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How to remap brightness & volume keys on Asus AspireOne / Ubuntu Lucid?

I want to remap the following keys on my Asus AspireOne running Ubuntu Lucid: Brightness down (Fn-Left) -> Home Brightness up (Fn-Right) -> End Volume up (Fn-Up) -> Page up ...
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What is the default location of the MediaWiki extensions directory?

I recently install MediaWiki on Ubuntu 10.04 using all the default settings. I'm looking to install an extension. Where is the extensions directory located by default?
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Make linux detect sound card

I installed a sound card but when I go to System->Preferences->Sound and go to Hardware it's not showing anything at all. If I boot from the Live CD then it will show the card and it works. How can I ...
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my ubuntu laptop is not detecting my headphone [closed]

I have installed ubuntu 9.10 and if i play songs it is getting played in both laptop and headphone...how can i try to play it only on headphone ....
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Ubuntu 64bit - Best way to install Python 32bit

I'm running Ubuntu 10.4 64bit, and I would like to run python 32bit. The current Python version used is the 64bit one. What can be some good ways for installing the python 32bit version without ...
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What file system is swap on Linux

In Linux you can choose things like ext3 and reiserfs for partitions. For the swap partition, you just choose "swap." What file system is this, actually? Can you just create an ext3 partition and make ...
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new grub version - How to unset quiet booting

I've got new version of grub from the newest linux. Do you know how to disable quiet booting ? Because I've got problem with my graphics card and to fix it I need recovery mode.
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Main menu doesn't show my application launcher (.desktop file)

I've just started out learning to program and I'm making a "Radio Scheduler" for my brother as a mini project. I wanted to make an "install" script, which would add an item to Ubuntu's Main Menu. I ...
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Toolbars invisible after restarting gdm

If I'm inside gnome in Ubuntu 10.04 and I open up a terminal and type "sudo restart gdm" I get back to the login screen. When I log in however all the toolbars are missing. If I maximize a window then ...
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Ubuntu memory usage

I'm running Ubuntu 10.04 and I do some dev with it. As I open FF, Chrome, Eclipse (Zend Studio 7.2), etc. and do some work, then leave, screen saver goes on, and when I come back a few hours later ...
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Upgraded my Ubuntu server from Gutsy to Hardy and my Wordpress install got corrupted, help?

Upgraded my Ubuntu server from Gutsy to Hardy and my Wordpress install got corrupted. The front page and admin interface work, but all of the permalinks to individual blog posts are broken. Have ...
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Is it possible/ok to delete the header/image .deb files from a self-compiled Kernel in /usr/src?

As it is my first time compiling a kernel,I tried to compile a kernel version 2.6.35-rc6 but after 2-3 days of compilation the new kernel 2.6.35 came out. So, I'm wondering whether it's ok/possible to ...
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GConf Error under Ubuntu

I use Ubuntu 10.04, and every now and then I start getting the following messages when starting gedit, for example. GConf Error: Failed to contact configuration server; some possible causes ...
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How do I set up file sharing between Windows and Ubuntu

I recently set up an old machine with Edubuntu 9.x (because if its nice set of educational games for my daughter). I would like to set up file sharing on my home network, which is comprised mostly of ...
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Unable to load libstdc++.so.5 on Ubuntu Linux

I'm trying to execute a binary and it says ./xtensoftphone: error while loading shared libraries: libstdc++.so.5: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory. This library is indeed ...
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Can't log into Ubuntu 10.04 after software update freeze

I can't login into Ubuntu after the latest software update. The update froze right at the end and it wouldn't let me do anything. I force rebooted it and now I get a black screen and when I switch ...
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Get back to grub menu without reboot

I have two separate Linux installations on my system which I can access from grub. Is there a way to get back to the grub menu to access the other system without having to reboot?
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Installing Flash Debug for Chrome when not installed in default location

I do not have the necessary permissions to install anything in var, opt etc. and so have Google Chrome installed in my user folder. I wish to install Flash Debug, however I can't find anywhere that I ...
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why ./ is needed to run a runnable file?

I'm using ubuntu and I notice many of my runnable scripts won't run unless I precede theme by ./. For example, if I have a perl script: /home/me/script.pl and I'm currently in /home/me, typing ...
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Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid erratic Internet connection

I have a clean install of Ubuntu 10.04 plugged into our office LAN. Everything works fine except the Internet connection. I can open a couple of Internet pages then my browser starts "waiting" for any ...
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ubuntu terminal

How can I scroll up or pause the terminal so I can read text before it goes too far up?
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Nautilus crashes when dragging files in Ubuntu 10.04

I'm running Gnome in Ubuntu 10.04. Nautilus used to work fine on my system but now it's doing something strange. Whenever I drag a file out of the Nautilus window to move it somewhere else, as soon as ...
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Wine crashes when trying to run portable version of Firefox

I think there is something wrong with my Wine setup, but I don't know how to fix it or even what it is. Others have gotten this program to work without problems in Wine. This is the console output ...
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Linux slows to a crawl when unarchiving a big file

I started unarchiving a RAR file that this several gigabytes big. The computer is now going really slow, it's almost frozen. Sometimes I can move the mouse a little, but that's it. The unarchiving ...
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dual monitors on Ubuntu Jaunty Jackalope 9.04

