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I enjoy using Ubuntu (sans Unity) and think open-source software will, and should, play a more dominant role in normal people's lives, but I am far from a Linux advocate. Or to put it another way, I'm more like a Linus than a Stallman.

Perhaps I'm the only one amused by this, but my most popular answers relate to opening magnet links from a web browser.

I like using the Awesome window-manager. Many questions about Awesome can be resolved by perusing a more experienced user's rc.lua file.

Most recently, I've been trying out i3, but I think I'll stick with Awesome as my main environment.


Mar
2
comment What if I run a virus/trojan Windows EXE on Ubuntu with Wine?
That might be true when Linux was almost exclusively in the domain of servers and enterprise machines, but nowadays a lot of people use it as a desktop OS... it'd be hard to argue to those people that they aren't really endangered, even after losing all their personal info, because the virus wasn't able to run as root.
Mar
2
asked Can I stream Netflix to Ubuntu via a Mac?
Mar
1
revised Mysterious Hard Disk Failure?
obviously "mystical" is not meant...
Mar
1
suggested suggested edit on Mysterious Hard Disk Failure?
Feb
28
comment So, what is the advantage of using the terminal?
With configuration files, one advantage of just editing them from the command line is knowing what's happening to the file. If you append a certain command, you now know the file has that extra line. With the GUI, sometimes it's actually unclear what you did or what effect your checking/unchecking the box will do. I suppose the disadvantage is that config files can be hard to read.
Feb
28
comment Autodim does not un-dim when I start using the computer again
Hi Peter. I'm sorry to hear that. Unless you had serious battery life degradation though, you wouldn't see any improvements. You might want to try laptop-mode-tools once you get your other problems fixed. Some of them might be caused by any modifications you made to get your MacBook to work with earlier versions of Ubuntu.
Feb
26
comment How can I have inertia scrolling for my touchpad?
This is about reverse scrolling not "inertia" scrolling, or what most of the world calls it: kinetic scrolling.
Feb
25
comment Is ext4 stable on 11.10?
I've noticed there are generally a lot of outdated webpages about Linux in general... for example, I think some Ubuntu webpages recommend doubling the amount of RAM to get your swap partition size, but this is from the old days when 1GB was a lot. It'd be ludicrous to make a swap of 16GB because you have 8GB of RAM!
Feb
25
comment Best disk partition for normal users
@0cool, not if someone wants to install "more applications...", but if someone wants to install many.
Feb
23
revised Is there software to manage the laptop's touchpad?
change strange formatting that is not really helpful, other minor copyedits
Feb
23
suggested suggested edit on Is there software to manage the laptop's touchpad?
Feb
23
comment The color-coding of file types in my terminal has stopped, help?
@LurkDog you modified your .bashrc file, it seems. So you have to add back the line that says alias ls='ls --color' as JasonD said.
Feb
23
answered Deb Installation And Man In The Middle Attack
Feb
23
comment What type of installed/updated packages recommend the option to reboot
Those are the obvious candidates.. but even when not installing those, I get the "reboot" arrow appearing. I (and the OP) wonder why.
Feb
23
answered Adobe Flash alternative for Ubuntu 11.10 64 bit
Feb
23
answered MacBook keyboard layout – swapped keys § and `
Feb
21
revised So, what is the advantage of using the terminal?
improved explanation, added example
Feb
21
comment GRUB fatal installation of Ubuntu 11.10 - Dual boot for Win7
As for your particular error above, you are trying to install GRUB to the swap partition instead of the boot partition.
Feb
21
comment GRUB fatal installation of Ubuntu 11.10 - Dual boot for Win7
GRUB does not overwrite/override the MBR. It gets installed to its own BIOS partition. The auto installation will change a piece of the MBR to point to GRUB. If you're willing to follow the instructions in your link, which does the same kind of thing but using a program you download, I don't see what the issue is here. You're making life harder for yourself for no apparent reason.
Feb
21
comment GRUB fatal installation of Ubuntu 11.10 - Dual boot for Win7
I would not bother with all this partitioning. It is obviously confusing the installer. Change everything back to before you partitioned and re-do the install and the 11.10 installer will ask if you want to install alongside Windows -- pick that option and you should be set.