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Automatic alerts of time spent on computer

Does anyone know a way to create alerts in Ubuntu every x number of minutes of how long spent on the computer that day? [more inside]
posted by LaszloKv on Jun 1, 2009 - 8 answers

What's a good simple and cheap media or file server setup?

Advice for a server newb who needs help getting started with a simple media/backup/torrent server? [more inside]
posted by wastelands on May 29, 2009 - 12 answers

Global Proxy in Ubuntu with SOCKS and ssh

Global SOCKS5 Proxy in Ubuntu? (Or, MacOS/Widnows:Proxifier :: Linux:???) [more inside]
posted by SpiffyRob on May 11, 2009 - 4 answers

Ubuntu dual boot problem

.I have been using Ubuntu and XP in a dual boot configuration but suddenly XP does not show up under the "other operating system" in the boot menu.Nothing happens when I do enter "other operating system" While going pure Linux would be great-I am not at that point yet and I have external hard drives that Linux will not mount. Help!!
posted by plumberonkarst on May 10, 2009 - 5 answers

How can I triple-boot OS X, Windows XP and Ubuntu on my Macbook?

How can I triple-boot OS X, Windows XP and Ubuntu on my Macbook? [more inside]
posted by ilumos on May 2, 2009 - 6 answers

File Browser with tags

So I have this growing movie collection. What I want is a file browser that lets me tag each movie (either my own tags, or metadata from the files). Basically something like labels in Gmail or tags in Flickr/Delicious etc. Ubuntu here. I've heard of Gnome Meta-Tracker, is there anything else that will help organize my collection?
posted by sidr on Apr 15, 2009 - 7 answers

eeePC? Not just for meee

I'm installing Ubuntu 9.04 remix on a friend's eeePC and I'm looking for suggestions on cool and useful programs for netbooks (or not) to install beyond the defaults that come with Ubuntu.
posted by tdreyer on Apr 15, 2009 - 13 answers

RAID 5 on the motherboard?

RAID 5 on the (Gigabyte) motherboard in Ubuntu Server? [more inside]
posted by xmutex on Apr 13, 2009 - 18 answers

I'm afraid I can't let you do that Dave

I have been a Ubuntu 8.10 user for about 2 months and I'm having some internet trouble (explained inside). [more inside]
posted by Pseudology on Apr 11, 2009 - 6 answers

Why does my File Browser keep opening?

There are currently 4 File Browsers open on my desktop, all displaying either the contents of my external hard drive or the folder where it's mounted (/media/). I didn't open them—they just showed up. This morning when I woke up there was 40+ File Browser windows open of the same. Another window just opened; it seems to occur at random intervals. I'm running Ubuntu Linux 8.10, wtf is causing this? [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Apr 2, 2009 - 11 answers

Why can I install Ubuntu but not Windows?

Why can't I install Windows XP Pro on my Dell laptop? I get an error message that says "acpi.sys is corrupted". I can install Ubuntu 8.04 just fine. [more inside]
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints on Mar 24, 2009 - 47 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

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

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

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

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

Whats the Difference between a file system and a partition in Ubuntu?

Whats the Difference between a file system and a partition in Ubuntu? [more inside]
posted by complience on Feb 25, 2009 - 13 answers

Ubu-wha?

What kind of netbook should I get? [more inside]
posted by CwgrlUp on Feb 21, 2009 - 19 answers

Rebuilding Ubuntu Server 8.04 Help!!

I recently lost a raid array on a ubuntu 8.04 server forcing me to rebuild it from scratch and/or restore data from backup. (I have copies of /var, /etc, and /home) The problem is I can't seem to rebuild the server so that it works exactly the way it did before, this is killing me!! (fyi... I inherited this system). My specific problem seems to be with Samba. I'm looking for help in two different ways... help 1) either figure out how to restore this system with what I've got backed up. Or fix samba so it works. See details below: [more inside]
posted by purenitrous on Feb 17, 2009 - 9 answers

C++ and rand()

C++ and the rand() function. Please explain why this piece of code works the way it does: cout << rand() % 20 << endl; [more inside]
posted by Ziggy Zaga on Feb 17, 2009 - 13 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

I hope wont have to invent a new program for this...

Recommend me an ubuntu friendly program that reads idv3 tags, can create playlists & burn them to a CD. [more inside]
posted by saxamo on Jan 24, 2009 - 7 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

Please help this n00b get his Mac OSX back!

Help me get my OSX back! Ubuntu/Mac questions inside. [more inside]
posted by war wrath of wraith on Jan 9, 2009 - 8 answers

rescuing data with ubuntu

What folders to back up from a dead windows pc when booting ubuntu in live cd mode? [more inside]
posted by FidelDonson on Jan 9, 2009 - 5 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 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

Best way to convert avi for youtube in ubuntu?

