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performance gain while running ubuntu from usb disk or running as virtual machine?

I have 64bit laptop, running windows 7 64 bit operating system with 7200 RPM Hard drive. I have Vmware installed on Windows 7, and I am using the Ubuntu 10.10 as virtual machine. Performance seems ...
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Connection to public WiFi drops after 2 minutes - Ubuntu 10.10/Realtek 8176

I tried looking at similar questions, but I couldn't find an answer that offered any help for my situation. When I connect to public WiFI that requires that I accept the TOS (Barnes and Nobles, ...
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How do I update grub2 on USB drive?

I have a usb drive with grub2 installed to the MBR. I'd like to add some custom entries to the boot menu but I can't figure out how to run sudo update-grub and have it affect the USB drive and not the ...
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Ubuntu: errors in terminal: how to show them in english language?

i installed Ubuntu in italian language. Now I would like to see the error commands in english. For example if i write: $ mmmm This is showed: mmmm: comando non trovato I would like that ...
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How do I remotely access a virtual Ubuntu Machine?

What is the easiest (no configuration on router, firewall, etc) way to access Ubuntu (virtual machine inside a Ubuntu real machine) from outside my network? Long version: I don't really know how ...
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How to add a Windows 7 partition to grub2's list of available OS?

I'm not sure how it happened, but I lost the "windows 7" entry from my Grub2 screen after updating ubuntu. How can I add it ? I knew how to do it in grub legacy, not in grub 2
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In Google Chrome on Linux, where is the flv if not in /tmp?

I like to keep videos because I like buffering them and then playing them back-to-back in my media player, I want to be able to stop/restart my browser without losing all the buffered video, and ...
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Programs preventing the disk from going to powersave mode, can I fix it?

I'm running Ubuntu v10.10 on my Acer 4810TG notebook. When running on battery I often get these messages from powertop: "The program 'firefox-bin' is writing to file 'cookies.sqlite' on ...
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Is it safe to re-symlink the 'open' command from `openvt` to `gnome-open` on Ubuntu?

On my Ubuntu systems, bin/open is symlinked to openvt. I'm not sure what this program does, but I'd like to delete the symlink and symlink or alias open to gnome-open. Is this safe to do?
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Is it a good idea to use Ubuntu 64bit on dev/testing machine?

I'm a web application developer for a large company where i develop a application currently running on Tomcat/Java + MySQL. I am finally getting my on personal testing and development machine. I will ...
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What's the Linux equivalent of OS X's Growl?

I want to write scripts on Ubuntu that will notify the user through a tool analogous to Growl on OS X (specifically, the growlnotify command-line tool). What's the equivalent tool on Linux called?
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How to set XChat spell checking to use a different language from the system default?

I'm using Xubuntu 10.10. The system's language is not English (actually it is Hungarian), however I would like to use English spell checking with XChat. Is it even possible?
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Answer “Enter Your Coice: [1-3]” via Shell Script

I have a problem in my shell script. I try to control an installation. During the installation there are a few questions which have to be answered. Like: "Enter your Choice [1-3]: " I want do ...
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Ubuntu Guest on VirtualBox on MacOS ping does not work, nslookup works perfectly

I have an Ubuntu guest -- more precisely Yahoo Cloud VM on Virtualbox on the top of MacOS. I have configured VirtualBox to serve internet connection to the guest using NAT. Ubuntu uses dhcp to get IP ...
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dd_recscue attempt yields empty .img file

I have a hard drive with a some data corruption and am attempting to recover the data with dd_rescue. I am running Ubuntu 10 running off a thumb drive drive (my primary boot disk is running Windows ...
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Windows 7 took over my computer?

Yesterday, I had RAID installed on my computer with Windows 7. I deleted the RAID so it would wipe both drives, and then installed Ubunutu on the first HD. Today, I went into Ubuntu, used Gparted to ...
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A text/audio/video chat client that can connect to an IP directly?

