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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

Critical: How to fix MBR on Ubuntu/Vista dual-boot laptop?

How to I re-install, configure, or set the MBR on my laptop? [more inside]
posted by meta.mark on Sep 21, 2008 - 4 answers

how do I run a minimal Gnome session for intensive calc ?

[Linux/Ubuntu] I need to run some pretty intensive calculations. How can I load a very minimal Gnome session for that purpose ? [more inside]
posted by nalf on Sep 2, 2008 - 10 answers

[LinuxFilter] Resources to help learn everything there is to know about Linux/Ubuntu. (kind of)

Greetings! I was hoping you guys might have some suggestions on the best resources to learn about linux and how to use it to its max potential. I am using Ubuntu 8.04, but I want to learn everything about using linux. The problem is I cant find good resources as usual. I want to learn about the terminal in depth, and every little knook and cranny. I want to know what the good programs are and so on. So any books/websites/etc. you guys could link me would be great. And i already know about ubuntuforums i browse there all the time!
posted by Javed_Ahamed on Aug 28, 2008 - 16 answers

Backing up bootable image over a LAN?

I'd like to create a bootable backup of my MacBook's hard drive 150GB hard drive. I've got a 500GB drive, but it's in an Ubuntu server on my LAN. Is there a good way to back up a bootable backup to another computer? [more inside]
posted by nasty, brutish, and of average height on Aug 19, 2008 - 5 answers

eeepc as a vista remote control?

Trying to control the screen of my windows vista desktop from my linux laptop. details inside. [more inside]
posted by meowN on Aug 15, 2008 - 7 answers

Dual boot backup on external HDD.

What's the best way to setup a 500gb external hard drive to backup windows and linux? [more inside]
posted by kraigory on Aug 4, 2008 - 8 answers

Linux allows this mobo 2x RAM XP shows; can I VM XP and split it?

Would this OS/RAM/VM trick work, you think? Linux seems to allow this PC mobo double the RAM XP shows as possible; can I VM XP on a Linux host and split the RAM between the two? [more inside]
posted by penciltopper on Aug 1, 2008 - 10 answers

Skype install in the Heron

Very recently migrated to Ubuntu and want to install Skype... help! [more inside]
posted by Dr.James.Orin.Incandenza on Jul 29, 2008 - 17 answers

I do not want a Live CD, why can't you remember that?

I am having problems making a persistent installation of Ubuntu on a usb thumb drive. [more inside]
posted by tip120 on Jul 22, 2008 - 3 answers


How do I install and use software I have extracted from the internet on Ubuntu? [more inside]
posted by amsterdam63 on Jul 7, 2008 - 19 answers

Ubuntu 8.04 on a portable hard drive?

Ubuntu 8.04 on a 40 gb portable HDD: LiveUSB w/persistence, or install straight to HDD? [more inside]
posted by penciltopper on Jun 27, 2008 - 2 answers

Three Monitors, One Linux (I know obscenity when I hear it)

Please help me: Make my triple monitors work in Ubuntu ----OR---- Find a distro that will gracefully handle three monitors. [more inside]
posted by SlyBevel on Jun 22, 2008 - 9 answers

Why are more operating systems options appearing on my laptop?

Why do more operating system options keep appearing when I turn my computer on? [more inside]
posted by sliderjc on Jun 13, 2008 - 6 answers

Easy Linux versions

Which flavor of Linux is most likely to give the least trouble with hardware installations? See inside... [more inside]
posted by crapmatic on Jun 11, 2008 - 10 answers

smash$ Xandros

Is it worth changing to xUbuntu from Xandros? [more inside]
posted by trinarian on Jun 10, 2008 - 7 answers

Multiple distros on one partition

I have Ubuntu installed in a chroot. [How] can I boot into it? [more inside]
posted by finite on Jun 5, 2008 - 7 answers

Vista/Ubuntu Dual Boot desperate help needed :(

How to dual boot vista/ubuntu hardy heron and get everything set up. More details Inside. Starting to pull hair out :( [more inside]
posted by thesonofmorgoth on May 24, 2008 - 14 answers

How best to respond to a bad sector?

Inconsistent information about bad sectors on a hard drive -- what's going on, and what should I do? [more inside]
posted by puffin on May 20, 2008 - 14 answers


What's the best backup solution for (Ubuntu) Linux? I need a backup as complete as possible of a home directory of ~10+ GB, nightly, etc. I have two large external USB 2.0 drives for the purpose... [more inside]
posted by tmcw on May 18, 2008 - 11 answers

Ubuntu/Vista Dual Boot With a Twist! - Virtual PC in ubuntu booting existing Windows Partition! (exp ins.)

