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Diff. Between Ubuntu vs Ubuntu Studio? [duplicate]

Can any one tell me the Diff. Between Ubuntu vs Ubuntu Studio ?
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kde profiles for home, work movie watching etc

Is there a way to configure different KDE config modes for different profiles? when i am watching a movie i don't want to see a screen saver or lock screen, but when working at my PC i want to start a ...
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hide user from login GUI [duplicate]

If I add a user to hidden-users then they won't show from the GUI user login page? thufir@dur:~$ thufir@dur:~$ cat /etc/lightdm/users.conf # # User accounts configuration # # NOTE: If you have ...
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Username Modification while Retaining Data Structure

I've tried this in the past with zero success. How do I change the /home/USER directory for a user, when I change their username, and how do I update their username without causing massive breakage? ...
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How to enable or disabled a user?

I'm uing ubuntu 12.04 desktop. I have 3 users: user1(administrator), user2(standard) and guest. I wanted to disable user1 and enable user2 which auto logs on with no password but after I did that I ...
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Leave application running as we switch users

How can I leave Deluge Bittorrent running as different family members log into and use our Ubuntu 12.04 laptop? This seems like it should be some sort of daemon, but of course it has a GUI, which I'd ...
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How to change administrator password? [duplicate]

At the user accounts I set the Password in the (connection options ) at none then when I tried to unlock the user accounts it ask for a password, when I type the old one it says its wrong. I tried to ...
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Customization: Specific DE for specific User

Is it possible to setup? Suppose, I have two users: Home and Work. For Home I want to use GNOME Shell or KDE a beautiful DE. (Or something else) For Work I want to use LXDE or MATE as fastest DE. ...
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added new user no shell/ tab completing

I added a new ubuntu user with this command useradd -d /home/newname -m newname It seems no tab completing feature and only $ as prompt, When I logged in as root I see root@server$ as prompt. ...
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Can I set my user account to have no password?

If I attempt to change my password to nothing by opening "User Accounts", the "Change" button remains greyed out: How do I change my password to be empty? I know you can set Ubuntu to automatically ...
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How can I define which groups new users will be added to during the installation process?

How can I add all new users to a special group? For example 'video' or 'www-data'.
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Mount bind with full ownership and permissions

I am using 12.10 on virtualbox. I have my windows documents folder shared through virtual box folder share. Then I wanted to use mount --bind to mount my documents folder to the ubuntu user documents ...
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How can I perform the su command to switch to a network user without a password?

I have a local user and a network user (authenticated over LDAP) that I frequently use su to switch to for certain tasks. I'm wondering how I can avoid typing the password for the network user every ...
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Unable to recover admin account ubuntu 11.10

i had accidentally deleted the admin account. i am using the system from standard how to recover the administrator account which i had deleted, please do favour me in resolving this isssue.
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Regain access to root after setting the shell to /sbin/nologin

I edited the file /etc/passwd on my server in the following way: root:x:0:0:root:/root:/sbin/nologin Now I can not login as root. When I enter the su command, Cannot execute /sbin/nologin: No such ...
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How to add a new user in Ubuntu 12.04, and how i give them a root user privileges [duplicate]

How to add a new user in Ubuntu 12.04, and how i give them a root user privileges
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Limited access accounts for a low maintenance deployment?

Forgive me if I haven't done quite as much digging trying to solve this on my own as I could have: I'm currently in Zambia, and my internet access is unpredictible and slow when it's working. I'm ...
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How to create a web browser only session [duplicate]

I was recently in a Virgin media shop and was interested to see that they had laptops running Ubuntu for customers to browse the web on. The setup itself was interesting and I'm wondering if anyone ...
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User called backup1… what is it for? how to know if it's not compromised?

I was checking my /etc/passwd, when I noticed a user called backup1. What attracted my attention is the number 1 at the end. Is it ok? how can I know if this user is compromised? Im using ubuntu ...
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Basic server build for practicing and learning linux on

I am taking it upon myself to learn Linux,so here is what I want to accomplish; I want to set up a server primarily for practice. I don't need it to do anything specific accept allow me to login via ...
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Do not own my computer? [duplicate]

I was trying to install some plugins for my navigational program when I noticed I can't do changes to the file. And after a while I noticed that I'm not allowed to do any changes to the filesystem. ...
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How can I prevent users accessing anything but their own home directory?

How can I prevent users accessing anything but their own home directory? For example, I have a NTFS partition mounted under /media/ntfs, so if the user logs in through ssh he can reach this ...
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Authentication failed with the correct password and now I cannot use sudo anymore

Recently I installed Ubuntu 12.04 (first time on Ubuntu). I have my normal "administrator", and another Guest account. I was experimenting today with the user accounts, and set my "administrator" ...
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Vstfpd and many accounts creation: is there a howto?

I've been googling around and didn't find valuable answer. I have 98 students. I want to create, for each student a directory where they can upload their own files. Unless I'm wrong, it seems I'll ...
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Why can a new user not write to external Hard Drive?

I installed Precise Pangolin using this guide. I created a user account for my wife and a guest account. I formatted and mounted an external hard drive to the server. I created several file shares ...
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How to give Public_html to each user?

