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How do I install Maven 3?

Maven 2 is in the repositories, but not Maven 3. How do I properly install Maven 3? Guides that I found don't really work properly. I am using Natty, but I am sure this won't change anything.
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Is there a variant of Ubuntu that comes with none of the bundled software?

An official copy comes with Firefox, Amarok or Banshee, Evolution, games, etc. Is there a distro that comes with only the necessary packages, like synaptic to make the system stable, and nothing else? ...
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How to install jekyll?

According to the jekyll site, this is how you make a new website with jekyll: ~ $ gem install jekyll ~ $ jekyll new myblog ~ $ cd myblog ~/myblog $ jekyll serve gem install jekyll didn't work, nor ...
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Can I see why a package is installed?

For a specific package, can I find out why it is installed? So, can I see or it's manually installed, or that it is installed as a dependency of another package? Or that it is installed as part of ...
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How to copy an Ubuntu install from one laptop to another

I am going to change my machine: from a laptop with Ubuntu to another laptop where I am going to install Ubuntu... I am quite happy with the current system, what I am afraid of is having to rebuild ...
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Where to install programs? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the best place to install user apps? I've downloaded a .tar.gz and ran sudo sh install.sh. It's asking me where to install the program to. I don't want it ...
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How do I install GRUB on a RAID system installation?

I'm trying to setup and install Ubuntu on a RAID 1 setup. I have two disks, sdb and sdc. I've been following this guide https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/SoftwareRAID which more or less ...
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Best way to clone an installation (copying to identical hardware) [closed]

Kind-of like this question but slightly different (I think), in that I have 6 identical Acer Aspire Revo R3610 machines. One is (almost) configured to my requirements - when I'm done preparing it I'd ...
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Importance of Swap Partition

What is the purpose of a swap partition? How do I know I have just enough swap partition? Not too much/little. My Ubuntu PC is used for typical stuff: Web (email, facebook, etc.) Some movies ...
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How can I install the latest version of Sun Java (JRE)? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I install Oracle Java JRE 7? Is there a reliable method to install the current version of Sun Java? Update 18 is in the repos, but it looks like Sun is up to ...
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How can I most easily migrate all my apps and settings from one Ubuntu install to another? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to migrate user settings and data to new machine? I'll be setting up 10.04 on three computers and don't want to go through and manually download and configure all ...
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How to reinstall Terminal?

While fixing package dependencies, the terminal application went missing, and now I cannot locate the application. Is there a way to reinstall the terminal application?
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How do I figure out what package something is in without resorting to Google?

I often find myself wanting to install something, but I'm unsure of what package it's in. This is a very common occurrence for me: $ make html sphinx-build -b djangohtml -d _build/doctrees . ...
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How do I install Chromium from the command line?

I have already tried using the Ubuntu Software Center, but it won't install the Chromium browser. How can I install it using the terminal?
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How do I install MATE (the desktop environment)?

I have seen several youtube videos that are showing MATE (The Gnome 2.x fork) installed in 11.10. How can I install it to test it out in 11.10 and above. If it helps the only sources I know of are: ...
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System always start with “System program problem detected” dialog

Hello, I'm getting this error every time when I boot my computer. My Ubuntu installation is fresh and I was got a few error on last step while install Ubuntu (because i have problem with my CDROM ...
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I want to sell my computer, how can I “preinstall” Ubuntu without configuring it? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I pre-install Ubuntu for someone (OEM install)? I basically want to install the installer, so that when the computer boots it will boot into the installer from ...
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What is the “Free software only” option when installing Ubuntu?

When installing Ubuntu, you get a Free software only option. Does that Free software only option mean Free as in beer or Free as in freedom? When I say free as in freedom, I mean FSF type of ...
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How large should I make root, home, and swap partitions?

I have a laptop with win7 installed. I have now made a 60gb partition which I want to install ubuntu into. The question I have, before I do the installation, is how large each of the root, swap, and ...
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How to install GUI desktop on a server?

After installing Ubuntu server how do I install the desktop environment?
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I've downloaded a .sh file - how do I install this?

I'm new to Ubuntu and know installing programs only from window. It is very easy there: Just double-click the setup.exe and the things start. But how do I install a program on Ubuntu 11.10? I want ...
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Is there a difference between installing an application via Ubuntu Software Center or a terminal?

I would like to ask a very basic question but I have never thought about it before. Well, when someone installs an application from terminal, he has to add the repository first, right? On the other ...
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How to install GNOME Shell extensions

How do I install GNOME Shell extensions?
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Is it “OK” to install Ubuntu on one laptop and put the SSD into another?

If I install Ubuntu on say.. my intel based netbook (atom) and then take out the ssd and stick in into another intel based laptop (i3) for use would there be any issues that would arise? drivers, ...
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What does a beginner need to know before switching to Ubuntu? [closed]

I have never worked with Linux before. I always used Windows. But I'm considering installing Ubuntu on my machine. I read installing Ubuntu should be very easy. But are there any thing I need to keep ...
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Is it possible to install Ubuntu without formatting any partitions?

