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How can I prevent Desktop Users from accessing any online website?

How can I prevent Desktop Users from accessing any online website in Ubuntu? I tried 127.0.0.1 * in /etc/hosts but it didn't do the trick. Please note that I need to keep http://localhost fully ...
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How can I prevent regular users from connecting to new wireless networks?

I have a created a wireless connection from the main admin account and checked the box saying "Available to all users", everything is working correctly. How can I prevent the desktop users from ...
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Files disappearing, errors during linux boot

On my laptop I've got - Windows 7 (NTFS), Ubuntu 10.10 x64 (ext4) and a few NTFS partitions which are also mounted under Ubuntu. 1.Today when I opened console text like this appeared: "I don't know ...
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Ubuntu / Gnome window resizing horizontally

The Gnome programmers probably have a hidden counter of each time a user misses the resize of a window horizontally, and take a good laugh when they look at it... Because to resize a window ...
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Ubuntu 10.04 recognizing USB 2.0 external HD as USB 1.1

When I connect the USB 2.0 drive I see this: usb 1-4.3: new full speed USB device using ohci_hcd and address 5 so I know it's getting seen as USB 1.1. usb-devices shows that it really is USB 2.0 ...
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What does a Linux distro need to act as a router?

Im trying to setup a one of my machines with preferably ubuntu/fedora since I will be running some services on it. So it would have to do: DHCP Port forwarding Firewalling Am I missing services? ...
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Running bash script that uses ssh and scp (prompts for password) securely

I am manually carrying out a series of files which involves generating files on my local machine and then copying them over to a remote machine. Currently, I use scp and ssh to perform these tasks. ...
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autoexec.bat equivalent for Ubuntu?

I am trying to do things like: set up my configuration for vi set up my prompt display string etc At the moment, I am having to do that everytime I log on, is there a way to 'automate' this, so I ...
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ubuntu plays mp3 files in a 'funny' sound

I am running ubuntu 10.10. And I have installed gstreamer0.10-fluendo-mp3 gstreamer0.10-ffmpg gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly I can play mp3 files using rhythmbox. I can hear the singer sings in the mp3 ...
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What do these error messages mean and how to fix it?

============================================================== actually I figured out this is an issue of intel video driver:http://lkml.indiana.edu/hypermail/linux/kernel/0902.3/01703.html ...
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Booting Ubuntu Netbook Edition off SD card by with persistence provided by the hard disk

I have a Lenovo Ideapad with Windows XP installed. I do not want to mess with the boot loader or the hard disk partitioning. I can run Ubuntu Netbook Edition off a SD card without touching the hard ...
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Startup problem with Ubuntu 10.10 on VirtualBox on Windows

I've been running Ubuntu 10.10 on VirtualBox on Windows. Today I got the following error message: Target filesystem doesn't have requested /sbin/init. No init found. Try passing init= bootarg. ...
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How can i make soft access point on Ubuntu?

I want to share my LAN connection with other devices via wi-fi. All i have is a Ubuntu 10.10, eth0 and wlan0 (wi-fi adapter: D-link DWA-510). Thanks
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Ubuntu: How to share desktop for remote pair programming

How to setup the environment for remote pair programming session on Ubuntu (10.10) securely over the internet? I think that, for our workflow, we need to share the screen, sharing terminal session or ...
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Home network setup with Ubuntu + FOSS?

I'm hoping someone can make some suggestions for using Ubuntu & FOSS to meet a few requirements I'm have for my home network. Currently I have a network containing: a laptop running Windows ...
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Tracking usage of files

I have a vast video folder, sizing about 700GB. I am having a lot of trouble determining what files have been accessed and if possible I would like to have an option where I can just play videos ...
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Cannot properly format pendrive on Ubuntu 10.10

I put Jolicloud on a pendrive to install it to my laptop, tried it out, didn't like it, and installed ubuntu with a CD instead. Now I want to use my pendrive for storage, so I popped it in, loaded up ...
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How is Wubi different from dual-booting or a VM image?

The only difference that I see between regular dual-booting and Wubi is that the latter has a more user-friendly installation process, but otherwise it seems to be the same. Am I missing something ...
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Microsoft Office or Visual Basic for Ubuntu

Does anyone know if there is a way to use Microsoft Office or Visual Basic in Ubuntu?
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How can I install both chrome and chromium on same ubuntu environment

Is it possible to install both chrome and chromium on same ubuntu environment? I would like to experiment new features in chromium but want to keep chrome on daily use. Thank you.
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Install all the dependencies without installing a package?

How do I install all the dependencies needed for the PHP package without installing the actual package for APT?
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Multiple GNOME sessions

I'm working in a corporate network environment and am having trouble with multiple GNOME sessions. My desktop runs Ubuntu 10.10 and I would like to start another GNOME session on a remote machine ...
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How can I determine the current version number of an application with apt-get

Say I have python-twisted installed. sudo apt-get -V check python-twisted does not show the version number, just Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state ...
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How to move files from my web server to my (local) dev machine?

I am running a headless Linux Ubuntu 10.0.4 on my server. I only allow access to the server using ssh (and scp). I have a dev machine situated at home (behind a firewall) and I am able to copy files ...
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Installing Notepad++ via WINE on Ubuntu Linux

After moving to Linux, I miss having Notepad++ with me and I want to bring it along to my new environment. I have Wine installed and downloaded the npp.5.8.5.Installer.exe. I have no idea what ...
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Scrolling Region on Left Side of Synaptics Touchpad?