I finally hooked up two monitors to my Ubuntu box but at a time I can only get one to work. It always shows one as disabled even though I have it connected. How do I get both monitors to work at ...
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Error message while opening file in emacs

I am using Ubuntu and am getting started using emacs. I noticed that I get this error message every time I open a file with emacs. $ emacs index_controller.rb ** (emacs:1966): CRITICAL **: ...
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Ubuntu or Kubuntu? [closed]

I have decided to switch from Window to Linux. Should I use Ubuntu or Kubuntu? Or there are other handy alternatives? I'm a LAMP based developer. Any help would be appreciated.
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sound card in linux

How can I see hardware information for my sound card in Linux?
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How to make a Linux program available on all desktops

In Ubuntu 10.04 running Gnome I can right click on any window and it gives me an option to show that window on all desktops, so even if I switch to a different virtual desktop, that window will always ...
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On a Mac, how to mount the Ubuntu installation image and install Ubuntu on VirtualBox?

On a Mac, is there a way to mount the image downloaded from Ubuntu and install Ubuntu on VirtualBox? I could download that image and burn it to a CD-R or DVD-R if at home using a PC, but I am at work ...
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Sync music and video folders from mac laptop to ubuntu HTPC

I use a macbook pro w/ 10.6 to rip DVDs and manage music and sync to our Evos. I mount the music and video folders on the ubuntu 10.4 HTPC as volumes on the MBP via WiFi and periodically copy new ...
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Which Windows is best for two concurrent users? [closed]

I'm running Windows 7 in VMPlayer under Linux. I made some changes to Windows 7 to allow it to have two people logged in at the same time. However when I do this the sound lags behind on the host ...
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Windows 7 64 bit vs. 32 bit for a Virtual Machine

I'm running Ubuntu 10.04 and want to run Windows 7 in a virtual machine. I have a 64-bit system so I can run 64-bit Windows, but I'm wondering if this is a good idea or not for a virtual machine. Will ...
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memory handling capacity of 64 bit ubuntu

What is the maximum amount of ddr that can be installed in a 64 bit ubuntu linux system computer?
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What do do when Linux gui freezes

I'm running Gnome with compiz in Ubuntu 10.04. Sometimes the gui will freeze. I can move the mouse, but I can't interact with programs. The only thing I can do is go to a terminal window with ...
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How to access iPod from gtkpod in Ubuntu 10.04

Ubuntu 10.04 recognizes my iPod Touch because when I connect it an icon pops up on the desktop and I can also play the files from rhythmbox. I installed gtkpod and tried to access the iPod but it ...
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Create domain name

How can I create a domain name for local purposes? for example I have a local web application enviroment in http://localhost:8000 but I would like to have it in http://dev instead. I am using ...
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Default search options clear out with every Chrome restart

I'm having a problem with Chrome on a Ubuntu netbook edition install. Every time I restart Chrome the "Default search" option list has cleared. I can do 'Manage' and add google back in, but if I stop ...
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.profile or .bash_profile

I'm confused, where do I set environmental variables? In .profile or in .bash_profile? I am using both mac osx and ubuntu. Confused as to which one I use here.
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Bring an open window to the current desktop in Linux

Let's say I have a program open on another virtual desktop. Is there a way I can bring that program to the current desktop through a script? The following command is the closest I can get: wmctrl -a ...
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Limit a gui program in Linux to only one instance

There are some gui programs where if you select them from the menu, if it is already open, instead of opening a new instance, that window will become foremost. However, there are some programs that ...
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How to run a cron job as a specific user?

I would like to run a cron job as a specific user on my machine. How may I specify the user for a cron job to run as?. I am running on Ubuntu 10.0.4 [Edit] The cron jobs will be running on a ...
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Right management for a web server

I just setup my new server, and there are problems with right management : My /var/www is owned by root and the group "www-data". But I would like my user could put his data in his /home/user. And ...
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Simple question about using mysqldump

I have a LAMP website with mysql backend with InnoDb engine for tables I would like to be able to use mysqldump to take periodic dumps of the database - WITHOUT having to stop the mysql server (i.e. ...
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Does refomatting change my installed drivers?

I installed or updated nvidia drivers to support 3d or glx (something like that) in my Ubuntu 9.10...and now it's perpetually in Low-Graphics mode. I tried to fix it but now I just want to do a ...
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Adding space to a Linux root partition

I have some contiguous free space available next to where my root partition resides on the hard drive. I was thinking of resizing the root partition with gparted to take up this space, but it's kind ...
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Ubuntu on a Mac

Does anyone here have experience installing Ubuntu on their MacBook Pro? I wonder if features like multitouch would work on Ubuntu (or if there was anyway to make that work). Has anyone here tried ...
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Resize Linux root partition from a flash drive

I need to make my root partition bigger to add more free space. Is there a Linux version that will fit on a small usb flash drive that has the tools I need? I plan to boot a Linux distro from a flash ...
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Disable Trackpad Clicks on Ubuntu 10.04

I have a question similar to "How do I disable the trackpage in ubuntu 10.04" but I just want to disable trackpad clicks. In my case this is not a laptop, but rather a Dell Zino running Ubuntu NBR ...
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Is it possible to install Ubuntu from another Linux system? (Gentoo in my case)

Is it possible to install Ubuntu NBR on a harddisk that is currently installed in another Linux system (Gentoo in my case). I want to reinstall my Media Center and Home Router (running Ubuntu NBR ...