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Can I run several distros on one install?

I'm still a pretty fresh Linux-user but I'm having a look at the Netbook-variants these days. In fact I am as of now running on one Asus EEE: Jolicloud Maverick Netbook Edition Maverick Pristine ...
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Can't perform regular sudo commands, have to use su now

I'm an ubuntu newbie I just installed 10.10 and I don't know what I did but now to perform actions that required sudo privileges (open synaptic, mount device, run apt-get install, etc) the OS won't ...
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php server web user setup

I'm needing to setup a basic web user account on my ubuntu 10.10 server to host web pages. This account should be limited to access only the necessary directories on the machine. I setup the following ...
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How to grant write permissions in Samba?

I'm having trouble with read/write permissions on my Samba server, how do I fix my smb.conf and file permissions to have a more unified access? smb.conf [global] workgroup = workgroup netbios name = ...
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Script to migrate unix users and groups

I'm migrating my Ubuntu 8.10 Server to 10.04. Is there any script to migrate users /etc/passwd and groups /etc/group along with password /etc/shadow from one server to another?
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Force the user to change their password at first login

When I add a new user to my system I set a password and tell it to the new user. If the user doesn't like it, he/she can change it. However in my opinion it is better to force the user to change ...
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How to work around the home directory changing to /root when using sudo?

With Natty coming out soon, I've been at work updating my deployment and self-config script to make my desktop on 11.04 run and look the way I want it to. One bummer is that dbus seems to have ...
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How to add user without /home

I want to create a new user to run a service on the system but don't want to have /home and other configuration files for it. Like there is a user for postgres but it doesn't have any /home directory. ...
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How to install subversion server

I'd like to install a Subversion server on my Ubuntu machine. What packages to I need? How do I create a repository and set a new user?
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When I create a new user, how do I automatically create a .virtualenvs directory in their home directory?

I want to automatically create a directory called ".virtualenvs" in each new user's home directory upon creation of that new user. I am using the useradd command to create new users.
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sudo access per folder? is that possible?

is it possible to give sudo privileges to a user for a specific folder? e.g i want the user 'dads' to have sudo access for creating/deleting files in a folder 'virgo' in /opt
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Nautilus file share for multiple users is not working. Only owner gets access

I have always had trouble setting up samba shares with ubuntu. In the past I've tried getting it to work by configuring /etc/samba/smb.conf but never achieved what I wanted. Last time I managed to get ...
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I can't change any user settings with my login, why?

The account I'm using is the first account on the system and it can use the sudo command. But when I'm trying to change anything in the User Settings program nothing happens. I can change my own ...
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How do I restrict users?

I'm using Ubuntu 10.04. I would like to create a new account, for other people using my computer. I would like my guest to have access to Internet, text editor and other application installed on my ...
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Proper policy for user setup

I am still fairly new to linux hosting and am currently working on some policies for our production ubuntu servers. The servers are public facing webservers with ssh access from the public network ...
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Is 'netlogon' user needed?

I have a user called netlogon, which must have been automatically created by some application or by... someone(?). Is it necessary or can I just delete it?
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Disable all user accounts?

I'm not sure all accounts are disabled on my computer, including samba-guest, and I need to disable all accounts except the one I'm using. How can I disable them all?
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Adding user to chroot environment

I've created a chroot system in my Ubuntu using schroot and debrootstrap, based on minimal ubuntu. However whenever I can't seem to add a new user into this chroot environment. Here is what happens. ...
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Ubuntu user credentials, file permissions

I am using Ubuntu 10.10 for web development by using the symfony framework. Normally I install Ubuntu Lamp (Turnkey edition), log in as root and configure all the necessary software in the server ...
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How to create a user group that can only use one application?

I need create a special user group which is only allowed to login in to gnome and execute only one application. How can I do that?
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How to set individual NTFS partitions permissions behaviour for each user account?

I have two NTFS partitions (DOWNLOADS for downloaded files and VM for my VirtualBox .vdi file) for which i must have full permissions for my allday use account. They should be also automounting when i ...
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I am in group root and cannot use synaptic or sudo

I do not know the root password. I am only in group root. How do I add myself to other groups? I am getting this error on trying to open root terminal: Failed to run ...
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Is there a way to create a hidden account?

