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Apr
12
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Mar
13
comment which version of Ubuntu suites for an Old PC
Ubuntu is probably not an ideal distribution for these machines as it is adapted to take advantage of (and expect) the resources found in more modern hardware. You may want to look into other, very minimal GNU/Linux distributions.
Mar
12
comment How to Reinstall Ubuntu on Acer C7 Chromebook
NB: Installing coreboot BIOS could brick your machine if you're not careful. I would advise reading everything on this page before you proceed: johnlewis.ie/coreboot-on-chromebooks/pre-built-firmware
Mar
12
comment Key short cut `Super+L` (i.e. `Win+L`) not working for `LockScreen` in 12.04 LTS
NB: The screenshots are a little different for 13.10 but this method still works. Note that /usr/bin/gcalctool doesn't exist in 13.10; it's /usr/bin/gnome-calculator
Feb
25
comment Ubuntu download not asking me to set a size for download
Do you mean 32-vs-64 bit?
Feb
7
comment How do I hide a particular user from the LightDM login screen?
You may want/need to also change the group id, and chown any files owned by the user, as I commented on OerHeks' answer.
Feb
7
comment How do I hide a particular user from the LightDM login screen?
And don't forget! When you change the user id, any private files owned by that user will suddenly become inaccessible. You'll need to run (e.g.) sudo chown -R user-name:user-name /home/user-name.
Feb
7
comment How do I hide a particular user from the LightDM login screen?
This hides the user, but if you're changing the uid you may also want to change the gid, since they are usually the same number: sudo groupmod -g999 user-name. And as dqvn2002 mentions in their answer, for Ubuntu 12.04 you'll need a number < 500, so 999 won't work.
Jan
31
revised How to exclude a folder from rsync
clarifications/grammar improvements
Jan
22
comment How to make selected tab in terminal more prominent
Neither of these solutions is working for me in 12.04. Any ideas?
Jan
16
comment Why can't I use `su --session-command` on Ubuntu?
I just edited in an attempt to clarify the question, but in the original (and current) text you'll see that through my own research I already understood that the two OSes use different packages to provide their respective implementations of su. And Ubuntu's su comes not from a shadow-utils package (dpkg -l shadow* shows there's no such thing), but one named login. My real question was, and is: WHY? Why does Debian/Ubuntu use a non-GNU implementation, lacking a useful feature? I suspect it is due to security concerns, but I was hoping for something more concrete. :)
Jan
16
revised Why can't I use `su --session-command` on Ubuntu?
clarified question
Jan
16
comment Why can't I use `su --session-command` on Ubuntu?
Interesting, thanks.
Jan
16
comment Why can't I use `su --session-command` on Ubuntu?
Although this doesn't answer my question, it is informative. Thanks.
Jan
14
asked Why can't I use `su --session-command` on Ubuntu?
Jan
14
comment What is the function of the “Sticky edges” on/off setting in displays?
In case it's relevant, I should mention that I have the "launcher placement" set to a single display. If I had the launcher on both displays, this 'sticky edges' feature might be helpful.
Jan
14
comment What is the function of the “Sticky edges” on/off setting in displays?
Related question/answer--adjust the stickiness factor: askubuntu.com/a/224938/54675
Jan
14
comment What is the function of the “Sticky edges” on/off setting in displays?
This is completely incorrect based on my experience. I am using 12.04 with a 2-monitor setup and the only thing it changes is the mouse behavior. I am still able to 'semi-maximize' a window by dragging it towards the junction of the two screens (it 'semi-maximizes' when the cursor, not the window edge, reaches the junction). With the 'Sticky Edges' enabled, it tries to grab my mouse cursor every time I move across the monitors. Can't imagine why anyone would want that, but at least it's easy to turn off.
Dec
30
awarded  Popular Question
Nov
18
comment Why ~/.bash_profile is not getting sourced when opening a terminal?
@vfclists sorry but I have no idea, I've never used it.