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How to unrar lots of rars.

So, I have a whole folder of .rar files. I would like to de-archive all of them, but can't seem to find a way besides clicking them one at a time. I am running Ubuntu, and the only program I've tried so far is the default archive utility program. I haven't been able to find a solution by googling, but maybe my keywords are off. Help me save hours of repetitive clicking!
posted by klugarsh on Jan 29, 2012 - 10 answers

32 bits or 64 bits: that is the question

I want to install Ubuntu on my Mac Book Pro. Do I download the 32-bit or 64-bit version? [more inside]
posted by dfriedman on Jan 23, 2012 - 14 answers

I broke my mp3 collection =(

I accidentally booted my two mismatched WD SATA AHCI drives in a RAID0 array and now the audio output from the media stored on those drives is static-filled and echoing (when it plays at all). Have I hosed my mp3 collection completely? [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Dec 31, 2011 - 17 answers

HAL-lite for Mom

What netbook should I buy for my mother who has very limited experience with computers? [more inside]
posted by vidur on Dec 21, 2011 - 33 answers

Best distrubution for Linux VPS?

I run a couple of django-based websites/webapps. What OS should I use for my VPS? The most important thing is security and easy installation of packages (including dependencies). I also prefer a system that is easy to maintain. Security is more important, but if all else is equal I would specifically love something with easy to make init-scripts. I know I can install third party packages to do just about anything, but I prefer a batteries-included approach if it exists. [more inside]
posted by davar on Nov 22, 2011 - 10 answers

Must be cheaper than BT eh?

I need a pay as you go USB dongle for 3G wireless that will work with eee pc running Easy Peasy Ubuntu. This is in the UK. Contract will also be considered.
posted by By The Grace of God on Oct 28, 2011 - 8 answers

How do I look up publicly available information about a company?

I need to look up the number of employees, number of computers in use at workstations, what type of operating system is used at the workstations, et cetera of a company for a school project. Specifically, I want to calculate the costs/benefits of switching from the presumably Windows OS a company uses to Ubuntu. [more inside]
posted by bookman117 on Oct 19, 2011 - 10 answers

Must craft mines

How can I improve my computer's performance enough to play Minecraft? [more inside]
posted by Made of Star Stuff on Oct 8, 2011 - 18 answers

Help, my Thinkpad's on life support!

Completely stumped: I can't boot *any* OS from my laptop's hard drive. What am I doing wrong? [more inside]
posted by pinsomniac on Oct 6, 2011 - 16 answers

Can iPod 4th-gen Shuffles play nicely with Ubuntu?

I received a 4th-gen iPod Shuffle as a gift and I'm running Ubuntu. Marriage made in hell? [more inside]
posted by Currer Belfry on Oct 2, 2011 - 8 answers

Ubuntu on which android?

Which Android device for sideloading Ubuntu? [more inside]
posted by jago25_98 on Oct 1, 2011 - 4 answers

Rock solid, face palming

Memtest says the RAM is clean. So why might my Eee PC 1000 be repeatedly rebooting? [more inside]
posted by randomination on Sep 23, 2011 - 16 answers

What's the best word processor for Linux?

What Linux-compatible word processor should I be using? Looking for a LibreOffice/OpenOffice alternative... [more inside]
posted by Jeanne on Sep 1, 2011 - 8 answers

Mysterious security cam vid

I am attempting to play a video file that has come from a security camera, under Ubuntu. I think it's a codec problem, but I'm not sure of the solution. [more inside]
posted by chmmr on Sep 1, 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

A natty downgrade

How to downgrade ubuntu? [more inside]
posted by quaisi on Jul 4, 2011 - 6 answers

Persistant Vista rootkit infection - virus scanners aren't all they're cracked up to be.

Tracking down and killing a virus - my virus scanner (Avast) is telling me scvhost.exe keeps trying to open malicious URLs. It also tells me I have a rootkit in the MBR. It doesn't seem capable of fixing either of these problems. What can I do? Windows Vista. [more inside]
posted by Jimbob on Jul 2, 2011 - 9 answers

Nubuntu

I'm nu tu ubuntu. Wut du? [more inside]
posted by tumid dahlia on Jun 24, 2011 - 33 answers

windows upgrade with a linux partition

My computer is dual booting Windows Vista and Ubuntu. I have gotten a Windows 7 upgrade disc and want to upgrade from Vista to Windows 7. Will the upgrade have any effect on the Linux side of the partition or will it just change the Windows side of the partition from Vista to 7 leaving Ubuntu unscathed? What happens with GRUB?
posted by moorooka on Jun 23, 2011 - 7 answers

Laptop goes black after BIOS. Was working minutes ago. What happened?

