59
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9answers
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What's the difference between Wubi and a regular installation?

Recently I've learned of Wubi, a way to install Ubuntu right from Windows. Besides installing from Windows, I would like to know key differences between a regular Ubuntu installation and one done ...
58
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6answers
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Whats the simplest way to edit and add files to “/var/www”?

Having installed the web server is there a simple way to set a user able to use the graphic interface to copy files and directories to the local web server /var/www I gave myself administrative ...
58
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4answers
104k views

How to setup an Access Point mode Wi-Fi Hotspot?

How to setup an Access Point mode Wi-Fi Hotspot? Point to be noted: Wireless hotspots aren't same as ad hoc networks. Significant difference is there. In short, ad hoc networks aren't ...
34
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23answers
67k views

How to fix Duplicate sources.list entry?

I keep getting this warning whenever I try to run sudo apt-get update. W: Duplicate sources.list entry http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise-updates/main i386 Packages ...
19
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5answers
55k views

How do I reset a lost password (using recovery mode requires me to type the password)?

I need to reset my password. I have followed these steps: How do I reset a lost Administrative (root) password? However, then I go to "root" or "netroot" recovery options, it tells me: Give root ...
61
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4answers
51k views

What is Ubuntu Touch (Ubuntu for Phones)

Following up on Canonical's announcement, what is Ubuntu for phones, where can I download a copy of the OS to run on my phone? And how do I know if it's compatible with my phone?
17
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4answers
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Grub rescue - error: unknown filesystem

I have a multiboot system set up. The system has three drives. Multiboot is configured with Windows XP, Windows 7, and Ubuntu - all on the first drive. I had a lot of unpartitioned space left on the ...
252
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0answers
337k views

How do I install Oracle Java JDK 7? [duplicate]

If I downloaded the latest JDK from Oracle, do I just download the .tar file and extract it to /usr/lib/jvm/?
97
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14answers
48k views

Best way to backup all settings, list of installed packages, tweaks, etc?

If I want to make a backup of everything I have done since the fresh install of Ubuntu, what are the possible options? What all should I backup? I want to get all the settings that I changed, all the ...
94
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4answers
62k views

Why is “No new release found” when upgrading from a LTS to the next?

I'm following the upgrade instructions on Ubuntu's website, but on launching the upgrade tool I get this response: Checking for a new ubuntu release No new release found Am I doing something wrong? ...
32
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2answers
3k views

How do I go about porting Ubuntu Touch to different devices?

I would like to port Ubuntu Touch to a device that is currently not supported. What are the requirements for doing this and where do I begin?
32
votes
11answers
22k views

How do I install Skype?

I want to install Skype, but I can't locate it in Software Center or by using Synaptic Package Manager. Can anyone help me?
61
votes
7answers
42k views

How can I play encrypted DVD movies?

My machine can't play encrypted DVDs on a fresh install. How do I add this capability? Another useful bit of information would be what programs are best for playing DVDs, once I'm able to do so. ...
34
votes
4answers
41k views

How do I install and switch to the Unity 2D desktop?

I read that there is now a 2D version of Unity built on Qt. How do I install it, and once it's installed, how do I switch to it?
9
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4answers
22k views

How do I uninstall Ubuntu Wubi?

I want to uninstall Ubuntu because I just don't like it... I have windows 7 and no boot disk or anything special to uninstall, when I installed Ubuntu it said easy to uninstall and I would love to ...
14
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0answers
61k views

Wireless doesn't work on a Broadcom BCM4312 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to Install Broadcom / STA Wireless card (BCM43XX) As stated, I've just upgraded to 12.04 and my Dell Inspiron 1545 isn't recognising its wireless card and I was ...
56
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11answers
32k views

What's your recommendation on drive partitioning schemes for a desktop and home server? [closed]

What partitioning scheme do you recommend for a desktop? I've always created three or four primary partitions -- root, swap, home, and sometimes a separate boot partition. Ubuntu's default install ...
31
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3answers
26k views

How to set up USB for Virtualbox?