Recommended route for encoding avi to smaller file size for upload to youtube in ubuntu? [more inside]
posted by The_Partridge_Family on Dec 25, 2008 - 16 answers

Ubuntu + Virtual Box + ??? = profit

Is it wise to setup Ubuntu for my parents virtual box for ie? [more inside]
posted by erifneerg on Dec 20, 2008 - 10 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

Help me see flickr images in firefox!

Why can't I see any flickr photos? Whether they're embedded on a website or on the Flickr site itself, for some reason I can never see flickr images. Nothing shows up - not even an empty placeholder. WHat can I be doing wrong? [more inside]
posted by stvspl on Dec 9, 2008 - 4 answers

Do you Ubuntu?

Is Ubuntu right for me? Thinking about switching from Vista -> Ubuntu and I want some reassurance before I leap into the void. [more inside]
posted by gnutron on Dec 1, 2008 - 21 answers

Why can't I see my Ubuntu shared folders on the network

Why can't I see my Ubuntu 8.10 shared folders and computers on a network with Samba installed and started and the folders shared. [more inside]
posted by jeffreyclong on Nov 25, 2008 - 2 answers

Best way to switch a virus-riddled Eee running XP to Ubuntu?

First-time Windows user. Brand new Asus Eee running Windows XP. Will installing Ubuntu get rid of these nasty viruses? [more inside]
posted by rebekah on Nov 23, 2008 - 17 answers

RIP Mac... help me make Windows not suck

Long time Mac guy stuck for the foreseeable future using Windows. I'm out of the loop, but very computer literate. Looking for the BEST software for everything. What can't you live without? [more inside]
posted by sindas on Nov 23, 2008 - 31 answers

Catching that Intrepid Ibex

How can I use Ubuntu (running as a virual machine on VirtualBox with OSX 10.5) to improve my computing experience? [more inside]
posted by photomusic86 on Nov 9, 2008 - 13 answers

Vista/Ubuntu wireless card?

I need a wireless (at least 802.11g) card that will work with both Vista and Ubuntu. Help! [more inside]
posted by comwiz on Nov 9, 2008 - 3 answers

Allow a filesystem in Ubuntu to be mounted by users

How do you create a user-mountable filesystem in Ubuntu Eee 8.04.1? [more inside]
posted by remi on Nov 8, 2008 - 9 answers

How can I monitor a disc rewrite process in Ubuntu?

I'm using Terminal (Ubuntu 8.04x64) right now to overwrite a 500g external hd with random information. There's been no action aside from a blinking cursor (by itself on a line, not in front of any prompt) since I entered the command yesterday afternoon:
[sudo dd if=/dev/random of=/dev/sdc bs=8m]

I understand it's going to take a while to finish. In the meantime, is there any way to monitor the progress of the operation?
posted by carsonb on Nov 8, 2008 - 18 answers

getting the big O out of the little O

1. What is Barack Obama doing in my copy of Opera 9.62?
2. How do I get him out? [more inside]
posted by randomination on Nov 8, 2008 - 7 answers

Windows XP, XP64, Vista, and Linux machines refuse to play nicely together.

Windows XP, XP64, Vista, and Linux machines refuse to play nicely together - Why can't I get them to ping each other? I am trying to hook up a mixed network for file/print sharing, network gaming and the like, but I seem to be having basic IP issues and I'm pulling my hair out trying to figure out the problem! [more inside]
posted by Nixie Pixel on Nov 5, 2008 - 14 answers

Rails on Ubuntu

Rails on Ubuntu. I've followed this tutorial: http://wiki.rubyonrails.org/rails/pages/RailsOnUbuntu Now how to do I access ror from my browser? Where do I put files for dev? Help please!!
posted by BoldStepDesign on Oct 31, 2008 - 4 answers

How do I get Kubuntu running under Parallels on my Mac to see the internet?

How do I get Kubuntu running under Parallels on my Mac to see the internet? [more inside]
posted by jeffreyclong on Oct 27, 2008 - 4 answers

What should I expect to encounter from Mandriva?

Need some advice from Mandriva and Ubuntu users. [more inside]
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing on Oct 23, 2008 - 6 answers

How do I access my network storage from my new computer?

How can I access my WD MyBook World Network Storage Drive from my new (Ubuntu 8.04) computer now that my old (WinXP) box is dead dead dead? [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Oct 21, 2008 - 18 answers

admins: intelligent rate-limiting of error notifications?

I have a web service that generates errors. Currently, each time there's an error, it gets sent to an admin mailing list. Is there an open-source tool that will summarize repeated duplicate errors, rather than generating a separate notification for each? [more inside]
posted by zippy on Sep 26, 2008 - 6 answers

Need help getting Brother MFC-5460CN scanner to work with Ubuntu Hardy 64AMD

Need help getting Brother MFC-5460CN scanner to work with Ubuntu Hardy 64AMD. Oh, and I'm really tech challenged, so a step-by-step would help. [more inside]
posted by macadamiaranch on Sep 24, 2008 - 8 answers

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