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How do I transcode widescreen Freeview recordings on Linux

I have various recordings made with MythTV and Kaffeine from UK DVB-T Freeview. I want to put these on a netbook for the kids to watch on holiday, but want to get the file sizes down from around ...
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Operating System's Total User Market Share

Does anyone knows where I can find some statistics how many percent each OS takes out of 100% users out there?
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Can the Windows 7 system reserved partition be deleted without problems?

Ok, I recently got this netbook that came with Windows 7 and wanted to install Linux on it as well for a dual-boot. It came with four primary partitions on a 250 GB HDD, those being: 15 GB recovery ...
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GNU/Linux: Dual screen and seperate workspaces

I just received my second 23" monitor and hooked it up up to my NVidia 8800GT graphics card. Nvidia settings window gives me two options basically: Twinview or seperate X screens: - Twinview ...
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Changing GEdit's default file open/save path?

When opening/saving a file using GEdit you see a open/save file dialog. The default location to open/save files in is ~. Is there anyway I can change it so that the default open/save is ~/Desktop/?
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Ubuntu: Mediakeys Configuration confusion

How does one configure the Mediakeys (for volume) under Ubuntu? Everytime I touch something on the audio side (change mixer for Skype to work correctly etc), the Mediakeys related to the volume ...
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How to type unicode characters in KDE?

This answer has tips on how to do it on Gnome or Vim, but these don't work on KDE. This bug shows that KDE don't support the ISO notation with Ctrl+Shift plus the character's hex code. Is there any ...
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How to list all 'at' jobs without root privileges?

For listing jobs added by at and batch I use atq, but it lists only my jobs. I can run atq with root privileges and then it lists jobs from all users. How can I list all jobs without root privileges? ...
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Static IPs and Filesharing

So, on my home network, I have a bunch of PCs and a couple macs on both wired and wireless. I make it so that all of the desktop machines that have ethernet connections have a locally set IP (no DHCP ...
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Is there a Google Wave desktop notifier for Linux/Ubuntu? [closed]

Is there a Google Wave desktop notifier for Linux/Ubuntu? One integrated with OSD Notify would be great... or a taskbar notifier would be sufficient.
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Linux Mandriva Beep Sound

Linux Mandriva 2008 makes a continuous beep sound after installing on Laptop - Dell M2300. How can I stop the sound?
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What is a good GUI FTP client for Linux with synchronization features?

I would like to find an FTP client for linux (preferably GTK, but if it's for KDE and does what I need, then I'm fine with it) with very good synchronization features. What I want to use this for for ...
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Shortcut for reset on bash

I seem to be entering reset command on bash way too often. I want to configure it to a keyboard shortcut. Say Ctrl+r or something like that. How to do it. Update: To answer the question, why I ...
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Just installed Ubuntu but where to find other add-ons

I just installed Ubuntu using Wubi. Installation was fantastic and smooth. I've never seen such a smooth installation of OS. Now when my Ubuntu is ready and running, where I can find those variety of ...
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Installing Ubuntu Linux over Windows XP

My machine has Windows XP SP2 installed. I want to install Ubuntu Home Edition on it. Please let me know how should I proceed without disturbing Windows XP.
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Change Wine Title

This is a really silly and stupid question, but is there a way to change the text of the titlebar for a Wine window (or any window for that matter)? It's sort of bugging me that it says "Default - ...
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Is there such a thing as a persistent ram drive?

I have a laptop with a LAMP setup. The HDD is slow, which causes my unit tests to run slowly. I was wondering whether I could mount the web root the mysql database on some kind of ramdisk. From what ...
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Is there a way to make search-based playlists at Amarok 1.4?

I have almost 2 weeks of music in my computer, and I wanna rate all those musics... I use a playlist based on my entire collection + this search: "rating:=0". So I can use global shortcuts to rate ...
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How to know which modifier keys are which in X11?

I have X11R7-based desktop linux. I want to debug key modifiers of my keyboard. I have some left and right controls, alts, metas, etc., but for some reason (1) I'm not quite sure which is which from ...
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Failure booting my custom kernel

I compiled and installed a custom Linux kernel using Debian kernel-package. Everything went OK: .deb files were created and custom vmlinuz and initrd.img were created in /boot and /boot/grub/menu.lst ...
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Is there anything like a RoboTask for Linux?

For those who don't know about Robotask you could find info here.
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Can Linux be run under Windows 7?

In Windows 7 if you have a multi-core processor you can run virtual machines. There is something called XP mode which lets you do a full XP install and lets you run XP just like the real thing, ...
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Using find to find files

If I'm in the root directory, can I use find to search all the directories below it for a file? I tried find stdio.h but it didn't find anything. However I know that that file is in the filesystem ...
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How to use locate in cygwin?

I'm trying to use locate to find files, but I'm not getting anything back from the program. It can't even find files that are in the current directory. How do I make locate work?
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How do *.pyc files execute?

I noticed importing an executable Python file saves a *.py[co] file, as expected, but that file also is marked executable. Randomly, I wondered if I could execute this file directly, and it worked! ...
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Alternative to middle click for Linux in Parallels on a MacBook?

I'm running Ubuntu on Parallels on a MacBook, and there is no middle-click on the MacBook trackpad - which is annoying because it means you can't do X's paste action. Is there an alternative? I'm ...
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Setting up proxy/VPN via linux server to watch Hulu from outside US? [closed]

I'm trying to get to Hulu from Canada and doing it via a SOCKS SSH tunnel does not work. How can I set up a VPN or something else with my servers in the US to gain access to hulu? Thanks
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Obtaining podcasts without using iTunes, how?