I'm using Ubuntu Maverick and Virtual Box 3+ and I installed Window 7 Ultimate Editon. The problem is that it doesn't detect USB drives on Window 7 but USB peripherals (mouse + keybord) are working. ...
51
votes
8answers
43k views

How do I use 'chmod' on an NTFS (or FAT32) partition?

I have a script that I need to execute on an NTFS partition. The script's permission is set to 600. I attempted to modify the permissions by running chmod 755 script.sh, which doesn't report a ...
47
votes
6answers
86k views

How do I reset GNOME to the defaults?

I was playing around with some settings, and now I need to reset GNOME to it's defaults - how do I do that?
15
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5answers
4k views

Why can't I install Ubuntu or Wubi on a Windows Dynamic Disk?

I've been trying to install 12.04 for a while now, I'm running on Windows 7 and I already made the partition (it's dynamic). I've tried booting from a disc and also the Windows installer. I haven't ...
9
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3answers
15k views

How do I install the VirtualBox version from Oracle to install an Extension Pack?

I downloaded VirtualBox OSE from the Ubuntu Software Center but it seems that that version is limited. I prefer to have the complete version and don't really care if it's closed source or not. Can I ...
95
votes
6answers
75k views

How can I configure Unity's launcher auto-hide behavior?

This has been an issue for me with Unity since its release. I'd like to make the the launcher auto-hide. Especially on Netbooks, where screens are small, the launcher is quite wide, making it ...
51
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9answers
5k views

Which computers are guaranteed to work? [closed]

Before I buy my next laptop, I'd like to make sure that it will work perfectly with Ubuntu. Is there a list of completely supported computers anywhere?
60
votes
8answers
47k views

Is it possible to “upgrade” from a 32bit to a 64bit installation?

As per title, I wish to know if I can, after a successful 32bit setup and consequent software installations, update to a 64bit version. I know how to partition (actually one of the solutions is to ...
11
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3answers
47k views

How do I install BCM43142 wireless drivers for Dell Vostro 3460/3560?

I have a Dell Vostro 3460 with one of the new Broadcom 43142 hybrid Wireless/Bluetooth chips. Neither the proprietary driver (wl) nor the b43 driver supports this. lspci -nn gives me 01:00.0 Network ...
17
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5answers
74k views

How to resize partitions?

Previously, I have installed Windows 7 on my 320 GB laptop with three partitions 173, 84 and 63 GB each. The 63 GB partition was where the Windows was installed. The rest were for file containers. ...
22
votes
3answers
12k views

How do I add myself back as a sudo user?

I clean-installed Ubuntu 11.10 today, and then installed VirtualBox. This required me to add myself to the vboxusers group, and since 11.10 seems to no longer have a graphical app to add users to a ...
231
votes
21answers
173k views

How can PPAs be removed?

I've added many PPAs using the add-apt-repository command. Is there a simple way to remove these PPAs? I've checked in /etc/apt/sources.list for the appropriate deb lines but they aren't there. This ...
20
votes
3answers
28k views

How to install Ubuntu on VirtualBox?

I would like to know if anyone can help me with installing Ubuntu on VirtualBox 4.1.12. I'm really having trouble installing ubuntu on there. I am a first time user but always wanted to give it a try, ...
111
votes
8answers
40k views

How do I install the latest stable version of Firefox?

I want to install the latest Firefox on my Ubuntu (64bit) box. What is the best way to do this? Is there a specific update site or should I download the binaries manually? If doing manually, in which ...
16
votes
2answers
48k views

How do I get a Ralink RT3290 wireless card working?

I just installed Ubuntu 12.10 on an ASUS X401U, and after installation there is no list of wireless connections. I didn't have that problem with an installation on HP. What I can do to enable Wifi? ...
21
votes
8answers
14k views

Can't boot without Flash Drive plugged in

I had Ubuntu 12.04 Beta installed on my computer. When 12.04 was finally released, I made a bootable USB Flash Drive using Startup Disk Creator. Then I decided to check if this drive works properly ...
123
votes
3answers
35k views

What's the right terminology for Unity's UI elements?

