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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.


Sep
24
comment How to install and run UNetbootin?
To clarify owl's comment, I was on an older version of Ubuntu and unetbootin wouldn't show me the latest versions, since I installed it through that older Ubuntu. Adding this PPA did the trick: I could see all recent versions and was then able to USB install a newer one (much faster than do-release-upgrade).
Sep
7
comment nautilus-dropbox : Depends: dropbox but it is not going to be installed
Yeah, installing the "dropbox" package rather than "nautilus-dropbox" is the key.
Sep
7
comment How to install Oracle Java on Ubuntu 14.04?
I'm going to assume you know how to follow the instructions to install the tar.gz file. The problem is that website doesn't have java 8. So how did you download it? Did you go to oracle.com?
Sep
7
comment Where is the output file?
You have all the necessary dependencies like matplotlib? In any case, you'd be better off asking in a SymPy forum, not an Ubuntu one.
Sep
7
comment Where is the output file?
Isn't the output a QASM file? Then there is a package, qasm2circ, to turn a QASM file to a figure, as explained in the very first link on your linked webpage... btw, this is not an Ubuntu question.
Sep
6
comment How to fix authentication password, when password is rejected?
What happens if you try "ubuntu" as your password?
Aug
29
comment How do I disable overlay scrollbars?
Warning: Don't try this on 13.10!
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 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 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
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 of the login screen?
At the risk of looking narcissistic, I just found my own answer very useful once again, so I undeleted it. :-/