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I've been using Ubuntu as my main system since 7.04 with a few short breaks using Windows or Fedora because of temporary hardware/software incompatibilities. I support FOSS projects like Ubuntu for a number of reasons but the biggest one is that the software works and it works well--often better than the non-free alternatives.

I'm no guru but in my travels I've learned a thing or two about using/debugging/fixing problems in Ubuntu which I'm always happy to share with the community. If it hadn't been for the help I've received from the Ubuntu community over the past few years I probably wouldn't have gotten past my first month of using it much less to where I am today!


Sep
20
awarded  Nice Question
Sep
19
revised Did 12.04 just add multi-touch gesture support mid-release?
added links to relevant bug reports
Sep
19
comment Did 12.04 just add multi-touch gesture support mid-release?
Ah, so a false alarm indeed. I dug around a little upstream but I was looking for the wrong thing and missed the renaming bit. Thanks!
Sep
19
accepted Did 12.04 just add multi-touch gesture support mid-release?
Sep
19
suggested suggested edit on Did 12.04 just add multi-touch gesture support mid-release?
Sep
17
comment How to organize periodic maintenance tasks?
I'm a little confused. If you don't want them scheduled but also don't want to call them manually, then what exactly are you hoping to be able to do? Is your question just about how to write a shell script that will call them all at once so that you can run them whenever you have time? Or are you hoping for a program that would manage such a script for you?
Sep
17
comment How to organize periodic maintenance tasks?
ah, gotcha. well you could always throw a launcher on your desktop or wherever, (or put a symlink in /usr/bin if you are more of the CLI type) linking to your scripts in their respective cron directories. Thne whenever you have time you could click the launcher or run the symlinked command.
Sep
17
comment Can't connect to certain HTTPS sites
Were you using the router before or is it new? Also, you haven't done anything silly and upgraded your ssl packages or anything from a default install? I'm accessing all of those sites fine (well, through my proxy at least, China randomly blocks ssl protocol otherwise), so I'm guessing the problem lies either with the router or with an upgraded/installed package.
Sep
17
comment Is there any way for selecting text in Ubuntu server?
@Alvar that is what I do for my local virtualized headless servers, only time I access them directly is when there is a problem with the ssh server. Because the server is local you aren't going to get any more lag using ssh than you would using it directly, and having copy/paste, windowing, etc. capabilities makes such a difference for productivity.
Sep
17
comment How to organize periodic maintenance tasks?
I'm pretty sure that periodic is just an implementation of cron. "The periodic utility is intended to be called by cron(8) to execute shell scripts located in the specified directory" (ibid). So if periodic provided the behavior you wanted before, I don't see any reason why cron wouldn't work now.
Sep
17
comment Can't connect to certain HTTPS sites
are these sites only not opening with curl or are they not opening with other browsers as well?
Sep
17
comment Is there any way for selecting text in Ubuntu server?
can you ssh into it?
Sep
17
accepted local development LAMP server: routing external requests through SOCKS proxy
Sep
17
accepted How to check if a cdrom is in the tray remotely (via ssh)?
Sep
17
asked Did 12.04 just add multi-touch gesture support mid-release?
Sep
7
comment Hard time installing Ubuntu
Could you please use a liveCD to install and run the boot-info-script tool and then paste the output here and put a link in your question?
Sep
6
comment Can I make Ubuntu boot from a SD card?
Agree with the above comment with the small disclaimer that it does depend on your BIOS to some extent. Older BIOSes might not support booting from their SD card readers, newer ones should. You could probably circumvent this even on an older BIOS by using a USB SD card reader.
Sep
6
comment How to check if a cdrom is in the tray remotely (via ssh)?
I was wondering if there would be a way to do it with installed software. I love questions like this because you can see so many different ways to do the same thing. I'd wager that creative use of grep, regular expressions, and another pipe or two could make this more "pretty"--but who knows if it'd be worth the time :P
Sep
6
answered Will Xorg 1.13 land in ubuntu 12.10?
Sep
6
revised How to check if a cdrom is in the tray remotely (via ssh)?
added more useful grep options