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Long time Linux user (currently kubuntu). Use Windows 98, and 7 when I have to. Programmed in many languages, currently using bash and awk for most things. Learning Python.

Have one project on sourceforge:

Duplex printing emulator for non-duplex printers (Linux)


Jul
17
comment Why do I need to type `./` before executing a program in the current directory?
This is a handy trick if it is used sparingly. Using it a lot makes your system do things that someone else would not expect. Also, when you do backups, symlinks have to be handled specially. By default, rsync doesn't process them at all, so when you restore they're not there.
Jul
17
comment I can't use the terminal while gedit command is running
This works terribly when combined with sudo. That's part of why gksudo and kdesudo were implemented. I just ran your example and it worked, but what it did was leave sudo waiting in the background for a password. gedit was not even started. I had to do an fg to bring it up. Then, I could enter the password and run gedit. Maybe you're relying on the sudo password timeout to skip the password the second time you run it, but that's often set to 0 by default and shouldn't be relied upon. You're essentially doing something twice to do it once. That clutters your history and opens you to errors.
Jul
17
comment I can't use the terminal while gedit command is running
A new terminal window just clutters the desktop, even if it's minimized. Using & with or without disown is much simpler and cleaner.
Jul
17
comment I can't use the terminal while gedit command is running
It's a bad idea to use alias to redefine common commands. You'll find lots of threads about it on stackexchange. It is fine to use an alias with a different name. In a nutshell, aliasing existing commands creates unexpected behavior on your machine if someone else ever uses it (like when trying to help you fix some other problem) and it does the same thing to you when you use another system without those aliases and your commands don't work as you expect. One of the poster children for this is alias rm='rm -i'. It gets you used to deleting things with a second chance that's not always there.
Jul
17
comment I can't use the terminal while gedit command is running
@JonKiparsky Amusing example - does make the point.
Jul
17
comment Replacing Windows with Linux Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
Although you may not want to do it right away and wait until you know a bit more about Linux, it's really good to move /home onto its own partition and possibly create another partition just for data. That makes backups and upgrades much easier. It also helps prevent running out of disk space needed to run Linux after storing too many data files on the main (/ or root) partition. There are posts on stackexchange covering how to do this.
Jul
17
comment Replacing Windows with Linux Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
Some systems also have a hidden rescue partition that can be used to reinstall Windows. If you're really done with Windows, you'll want to delete that as well before making the Linux partition bigger.
Jul
17
comment New Install and No Internet Connection
Compare the outputs of dmesg (piped into less or saved in a file so it doesn't just fly by on the console) from boot and LiveCD boot looking for network stuff. Search for: For wifi "cfg80211","wifi","wlan0". For Ethernet "eth0". They may provide clues to someone on this forum as to what is going on.
Jun
27
comment Is there any program designed for writing a book?
+1 Never heard of plume-creator. I'm heading over to check it out now.
Jun
27
comment Is there any program designed for writing a book?
A lot of people on the SE Writers forum are very fond of Scrivener. You may want to take a look there at some of the posts about it - and for all things about writing.
Jun
27
comment Is there any program designed for writing a book?
@biologue I've been using OpenOffice/LibreOffice for almost two decades with no major issues. Some thesis templates are even available. As others have said, there is no substitute for backup with any data you care about at all - let alone a thesis. Your idea to use git, etc. is good too, but not a substitute for plain backup.
Jun
27
comment Some fast way to save and restore tabs of Terminal?
You may want to look into the screen command. I don't use it, but I believe it can save and restore all sorts of sessions - even remote ones.
Jun
27
comment Total Newbie confused about partitions
I strongly agree with @Sri . Start out with a dual boot system. That way, you can keep getting (at least some) work done using Windows while learning Linux. As has been mentioned by others, Linux will be able to access your data stored under Windows so you won't have to start from scratch. However, while you're learning, you should copy the files from Windows to Linux and just work on the copies so if you mess something up by mistake it won't be a problem and you can learn a lot faster that way.
Jun
27
answered How do I use the Malayalam language in LibreOffice Writer?
Jun
27
comment Which licence text to sell my application
Not an exact fit, but check out the ASP, Association for Software (used to be "Shareware") Professionals: asp-software.org . You can probably get some good ideas from them. Their membership criteria used to be very strict, but it was many years ago when I checked them out.
Jun
19
comment getting grub problem on my new laptop with preinstalled ubuntu software and just cant sort it out
Optionally, you can try running grub-customizer launchpad.net/grub-customizer . It will run from a live-CD. It makes dealing with grub settings a lot easier and may help you see and fix the issue.
Jun
19
comment getting grub problem on my new laptop with preinstalled ubuntu software and just cant sort it out
It sounds like grub is going into command mode instead of just booting into one of your partitions. Usually, you have to type a C to get it to that and you only do it when you need to modify boot parameters - which are moderately advanced options. It would help if you post the content of /boot/grub/grub.cfg.
Jun
7
comment After update, my printer will not work
Glad it works. Don't forget to go to localhost:631 in your browser when problems occur. That's the CUPS web interface. It will let you send test pages and do all sorts of printer and print queue maintenance.
Jun
3
comment Run same command again but as root
@Kaz Using single quotes should leave the ! intact.
May
2
comment How to compile and run a COBOL program?
COBOL is a language I've been trying to forget for quite some time. I once did get a job because I was the only FORTRAN IV programmer they could find who was willing to learn COBOL. LOL. Although programs in COBOL "can" be written to be very readable, it's underlying data structures, flow control, and type conversions can be a nightmare. If you find something you really need in COBOL, use it, but don't write anything new in it unless you have no choice!