Can I install Ubuntu without formatting any partitions on my hard drive? I am already running Windows 7 and I want to install Ubuntu as well without formatting any of the partitions I have already ...
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How do I install python imaging library (PIL)?

How do I install the python imaging library (PIL) on Ubuntu? I tried doing sudo apt-get install python-imaging but now when i run python selftest.py (a script I got from somewhere on the ...
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How to compile and run a COBOL program?

Can anybody explain me how to compile and run a COBOL program in Ubuntu? I have never written any program in Ubuntu. Please, give me a simple program to compile and run.
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GRUB complains of “no such partition” after installing 12:04

I have just installed 12.04. I previously had 11.10 installed, with /dev/sda6 as the install partition mounted at / and with /dev/sda1 mounted at /home. When installing 12.04, I duly selected the ...
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How do I upgrade from x86 to x64 without losing settings?

Is there an easy way to upgrade the system to x64 from x86 without losing settings and having to repartition etc?
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What are the differences between Desktop, Server, and Alternate Installs?

I am trying to figure out what the exact difference is between the 3 different install Disks. Like what packages are different and such. For Example: - The server disk doesn't install gnome by ...
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Create USB installer from the command line?

I'm trying to create a bootable USB image to install Ubuntu on a new computer. I have done this before following the "create USB drive" instructions for Ubuntu desktop, but I don't have an Ubuntu ...
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How do I install qemu?

How do I install the qemu command? I type qemu and press tab and I get a list of several binaries installed. qemu-alpha qemu-arm ... qemu-x86_64 but no qemu. I type man qemu and it returns the ...
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Use existing Ubuntu partition as an installation image?

I installed ubuntu 10.10 on my laptop and configured a lot, installed and setup lot of things on it to suit my needs. Now I want to move this setup to anothe machine and want to avoid all the setup ...
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Is it legal to sell computers with Ubuntu installed [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can I legally build and sell desktops with Ubuntu pre-installed? Is it legal to assemble a computer, install ubuntu on it, and then sell the computer. I don't mean ...
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Cannot find install-sh, install.sh, or shtool in ac-aux

This is my first time trying to compile and install anything on a linux machine. I got the latest version of https://github.com/processone/exmpp via git and read the instructions which state: 2. ...
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How do I install KDE?

I want to have both KDE and Gnome shells on Ubuntu. Ubuntu has Gnome by default. How do I install KDE?
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How not to install recommended and suggested packages?

I use Ubuntu 12.04 64-bit, I did the following, sudo gedit /etc/apt/apt.conf and added APT::Install-Recommends "false"; APT::Install-Suggests "false"; but did not work. When I try to install a ...
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How to install suggested packages in apt-get

I know the question has been asked before, but please hear me out. So I wanted to install screenlets. I ran sudo apt-get install screenlets, and this is what I got: The following extra packages will ...
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How to set default Java version?

I have followed all the instructions stated at this question, but am encountering some problems with the last part of it. I actually have version 6.22 of java and would like to update to version ...
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How can I add an application to the list of Open With applications?

I installed Komodo Edit from a download (wasn't available in Software Center.) I want to be able to open .php files in Komodo, but when I right-click and choose Open With Other Application, Komodo ...
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Reinstalling Ubuntu without formating /home, as well as without any old config files?

I have /home on a separate partition. I want to reinstall Ubuntu. I don't want to lose my personal files in /home (I already have a backup but I would like to avoid the hassle of restoring the ...
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How to make USB drive as local repository

I copied "archives" folder (/var/cache/apt/archives) from another computer which was fully updated and had some packages that i want. Can someone guide me how to add my USB drive in repository list so ...
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How can I remove and re-install Unity?

Unity is misbehaving after installing GLX Dock - HUD does not open with GLX Dock turned off and there are ugly shadows in the panel, three control buttons (close, minimise, maximise) and "Ubuntu ...
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Is it possible to skip releases during an upgrade? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I upgrade straight from a very old release to the latest one? Is it possible to upgrade a 10.04 lucid installation to 11.04 Natty, without upgrading to 10.10 ...
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To use Windows and Ubuntu on one computer, which should I install first?

I understand it's possible to install Ubuntu first, and later Windows or to install Windows first, and then Ubuntu, but assuming I have the freedom to do either, which is the better, easier, and more ...
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Does compiling programs from source speed up my operating system?

Somewhere I read that I should remove default programs in ubuntu and then compile and install them again for speeding up my os. Is this true?
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Installing KDE in Ubuntu 12.04

Is it good to use kubuntu or Ubuntu with KDE? Well if I install KDE in Ubuntu will there be any instability or conflict? Will these two get mixed up with themes and icons? I had a bad experience ...
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What is the difference between the alternative and desktop cd images?

I would like to know what the difference is between these two versions of the same distro. ubuntu-10.10-alternate-i386.iso ubuntu-10.10-desktop-i386.iso I think that the alternative CD is ...
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How to make an Ubuntu live USB stick in Fedora?

I have Fedora installed on my desktop and I want to make a live USB stick with Ubuntu to install it on a laptop. What's the easiest way to do it?