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Linux user since the 1990s

  • Linux-only (MS-free zone) since 2001, Ubuntu since 2005 (05.04)
  • Currently (2012) running: 8.04 (2 machines), 12.04 (2 machines)
  • Desktop Environments: Mostly LXDE; SSH on the server ;)

Android user since about 2010

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Jul
10
comment How to make browsers re-adjust web pages because of the sidebar?
@swift Good suggestion, you are right. I added it as separate answer with more detailed information. Zoom is another possibility, sure -- as long as your eyes match the font size ;)
Jul
10
answered How to make browsers re-adjust web pages because of the sidebar?
Jul
10
comment How to make browsers re-adjust web pages because of the sidebar?
5 Use special userstyles to override site styles. That's what I do for several Amazon sites; e.g. their partnernet pages sometimes also have an absolute fixed width, which I simply replace by ...width:100% !important -- and with that they fit perfectly :)
Jul
10
comment How to access Files in Old Ubuntu installation , from New Ubuntu intallation .
You can do that exactly as I described in your other question: Finding the partition, mounting it, using chmod. No difference.
Jul
10
answered Wireless mouse temporarily freezes (sleeps) on battery power
Jul
10
comment How to make browsers re-adjust web pages because of the sidebar?
4 notify web site admin to adjust/change the design. Guess I'm not the only one with the opinion fixed-size width for the entire page are problematic (elements like images are a different case). There are still users out there using monitors smaller than 22" :)
Jul
10
answered What is the default shell, and are there any other options?
Jul
10
comment Ubuntu 12.04 uses almost 4 GB of memory right after startup.
Memory is fine (see my other comment: Your apps/processes only use less than 1G, and Linux uses free RAM to speed up things by caching/buffering e.g. file system stuff. As for the "hangs", this needs some more examination. Here you should check with your /var/log/syslog if there are any indications found. Also, are there some patterns like always doing the same thing / using the same app when the "hang" appears?
Jul
10
comment Ubuntu 12.04 uses almost 4 GB of memory right after startup.
Yeah, but it clearly shows cache and buffers. In this case, memory usage even is wonderful: Of the 4GB available, about 1G goes to buffers, and 2G to cache -- what more can one ask from efficient memory management? The "hangs" are a different thing altogether.
Jul
10
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Jul
10
comment How to access Files in Old Ubuntu installation , from New Ubuntu intallation .
Why are you duplicating your question? You asked me for detailed help there, and I gave you a hint -- did you follow? did you get stuck? Starting it all over here again would mean to start at the beginning -- and very likely ending up the same.
Jul
10
comment Is there a way to run an update and upgrade in one command?
Yeah, but that's the only way to do it with a "single command". And your question did not exclude this ;)
Jul
9
comment How to fix sudo after “chmod -R 777 /usr/bin”?
You did a) create that mount point (directory) before issuing the mount command (as described) and b) took care for the leading slash as well? Try mkdir -p /mnt/mydisk && mount /dev/sda1 /mnt/mydisk (I don't think you have no partitions on /dev/sda, so you must have missed the partition number as well. Make sure you specify the correct device (or mount will fail).
Jul
9
comment Backup Android phone (HUAWEI Ascend P1) on Ubuntu
Forgot to mention: Both backup apps as well as the sync apps can be automated, e.g. create a backup daily and sync it to your PC as soon as your home WIFI is connected.
Jul
9
comment Backup Android phone (HUAWEI Ascend P1) on Ubuntu
You might want to take a look at my answer (including comments) as to how to make an (almost) complete backup and have it synced with your PC automatically -- which IMHO closer matches the intention of the question.
Jul
9
comment Backup Android phone (HUAWEI Ascend P1) on Ubuntu
Up to you. Took me a while to trust that as well, but I found it was worth it. Always depends on what you really need, of course. For a less complete (but still quite broad) backup app working without root, you might look at MyBackup. Doesn't cover as much as Titanium, but still quite a lot. And the other half (sync the backup to your PC) works without root as well -- so this might bring you close to your goal.
Jul
9
comment Can I install Portage, Pacman or other package managers on Ubuntu?
Yupp, you're welcome. As for the package conversion, alien might be worth mentioning as the most-commonly used tool for this task. Another possibility is using the extracted source RPM to create a .deb using debbuild. Or to use the source tarball (e.g. from Arch/Gentoo) and build your own .deb with checkinstall.
Jul
9
comment Can I install Portage, Pacman or other package managers on Ubuntu?
I don't think the internal package structure is important here (that should be handled by the concerned manager). It's rather dependencies getting messed up, files/configurations overwriting each other... in short: system integrety being in danger. One should be quite familiar with packages, packaging, and package managers before playing with "alien things".
Jul
9
revised Can I install Portage, Pacman or other package managers on Ubuntu?
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Jul
9
comment Can I install Portage, Pacman or other package managers on Ubuntu?
I didn't say "you can't", but "you don't". For "normal users" I see no reason why they would want/need to do so. There may be special cases (or they wouldn't have those things in the repos), but an unexperienced user is more likely to mess up the system if mixing them. So before doing a thing like that, one should at least be familiar with the different packaging systems, and how the stuff works -- or you end up with a broken system, as one package manager is not aware of the other, files/configurations get overwritten, an uninstall by one breaks the dependencies on the other...