Was fiddling with the eject settings on my laptop (didn't solve my problem, cd is still stuck in the drive no matter what i do), when I decided to reboot out of ubuntu and disable the drive altogether in the BIOS. Now almost as soon as the BIOS appear, everything goes black, though the computer is still clearly on. Help! [more inside]
posted by parkbench on May 18, 2011 - 4 answers

Firefox back button loads top of page instead of where I left off

How do I fix this Firefox problem? I go to a website. I scroll down, click a link, decide to go back to the original page. I click the back button, and when the previous page loads it loads at the top of the page, not where I had been in the page when I'd scrolled down and clicked the link. [more inside]
posted by adrianna aria on May 18, 2011 - 8 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

Help Ubuntu blindness!

How do I get Ubuntu Linux to recognize my plugin USB DVD/RW drive? [more inside]
posted by ackptui on Apr 23, 2011 - 4 answers

How to access other drive's contents on startup in Ubuntu?

How to access other drive's contents on startup in Ubuntu? [more inside]
posted by quaisi on Apr 10, 2011 - 13 answers

NVIDIA black screen in Ubuntu Linux -- software or hardware?

I have a Linux laptop with an nvidia graphics card that is giving me headaches. Help me figure out what the deal is! [more inside]
posted by circular on Apr 8, 2011 - 7 answers

Does installing a new Linux OS erase the hard drive?

Will installing a Linux Operating System onto an old Windows laptop fully erase the contents of the hard drive? [more inside]
posted by ElisaOS on Apr 8, 2011 - 17 answers

Why use Ubuntu?

Tell me why I should use Ubuntu. [more inside]
posted by StephenF on Apr 6, 2011 - 29 answers

Suggestions for music server software with smart playlists and unified playcount

I have multiple Ubuntu PCs in multiple rooms, each connected to individual HiFis. I want to be able to listen to my 150GB music collection from any of the PCs. BUT, I want to have a unified record of playcount, so, from each PC, I can access a "Not Recently Played" smart playlist that has been updated from all PCs. I'd also like to sync this Not Recenlty Played playlist with my Android phone. How can I do this? [more inside]
posted by prupert on Apr 4, 2011 - 9 answers

Ubuntu on netbooks

Asking for a friend: "Netbook-ubuntu-linux-dual boot-newbie question: recently purchased a Toshiba NB310 netbook. Please recommend me a version of ubuntu to install." [more inside]
posted by oracle bone on Mar 31, 2011 - 13 answers

Mac + iPhone or Ubuntu + Android?

Shoud I get a Mac + iPhone or Ubuntu + Android? [more inside]
posted by signal on Mar 23, 2011 - 13 answers

Help me find a sub $700 ubuntu friendly laptop

Ubuntu-filter: Sub $700 laptop works with Ubuntu 10.x out of the box [more inside]
posted by rampy on Mar 7, 2011 - 10 answers

I need book learning for Ubuntu LTSP

I have searched the web, the AskMe mind, and asked a couple of local LTSP experts about a good, printed resource that will take me step by step through setting up an Ubuntu server and eight to ten clients. I know where to find most if not all the install info online, which is where most experts have pointed me, but my mind works better if can can see it in a book. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by beelzbubba on Feb 3, 2011 - 3 answers

I am Linux in a Microsoft world.

I am an Ubuntu newbie in a mixed environment. I need to print from Ubuntu 10.10 to a Dell 1700 printer attached to an XP Pro PC. I've read reams of tips, tricks, forums, Google searches & past AskMes. I consider myself of above average user intelligence. Am I educated stupid? [more inside]
posted by beelzbubba on Jan 21, 2011 - 8 answers

Ubuntu Users' Groups in NYC?

