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How to set up simple VPN for secure Internet connections over unencrypted Wi-Fi?

I recently moved into an apartment where the complex provides free unencrypted Wi-Fi. The speed is good for my purposes, but I'm not 100% comfortable with all my traffic being sent in the clear, given ...
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avisynth (or a like tool) for linux

Is there a way to run avisynth on linux? OR Is there a similar tool? That is, a way to write a script file that can be played in a video player and/or fed into an encoder, etc. Update: My distro ...
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How can I install Linux on a single partion XP machine without a CD burner?

I have an old laptop that I would like to convert to a media center (media player, netflix online, youtube, etc.). It's got something like 1.3 GHz, and 1GB ram and currently has XP so its really just ...
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How to run an .exe from linux command prompt

I am new to Linux. I am currently trying to write a command line which should execute a *.exe inside a folder abc. I have tried % cd abc info.exe But the error says no such file or directory. ...
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Do symbolic link files survive SVN?

Let's say I create a symbolic link file inside an SVN managed path, commit the path to SVN and later checkout the path. 1) Will the symbolic link file survive? 2) If the symbolic link file is made ...
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random chimes in linux

I have no idea how to find any information about this. I am running redhat 5 with a gnome destkop. Periodically, I hear chimes, three tones, either ascending or descending, at random intervals. It ...
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How to find virtual memory size and cache size of a linux system?

Is there any command to get virtual memory size, cache size and front side bus speed of a linux system? Is swap in linux same as virtual memory?
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How to use Flickr images as a slideshow wallpaper?

Is there any software like webshots but for Ubuntu, which will change desktop wallpaper periodically?
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Is there a test-suite for Linux to test a computer?

I'm looking for a test suite that can test as many aspects of the hardware as possible. I already know about fsck and badblocks.
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Kopete (0.70.90 on KDE 4.3.1) keeps disconnecting

My Kopete constantly loses my ICQ connection. There are days where it stays on for more than 10 minutes, other days it loses connection much more frequently. What could be the source of this problem? ...
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trouble to connecting to remote file system using sshfs

I'm a first time user of sshfs, trying to use it to give myself access to a remote file system. $ sudo sshfs username@servername.edu:/home/csg/username/low /local/servername When I issue this ...
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is there any Linux software for extracting “close caption” out of “generic” tv cards?

The title say it all. Is there any software for linux (preferably ubuntu) that let me save the close captions on some tv shows to a file? I just need to extract the closed captions isn't necessary ...
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Map ftp servers as network drives in Ubuntu Linux

I'm a new Linux user, just switched over from Windows. I've got a couple FTP servers I connect to on a regular basis through sftp. I was wondering if there was a way to, as we say in windows, map them ...
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What is a good program to record from a webcam in Linux? [closed]

I've found luvcview, but it's not that good for recording. It doesn't get audio from the mic input of either the webcam or just the regular computer microphones. Also, in my case with the Logitech ...
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Wireless router/livecd distro?

I've got an old IBM r51, which aside from a dead hard drive, and unreliable keyboard, and a working intel 2100 wireless adaptor. I'm looking for a linux live cd or usb that i can connect into an ...
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Why is my VPS running out of memory?

I have a Linux Virtual Private Server with 1GB memory, but I keep getting errors like: fork failed: Cannot allocate memory However, I don't think I'm short on memory. If I run free: ...
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Bypass ~/.profile on remote login to a linux server

Is there a way to bypass or prevent the execution of ~/.profile when logging into a remote Linux server using either ssh or putty?
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Run xlock after coming back from pm-suspend

I'm using Slackware 13 on my notebook, and I'm using pm-suspend to have a faster boot up. I'd like to have it run xlock after bringing it back from suspend, is it possible?
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Self hosted drop.io clone? [closed]

Anyone have any pointers to some LAMP-based code to get the functionality of drop.io (send large files) on a self hosted site?
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Ctrl-e and Ctrl-a not working on Ubuntu Hardy?

I use a Mac, so I don't have Home and End keys on my keyboard. I also SSH to Linux servers quite a bit. I've found that when I SSH to an Ubuntu Linux server running Jaunty I can use the readline ...
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Linux: How to start Skype (or other program) only when I'm online?

I've added Skype to my "Startup applications" list, so that it starts automatically after I log in. (This is on Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty, with the Gnome desktop) However, I frequently use my laptop ...
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where does 'pkg-config' takes its information from?

where does 'pkg-config' takes its information from? What files do I need when building a .deb package ?
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Is “pkg-info” mostly related to Solaris? [closed]

Is "pkg-info" mostly related to Solaris?
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How to configure HUAWEI smartAX MT882 modem on Ubuntu?

I am using USB to connect the modem to my pc. can anyone help me?
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where does pkg-info takes its information from?

Where does pkg-info takes its information from? More precisely, where & what information do I need to put in my .deb package for pkg-info?
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What are unnecessary files in Linux and how to clean them up?