Is there any chat client that would just let you connect to someone's computer directly? (provided they're also running the same client). I'm in a place where I can connect to their ip directly, but ...
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ATI Temperature Monitoring

I'm trying to monitor the temperature of my GPUs (multiple ATI 5970) in my computation cluster. Problem is that the aticonfig tool does not work in headless mode # /usr/bin/aticonfig ...
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ncftp connection time

Is there a way to make ncftp hold the connection open longer than the default? a ping every 10 sec or something? I feel like after I push a change up to the server before I can verify everything is ...
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Recursive search for files that hold some specific text

How do I recursively generate a text file which has a list of all files on my server which contain a specific string anywhere in the files? I know the following command can be used to replace a ...
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what exactly happens when I “sudo apt-get install php-pear”

I'm a little confused about the reasoning behind installing PEAR through CLI like this: //shell sudo apt-get install php-pear AFAIK Pear is just PHP library - so - that's just bunch of PHP classes. ...
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Recommended partitions to migrate from Windows XP to Windows 7 and Ubuntu

I have a system with Windows XP. My hard disk has 189 GB NTFS. I want to change the operative system to windows 7, but I want to add Ubuntu as well. As the change might take several days (because I ...
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Spurious click on right click in Ubuntu on VMWare

I am running Ubuntu 10.10 on VmWare. I have a problem with the right mouse button click. When I click it where it opens a context menu, a duplicate click effects that automatically select an item in ...
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Portable USB harddisk regardless in Windows and Ubuntu / Linux environment

I am doing web development mostly in Ubuntu. Sometimes I need to go into Windows to do other administrative work. Now, I am ignorant about file systems. I cannot tell the difference between NTFS and ...
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Problems login ubuntu 10.10

I recently change my compiz settings for my cube and upon restarting my pc it first black screened, where it got stuck, on this screen the last command stated that it was checking the battery status, ...
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Ubuntu Cannot change permissions on files I own and have RW to

I have a harddrive full of backups which for me is mounted at /media/chronus_ I have been trying to give another user rw permission to this drive. The problem is that I cannot change any permissions ...
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Asus K50I sound issues

I have an Asus K50IJ (Bestbuy) laptop and have issues with my sound. Speakers themselves work fine but when I plug into the headphone jack it auto mutes the front channel and no sounds comes out of ...
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publickey authentication only works with existing ssh session

publickey authentication only works for me if I've already got one ssh session open. I am trying to log into a host running Ubuntu 10.10 desktop with publickey authentication, and it fails when I ...
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Can't install xclip on Ubuntu 10.10

I'm trying to load an SSH key to Github from a new machine and this command is not working: sudo apt-get install xclip Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state ...
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VirtualBox problems writing to shared folders (Guest Additions installed)

I am trying to setup a shared folder from the host (ubuntu 10.10) to mount on a virtualized CentOS 5.5 with Guest Additions (4.0.0) installed (Guest addition features are working ie. seamless mode ...
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I have Windows 7 with dynamic drives enabled (but only have one hard drive) Can I dual boot Ubuntu?

I have Windows 7 currently installed, I only have one hard drive on my laptop, but I have kept dynamic drive enabled. I would like to install Ubuntu within Windows, would that be a problem?
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Can't boot from CD

I installed Ubuntu on a PowerBook G4 and it only works about 10% of the time. For this reason I decided to re-install OS X, but my machine won't boot from CD. It also won't boot Ubuntu the vast ...
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User Permissions on Ubuntu Linux

I am a relative novice to Linux but was wondering how to enable the following: There are three users A, B and C I want users users A and B to have read write delete access to the home directory of ...
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Verizon Fivespot firewall

I have a Verizon Fivespot Wi-Fi router and am having issues connecting to the computer that uses it to get on the internet. I am able to connect to the Fivespot admin pages remotely and I am able to ...
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pdftk issue after updating Ubuntu from 9.04 to 9.10

