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Watch Netflix “Instant Watch” in Linux

I'm having trouble finding anyone who has successfully been able to watch Netflix Streaming in Linux, which is a bit surprising. I had trouble installing WM11 under Wine because of the Windows ...
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Using IF software in Ubuntu

I have Xubuntu 9.04 running in our old machine at home. I'm looking to run some interactive fiction interpreters such as Frobtads there as well. However, it appears most of the Linux versions of the ...
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global hotkeys in xfce

I noticed in xfce, global hotkeys don't seem to work. Such as: multimedia buttons (play/pause/volum up/down/mute, etc) gnome-do not appearing when hitting the specified key (<alt>space in my ...
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resizing partitions with gparted

When I installed linux, there was a program that ran during installation which allowed me to allocate space from my hard disk to create a new partition. I think this was the GNOME Partition Editor; ...
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WMP9 skin for mplayer

I want my wife to use Linux but she likes only how Windows Media Player 9 looks (not 10 or 11). Does anybody knows about good looking WMP9-like skin for mplayer?
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Wacom Bamboo tablet and Linux: Anyone experience with it? On which level of abstraction is it supported?

Does anyone has experience with this device under Linux? On which level of abstraction is the Wacom Bamboo tablet supported? Is the device input just translated to mouse input, so that every ...
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Colors in ssh connection

I have a colorful bash terminal (e.g. ls and vim show colors when configured to do so). How can I have these colors when connecting to a remote server via ssh?
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Can I hibernate Linux without a swap partition?

I hadn't set up a swap partition on my PC, because a) I have plenty of RAM (8 GB) and b) I have large harddrives that I didn't want to chop into tiny pieces, so my smallest partitions are 50 GiB, and ...
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Releasing swap space

At times the kernel seems to be intent on keeping e.g. firefox in swap, even though there is enough physical memory available and I'm using firefox: robert@rm:~> free -m total ...
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Man pages on linux

If I do # man cp on an ubuntu linux workstation, I get something like the quoted text below. Does anyone know of a way to restore the full man pages? I just do not like this hierarchical 'info' ...
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Conflicts between /usr/bin and /usr/local/bin

I have an application (Exuberant Ctags) installed in /usr/bin. I have also compiled Emacs from source, which installs its own version of ctags in /usr/local/bin. Running ctags from the command ...
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Linux program to create a timeline diagram?

I want to create a diagram which will show a timeline, and at certain points of the timeline I want to annotate with text and/or a diagram. Cue ASCII art... Event in March ...
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Data recovery from corrupt Ubuntu partition/directory

I have an Ubuntu installation that won't boot anymore. I asked my previous question about it here: http://superuser.com/questions/15916/ubuntu-chkdsk-equivalent Bolotov replied: As I see from your ...
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Web torrent client that supports monthly traffic limit

I am looking for a torrent client that offers a web interface, and also can limit the monthly ingoing and outgoing traffic. For example, only allowing a set limit of 250GB combined in/outgoing traffic ...
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Why does my remote process still run after killing an ssh session?

I'm tailing a remote logfile by running this command in a local shell: ssh remotemachine tail -100f /path/to/error_file When I ctrl-c out of this command, it seems that the ctrl-c kills the local ...
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What would I find in /var/lib/ directory?

I'm trying to do some detective work and am hunting down a PostgreSQL installation. I've only got some low level access and cannot see inside the folder, but have found this likely candidate ...
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How can I start Gmail (and other google applications) when I'm offline?

Using Gears, I can download my mail, calendar, etc. from Google Apps and when I disconnect from the net while the application is opened in the browser, I can still access my data. Google also places ...
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How can I encrypt a string in the shell?

Can I encrypt a message (string) using a public key at the command prompt? Also, how can I decrypt the result afterwards?
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What desktop setup do you recommend for my totally newbie parents? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you setup your parent’s computer ? My parents have never used a computer. Not many left of them in the rich part of the world... But lately despite of their ...
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Audio Line-In on Ubuntu/Linux Mint

I'm currently on Windows, and want to switch to Linux, but some hardware issues are preventing me. Mainly, I have a sound card that supports Line-In. On Windows, anything I plug into the line-in gets ...
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What is the best tool (and my chances of success) for recovering files from an Ext4 partition?

I have a 500GB drive. The first 100GB was an ext3 Ubuntu 9.04 installation, the last was formatted as a 400GB ext4 for storage. I had a lot of files on that 400GB partition - most weren't ...
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Good free way to clone a hard drive or a partition and send the image over the network (through FTP, Windows file sharing, “anything”)?

What I ideally would like is a free software solution which can: Boot from a CD/DVD/USB-stick and Clone a complete hard drive or a partition and Send the resulting image file over the network ...
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Change Superuser name in Ubuntu?

I mistyped my superuser. It should be "masi" instead of "maasi". I do not want to configure and install all packages again. How can I change it?
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SSD “healthcheck”?

Is there a program for linux to check the health an SSD drive?
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Can I make a virtual machine out of a Windows XP physical machine?

