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comment What are Unity's keyboard and mouse shortcuts?
And can we get this via the command line, e.g. so we can get a sorted list of keyboard shortcuts? gsettings list-recursively shows a lot of window manager keybindings, but not the Unity ones. I'm looking for what bindings are unused and suitable for customization.
Jan
22
comment How to mount a zip file as a file system?
Intriguing - thanks. But this doesn't actually mount the file like avfs does. I.e. /proc/mounts doesn't change. Archive Mounter uses gvfs, which I guess lets you use gvfs-copy, gvfs-ls, gvfs-rm etc, but I see no way to use most commands, e.g. md5sum.
Jan
22
comment How to mount a zip file as a file system?
Very cool!! At the moment it supports floppies, tar and gzip files, zip, bzip2, ar and rar files, ftp sessions, http, webdav, rsh/rcp, ssh/scp. Quite a few other handlers are implemented with the Midnight Commander's external FS
Jan
21
comment Open cl in intel
Thanks. Offhand, update-alternatives seems helpful, and note it seems jockey isn't used any more as of 14.04. But I also wonder how this question fits into the whole ICD concept. I just ran across this, but I still don't know how (or if) these things fit together. More Criticism Comes Towards Intel's Beignet OpenCL - Phoronix
Jan
21
comment What has Jockey been replaced with in 14.04?
Thanks for keeping 14.04 in there Oli. I assume that it is common for tags to mark the first of a string of releases that a question is relevant for.
Jan
18
comment Open cl in intel
Thanks again. While some developers will want to be able to switch libraries easily, they'll be able to figure that out much better than the larger number of people that just want to be able to use applications that require OpenCL. So I'd vote for packaging that makes that easy, and look for a day when lots more apps are enabled to use GPUs.
Jan
16
comment Open cl in intel
Aha - now I see that the README.txt for beignet explains that it is an alternative to Intel's OpenCL SDK, which does indeed support the HD 4000. Thank you!! Note that folks do have to actually run make also.... Is the need to run ldconfig evidence of a problem with the package?
Jan
16
comment Open cl in intel
Thanks, but according to Intel they don't support OpenCL on the HD 4000 for Linux: OpenCL SDK 1.2 for Linux, without Xeon?. What kind of performance are you getting?
Jan
14
comment How to add a “Show desktop” icon to the launcher?
It looks like myunity was never an officially supported package, and is not available for trusty. The answer by @fossfreedom works out-of-the-box.
Jan
14
comment How can I control HDD spin down time?
Where do you find "Disks"?
Jan
14
comment How do I revert Alt-tab behavior to switch between windows on the current workspace?
Somewhat more up-to-date descriptions of what to click on for Trusty are at: [SOLVED] Configure the Ubuntu alt-tab application switcher ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2211863
Jan
13
comment How do I revert Alt-tab behavior to switch between windows on the current workspace?
The "Warning" post suggests that the goal as of 12/04 was to reduce the need for CCSM by merging in support for the things folks really want. Given the massive popularity of this (and my continuing state of massive frustration with how the default switcher in trusty works), is any progress being made on at least making a less-scary and better-supported tweak available for switching to the static application switcher?
Jan
13
comment What exactly is TLP doing that default system config wouldn't?
Thanks. But we're still interested in why it isn't already part of Ubuntu. Have you asked / gotten feedback from the Ubuntu developers?
Jan
13
comment Do I really need the “Source Code” in my repository list?
Why is the "source code" option a dash, not a check? I can't get mine to be a check....
Dec
29
comment Asus Q302LA Wifi Problems: Intel Wireless 7260
Zbunjeni you're a scholar and a gentleman - too bad the person you were giving tech support to for free didn't give you credit! I want to buy one of these at best buy, and I guess it still isn't clear how much of a hassle it would be to keep this version of the Intel Wireless 7260 device working smoothly on ubuntu 14.04
Dec
9
comment Ubuntu sometimes starts swapping like crazy for no reason
I'm seeing this right now on precise. The consistent standout on iotop is compiz. Other standout is Chrome GPU process. Killing GPU process doesn't help. Background: I run lots of browser tabs (so frustrating how every web page demands app-level memory and cpu resources now!). But only rarely does compiz seem to thrash like this. Frustrating.
Nov
27
comment How to network two Ubuntu computers using ethernet (without a router)?
The answer using the "shared" method in NetworkManager at askubuntu.com/a/3117/6130 is much simpler, requires no configuration on one of the computers, and allows one of the computers to share an internet connection. It is the same as what @Robert Ancell is saying in his answer here.
Nov
17
comment How to add metadata to images using Shotwell
Thanks! But as the OP found, this Edit Title menu item is not visible when shotwell is run from the file manager or the command line (i.e. in some sort of "viewer" mode). Sad. See my bug report at bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/shotwell/+bug/1393463
Nov
17
comment How to add metadata to images using Shotwell
Thanks for clarifying this! But this functionality should be provided in the viewer also. As described by the Library of Congress at blogs.loc.gov/digitalpreservation/2011/10/… it is an important, basic feature to see and add a description to a photo. At the least, the menu item should be grayed out, and this should be explained in the documentation. It is very confusing to have the documentation list an option which isn't there. See more at my bug report: bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/shotwell/+bug/1393463
Nov
2
comment How do I remove or hide old kernel versions to clean up the boot menu?
I second the question from @spacediver - this is a crazy-slow process when you have 38 unneeded kernels, since as each one is uninstalled it goes thru all the remaining ones while generating a new grub.cfg. That is what we call an N^2 operation - it processes a kernel about (38^2 / 2) = 722 times, and is very slow. Surely Ubuntu can come up with something better....