I have been looking for an Ubuntu users group in New York, N.Y. Does anyone know of such a thing? That is - a group of users (with a few enlightened and charismatic geeks among them), for mutual support, learning, and troubleshooting. (I'm not talking about learning Linux, now - just making the best of Ubuntu!) Ubuntu is a beautiful thing, and when it 'just works', it just works. But often it...well, doesn't, and you have to find a workaround. The online Ubuntu community is great, but it would be nice to tear my hair out (and exult in my occasional success) among flesh-and-blood people.
posted by ferkit on Jan 3, 2011 - 9 answers

Will I be punished for my inability to choose?

Linux Question: KDE, Gnome, keeping things seperate, the future etc. (Ubuntu/Fedora). [more inside]
posted by rosswald on Dec 16, 2010 - 12 answers

Ubuntu > Hotel router

Hotel WiFi - Why is Ubuntu getting much better bandwidth than Windows? [more inside]
posted by Esefa on Dec 5, 2010 - 30 answers

Some of us like brown and orange.

Has anybody published a Hardy Heron skin for Lucid Lynx? [more inside]
posted by flabdablet on Dec 2, 2010 - 7 answers

How to reduce gnome-terminal chrome?

How do you change the appearance of the in-window chrome on gnome-terminal? Specifically, when you have multiple tabs open, there are a few extra pixels around the edge that I'd like to do away with. Is this thing configurable? Is there a different xterm app I could use on Easy Peasy 1.6 (based on Ubuntu Lucid) that has less chrome but still offers tabs? [more inside]
posted by Mars Saxman on Dec 2, 2010 - 4 answers

Ubuntu 10 on an IBM T60?

I downloaded the pendrive version of Ubuntu 10 and it boots fine on my IBM T60 laptop. But when I actually ran the full install it doesn't want to boot up . The boot process just ends with a blank, non-responsive screen.. Any ideas?
posted by Scoops on Dec 2, 2010 - 9 answers

Help me install Ubuntu Linux 10.04 on an old laptop that's long in the tooth but generally functional. Some challenges within.

Help me install Ubuntu Linux 10.04 on an old laptop that's long in the tooth but generally functional. Some challenges within. [more inside]
posted by intermod on Nov 28, 2010 - 14 answers

Advice and encouragement, please, on jumping the rest of the way into Linux

Advice and encouragement, please, on jumping the rest of the way into Linux. Several specific issues inside, but the gist is that I got fed up with Windows and started dual-booting Ubuntu 10.10 on several machines. Now I think I'm ready to make Ubuntu my permanent all-the-time OS. What are considerations and best practices I should consider? What am I not thinking of? [more inside]
posted by Mngo on Nov 22, 2010 - 16 answers

869/9500 = 1?

I'm seeing "No space left on device" errors on a Ubuntu (standard LAMP stack) Virtual Private Server, to which I have root access via SSH. df -i reports no shortage of iNodes, but df -h reports Size = 9.5G, Used = 869M, Avail = 0, Use% = 100%. I'm not so good at math, but those numbers don't seem to add up. I've found no reports of such errors with similar disk space reports on Google, and my usual avenues of online support have not been helpful.
posted by The Confessor on Nov 12, 2010 - 18 answers

sudo apt-get me a little help here, people?

Can the Belkin play USB wireless card work w Ubuntu & if not recommendations? [more inside]
posted by xetere on Oct 17, 2010 - 3 answers

Berkeley Madonna + Ubuntu = ?

Is there a way to install the Windows version of Berkeley Madonna on Ubuntu? It's not seeming to want to work with Wine.
posted by palindromic on Oct 7, 2010 - 2 answers

Is there virtual machine software that plays nicely with dual monitors?

Is there virtual machine software that plays nicely with dual monitors? [more inside]
posted by aloysius on the mixing boards on Oct 3, 2010 - 9 answers

I can't use any operating systems because of Grub. Can any computer experts help me?

I can't use any operating systems because of Grub. Can any computer experts help me? [more inside]
posted by EatingCereal on Sep 30, 2010 - 9 answers

Best avi to DVD for linux?

I have some avi files that I want to turn into a video DVD that is watchable with a standard DVD player. Here's the catch-- I want to do it using Ubuntu. What's the easiest way to do it? [more inside]
posted by Mayor Curley on Sep 10, 2010 - 13 answers

UBUNTU! no, seriously.

i've given up on windows, and i'm enthusiastic about not dealing with its security issues ever again. [more inside]
posted by radiosilents on Sep 9, 2010 - 22 answers

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