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How to add “Open terminal here” to Nautilus' context menu?

I am working on Ubuntu 12.04 64bit. I want to add "Open terminal here" to Nautilus context or right-click menu but it tries to download 32bit version from Internet.
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How can I install on a non-PAE CPU? (error “Kernel requires features not present on the CPU: PAE”)

On my old Toshiba Tecra A2 laptop, I tried installing Ubuntu 12.04 Beta 2. After burning it to a CD, I tried booting from the CD and got the message: This kernel requires the following features not ...
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When installing I'm given the option of encrypting my home folder — what does this do?

Does encrypting my home folder make my computer more secure? Do I have to enter my password more if my home folder is encrypted? What else should I know about encrypting my home folder?
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How do I install Adobe Acrobat Reader?

I am new to Ubuntu, but I believe I have Ubuntu 11.10 installed correctly. I am trying to install Acroread using AdbeRdr9.4.6-1_i386linux_enu.deb that I downloaded from the Adobe web site. How do I ...
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How do I install the latest version of node.js?

How do I install node.js in Ubuntu? I've been looking around, and I can't find anything. Is there a Ubuntu package for node.js, or do I have to compile it myself?
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How do I download and install Handbrake?

I'm new at Ubuntu so I don't know very well how to use the terminal in order to download and install programs that aren't in the software center. I've tried without success downloading and installing ...
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How to convert Wubi install into regular install?

I have installed Ubuntu on my D: partition using Wubi. Is there any way in which I can remove my Windows from C: drive and move my existing Ubuntu installation to C: drive and make it a regular ...
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Installing Ubuntu on a SSD

Going to install Ubuntu 10.10 on new intel x25M 80GB SSD. It will be fresh install. I have been googling for past few days and getting overwhelming articles/blogs/Q&As. One particularly very ...
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Is a clean install better than upgrading?

Is it better to install Ubuntu completely new or is the upgrade process just as good? In other words, will my computer run just as problem-free and efficiently when I upgrade as opposed to a fresh ...
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How to install Chrome browser properly via command line?

Setting up and managing an Ubuntu server all by myself, in coming months, is a part of my current plans. Hence, I am planning a switch from Windows to Linux - - Ubuntu. I now need to get some grip on ...
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How to automatically fetch missing dependencies when installing software from .deb?

I'm trying to install MySQL Workbench on my Ubuntu box (11.04). The website has a Ubuntu .deb available for download (for 10.10 and 10.04 so I chose 10.10). However, sudo dpkg -i ...
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How can I strip down Ubuntu?

I'm trying to fix what I consider a bloated install of Ubuntu. When I install Ubuntu on a machine, I get things that I don't want - web browsers, office applications, media players, accessibility ...
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How do I pre-install Ubuntu for someone (OEM install)?

I would like to pre-install Ubuntu on a computer for someone. I may want to customize it for them, but in the end they need to be able to choose a username, password, etc. when they first boot it up. ...
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How do I install gcc 4.7?

I wish to install gcc 4.7 so that I can use some c++11 features. I downloaded the source, ran ./configure and was told I needed GMP. Downloaded the code for that, hit ./configure and was told I ...
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How can I install and use powerline plugin?

Powerline is a plug-in to display informational and beautiful statusline for vim, tmux and shell prompt for bash, zsh. Vim statusline: How can I install and setup Powerline for different ...
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How to install Dropbox?

For some reason installing Dropbox via software center does not work. I get a message that sends me to Dropbox website where I follow the instructions. But at the end it says it says: Next, run ...
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How do I install svn?

I am trying to install svn and am running into issues. The command I am running is sudo apt-get install svn. When I run this, I get the error "Unable to locate package svn". Why is this? How do I ...
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Installing Ubuntu with Windows, which is left and right when allocating space?

I'm installing Ubuntu (or Xubuntu/Lubuntu/Kubuntu) alongside Windows 7/XP. I got to the screen that says, "Allocate drive space by dragging the slider below." On the following screen, I'm not sure ...
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How to install Skype with 13.04

jovan@jovan-HP-ProBook-4540s:~$ sudo apt-get install skype Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done Some packages could not be installed. This ...
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How do I install Ubuntu-Tweak?

I have heard a lot about Ubuntu-Tweak and how it is great for power users, but I don't know how to install it. How do I do that? NB: Ubuntu-Tweak seems not to be actively maintained. For Ubuntu ...
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How do I install Ubuntu TV on my computer?

I have a media PC connected to my TV at home. How do I install Ubuntu TV on this PC?
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How do I install an application by DEB file for a single user only?

When installing applications via the software center or by a DEB file they will usually be installed system wide for all users. Is there a way to install an application for a single user only?
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Dependency error while installing google chrome on Ubuntu 13.04 [closed]

I Installed Ubuntu 13.04 64 bit Unity Desktop environment and did the routine OS update. Downloaded the 64 bit .deb file from google chrome website and tried installing it ,which resulted to the ...
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How do I install OpenOffice.org instead of LibreOffice?

I want to install OpenOffice.org. What can I do to install it on my computer?
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How are packages actually installed via apt-get install?

When using the apt-get install method to install a package onto ubuntu, is there any fundamental difference between obtaining the source code for that package and building it from scratch? Does the ...
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How to install MariaDB?

What is the most stable/safest way to install MariaDB?
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What do I have to do before giving away my Ubuntu machine?

I have an old laptop that is running Ubuntu. Now I want to give away this laptop, but I want to remove all private data. So what should I remove? I don't want to format the whole system, because the ...
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I need minimalistic Ubuntu OS for Internet cafe PC [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Booting in kiosk mode I am from India and am running a small Internet cafe. I did install Ubuntu 11 on my systems but could not continue with Ubuntu OS as it was ...
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What's the best way to get Python 2.5 and 2.7 on Ubuntu 10.04

Ubuntu 10.04 has only two supported Python versions 2.6 and 3.1. Developers often need more, to test that their Python code works on 2.7, 2.5 (and maybe even 2.4 and older ones). What's the best way ...
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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 can I find out if a specific program is installed?

I want to find out if a program - Chromium for example - is installed on Ubuntu or not. Manually or as a package. How do I know if a program is installed via command line?
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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 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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How do I configure a new Ubuntu installation to accept ssh connections?

I just installed Ubuntu 11.04 (in a VM). How do I set it up to allow me to ssh into it? (Right now I get "ssh: connect to host x.x.x.x port 22: Operation timed out".)
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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 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 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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Best way to clone an installation (copying to identical hardware)

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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Is there a free trusted vmware image with Ubuntu preinstalled?

Since the vmware virtual machine drivers are pretty standard I don't see any technical reason for a preinstalled image not to be portable. Although the above situation is obvious, I didn't find any ...
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How to install GUI desktop on a server?

After installing Ubuntu server how do I install the desktop environment?