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Is the safety of Linux binary packages guaranteed? [closed]

Most Linux distros are "binary", i.e. users install binary, pre-built packages. But is it guaranteed that packages are built from as-is source packages? How do you know distro's building process is ...
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Is there a Linux distro that will easily run “embedded style” on a Raspberry Pi? [closed]

I need a Linux distro that will give me the following: Run on a Raspberry Pi Can reliably survive power loss (like via a read-only filesystem) I've been able to hunt down some documentation on how ...
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A light Linux distro compatible with VM “guest” software?

Is there a light Linux distro (like PuppyLinux, Slitaz etc) but which supports "guest"/"support" software (like VMware Tools, VirtualBox Additions).
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Error Number 5: Input/Output Error while installing Linux

I have an emachines PC (model T5226) that I am attempting to install Linux on. I have tried multiple distros, namely Sabayon, Linux Mint, and SUSE, but at some point during the copying files phase of ...
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Does Windows 8 support wubi installation?

I recently installed Windows 8 from MSDN. I used to install Linux within Windows in my Windows operating systems. But when I tried to install my Ubuntu 10.10 with Wubi installer the option to install ...
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How to install a Linux distro from within Mac OS X

I want to install a Linux distro on my Mac from within Mac OS X (that is, without first rebooting into a separate installer environment). Just like Ubuntu's Wubi installer allows you to install ...
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How can i connect & configure a projector in redhat linux?

SCenario: I like to connect and configure my projector in Red Hat Linux without using any external packages/third party tools Example: i like to configure basic projector properties where we ...
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Where can I find the Linux kernel file?

Is there any common directory to find kernel file in all Linux distributions?if yes please tell me how to browse to the directory? Where can I find the Linux file in Ubuntu & RedHat operating ...
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Running Linux OS in ram only

I am aware of Puppy linux for this but am not happy with there only being a root user. Would it be a hard job to tell a Linux distro to copy everything to RAM and then run from it? I don't want to ...
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My username and password dont work on SHH Trixbox

I have a Trixbox Linux instaled (based on Asterisk distribution). I can acces the console normally with my root account. Its very simple, restart my machine, type login: root and password ***** and ...
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What are the risks (if any) of installing an older version of Linux

My machine has limited RAM capacity. Newer Linux distributions seem to require more memory (often 1 GB or more) and seem to consume more than 500 MB on itself. Is it safe to use an older version of ...
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GNOME 2 + Compiz equivalent?

Running Fedora 14 and realize I need to either change distros or find an alternative to GNOME 3 in Fedora 17. Based on what I have read to-date, XFCE and KDE are the go-to WMs if I want to avoid ...
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What is the suitable linux version for Developers? [closed]

I am a novice application developer. I wanna to use Linux and try it out. But I've no idea of Linux distributions and what they are capable of. I've heard about Ubuntu, Linux mint, fedora. But what ...
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Ubuntu 10.10 Software Center not responding

I am trying to open the Ubuntu 10.10 Software Center. It's not opening. What could be the issue? If I try to run Software Center from the terminal I get the following error: kush@kus:~$ ...
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Flashing an IP Camera and Add a new Linux distro [closed]

I have a foscam IP camera, it has no USB etc, just wireless and cabled network connections. How would you flash a device like this? And how would you install your own Liunx distro on it ? Could ...
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Number of packages per repository (major distributions)

Is there a website where i can find how many packages the major distributions have?
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Using VMware Player to run Linux Distros via Flash Drive

I want to easily move multiple linux distros between my machines (Mac & Windows) via flash drive. Each machine will have VMware player installed to boot the OS rather than booting directly from ...
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Suse Linux 8.0 Download

A coworker has a server that is being moved, currently running SuSE Linux 8.0 (i386). ~ # uname -a Linux lvls 2.4.18-4GB s1 Wed Mar 27 13:57:05 UTC 2002 i686 unknown They tried transferring it to ...
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Why don't all Linux distributions offer hybrid disk images?

Why don't all Linux distributions offer disk images you can simply dd or cat to an USB drive? Are there downsides to these hybrid images?
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Good Linux Distro for Disconnected Netbook

I'm deployed to Afghanistan with the Army and I have a friend who's netbook had his hard drive take a dump on him. He ordered a new hard drive and I was able to download and burn a copy of Ubuntu to ...
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A fast linux distro for django development [closed]

I'm using a old machine - 512mb RAM, 1.9 Ghz, Centrino and I am trying to build a minimalistic environment for python/django development. I only need a decent browser, the terminal and good ol' vim. ...
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Dual boot Windows XP and Linux-based OS

I have a PC with Windows XP SP3, a 250GB HD (C,D,E,F drives) and 1GB RAM. XP got corrupted while working on the internet (happened 3 times this week), so I am going for a dual boot. If I install ...
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RHEL linux ORACLE_HOME

I get the following error when I run .sh file : SP2-0667: Message file sp1.msb not found SP2-0750: You may need to set ORACLE_HOME to your Oracle software directory The following are the environment ...
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ArchLinux on netbook

I am planning to get a netbook (ACER Aspire one 522). Will ArchLinux work well in a netbook. I am looking for a light weight Linux distribution on netbook. Update: I installed ArchLinux on my ...
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Custom Linux: advice for maintenance, best practices, general

Context: We have custom versions of GCC, Kernel, utilities ...etc., we'd like to integrate easily into a installable easily maintainable Linux Distro ...package-management etc.. This is for a ...
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How to install Debian Testing

I would like to install debian testing. I mean that I want to follow the "Testing" distribution. I have tried the installer included in unetbootin "Ubuntu_Testing_Netinst". Once it installed, it was ...
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Is it possible to alias a username on Linux?

