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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
22
comment How do I stop video tearing? (Nvidia prop driver, non-compositing window manager)
It doesn't seem like you read my post very carefully. Incidentally, you shouldn't have to kill xcompmgr. Just don't start it in the first place.
May
22
comment How to edit synaptics configuration? xorg.conf way doesen't work
Make sure the path is /etc/X11/xorg.conf. The first slash is important.
May
21
comment the size of apt-get update lists is too big
Hi John. Thanks for all your work. With regard to what is perhaps a triviality, I'd like to reward @chilicuil somehow, but as he has not posted an answer and yours is the most informative answer, I think I'll reward you the bounty.
May
21
comment How do I stop video tearing? (Nvidia prop driver, non-compositing window manager)
The nouveau driver doesn't seem to have the same problem. The only thing I was able to diagnose that seems different is that with nouveau the FPS is about 600 without any additional configuration needed by me.
May
21
comment How do I stop video tearing? (Nvidia prop driver, non-compositing window manager)
Hi David. I've uploaded an image of my alleged tearing :-) Please tell me if it matches "tearing". It happens pretty much on any video I watch, so I didn't think it was worth getting into specifics. Do you have any suggestions of what to test on specifically? I've tried those options (and subsequently removed them), but perhaps there's some combination I should try? If you can look at my pasted xorg.conf, let me know if there is anything seemingly amiss. How do I check if the GPU is not doing the work? Finally, yes the same videos never have an issue in OS X on the same machine.
May
21
comment Sluggish switching of desktop environments in Ubuntu 12.04
So this is just when switching from Unity? Not into?
May
21
comment How do I stop video tearing? (Nvidia prop driver, non-compositing window manager)
VLC has options for those two outputs and I've tried them both.
May
21
comment How do I stop video tearing? (Nvidia prop driver, non-compositing window manager)
Hi Alistair. Thanks for the suggestion, but I use only a single display.
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.