For privacy reasons I want to create an account that is invisible to other users (even another administrator) and can be only reached by directly typing the user name in. Is that possible?
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Move home folder to second drive

I have 2 HDD drives in my computer. At the moment second drive is mounted as /media/storage. How can I move my user data from /home to /media/storage/home? Can I just move the data over there and ...
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How do I reset my password? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I reset a lost Administrative(root) password? I inherited a machine with Ubuntu desktop installed. It has a password in place and I have no idea what the ...
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How do I hide a user from the login list? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to hide users from the login screen? I'm setting Ubuntu 10.10 up on my father's desktop and have two user accounts, his and mine (for remote administration ...
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Create a new SSH user on Ubuntu Server

Just created a new virtual Ubuntu server and I'm in the process of hardening it for production use. I currently have a root account. I want to do the following: Create a new user (let's call them ...
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Why is it bad to login as root?

I've often come across posts on forums or other websites where you see people joking in such a manner about running/logging in as root as if it's something awful and everyone ought to know about it. ...
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How to run multiple user X sessions on the same computer, at the same time?

I want to have more than one user logged on at the same time, on the same computer. Each user should have a full GUI X session... It's easy enough to log in to multiple concurrent non-X linux ...
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Is it possible to obtain an e-mail address like myname.surname@ubuntu.com

Being an Ubuntu user for about 3 years, is it possible to obtain an e-mail address like myname.surname@ubuntu.com ?
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Logging out other users from the command line

Sometimes when there are too many users logged in it can cause my computer to become very slow and laggy due to low amount of available RAM. I would like to be able to quickly log out the other users ...
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Solving permission problems when using external EXT4 hard disk with multiple linux installs

Hello I have a external hard drive and since I only use Ubuntu and Fedora I decide to format my hard drive to ext4 everything is fine. The problem is when i mount the drive i need to change the ...
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users disappear from options menu when given uids under 1000

I wanted to stop particular user names appearing in the list of names at the log in screen. I remembered reading that this could be achieved by changing the user id of the account to something less ...
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Does a new user's settings affect the main user's settings?

If I create a new user account, with different themes, icon sets, sounds, cursors and different programs, will it affect the original user's settings?
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Is it safe/possible to hold user accounts on an ntfs partition?

I know I can link folders in /home/fancyusername to a folder on an NTFS partition, but would it be safe to store an entire /home/blabla in this same manner? Would the system choke up on permissions? ...
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How do I limit accounts?

I am trying to set up Ubuntu for a school and obviously there needs to be limitations, how would I be able to limit Access to certain programs, like the terminal, gparted, system monitor... The ...
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Steps for restoring the home directory? (User IDs etc.)

Say I have a home.tgz and want to drop that on a freshly installed ubuntu box. What do I need to do before I untar the file? Create users? What about user IDs? Groups? What about encryption?
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How do I set up a default GNOME and KDE desktop for every new user I will create?

I'm trying to set up an image of Ubuntu Lucid to install on some PCs at work. For that I'd like to add and remove some programs, settings, menus etc. I've heard about the /etc/skel directory. If I ...
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Installing git to be used in a multi-user system

I need to install git on a server that will be shared and accessed by multiple users. I assume I will use git+ssh, so each user will have a system account, but how do I go about install git and a ...
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How do I change the guest session defaults

I have a quite tunned up gnome desktop and I would like for the guest session to share most of the user settings, this includes: Gtk and Metacity themes. Number of panels, placement and applets. ...
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Which process creates the 'Desktop' folder?

I don't use gnome nor kde desktops because my system isn't as fast as they require it to be, but even when I don't use them, a 'Desktop' folder is always in my home dir, I've delete it several times ...
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How can I restrict program access to other users?

I'm setting up a new user account, and I want to allow access to only certain programs for just that account. How would I go around doing that?
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How can I change the default user shown in the login screen?

Well, the title is pretty much it. When I start my system I always get the same user on the login screen (this is the original user created when the system was first installed). How can I change that ...
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Ubuntu and Windows Server 2008 NFS

Background I am trying to configure NFS on my Windows Server 2008 with UNIX Extensions to be able to connect to Ubuntu. However in 2008 you need AD to activate User Profile Mappings. Windows can ...
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No Panels for Other user in xubuntu

My xsession when logged in with other user than myself doesnot show the default two panels. All I get is the desktop with wallpaper. Anyone got any idea what is wrong ? I am using xubuntu 10.04. It ...