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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.


May
20
comment Conky not working in Gnome 3.4
If you have trouble with conky autostarting, it might be because you need to wait until the desktop environment finishes loading. Have you tried autostarting something like sleep 3 && conky -d?
May
20
comment How can I install Rhythmbox in xubuntu without nautilus?
izx, can you update your answer to remove the error about RhytmBox dependencies and also add the info about /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/99synaptic that you made in your deleted comment?
May
19
comment Firefox window is distorted/broken after changing from fullscreen
Check if the problem is with Firefox by using another browser. If it is and you are updated to the latest version, consider going back to an earlier version.
May
19
comment Is installing Ubuntu on Mac as simple as installing on a generic PC?
Regarding the suspend/resume on Mac laptops, upgrading to 12.04 fixed that issue for me. No hardware problems from the upgrade either, so I consider it a success :)
May
19
comment Firefox window is distorted/broken after changing from fullscreen
You've tried restarting? Can you reproduce the problem every time, or is it just occasionally?
May
19
comment the size of apt-get update lists is too big
Just noticed the mirror has updated, so I tried sudo apt-get update and found... ~13MB again. @dumb906, unless it really worked for you, please unaccept my answer. This issue is still unresolved.
May
19
comment the size of apt-get update lists is too big
Well, let's not jump the gun here! Did you check the last-modified date using John's suggestion? I've now tried another mirror and checked the last-modified date. The new mirror apparently takes a day or so to update, so I'll update my response with the result. I have a good feeling about it, since the first apt-get update from the mirror was not large like with the outdated mirrors.
May
19
comment Why do I have Unity and GNOME Classic running at the same time?
For the benfit of those wondering if this will work, this has worked for the OP, although s/he has not checked the answer as "accepted".
May
18
comment How to suspend from command line such that screen is locked?
use a simple locking program like i3lock instead. Given that all it does is lock the screen, I think it should avoid whatever interaction is going on here with the screensaver programs.
May
18
comment the size of apt-get update lists is too big
I've been informed the S3-backed servers are having issues right now. I've noticed these large fetches ever since early 12.04 alpha (I wasn't on Oneiric long enough to notice there).
May
18
comment the size of apt-get update lists is too big
Yes, but I've always noticed this: ~13 MB fetches even when done in 30 minute intervals. This is normal, you say?
May
18
comment Mac Air trackpad suddenly doesn't respond
There are many reasons your trackpad might not work. can you give more details, such as what you were doing when it stops and how often this seems to happen? Please also state the version of Ubuntu and MacBook Air you are using.
May
17
comment How to install Chrome browser properly via command line?
Here are the relevant instructions on the Google PPA page. Some of the details are now a bit different and so the above answer should be updated accordingly.
May
17
comment Google chrome cannot be installed
Adding the Google PPA should work. Instructions here.
May
17
comment Google chrome cannot be installed
Duplicate of askubuntu.com/q/79280/43660 : Looks like the accepted answer there doesn't work here, so should be updated with whatever the solution to this issue is.
May
17
comment How to Remove the openbox menu items from my login-screen resulted due to LXDE installation
Possible duplicate: askubuntu.com/q/81161/43660 This should resolve your problem.
May
17
comment How do I stop video tearing? (Nvidia prop driver, non-compositing window manager)
I've tried TripleBuffer; it seems to help a bit, but not much. I'll pastebin my xorg.conf.
May
17
comment the size of apt-get update lists is too big
This seems to be the common refrain, but "sustained activity" can't explain why people have been experiencing this issue on Mint 11 and 12, 11.10 in addition to 12.04 (Note I've always had these large fetches since early alpha of 12.04). Please take a look at the links given in comments elsewhere on this question. Basically, the issue is this: people using apt-get update several times a day find large 10-20MB fetches. There is obviously not THAT much activity. I'm beginning to think a bug report is the correct response here.
May
13
comment Creating a bootable USB Stick on Mac OS X
Duplicate of askubuntu.com/q/28495/43660
May
11
comment Script to tell 12.04 Kernel to maintain battery power saving features on AC
...you mean enabled on AC? You have to force it to do that.