I have a laptop with a Synaptics touchpad that dual-boots Windows 7 and Ubuntu 10.10. Is there any way in either of these operating systems to get a vertical scrolling region on the left side of my ...
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BitNami LAMP stack on ubuntu

I just installed BitNami LAMP stack on ubuntu. When I visit localhost/127.0.0.1 Apache returns "403 Forbidden. You don't have permission to access / on this server." I try repointing Apache's home ...
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Copy wireless network connections for multiple users - Ubuntu

I have a remote ubuntu box running 10.04 that connects to the internet using a 3G wireless dongle (Huawei E1762). This connection is up and running for one of the users on the machine, however the ...
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ubuntu 10.10 - Get rid of the Desktop directory in home

I deleted /home/user/Desktop because I don't put anything on the Desktop. Unfortunately the directory keeps reappearing. What I tried so far is to replace XDG_DESKTOP_DIR="$HOME/Desktop" with ...
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How to get Windows 7 back after installing Ubuntu (Linux) [closed]

My friend borrowed my laptop for a while and when he gave it back he said he replaced Windows 7 with Ubuntu. I asked him to switch it back simply because I prefer Windows. He claims not to know how. I ...
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Samba shares from a Ubuntu 10.10 box are locked on a mac

I've got some shares on a mythbuntu machine that are set up thus: [music] comment = music on mythtv box path = /media/music read only = No public = yes writeable = yes ...
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Set password for root on virtualbox ubuntu

I loaded ubuntu into virtualbox. It all works well but it occurred to me that I was not asked (or did not setup) a root password. I want to use root on occasion, but I cannot seem to find out how to ...
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Replacing compiz/metacity with openbox reduces workspaces to 1

I like to use the GNOME desktop, but I prefer to replace its window manager with openbox, with 4 workspaces. However, when I run openbox --replace, the number of workspaces available drops to 1. If ...
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What do I have to do to add a new hard drive to an existing Linux system?

I have a new mechanical hard drive I would like to add to my Ubuntu 10.10 system. Currently, I have a 128 GB SSD hard drive which contains my whole / partition. I would now like to add a 1 TB HDD to ...
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Validate that an unprivileged user has the correct access

I created a simple unprivileged user on my Ubuntu system which will be used to run my network applications (Firefox, etc..) from a limited user. My purpose is to lower the possible damage that can be ...
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Mark a portion of the screen as unusable

I have a laptop of which a large part of the screen is broken (shows garbage). Fortunately the broken area is a clean rectangle, the bottom 1/3 of the screen or so. The laptop is running Ubuntu 8.04, ...
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Ubuntu: No screens found - What's wrong with this xorg?

due to problems with flickering und rough edges on windows, even without nvidia drivers, I try to rebuild the whole xorg by hand. I ran X -configure and got a standard xorg.conf I have to edit. I set ...
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Ubuntu GUI is ugly after updating graphic drivers

I just installed Ubuntu 10.10 on my desktop computer and saw the nice looking scroll bars on the windows. I then installed the NVIDIA drivers for my GTX 275 card and rebooted. Now however, the GUI ...
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Finding out what caused the computer to wake up from sleep (Ubuntu)

Is there any way to find out which device/event caused Ubuntu (10.10) to wake up from the most recent sleep/hibernation? I am trying to troubleshoot some sleep issues on a new box, and knowing what's ...
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Change directory using sudo

How to I change into a directory owned by root? If I do: sudo cd RootOwedDir I get: sudo cd: command not found If I su root I get: authentication failure, probably because I never really set up an ...
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How to move configuration of GNOME apps between machines?

I've set up a git repository with my common configuration files (home dotfiles) I'd like to share between my machines. I have a problem though with applications such as GNOME Terminal, which use the ...
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Batch renaming of files in a directory using sed

I run a script which generated about 10k files in a directory. I just discovered that there is a bug in the script which causes some filenames to have a carriage return (presumably a '\n' character). ...
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Can't boot into Ubuntu from CD, or from Acronis True Image recovery disk

I can boot my computer off a home-burned-from-ISO-image Windows 7 (x64 or x86) installation CD, without problems. It's a Quad 6600, 4GB RAM, 8800GT and most of the time runs Win7 with no problems. ...
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How do I install Jolicloud if I run Ubuntu now?

Hey, I really need help here. Right now I run Ubuntu 10.10, but I have downloaded a Jolicloud .iso but how do i install it? Hope somebody can help me (:
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How do I get the font 'Myriad Pro' for linux (Ubuntu)

I've done some googling on this and I can't seem to find this font for ubuntu. I believe that it's an adobe font.
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How to send email with attachment by postfix from command-line?

I've just setup a new Ubuntu 10.04 LTS server on linode for myself. Followed an excellent instruction at: here to finish the installation of some basic stuff including postfix. I am trying to figure ...
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everything on desktop disappears after ubuntu software update

I am new to linux. I have ubuntu desktop version installed on my PC and it's the only OS on the machine. I has been working fine. Since I recently updated all the software packages everything on my ...
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Could someone explain this Linux command to me (mount plus options)?

I found an Android(Linux) command: mount -oremount,rw /dev/block/mtdblock3 /system Could someone explain me what this means?
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Vertical alignment for desktop icons in Ubuntu

Is there a way to enable vertical alignment of icons (so that icons span to horizontal lines) on desktop in Ubuntu? Similar behavior can be found in Windows desktop. Please note, that horizontal ...
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renaming files in a directory

I have files in a directory. The file names are constructed using a date timestamp notation, the file names are of the form: name_YYMM.csv I want to rename all such files using the following naming ...