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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.


Jul
21
comment Is Mactel PPA good stuff for Macbook Pro 5,3 with Ubuntu 13.04?
It's a very old PPA. I don't recommend using it. Fixes to a lot of issues are incorporated into Ubuntu now.
Jul
12
comment Error: partition table requires a separate partition for boot loader code (EFI issue)
This was what I meant earlier in the chat room. Just pick your EFI partition on your main disk as the bootloader location. According to Wikipedia, this may affect later firmware updates, but my mac was old enough I didn't really care (not likely to be any useful updates).
Jun
1
comment 13.04 sees network and has correct password but states “Auth Req'd”?
Did you fix it?
Jun
1
comment why won't youtube videos play but all other websites work fine?
Yes, a tough one! How about installing Google Chrome which has its own flash, to see how that works?
May
31
comment Best UI that still makes good use of Super button
Try Gnome-Do.
May
30
comment Can't install Ubuntu in Macbook Late 2007
Also, take a look at this. It mentions that after installing rEFInd, you need to move some files to your USB. Did you do that step?
May
30
comment Can't install Ubuntu in Macbook Late 2007
Try to create a special USB boot, as mentioned here. You might be able to get more help from the Ubuntu forums, as that's where the link will take you.
May
30
comment why won't youtube videos play but all other websites work fine?
Do you have all your extensions off? Try starting Firefox in safe mode, i.e. firefox --safe-mode.
May
29
comment Replacing some characters in the previous command
To repeat the substitution, use :&, i.e. ^bad^good^:& will change bad bad bad to good good bad. You can keep stacking :& but after two probably you should use :gs as suggested.
May
29
comment 13.04 sees network and has correct password but states “Auth Req'd”?
I mean users on the same computer (there's always a root "super-user" and a regular user, even if you're the only one that uses it). Is there a checkbox that is checked that says something like 'for all users'?
May
29
comment 13.04 sees network and has correct password but states “Auth Req'd”?
Are you trying to add the network for all users? That requires the root password.
May
27
comment DVDs not playing
Please put the error messages you get from VLC and also include further details, such as, which DVD doesn't play (is it the original or ripped).
May
26
comment Ubuntu 12.04 desktop freezes randomly
Possible duplicate: askubuntu.com/questions/93226/… askubuntu.com/q/38367/43660 askubuntu.com/q/93226/43660
May
26
comment Ubuntu 12.04 desktop freezes randomly
Not to make light of your issue, but getting marked as dupe is not the only potential danger here... the other is getting marked as 'too localized'.
May
24
comment What is “dist-upgrade” and why does it upgrade more than “upgrade”?
Besides what Eliah mentioned, the essential point is that apt-get upgrade will not remove or add packages. If a fix to a package requires a new package, the update will be held back. pablomme's answer, which you revised to be less accurate, is better and I'd advise readers to go to that one.
May
23
comment What do I do when Ubuntu 12.10 freezes while starting up?
Which session are you trying to log into? Have you tried logging into a desktop environment that has less intensive graphics?
May
23
comment Youtube videos are slow?
So you say videos from other sites are streaming quickly, and the problem is only with YouTube? What happens when you run Firefox in safe mode? i.e. type firefox -safe-mode at the terminal
May
22
comment How do I change the wallpaper in LightDM?
At the risk of looking narcissistic, I just found my own answer very useful once again, so I undeleted it. :-/
Jan
25
comment How do I use REISUB with an Apple slim aluminum keyboard?
Excellent. Some great comments/fixes in the bug report discussion.
Jan
16
comment Should I be afraid to install NVIDIA driver updates?
Nvidia drivers are particularly notorious for regressions, e.g. an update may break something, the next will fix it but break something else, etc. If you're happy with the current version, I'd stick with it.