On Windows, we have Disk cleanup to clean some files. Other than that, we can search for *.bak or *.tmp files and other unnecessary files and delete them. But in case of Linux, which files are ...
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Seamonkey fails to start on Ubuntu Jaunty, seems to be account-specific problem

I'm running Ubuntu Jaunty. I have been using Seamonkey for mail and as a simple HTML editor. For no reason I can figure out, in my personal account on my laptop, it now fails to start. If I start it ...
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Clarification on the Shared Memory column in the Linux top utility

We are having a memory allocation issues with a program running under Linux. We are using the top utility to try and determine the root cause of the problem. One thing that we have noticed is that ...
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Is there any practical reason to dual-boot Linux alongside Windows? [closed]

I am planning on getting an extra hard drive for my Windows tower, and am thinking about trying out Linux again as a dual-boot. However, I can't really think of any pros to this, only cons: More ...
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How do I get a network printer installed in ubuntu 9.04?

My girlfriend's work computer now has Linux on one of the partitions, and for the most part it's running fine--except that I can't seem to get the network printers configured right. There are two of ...
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Remotely make the computer beep on built-in speaker

How can I remotely (SSH) make my Linux Computer Beep (built-in speaker, as there are no external ones)? I have ubuntu 9.04 and can install extra packages if need be. This would be good for finding a ...
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icq chat client in linux [closed]

Did any one know good Linux chat client to connect ICQ. I have used pidgin but it desont have video or audio chat capability.
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How to Set Up a First Home Linux Server?

This is the first time I am setting up servers so I'm unsure where to start. One thing I know is that I have chosen the Linux Operating System. I want to host my own sites so I have a static IP ...
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error when using commandline as a bash alias on linux

I want to save the following commandline sequence as a bash alias: grep `date '+%d/%b/%Y'` access.logs | egrep 2765330645ae47d292c9ceac725d744e.py |awk '{print $1, $4, $5, $7, $8, $9, $10}' | sort ...
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How do I delete files greater than a certain date on linux

Occasionally I extract an an archive into the wrong folder and would like to move or delete the newly extracted files. What is the easiest way to do this via the command line? Can I somehow search ...
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64-bit linux kernel only seeing 3 of 4GB after upgrade

Hey everyone. I am running Ubuntu 9.04 64-bit on my macbook. I had 2GB of ram before, and everything ran great. I just upgraded to 2x2GB (4GB), but my system only sees 3GB of it. OS X, which I am ...
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Grub auto fixer

I have managed to kill Grub by upgrading windows (to windows 7) after installing linux, debian. Now i still had a spare blank partition, so i put on some pc-bsd, thinking it would havbe a decent ...
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Video Player/Library for Ubuntu with ratings and thumbs [closed]

I've just made the switch to Ubuntu on my main PC and I've been looking for a media player that can: Play all the usual video formats Rate (and ideally, tag) each file Display thumbnails for each ...
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How can I find out what programs are using sound in Linux?

Is there anyway of knowing what binaries are using the sound system/server? Like seeing something in the /proc directory ( or /dev ) ? After a while ALSA stops working , and I would like to know why.
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Linux - Change keyboard configuration at kdm

I'm on Arch linux now but at every restart at the login screen, I seem to be in Azerty when I need a Qwerty keyboard, how I change that ???
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Outlook Express ( Exchange server compatible ) alternative for Debian/Linux?

I could set it up on my Virtualbox XP partition, but is there any decent application not named Evolution ( it's just a very odd, weird buggy and unstable application IMO ).
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Booting from USB when BIOS doesn't support it?

I'm pretty sure my BIOS doesn't support booting from a flash drive. I know my flash drive is bootable and already has installed Ubuntu on it. Is there any way to get my computer to boot from the flash ...
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Is there any method by which I can send random key events to an X11 application?

So I'm writing a game, and I'm getting crashes very intermittently occuring on movement. I'm trying to get a backtrace out of gdb, but it's incredibly tedious to keep bumbling around, hoping to hit ...
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Keeping working directory across ssh

I have a large number of Linux machines all of which mount my home directory over NFS. If I'm in ~/foo/bar/baz I'd like to be able to ssh to another machine and automatically start using that as my ...
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Is there a Dikk-like application for Linux?

There is an application for Mac OS X called Dikk that allows one to capture its screen and send it to another user who installed Dikk by simply hitting a key. Is there any similar application for ...
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SCAN Image to TEXT

I got the scanned image document from bank and i just want to covert into normal word document with images in ubuntu . is there any tool for it ?
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In Linux: How to get the device name of a USB port after a thumb drive has been inserted into it?

I have several USB ports on the front of my computer, and when I insert a thumb drive into one of them, it gets mounted temporarily in /media. I can navigate to its mount point directory in /media and ...
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Linux Version of Windows 7 Libraries

Libraries are one of the features I like about Windows 7 (admittedly, I haven't delved to deeply yet). Anyone using a similar concept on a Linux system? I figure UnionFS could work, but I've not ...
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VNC client for Windows with copy/paste?

I'm looking for a VNC client for Windows (XP/Vista) which supports clipboard transfer to a Linux/Gnome desktop running on the server side. Any suggestions?
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rsync as a background process?

I've been using rsync to sync a bunch of files between my two servers. I set a cron job that would run rsync every minute. However, I'd prefer if I could have it run always, so that files are synced ...