I'm not sure if this has a practical application at all (aside from the fact that I am lazy. you know "christopher" has 11 characters, and I want to type 1), but is it possible to alias a username on ...
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Which Linux OS Dist is most python friendly? [closed]

I am a mid-level python developer interested primarily in creating WSGI-based web apps. I have a working knowledge of *nix but not of sysadmin. I will be working from command line. Which Linux OS ...
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Is there a distribution defaulting to GNOME 3 Classic Mode? [closed]

For some reason, Ubuntu has defaulted to the Unity desktop, a desktop which really makes sense on a tablet. Does anyone know if there is a GNOME 3 distribution based/defaulting to GNOME 3 classic ...
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What is the difference between the Linux distros?

What is the difference between the several GNU/Linux distros like Ubuntu and Fedora? Before brickbats fly for asking an oft repeated question, I am talking of differences related to the internal ...
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Small linux distro that to run in a VM and which has JRE

I'm looking for smallest linux distro with a GUI that natively runs JRE. DSL doesn't have JRE and I don't really want to spend 15 hours trying to figure out how to install it. I'm looking for ...
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Linux: Compare packages

Is there a simple way to compare all the current installed packages to the defaults (a fresh/clean installation)? So that I can see what packages I removed and which packages I manually installed? I ...
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Minimal Gnu/Linux distribution to run only Firefox and Thunderbird

I usually run Ubuntu on my notebook, and I'm pretty happy with it, execept for the boot time : my laptop is pretty old, and Ubuntu takes about 50 seconds to boot. Of course, that's not bad compared ...
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Query what Linux/Unix distribution you're using (from the command-line) [duplicate]

When using an unfamiliar Linux/BSD/Unix computer (e.g. by SSH) from the command line, how can you tell what distribution (and what version of that distribution) you're using? Some options I've tried: ...
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Linux Web Kiosk which boots faster

Here is the scenario. I've to build a cheap kiosk that should show a specific website only. Since its a web kiosk i dont think there will be a need of powerful processor or HDD.. So i have an idea of ...
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Disk Partitioning and a Weird dev Configuration, how to fix?

I want to dual boot Fedora and openSuse since I'm testing them out. I need a stable linux work machine for my thesis, and I'm wary of using the latest Ubuntu (Debian is a good candidate, but I am so ...
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Is dual-booting more secure than having a single operating system installed?

I need some advice. I've recently become wary about using one computer for everything I do, from a security perspective. I have antimalware installed, but I also download and run a lot of stuff I find ...
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Are there long term support distros that offer Gnome 3 as their primary desktop environment?

Are there long term support distros that offer Gnome 3 as their primary desktop environment? I know ubuntu offers native Gnome3, for example, but since the focus of Ubuntu is on Unity, I'd be afraid ...
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How to install skype in an ALT Linux distro (Simply Linux 6)

I've installed Simply Linux 6 (a distro by ALT Linux Team which based on the "p6" branch of their package repository; ftp, torrent). Now I want to use Skype, but there is no skype package in the list ...
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Linux terms a newbie should know about [closed]

I'm new to Linux, particularly the distributions I'm using - Ubuntu and openSUSE. I've looked on the Internet for how to install software on these operating systems, but I can't seem to understand ...
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Which Linux distro does not require me to upgrade very often?

I don't want to start a holy war, I just want to know which distro will be best for me specifically. I'm currently running Fedora-13, which is in EOL. So I did a little more research — probably ...
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How to install linux to some physical computers efficiently

I want to build a distributed computational environments. I'm going to use Ubuntu Server as OS. How to install Ubuntu Server to some(15) physical computers efficiently. The most better technique is ...
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How to build a linux distribution based on ubuntu/debian/mint easily?

Is there a tool or tutorial to build a distro based on mint/ubuntu/debian? Git, scripts, and tools, small compilations for branding are OK. Compiling kernel, x11, gnome, compiz, etc. is BAD unless ...
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Ubuntu 11.04/10.10 or Scientific Linux 6/6.01 [closed]

I am going to install either Ubuntu 11.04/10.10 or Scientific Linux 6/6.01 but I don't really know which one to choose? I want: the best environment for web development the least hassle to ...
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Lightweight linux distro for web developer with slow computer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Lightweight GUI Linux distribution for really old computer I temporarily have to use a slow computer: 1.2 Ghz P3 384 MB RAM On my usual computer, I use Ubuntu with ...
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How to make a debian based distro?

Ubuntu, Knoppix, etc are based on Debian. What does that mean. How I can make my own distro based on debian.
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Setting up a computer for users with limited computer knowledge [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Good Linux Distributions for Newbies I will be setting up a computer for people who have very little experience using computers and I want to limit their ability to ...
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Which UNIX or Linux distribution works on a Dell M5010 without having to compile any drivers?

I want to have UNIX or Linux on my laptop but I found that the wireless did not work on all the ones I tried. I have not tried again for over 6 months but don't have the time to experiment. It took me ...
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Linux distro with just busybox and bash?

I just want a linux distro that boots fast, has a bash terminal (no gui) and busybox. Is there any such distro or is it hard to compile a kernel and just make one myself?
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Preserve files accross reboots of live cd

I want to boot the 'Finnix' distro from a usb. I have unetbootin which can set it up on the usb, but it can't allow me to preserve files after rebooting. Is there anyway to do this, maybe do it ...