I have a new installation of Ubuntu 12.04 and I want to have 2 or more users be able to test with apache/php/mysql. Within default config at sites-available I added two different VirtualHosts, one ...
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per user lxc containers

I am sure I saw how to do this on a webpage around the intergoogle somewhere. But Is it possible to have your system setup so when you create a user on your machine they log into their own LXC ...
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How do I create a user on Ubuntu Touch for my Tablet? (Nexus 10)

Is there a way to create your own user account in Ubuntu Touch on my Nexus 10 tablet?
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Is it possible to create disposable password for a user account

Some time I want to give access to my computer for my Guests. How can I create a disposable password to my user account so that they have no access to my account in the future, without my permission. ...
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run a command as user at boot time Ubuntu 12.04

I want to run a command at boot time that basically looks like this: python /home/me/.hidden/commnd.py Also, this needs to run as me, not root. I know it can be done, but my google-fu is weak ...
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My user directoy has vanished

My user directory has vanished, instead a "lost+found" folder appears. This has happened after giving more space to root partition.
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Can I change user in the Unity interface without having to type password when changing back?

First of all, let me emphasize that I am talking about my home computer that I use for personal use. I have two accounts in Ubuntu: one for me, one for my wife. We don't use separate accounts to ...
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Is there a way to autostart a user session without logging in?

I am administering a hybrid server/workstation using Ubuntu 12.04. There are several users that have access to the PC, and it is also working as a simplified fileserver using samba. This fileserver is ...
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Recommendations for restoring accounts after replacing a disk drive?

Several of our development servers have flaky SSDs that need to be replaced. The machines are still usable, but we see lots of errors in dmesg, and every once in a while they need to be rebooted ...
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How to configure the locale to be different from the default locale for a user on Ubuntu Server?

On Ubuntu Server 12.04, how can I configure an account to use a locale other than the system default local? Say if I wanted Russian users to be able to use Russian in the terminal ... and Polish users ...
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List all human users

How can I list all human users that I've created? I've tried cat /etc/passwd and it just lists a lot of stuff.
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fstab. allow 2 users mount NTFS with passwd. Deny other users. possible?

i've seen this answer, but it requires the partition to always be mounted (and do the user access via group perms on the root FS that mounted the NTFS) What i'm hopping to be possible, is to allow ...
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How to give a new user permissions to call sudo without a prompt for sudo password?

I am setting up a server in Amazon EC2. I created an image from Amazon's provided images of Ubuntu x64 12 LTS. My goal is to set up a secure svn server there, where access is only possible by IP ...
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How to change guest user icon

How the "Guest User" picture in Ubuntu 12.04 can be changed? The user picture appear, for example, in the user menu. This image is seen in every user's menu, so I guess it's just a matter of finding ...
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Don't know Ubuntu username and password

I installed my Ubuntu today and I logged out but now it asks for username and password which I never set up. Please help!
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What to do if I can no longer become the user root? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I reset a lost administrative password? How can I give admin permissions to my account? I have no root password and I accidentally removed the sudo privileges ...
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Why are there two users with same name?

When I execute users command, it output two users with same name. Why are there two users? I'm pretty sure that I created just one user. i.e username@Computer:~$ users gives following output ...
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Lost Permission of Home Directory

I recently messed up my Ubuntu Setup, so I re-installed and choose to use my existing Home directory . Now I cannot launch Ubuntu-Tweak as myself, but am able to do so with sudo command. Any help ...
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Properly modify home dir

I would like to know, whow to modify properly the homedir of a user. I already know about this command usermod -d /home/peter peter But know, do I have to create the homedir befor? And what will ...
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Bash - Get Sudoer Username?

Say I have the following bash script: #!/bin/bash echo $( whoami ) This is what it outputs with and without sudo: alix@netbook:~$ ./test.sh alix alix@netbook:~$ sudo ./test.sh root The script ...
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Why does ps -elf list user number and not user name?

When I do this ps command: sudo ps -elf | grep firefox I see this output: 0 S 1002 20214 1 0 80 0 - 269240 poll_s 14:03 ? 00:00:24 /usr/lib/firefox/firefox 0 S jeff 22671 ...
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How to give nopasswd access to multiple commands via sudoers?

Below is what I know: I have to add this below line in sudoers file to give rights to the user for particular task. user_name ALL=NOPASSWD: /usr/bin/apt-get install In this case I want to give ...
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Give access to a specific user to a specific folder within a group? [Terminal]

I have created a file, admin, that I want to assign to a group, admingroup, and later on give a specific user, adminuser, exclusive access to that file but I have no idea how.
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Accounts lost during in-line upgrade Ubuntu 10.04 -> 11.10

I recently upgraded an Ubuntu box from 10.04 to 11.10. During the upgrade process, all of the accounts except the one I created on installation were lost, and had to be recovered. Subsequently, I ...
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How to NOT become a root user? Are administrators root?

I installed Ubuntu on my PC. To log in, I use the username and password I created during installation. Does this mean I am a root user? If yes, then how do I become non-root? It looks like non-root ...