We upgraded our server to 9.10 from 9.04 the other day, and it all went well except for one rather important program. We're using pdftk to automatically generate filled out pdf forms. On 9.04, it ...
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Ubuntu and Belkin N150 f6d4050 Wireless USB adapter v2

I'm new to Ubuntu, and I'm trying to get my Belkin USB adapter to work. There are plenty of discussions out there already about this, but none really helped me out. Here's what I've done - ...
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Use both OpenVPN & eth0 together

I connect to a VPN using openVPN. Now, after the connection is established, all my traffic goes through tun0. My LAN gateway is 10.100.98.4... So, for apps to use my direct internet connnection I did ...
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Installing Windows 7 on a Ubuntu 10.10 System

I initially formatted my Windows Vista Machine because it was given me problems and installed ubuntu 10.10 as the primary OS and no secondary installed all i have now is Ubuntu 10.10 running smoothly ...
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How important is dual-gigabit lan for a super user's home NAS?

Long story short: I'm building my own home server based on Ubuntu with 4 drives in RAID 10. Its primary purpose will be NAS and backup. Would I be making a terrible mistake by building a NAS Server ...
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How to change default boot order ubuntu 10.04?

How can I change default boot order in Ubuntu 10.04 from Ubuntu to Windows7? However, I already checked sudo gedit /etc/default/grub and modify the grub file to be GRUB_DEFAULT=4 and update the grup ...
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D-Link DWA-125 constantly disconnecting in winXP, but works fine on ubuntu

Hey there, I'm dual booting winXp and ubuntu 10.10. I'm using a DWA-125 usb adapter to connect to my home wifi connection and I'm having this odd issue. First off, in ubuntu the adapter works fine and ...
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My Ubuntu Box becomes inaccessible via hostname after a few hours

I have an Ubuntu box at home. After I restart it I can log into it via ssh using the local hostname, i.e. athens.local, but after a while this becomes no longer possible (the host is no longer found) ...
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Linux (Xubuntu,ubuntu,kubuntu) install problem!

I'm try to install XUbuntu 10.10 (AMD64) on a Pc, when I set the language, and press Enter on "Try XUbuntu without installing", appears the Xubuntu logos and remain fixed for many hours without giving ...
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Install Windows control panel applet in Wine

I want to add the bthprops.cpl dll (The bluetooth control panel applet) to my wine install under Ubuntu 10.04 since it is required for Dolphin Emulator. http://www.dolphin-emulator.com/ I copied the ...
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VMWare Input/Output error on ubuntu host Win7 guest

I am running ubuntu 10.10 as my host with Windows 7 as the guest. About a couple weeks ago I started getting error pop-ups from vmware reporting inability to read or write to a particular file. On ...
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Why doesn't the Ubuntu Installer see all of my hard drives

I'm trying to setup a dual boot system with Windows Vista 64 (already installed) and Ubuntu 10.10. I added a new drive which is identical to the one Vista is installed on. When I boot into the LiveCD ...
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Ubuntu 10.10 forgets desktop theme

I am running Ubuntu in VirtualBox (on a Windows 7 host). Several times now, the top-level menu bar, the task bar — and seemingly every system dialog — have forgotten the out-of-the-box "Ambiance" ...
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Issues starting X in Ubuntu 10.10

I recently installed Ubuntu 10.10 on my old Toshiba A100 (where I've been running Windows XP with no problems for ages). The installation went fine, I can log in with my user account, but after that ...
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Ubuntu/ Gnome : Open an application in a specific workspace

How do tell an application to open in a specific workspace? More info: I like to have my C++ IDE in workspace 2, my Java IDE in workspace 3, and my email, browser and miscellaneous in workspace ...
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Pros and Cons of virtualized dev environment

Because I was sick and tired of installing the same dev tools for the different machines I used, I figured why not try to stick it all into an EC2 instance that I can remote desktop into from any ...