Ubuntu/Vista Dual Boot With a Twist! - Virtual PC in ubuntu booting existing Windows Partition? [more inside]
posted by Javed_Ahamed on May 9, 2008 - 8 answers

How to make my phone play nice with my laptop

Is there any easy way to use my nokia phone to control my (ubuntu) laptop via bluetooth? [more inside]
posted by sliderjc on May 7, 2008 - 2 answers

Remote X11 desktop on OS X

Using X11 forwarding to bring my Ubuntu server desktop to my MacBook Pro. Everything works fine if I run a specific program (e.g., Firefox) but goes to hell if I try 'startx' - I keep getting an AIGLX display error message. Any help appreciated. [more inside]
posted by caution live frogs on Apr 25, 2008 - 11 answers

Hope my tiny Firefox!

What's your best advice for reading multi-column and other large-minimum-width websites on a 480x800 screen? [more inside]
posted by mindsound on Apr 20, 2008 - 3 answers

Misbehaving Ubuntu box, normally well behaved and reliable, needs help.

UbuntuFilter:Linux people - how would you troubleshoot this one? All of a sudden my sound card doesn't exist, my CD burner doesn't burn, and fusermount doesn't want to work anymore. Everything was fine on Monday. Any suggestions on how to figure out WTF is going on? [more inside]
posted by cgg on Apr 4, 2008 - 18 answers

I didn't get a big monitor because I'm blind, I got it to see more stuff

Why does my new 1680x1050 monitor, on some sites (including this one), show me ridiculously-freakin'-huge fonts in my browser? There are more details, of course... [more inside]
posted by genghis on Apr 2, 2008 - 6 answers


Ubuntu on a MacBook Pro, wireless hell ensues. [more inside]
posted by roygbv on Mar 31, 2008 - 5 answers

DVD ripping on linux

What do I use on Ubuntu to do exactly what Mac the Ripper does on Mac? [more inside]
posted by mzurer on Mar 24, 2008 - 10 answers

Linux for an old laptop

What version of Linux would be appropriate for installing on a 10-year old computer? [more inside]
posted by chips ahoy on Mar 14, 2008 - 17 answers

What to do with a PS3 and Ubuntu?

What Linux apps should I download/install on my PS3 running Ubuntu? [more inside]
posted by raygan on Mar 2, 2008 - 3 answers

Restoring the MBR after uninstalling Ubuntu

I need to uninstall Ubuntu, but I'm confused by the uninstallation of GRUB on the Super GRUB Disk. Help! [more inside]
posted by edbyford on Mar 2, 2008 - 4 answers

Growable Linux hardware RAID?

How can I make a growable hardware RAID-5 Linux system? Is LVM the right choice, or am I setting myself up for trouble? Lots of geeky details follow. [more inside]
posted by Kadin2048 on Mar 1, 2008 - 10 answers

Dear PC, I swear I won't ever mess with your partitions again if you just this once...

Oh crap! While attempting to clear, reformat, and merge my ubuntu partition with my primary NTFS Windows partition, I somehow managed to give the GRUB boot-loader brain damage. Now I can't boot in to either partition need to fix this before my girlfriend comes home and sees that I've rendered her computer useless. [more inside]
posted by willie11 on Feb 27, 2008 - 6 answers

Graphics card for Dell T105/Ubuntu machine?

LinuxNewbie/Hardware Filter: I just bought a Dell T105 server and installed Ubuntu on it. The machine is great, but graphics performance is very very bad. It only has PCI and PCIe 8x slots, no PCIe 16x ones. Is it possible to get a compatible graphics card? [more inside]
posted by Zarkonnen on Feb 25, 2008 - 10 answers

Showing a static DVD image with minimal blurriness

DVD authoring on Ubuntu: I'm trying to create a DVD showing a single static image, containing logos and text, for playback on a standard DVD player. What's the best way to avoid blurriness? [more inside]
posted by russilwvong on Feb 23, 2008 - 8 answers

How do I fix a problem updating my Ubuntu package repository?

Ubuntu geeks: A problem downloading a new repository index. Total Ubuntu newbie, much, much more inside. [more inside]
posted by GilloD on Feb 23, 2008 - 6 answers

n00b-Friendly Ubuntu Media Player for HTPC?

Is there a n00b-friendly media player for Ubuntu that would work well on a set-top-box set up for broadcatching? [more inside]
posted by mamessner on Feb 22, 2008 - 3 answers

Learning Java on Ubuntu

How should I get started in programming Java on Ubuntu Linux? [more inside]
posted by phrontist on Feb 12, 2008 - 14 answers

How can I find my wayward server's IP without DDNS?

How can I find my remote server's IP address without linking it to a DDNS lookup service? Or is that the best option? [more inside]
posted by cowbellemoo on Feb 7, 2008 - 14 answers

My server needs a purpose

What would you do with a fresh install of Ubuntu 6.06, perfectly functioning LAMP configuration and a 200gig hard drive with a high speed connection? [more inside]
posted by jofuu on Feb 6, 2008 - 9 answers

Help me put wireless in my xubuntu

How do I get my linksys wireless USB stick (model: wusb54gc) working with linux (xubuntu)? [more inside]
posted by andoatnp on Jan 23, 2008 - 4 answers

Booting a USB flash drive without BIOS support

How do you boot via a USB flash drive using a floppy? [more inside]
posted by remi on Jan 20, 2008 - 12 answers

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