I would like to switch to Linux, but I need some stuff on my Windows XP install. I know that VMWare Workstation can convert a physical machine into a virtual machine, but it's $189. :-/ Are there ...
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Linux software for creating HDR images? [closed]

Is there any good sofware available for linux for creating HDR images?
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Sendmail replacement on a home debian machine

Once in a while I'd like to report a bug using Debian reportbug facility... or use other programs which assume working sendmail. However I'd rather like not to install any mail server on a home ...
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Set environment variables from within a bash shell

Is there a way to set environment variables from within a (bash) shell script? I want to set some environment variables on some servers using a small script rather than typing. Some forum posts ...
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How do I detect the RAM memory chip specification from within a Linux machine

I'd like to add more RAM to my Ubuntu installation ( running on a Dell Inspiron 640m ). Is there any inbuilt command or package to find out the current RAM chip specifications (manufacturer, type, ...
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Has Opera 10 beta dropped support for the background-size CSS rule?

Opera 9.5, according to this Opera Dev article, and also this MDC article has support for the CSS 3 background-size rule through -o-background-size vendor extension. I've been playing around today ...
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fsck: Options for most thorough disk check

I've got a disk with a known problem (I know because dd gags when I try to clone it). But when I boot with a live CD and run fsck on the unmounted partition, I get this: ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo fsck ...
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What is the difference between fsck and e2fsck?

What is the difference between the linux disk error-checking tools fsck and e2fsck?
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Software RAID never shuts down correctly

Because I just love to push the boat out, I have setup my Gentoo Linux box on a software RAID 1 (mirroring), I have created a volume group with logical volumes for each of the major sections of the ...
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Better Ubuntu Fonts

I have been using Ubuntu for a while. I like it. I like it a lot. But once in a while, when I switch to Windows, I feel better because I really like the font. It feels really much pleasant to watch ...
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KDE 4 find files/folders

For some reason, every time I press Ctrl+F in Dolphin or Konqueror, the "Find Files/Folders" dialog remembers "ruby1.9", which I entered in the filename field a long time back. Clearing it or using ...
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Program meta/win key for compiz

I've got an IBM Model I, sans winkey. I'd like to use some of the cool compiz features, is there any way for me to program a windows key?
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Make ls sort by file type (then name)

By default the ls command sorts just by filename, but I want directories to appear before other file types. I might even want files to be sorted by extension, like the way Windows explorer sorts by ...
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How do I remove KDE from Ubuntu if I decide not to stick with it?

I installed kubuntu-kde4-desktop package on my Ubuntu 9.04 install to give KDE a fair shake since I've always wanted to try it. I'm not done with it yet, but if I decide I want to go back to my tried ...
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Can I access Microsoft Outlook PST archives with any other tools?

I would like to access my Microsoft Outlook archives (pst files) from machines that do not have Microsoft Office installed. Is that possible? Think of several years worth of PST archive files. My ...
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Accessing memory of Sony Ericsson k750i under Linux

I want to retrieve some photos taken with the camera on this mobile phone. But upon connection, it doesnt automount. An icon is displayed in computer:/// in Nautilus (Ubuntu/Gnome). But upon ...
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How to make scrollock in Linux to work as it does in FreeBSD?

In FreeBSD it's possible to scroll screen buffer back and forth after pressing scrollock how to make it work like this in Linux. I hope there is a solution
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Cloning a Linux (Ubuntu) Boot Drive That Has A Few Errors

I've got an 8.04 Mythbuntu installation I need to clone to another disk. Unfortunately the disk it's on has a few errors, so dd aborts when I try the usual dd if=/dev/sda of=/dev/sdb Last night I ...
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Can't delete some files off of my HP home server

I have an HP Media Vault mv2120 (Linux based, not WHS based) and sometimes when I go to delete files that I added to the server, I get a message telling me that I need permission from Unix User Nobody ...
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Mouse icon problem with dual monitors on Kubuntu

I am running Kubuntu 9.04 with the desktop extended across two monitors. Everything is working well except, when I move the mouse pointer from monitor one to monitor two, an image of the mouse ...
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How to wipe free disk space in Linux?

When a file is deleted, its contents may still be left in the filesystem, unless explicitly overwritten with something else. The wipe command can securely erase files, but does not seem to allow ...
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How can I give write-access of a folder to all users in linux?

I installed apache2 on Ubuntu just now, and noticed that the /var/www folder is protected. I can just sudo everything but I would rather just give it write access. How can I do this? I tried sudo ...
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USB to Serial adapter/cable Windows/Mac/Linux [closed]

I'm looking to get a USB to Serial cable for my Mac/Win/Linux preferably small in size and without unnecessary software installations. I've had one a while ago, it would only work with Windows. On my ...
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Is there Linux support for TRIM on SSD drives?

Does any know if there is a way to enable TRIM support on Linux for SSDs? This is included with Windows 7, and I was surprised that I couldn't find much information about it under Linux. Info on SSD ...
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Building a Linux Environment in a VM for use Outside of the VM

I'd like to switch from Ubuntu to a distro that doesn't hold my hand so much, so I thought Gentoo would be interesting to play with. From what I understand though, a lot of time will be spent ...
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killall shenanigans

So I was sitting around wondering what would happen if I typed: sudo killall -u root ...aaaaaand now the OS will not load. How do I fix this without just doing a reinstall? I'm not super worried ...