Is it possible to search for podcasts without using iTunes? I’m running Fedora so I would prefer not to have to install iTunes in Wine. Is there an application or plugin to RhythmBox that allows you ...
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Webcam with usb extension Cable

I just purchased a Logitech QuickCam Sphere camera. When I connect the device to my Ubuntu box using a 6-ft usb extension cable, the option to use the highest resolution is gone. Does this mean I ...
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Where did my directory go after “mv parentdir/mydir ../mydir”?

I thought I was moving a sub directory up a level so that it would be a sibling of its parent. But it's now completely invisible. Is it gone? Here's the command I used: mv parentdir/mydir ...
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How to configure GEdit correctly?

I've installed GEdit, but I find it quite unusable for programming purposes, which plugins are useful for such thing? (e.g.: to enable auto indentation, auto completion, ...) One of the thins I'm ...
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After ntfsresize (ntfs resize), what is the exact line to type in for fdisk?

I was told that after ntfsresize (ntfs resize), the fdisk command needs to be run... But how can it be run? What is the exact line? In a book Knoppix Hacks, it seems to suggest needing some ...
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Debian and Ubuntu power management

I use Debian normally, but whenever Ubuntu releases a new version I tend to use it for some time. In the newer version a lot of changes have been made. In Ubuntu I observed that the backup battery ...
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Why is 'sudo' often omitted in installation instructions?

I often find build instructions like this: ./configure make make install while in reality I need to type sudo make install Why is this not mentioned in the installation instructions? Or is it ...
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Use a device over SSH?

I have 2 PCs with Ubuntu at home and a network link between them. If I do $ sshfs pc2root@192.168.0.2:/ /media/pc2 can I use a remote device as a local one? (in this case: /media/pc2/dev/sr0 as a ...
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WebCam that will work with all Recent Ubuntu Versions [closed]

Anyone know of a decent webcam (Higher than VGA) that will work out of the box with the past few Ubuntu versions? I will be looking to make it motion activated, so if there is anything special for ...
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Force unmount in Ubuntu, to fix problems after netbook sleep mode

The only thing I actually need to know here, is how to force an unmount while device is busy. umount -f doesn't work. The following description is just background for why I need to do this, in case ...
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Alsa Headers not found in Ubuntu 9.04

I want to run my programs which I was running in Fedora core 6 which uses alsa apis, In FC6 I had alsa headers in /usr/include/alsa folder. In Ubuntu 9.04, I search whole file system but cant find ...
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Ubuntu vs Kubuntu: The closest Windows experience

For an experienced Windows user wanting to start experimenting with Linux, which distro provides the closest Windows experience? Assuming the use cases enumerated below: Web browsing Working with ...
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Alternative to Screenium for Linux and splitting extracting audio from video

On my Mac I use Screenium to record screencast or streaming video. I can then take that and extract the audio from the file if I like. I'm looking for a way to do this on Linux. I've heard of ...
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Automatic backup solution for Linux (maybe a GUI for rsync)?

What I'm looking for is a backup solution that: is easy to setup (user friendly) does automatic and instant backups whenever a file is added/deleted/modified (I don't want multiple copies/versions, ...
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Does Debian have a x86-64 Distro?

Looks like Debian has AMD64 and IA64 versions, but does not have a x86-64 version, is this correct? Or AMD64 includes x86-64?
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Is there anything like Carbon Copy Cloner (CCC) for Linux?

I'm running Ubuntu and I'd like to create an image of my OS. Is this possible? I used CCC on my mac, it was great it even copies everything in a logical order so it technically defrags for you.
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Preventing auto-restart of nautilus on gnome 2.28

Cheers! I dislike disobedience from my system. When I want to explicitly kill Nautilus with kill or killall, I am no longer able to do so. Previously I could disable this erroneous behavior (which ...
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Building an optimal computer to run VirtualBox

I'm going to build a computer on which I'm going to run 2-3 VirtualBox guests. The main system will be Fedora. On my current desktop (8GB RAM, one 7200rpm drive), disk I/O seems to be the ...
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Linux: Renumber ethernet devices

I have a VMware machine running Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic) with three virtual ethernet NICs. For some reason, the kernel has decided that these NICs are: eth3, eth4, and eth5. There is no eth0-eth2. How can ...
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Linux live-cd for distributed computing projects?

I have had this dream for years now... but sadly, even to this day, it remains just a dream. I want to find a live-cd that I can pop into any computer I have permission to use, and it boots up and ...
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Address VMWare Fusion Linux guest by hostname?

I have a Ubuntu Server 9.04 image set up in VMWare Fusion 3.0.0, using the NAT option for the guest's network connection. From the Mac host, I can ssh to the linux guest just fine using it's IP ...
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Linux - Set default terminal size and screen position?

I can't find any settings inside the terminal profile to allow me to set a geometry size and screen x,y coordinates so that the terminal window always opens (even after reboot) in the same location on ...
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temporarily disable touchpad and keyboad, i.e. babyproofing my linux laptop

Following up with this other question, how can I temporarily disable the touchpad (both movements and buttons) as well as the keyboard in Linux Ubuntu Hardy? I mean, there is a menu for disabling the ...