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Mar
10
revised How to change the Ubuntu source code
clarify "all of", since they are getting some of it
Mar
9
suggested approved edit on How to change the Ubuntu source code
Feb
18
comment youtube-dl is not working
This is actually a bug, and I entered a launchpad bug *bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/youtube-dl/+bug/1128610) that refers to the upstream fix.
Jan
28
awarded  Necromancer
Jan
16
awarded  Notable Question
Jan
16
comment Wireshark problem. Can't select default interface
This is unnecessarily dangerous and problematic, because there are far more exploitable bugs when running the full gui as root, and configuration issues can crop up when a gui program runs as root. See the dpkg-reconfigure solution at How do I run WireShark, with root-privileges? - Ask Ubuntu for a much better option
Jan
15
comment How do I run wireshark, with root-privileges?
This is far more dangerous and more problematic, because there are for more exploitable bugs when running the full gui as root, and configuration issues can crop up when a gui program runs as root. See the dpkg-reconfigure solution above for a much better option.
Jan
15
comment Wireshark problem. Can't select default interface
The answers here are more dangerous than the standard "sudo dpkg-reconfigure wireshark-common" approach, which is documented in this question: How do I run WireShark, with root-privileges? - Ask Ubuntu. This question is essentially a duplicate of that one.
Jan
6
comment No facility exists in Update Manager to upgrade to a new version, why?
Wow, this is surprisingly hard to find, particularly given that you actually have to quit the thing after telling it what you want. And especially on my netbook, where the "settings" button isn't visible because the update manager window is too large for the display. And there is no menu. I wonder what fraction of users are expected to ever upgrade from an LTS to another non-LTS version?
Jan
6
comment How do I integrate gmail?
Please do be more specific. For old linux geeks who have no idea what the modern notion of "webapp integration" into Unity means, check out webapps - How do I use Ubuntu's web application integration? - Ask Ubuntu
Nov
16
awarded  Yearling
Nov
15
comment Why did Ubuntu remove SpiderMonkey package?
@Mitch thanks for the pointer. But that stackoverflow answer doesn't address the question here, of why SpiderMonkey was removed. It just compares it with rhino.
Oct
5
awarded  Good Question
Oct
2
revised May not use chown to change group of a file I own
clarify earlier that it is about group ownership, not user ownership
Oct
2
answered chown: changing ownership of `…': Operation not permitted
Oct
2
suggested approved edit on May not use chown to change group of a file I own
Sep
22
comment Manually Start Ubuntu One Daemon
Thanks for the question. Mine said the status was good (u1sdtool -s), but it wasn't. Running u1sdtool -q and then unsdtool -w fixed it :)
Sep
9
revised Is there a tool for web based system administration?
note name change
Sep
9
suggested approved edit on Is there a tool for web based system administration?
Sep
3
comment Why did Thunderbird replace Evolution in 11.10?
Re: "no exchange support" for thunderbird, what about via IMAP and LDAP this way: ThunderbirdExchange - Community Ubuntu Documentation. Does it work well?