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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 ;)

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Jul
4
comment Share home directory between Linux and Windows dual boot
Windows does not deal with the user settings of Linux in those directories and vice versa. Both use special structures completely different from the other. So the only useful think I can see there is for data to exchange (documents etc). And for those I'd rather use a separate partition, so you cannot screw up the setup for one user on both systems the same time. Of course it's up to you -- but as you see in snayob's answer, it's not just a strange idea of mine.
Jul
4
comment stuck in busybox after update
Yeah, that was about server issues including hard drive failures, but never mind. I would first concentrate on the "data rescue" (in case you have data to rescue on the disk), next step could be trying to fix the bad block stuff (there are tools around which move data to other blocks, if possible, and then "blacklist" the bad block to be never used again) -- or go straight for a new disk, as they come cheap these days.
Jul
4
comment Bluetooth in Ubuntu 11.04
The packages won't help you if you have no bluetooth device, as the error messages suggest. Does your computer have built-in bluetooth (and you have it enabled in the Bios), or do you at least have a bluetooth stick attached? Otherwise installing bluetooth packages makes no sense.
Jul
4
comment How to switch windows manager on-the-fly?
Yes, those restrictions are clear (and further apply to widgets and the like, especially with KDE4s Plasma stuff). Main reason behind my question is to be able switching to a different WM (e.g. when following/writing some Howto) and back again without losing any open apps. Thank you for providing the Gnome WM command, especially. I was especially looking for that one and the KDE4 Plasma thingy -- is that still kwm (and thus kwm --replace)?
Jul
4
asked How to switch windows manager on-the-fly?
Jul
4
comment Share home directory between Linux and Windows dual boot
It's a bad idea to have the home directories on a NTFS partition. Windows won't use them as home directories either. If intended for data being exchangable from both systems, I'd rather recommend using a separate drive/partition for that data. For linux specific things better use a file system native to Linux.
Jul
4
comment How do I wipe and set up donated laptops with Ubuntu?
I'd still go for LibreOffice. It's basically the same software, but development is farther advanced (they are at least one minor version in advance, plus have the bigger team -- which mostly consists of the former OpenOffice team). And I'd install it from the repo (for future updates). If possible, I'd setup one machine completely, then make a clone of it (e.g. using partimage), and apply that clone to "future machines". Saves you a lot of headache if it works out.
Jul
4
comment How do I wipe and set up donated laptops with Ubuntu?
He could also install one laptop, and then clone the installation (provided similar hardware or at least similar partition size, this should be no problem - and partimage is the tool to create and apply those clones while booted from a live cd). So all the installation steps had only to be done once, subsequent installs then are much faster and less work.
Jul
4
comment Why can I no longer install Synaptic in 12.04?
"didn't work for me" is not really specific. What went wrong? Any error messages?
Jul
4
comment MySQL server not accessible from remote machine
Glad to read -- and you're welcome!
Jul
4
answered How can I find the location of files installed via Software Center are available?
Jul
4
comment stuck in busybox after update
Looks like your hard disk said good-bye. sda is the first disk in your system (usually the hard disk, the EXT3-fs error for sda1 seems to confirm this). The file system is corrupted (as the journal cannot be loaded). If it would be "software-side" only, chkdsk should automatically prompt you for repair options. So it's rather a hardware problem (bad sectors, also see here and look for your error message). Not sure what to recommend you short from replacing your disk -- hope you've got a good backup!
Jul
3
comment stuck in busybox after update
Also take a look at the question How do I enable verbose mode at boot -- if my previous hint won't work out, this will display similar information.
Jul
3
comment stuck in busybox after update
looks like a fall-back due to heavvy problems -- that screen is something like the "last ressort". As you already experienced, most of the programs you know are not available (as the file system probably is not (completly) mounted. I'm not sure what commands are available at this state (the indicated help should tell you). If dmesg is among the options, and either less (preferable) or more, I'd recommend trying dmesg |less or dmesg |more. This will display the boot log, where you could watch for errors/indications to let us know so we can help better.
Jul
3
comment Install of Ubuntu 10.04.4 give only a black screen with flashing underscore on boot up
Any particular reason why you chose a version which runs/ran out of support? Why not the latest LTS (12.04)? Maybe the issue you're having is already solved there.
Jul
3
comment How to get current gnome keyboard layout from terminal?
Sorry. Then I'm out. Good luck to you -- hopefully someone else comes up with something usable...
Jul
3
answered How to revert packages at their previous state?
Jul
3
answered MySQL server not accessible from remote machine
Jul
3
comment is there anyway to recover close without saving file?
You should at least specify what application you had it open in. And if you edited an existing file, or tried to create a new one. In the first case (editing an existing file), some editors do auto-save to a (temporary/backup) file, but chances are small you get your "abandoned lines" back.
Jul
3
answered Why are KDE components being installed/updated on 12.04 with GNOME?