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Nov
20
comment Why does Software Centre ask for root password when the default is for root to be disabled with no password set?
Ah, good call David. Seems as good an answer as any so you may as well get the points!
Sep
29
comment Why is my fresh install of 12.04 running slow?
@gertvdijk: No 32bit won't be slower. This is a myth. There are still many problems with 65bit OS's on WinTel platforms. Compatibility is still an issue and we are still not seeing any real benefits unless you need the additional resource space 64bit brings. If you never plan to use more than 4GB of RAM and never more than around 2TB partitions on disks, stick with 32bit.
Jan
18
comment Why does Software Centre ask for root password when the default is for root to be disabled with no password set?
I never did find a proper answer to WHY it was doing this I'm afraid. I simply put a password on root and it worked OK.
Nov
20
comment Synchronize wireless passwords between computers
They can be accessed via the "System Settings" tool under "Network".
Oct
25
comment Synchronize wireless passwords between computers
There is a Windows tool for LastPass Premium customers that does this. Personally, I use the secure note facility which allows me to keep whatever information I like & share it with other LastPass users if needed. Just create one or more notes containing your WiFi passwords then you can easily copy and paste. If the computer doesn't have LastPass installed, you can simply log in to the web site to get the note.
Aug
18
comment How do I keep terminal line from overwriting itself?
Ah, glad we fixed it between us.
Aug
10
comment How do I keep terminal line from overwriting itself?
OK, so what happens if you set PS1 to something rather simpler? Say something like \u@\h: \w\a\ or just zzzzzzzzzzzzz> (just to keep it long).
Aug
8
comment How do I keep terminal line from overwriting itself?
Ah. OK, I suspect the setting for the PROMPT now. Can you post the values of PS1 and TERM. In fact, post the line defining PS1 in .bashrc
Aug
7
comment How do I keep terminal line from overwriting itself?
Hmm, what are the values of LINES and COLUMNS when the text is messed up?
Aug
2
comment Need a way to restrict maximum screen size due to monitor hardware issues
If you need specific help on changing the screen resolution, you need to let us know what video hardware and what driver you are using.
Jul
19
comment Denied access to an ext4 partition after doing a `mount -a` command
One question - how big is the drive? There can be issues with drives >2.1TB. Other than that, the fstab entry looks ok & ext4 is fine so nothing there. That's why I kind of assume it must be a permissions issue.
Jul
18
comment Denied access to an ext4 partition after doing a `mount -a` command
Suggested edit: Corrected typo in title and added tag for fstab
Jul
17
comment Denied access to an ext4 partition after doing a `mount -a` command
Also, if you are just starting out with Ubuntu, you are probably better off using the latest release (12.04) if you can.
Jul
16
comment How to move a window between monitors with Gnome Shell?
Just to confirm - do you mean with Gnome desktop or Unity?
Jul
10
comment JSLint/JS Formatter for Kate
Understand and sympathise with your reasoning on the switch. Of course, if time is money as "they" say, Windows may still be cheaper! But not for all use cases. gVIM and VIM/VI in general makes me shudder! I've tried GVIM several times but I just can't get on with it. Before I used Sublime, I used to use Kate on KDE desktops. Now I tend to use Gnome - Gedit is similar to Kate. And yes, NP++ was my Windows choice before I discovered Sublime. I've also used the free Komodo Edit as well for development - it's pretty good and also is cross-platform.
Jul
9
comment Ubuntu does not work with Nvidia drivers, gives random squares after logging in
OK, glad you got it. Linux is great when it works first time but a bit of a nightmare when it doesn't!
Jul
9
comment Ubuntu 12.04 Fullscreen Video Dual Screen
You need to tell us: What browser (I assume Firefox), what video card and what X settings you have. For example are you using TwinView?
Jul
9
comment Documents stored on separate internal drive, Ubuntu doesn't notice on startup
Just a note: I do something similar to this BUT, I have an installation script (because I occasionally switch distro's) that deletes the "My Documents", "My Videos", etc. folders in a newly created home folder and replaces them with LINKs to to data drive.
Jul
6
comment Unable to start Ubuntu 12.04. The system is running in low-graphics
"I have four options under that" - What are the options?
Jul
6
comment Unable to start Ubuntu 12.04. The system is running in low-graphics
All of the system logs are in /var/log so you can see them there. syslog contains most information but I would start with dmesg which contains the information you would see when the system is starting up. There is lot to wade through, it take a while to get your eyes and brain adjusted to spotting errors.