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Apr
16
comment Is Wine what I think it is?
@CameronMartin Sort of yes and sort of no. Windows and Linux use the same instruction set on any given platform (like x86_64), but their executable formats are different (the format the application is stored in). Linux usually uses ELF and Windows uses the (misleadingly named) Portable Executable format.
Aug
27
comment I've inherited a dangerously out of date server. How do I plan to safely upgrade it?
This is great information. The only thing I'd add is that in step 4, document what you did so it's easier for the next person.
Aug
2
comment How to order the Ubuntu Phone?
It's worth pointing out that that indiegogo isn't a store, so that's a page where you can donate money to Canonical, and if they successfully build that phone, they will give you one.
Jun
28
comment Is there any program for writing a book?
@moose I really don't understand what you have against Markdown. Yes, LaTeX is more powerful, but the lack of power is what makes Markdown useful in some cases. For example, if I was writing a book, I would write the entire thing in Markdown, then convert it to LaTeX for the final draft. I don't want to think about formatting while I'm writing. Maybe you do, but then you're not the target audience for this answer.
Jun
27
comment Is there any program for writing a book?
@moose Yes I know, that's why I said: If you want something as predictable as LaTeX, but don't need all of the power (and the complexity that comes with that power). And see the last line for converting Markdown to LaTeX if it becomes necessary.
Jun
14
comment Encrypting/Decrypting a single file in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
Why des3? You can do much better encryption faster with openssl aes-128-cbc
Dec
12
comment Firefox “clone” for Ubuntu
There's nothing wrong with using multiple browsers if that's what you want to do (the whole point of Linux is that you can do what you want). I just figured if multiple users was your main issue, you might want to know an easier way. I realize it seems like people are attacking your decisions, but the reason people are asking these questions is because sometimes we can help people solve a problem by showing them a solution that's not necessarily the one they're looking for.
Dec
12
comment Firefox “clone” for Ubuntu
I just mean, create a separate (system-level) user account for each user. It's like profiles except it works for all of your applications. Even the newbest of newbies can learn to click their name on a login screen.
Dec
12
comment Firefox “clone” for Ubuntu
For situation (1), that's exactly what user accounts on a computer are for..
Dec
7
comment Will I keep my programs, like PowerPoint, Word, Excel, iTunes, etc?
@Suman PlayOnLinux automates some things about Wine, so it generally makes it much easier to run Windows games on Linux. Under the hood, it's still Wine, so the same caveats apply (your games might work, but you shouldn't depend on it). Technical description: You know all the comments on WineHQ explaining the hoops you need to jump through to get stuff to work? Stuff like (1) install this version of wine (2) install these libraries (3) do these changes to the register, etc. PlayOnLinux does all of those things automatically.
Dec
7
comment Will I keep my programs, like PowerPoint, Word, Excel, iTunes, etc?
This is true, but it's worth mentioning that Wine is usually a lot of work to get programs running poorly, and is almost always not worth the effort (exception: games).
Dec
7
comment Will I keep my programs, like PowerPoint, Word, Excel, iTunes, etc?
Ruben's answer is correct, but I figured you may want to know the alternatives. On Ubuntu, the programs you'd probably use instead of the ones you listed are OpenOffice (or LibreOffice which is nearly identical) (comes with programs similar to Word, Excel and Powerpoint) and either Rhythmbox or Banshee for music. If you want to try them out, some of them run on Windows too: download Banshee, download LibreOffice.
Oct
22
comment How to Make Ubuntu look like Windows Vista?
Don't they look pretty much the same?
Oct
4
comment What are the available browsers for 128 MB of RAM PC?
Midori isn't really significantly smaller than other browsers like Firefox or Chrome. Any browser that can successfully render modern pages is going to use huge amounts of memory on them.
Sep
14
comment I need minimalistic Ubuntu OS for Internet cafe PC
Completely disabling updates is a bad idea on a system that's going to be online. You really need at least the security updates.
Sep
11
comment How do I nstall MS Office 2010 via WINE?
p7zip-full did it for me.
Aug
30
comment Is there any way to use Windows Live Messenger in Ubuntu?
If you do end up using a VM, make sure to check out Virtualbox's "seamless mode", which will make it less annoying (by making the window manager treat VM applications normally).
Jun
30
comment Why is swap being used even though I have plenty of free RAM?
Turning swap off entirely is overkill since swapiness=0 does the same thing, but safer (if you do end up with too much stuff in memory, it will throw something in swap).
Jun
30
comment Why is swap being used even though I have plenty of free RAM?
@SimonRichter Yes that's the idea. Swappiness of 60 is probably too agressive on modern systems though, since that means you're starting to swap out when you still have several gigs of free memory.
Jun
12
comment How can I store files in an archive without compressing them on Ubuntu 10.04?
This definitely works, but what's the advantage over tar if you're not using compression, especially since you lose your file permissions?