 answers

Please help me redirect visitors to my blog, from a subdomain to a subdirectory...

I have a blog, which I did have available at blog.example.com. I have recently moved it to be a subdirectory of my main site www.example.com/blog. I am having some trouble with redirecting old links from the subdomain across the the new main site subdirectory, and I really need some help to get it working right. can someone help me craft a .htaccess file to handle the redirects?
posted by Scramblejam on Dec 19, 2008 - 5 answers

N64 controllers for emulators

What's the best way to play N64 on your laptop? (Controllers question) [more inside]
posted by scission on Dec 18, 2008 - 14 answers

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