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How to safely install GNU/Linux distro on a Samsung UEFI enabled laptop

I have already bricked and replaced my Samsung Chronos Series 7 NP700Z3C laptop. I have discussed it in the following question: Why does my Samsung Chronos 7 not boot anymore after installing Ubuntu? ...
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Is there a command for ubuntu,mint-like systems to open n-terminals, automatically name these, connect and cd on a remote server?

Every morning I have to open a lot of remote sessions at work on a linux distribution, label the session-Windows, type ssh user@server and cd to a directory on that server. I want to save time and do ...
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Which linux distributions offer seamless support for UEFI and an LVM root out of the box?

My new ultrabook (an Asus UX32VD) requires UEFI in order to boot from the internal harddisk. I use an LVM partition which contains my root fs and dual-boot Windows 8. I somehow managed to get this ...
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How can I remaster a text-based linux distro?

So I have a Ubuntu minimal install, it is exactly the way I want it when I want to have a fresh install, with the included settings, packages, etc. It has no desktop, it is completely CLI. What is ...
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How to enable Flash in Firefox on Bodhi Linux?

I've installed Bodhi Linux 2.1.0 on an old Micron PC. Following the instructions, I've used the Midori browser to visit the App Center to install both Firefox and the 32-bit Flash package. ...
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How to install another Linux distro?

I started with a clean HDD. Partitioned as follows...4GB for Swap, 1 10GB EXT4 partition mounted as /, another 50GB EXT4 partition mounted as /home. Installed Mint. Now I am curious to try Mageia ...
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Trying to make a custom Arch-based Linux distro with larch

I'm all set up with a spiffy Arch installation in a virtual machine, and now I want to turn it into a live ISO. When I heard about larch, I thought it would be the perfect tool to turn my existing ...
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Partitioning a Linux based system

I am using Linux Mandriva OS. During installation my friend suggested 2GB for the swap partition and the remainder as the root partition. What is the use of providing a separate space for root? ...
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Choosing a Linux distribution

Dangerous territory with this question so please try to be impartial and instead focus on what to look for when choosing a Linux distribution. I'm completely new to Linux. I thought it'd never happen ...
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Apple Magic Mouse stops working when I switch OS

Every time I switch between OSs (WinXP and Xubuntu) the Magic Mouse stops working, so I have to unpair the device and add it back, which is pretty annoying since I have to keep a backup mouse. When I ...
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ubuntu 12.04 server and tftp access violation issue on put command

I installed tftp as per this document: http://icesquare.com/wordpress/solvedtftp-error-code-2-access-violation/ I followed this to the letter 3 times and every time I put a file I get: ...
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How to dual boot existing windows 7 laptop with linux (slackware destribution)?

I have a dell laptop loaded with windows 7. The partitions I see looking at the disk manager are the following : One ΟΕΜ partition 39mb, one ntfs partition 218,20gb (boot, pagefile, primary), and one ...
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Are there any modern Linux distributions that still support /dev/audio?

I'm in the process of trying to debug a program that uses the legacy OSS /dev/audio interface to play sounds. However, Ubuntu and others no longer include a /dev/audio interface. Are there any ...
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Using Linux Live to download/burn Windows?

So I'm fairly certain my SSD failed as it seems to have in the past. In two computers the BIOS won't recognize it as a boot option. I RMA'd the same model before and getting a new one worked for a ...
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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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Are there any linux distributions similar to RedHat 5 Enterprise?

I want to install RedHat 5 Enterprise Edition server on my home PC. I will install servers and clients on virtual machines using Virtual box and study server-client structure at home. But RedHat EE is ...
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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 ...