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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
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...
Jul
9
comment Backup Android phone (HUAWEI Ascend P1) on Ubuntu
For this a clear "may be". There's a way for most devices (I've succesfully rooted my HTC Wildfire and Motorola Milestone -- but don't own a Huawai, so I cannot tell for this). I'd suggest to either try Google -- or directly visit the XDAs website, they are known for topic like How to root Huawai ascent P1. For Android-Specific questions, you can also check the Android Section of StackExchange.
Jul
9
accepted How to switch windows manager on-the-fly?
Jul
9
comment How to switch windows manager on-the-fly?
I thought about that as well -- that's why I was looking for an easy way to switch between the DEs without logging off/on, so I could check them once in a while and, if missing something, easily switch back. A pity this doesn't seem an option with KDE. -- Thank you for your help so far, Scott! I should consider my question answered; that it didn't solve my desire is a different thing ;)
Jul
9
answered Can I install Portage, Pacman or other package managers on Ubuntu?
Jul
9
answered Backup Android phone (HUAWEI Ascend P1) on Ubuntu
Jul
9
answered How to fix sudo after “chmod -R 777 /usr/bin”?
Jul
9
comment How to switch windows manager on-the-fly?
The process list was my main source to identify the unknown. During the weekend I had a chance to test -- and unfortunately a running KDE (which is my current main-DE) cannot be replaced this way, as it uses 2 components -- so metacity --replace & would replace kwin (which in this case crashes and wants to send a bug report), but plasma-desktop keeps running. Results are quite strange. Luckily, a kwin --replace & fixed that...
Jul
9
comment Free RAM disappears - Memory leak?
Your guess was a good one. Though not a daemon, it mainly was a KDE component: plasma-desktop (see above). Funny thing about it: I just figured out, and posted it here -- and 10 minutes later on my daily apt-get update && apt-get upgrade there was an update for plasma-desktop; those guys are fast X) Now I just watch it for a while to see if the issue is solved, before I declare it such. Up to now, things look quite promising.
Jul
7
answered What procedure should I take to update a specific application?
Jul
7
comment What is the best tool for working with oracle db?
Maybe you could be a bit more detailed about what you are looking for? What whould that tool be capable of?
Jul
7
comment file encryption that root cannot read
Are you talking about mounting them locally on that root server -- or remotely from your machine?
Jul
7
comment Ubuntu installer asks if I want to install Ubuntu INTO Windows, but that's not what I want!
After downloading, did you burn the image to a CD, and booted from it, in order to install? Or are you running the install from within Windows?
Jul
7
answered Is there a way to run an update and upgrade in one command?
Jul
7
comment Install of Ubuntu 10.04.4 give only a black screen with flashing underscore on boot up
@EliahKagan Oh, sure -- it's the previous LTS, missed that... Though I wonder why not using the newer LTS. As said, chances are that specific problem does no longer appear there.