I've sent a few mails to the Ayatana mailing list regarding some UI suggestions for Unity, but I'm afraid I keep confusing the right terms for the UI element, so I would like to have some ...
214
votes
5answers
54k views

How do I modify or disable the HUD's use of the Alt key?

A number of games, Emacs, and the terminal make extensive use of the Alt key. Can Unity be configured to respect this key, rather than launching the HUD with it?
53
votes
24answers
21k views

What IDEs are available for Ubuntu? [closed]

This question exists because it has historical significance, but it is not considered a good, on-topic question for this site, so please do not use it as evidence that you can ask similar questions ...
95
votes
5answers
83k views

How can I accept the Microsoft EULA agreement for ttf-mscorefonts-installer?

After a recent update, ttf-mscorefonts-installer prompted me to accept its license agreement. For some reason my terminal will not allow me to accept, or for some reason I am pressing the wrong ...
23
votes
10answers
55k views

Radeon HD 2000, 3000, 4000 on Ubuntu 12.10 and higher: fglrx (legacy) unsupported, what to do?

After upgrading to 12.10 quantal, the packaged version of fglrx no longer works. I discovered that this is because there is a separate 'legacy' fglrx driver for the HD 2k-4k series cards, but it is ...
18
votes
3answers
50k views

How do I fix a “Failed to download package files” error?

After I installed Ubuntu , I cannot update any software with the error message "failed to download package files". After having googled, I have tried: sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get upgrade ...
30
votes
3answers
41k views

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?
280
votes
15answers
364k views

How to list all installed packages?

I'd like to output a list of all installed packages into a text file, so that I can review it and bulk-install on another system. How to do this?
114
votes
22answers
83k views

Tips to extend battery life for laptops and notebooks

This question is present as a matter of historical interest. While you are encouraged to help maintain its answers, please understand that "big list" questions are not generally allowed on Ask ...
53
votes
5answers
144k views

How to manage users and groups?

Just switched from 10.04 to 11.10. I'm wondering about the limited options in the GUI for managing users and groups. Where is the old GUI to change groups, id's, etc. I know that I can do this from ...
23
votes
8answers
32k views

How to correctly install and troubleshoot Minecraft (Client)

How to correctly install Minecraft, including setting any needed packages or apps to install it and to troubleshoot the most common problems that Ubuntu users face when trying to user Minecraft. I am ...
49
votes
9answers
131k views

How to make a disk image and restore from it later?

I'm a new Linux user. I've reinstalled my Wubi from scratch at least ten times the last few weeks because while getting the system up and running (drivers, resolution, etc.) I've broken something (X, ...
29
votes
48answers
32k views

What download managers are available for Ubuntu?

This question exists as it fills a specific criterion. While you are encouraged to help maintain its answers, please understand that "big list" questions are not generally allowed on Ask Ubuntu ...
32
votes
6answers
33k views

Dash search gives no result

I just upgraded my Ubuntu 11.10 (x86) to Ubuntu 12.04 (x86). The upgrade completed without any errors. Since then, I am unable to access any of the applications in the Dash. The Dash seems to be ...
47
votes
5answers
23k views

How do I upgrade to the development release (aka. Ubuntu+1)?

How do I upgrade to the unreleased version of Ubuntu for testing?
5
votes
8answers
7k views

Failed to download repository information due to missing CDROM

When updating I got this error message: W:Failed to fetch cdrom://Ubuntu 11.10 _Oneiric Ocelot_ - Release amd64 (20111012)/dists/oneiric/main/binary-i386/Packages Please use apt-cdrom to make this ...
70
votes
14answers
79k views

How can I create launchers on my desktop?

In older versions it was easy to create a launcher on my desktop all i had to do is right click on my desktop and select the create launcher option. But on 11.10 the option disappeared from the menu.. ...

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