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Can I run Microsoft Office 2007 under Ubuntu?

I am an Ubuntu user, but was wondering if it was possible to run Microsoft Office. Will Wine allow me to run it?
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Linux Podcast Playback with Resume Capability

I'm asking a question similar to but distinct from this one Is there a Linux player that can resume playback of a podcast episode where it was last left off? This is the default behavior of iTunes ...
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windows 7 not booting after ubuntu partition deletion

I had on my laptop windows 7 and ubuntu server 9.10 (the partition with windows 7 was automatically selected at boot time). Today I wanted to install ubuntu 10.4, and for that I deleted the 9.10 ...
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Windows to Ubuntu desktop Remote Desktop?

Is there an equivalent to Remote Desktop Connection that I can use to remote into my Ubuntu desktop at home from a Windows machine? Preferably this would be free.
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Clonezilla disk to disk clone on a dual boot ubuntu karmic & XP setup - cannot open '/boot/grub/device.map'

I just tried to clone a failing existing boot drive for a dual boot system with Ubuntu karmic and Windows XP installed using Clonezilla. The cloning worked fine right up until the end when I got the ...
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Detect all links that exists pointing to /tmp?

I want to find out which file links exist that point to my /tmp folder on Ubuntu. Background: I had a problem, that my /tmp folder privileges were changed by some accident to 755. The system wasn't ...
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Creating VM in VirtualBox from existing Ubuntu installation

I already have Ubuntu set up as a dual boot with Windows 7 x64. Is there a way to install VirtualBox and create a virtual machine that points to the installed Ubuntu, so I don't have to reinstall ...
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How to umount / ? It's busy

I'm trying to use zerofree, which seems to be the answer for this: How to reduce VM size? I have successfully umounted /dev/sda1, and zerofree worked fine, releasing ~37gb. But I can't seem to ...
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What CR-48 firmware lets you install Linux?

This would be to remove Chrome OS and replace it with Ubuntu. Right now I am dual booting, but it uses CRos Kernel. Luigi seems to no longer be around.
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Can gedit on mac be used to edit files over ssh?

I use a linux machine at work and a mac at home. I can ssh from my machine at home to my work machine. But the only editor that I have access to on the command line then is vi, which I don't like. ...
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How can I find the USB wireless adapter into the dmesg log file?

I am pretty new in Linux (RaspBian for RaspBerry Pi but I think that there are not difference) and I have to install an USB wireless network adapter (the product is the TP-Link TL-WN725N, this one: ...
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What happen if I install VirtualBox Guest Additions on a host?

I have a bootable USB drive with Ubuntu installed. This morning I Installed VirtualBox and booted my Ubuntu drive in a VM. I then installed the guest additions in Ubuntu. My question/curiosity is, ...
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resolv.conf not working properly with Ethernet in Ubuntu

I have a Lenovo X200 laptop on which I am running Ubuntu 9.10. Recently, (I assume after some updating, but I really don't know) my ethernet port stopped working under Linux. A more tech/linux-savvy ...
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How can I force Ubuntu 9.10 to reinstall itself without losing my information?

The title says it all... I'm having lots of issues after upgrading 9.04 to 9.10 - I want to reinstall without losing my files and I gave away my Ubuntu Disc and I can't make another one right now... ...
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recovering data from damaged Linux partition

I'm running Windows XP, with an Ubuntu partition that I added. A few days ago, Ubuntu stopped booting. Trying to boot into Ubuntu just takes me into a Grub menu. When I try to navigate through the ...
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Ubuntu: Write to serial port: permission denied

I've connected a USB to Serial bridge dongle, and running dmesg | grep tty outputted the following: [ 0.000000] console [tty0] enabled [603199.380677] usb 2-2: cp210x converter now attached to ...
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Windows cannot open directory with too long name created by Linux

My laptop has two OSes: Windows 7 and Ubuntu 10.10. A partition of Windows 7 of format NTFS is mounted in Ubuntu. In Ubuntu, I created a directory under somehow deep path and with a long name for ...
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Partition scheme and size for dual boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu 9.10 with separate partitions for data and /home

A slight twist on this relatively common question: Clean 250GB drive, plan is to install Windows 7 and Ubuntu 9.10 (Win7 first). I want to have a separate /home(for 9.10) and DATA (for Win7) ...
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How to extend partition size in linux(ubuntu 9.04)?

I am using Ubuntu 9.04 in vmware for my programming purpose. I previously had 12GB of virtual harddisk, my partition scheme was as follows, 8GB Primary Partition for (/) 2GB logical extended ...
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How can I sniff traffic sent by POST method (on another computer)?

Suppose there is a site which has a form and it send data through POST method over http (NOT HTTPS)? I can access this website directly and also the victim's computer directly. How can i sniff what ...
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How to download large amounts of files via ubuntu

I am trying to download around 15,000 individual user files from an FTP backup space. I know the files exist because if I put a certain username that was not downloaded with the regular wget it can be ...
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ubuntu: amd64 vs i386?

cant understand what these are even though i've read articles about them. does it has something to do with 32 bits and 64 bits CPU? so why is it saying "AMD"64 and "I386"? AMD is a label just like ...
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Hide files in Linux without using the dot

I wish to hide files in Linux without using the dot, since it's possible in Windows. Is there a way to do this?
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Can files deleted with rm -rf be recovered?

When I delete folders or files in through osx terminal using the rm -rf, where do they go? I heard that some say they are deleted directly, but some also say it only "remove the link to the file ...
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Is there a way to have Linux run a command every X minutes?

I'm using RSync with my buddy just for testing and general geekery, we want to somehow schedule the sync task to run every X time. Using the terminal, we run the command and it works. What can we ...
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The Ubuntu 64-bit version is only for AMD processors?

Downloading Ubuntu 9.04, 64-bit version at http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/download using the MIT Media Lab location will lead to downloading a file ...
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Run Script on logout/ shutdown ubuntu

I want to run some commands every time a user of an ubuntu 9.10 machine logs out or shuts down. What is the best way to do this? Every user uses gnome if that helps.
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Install Ubuntu on MacBook Pro

What is the preferred way to install Ubuntu on a MacBook Pro? I have a MacBook Pro with Mac OS X 10.5. I need a Linux environment some times. So what is the best way to achieve that? Make ...
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Search Terminal Output

Using a default terminal and bash, there is no functionality to search the standard output of commands. One can gain such functionality using other tools, like emacs shell or screen, but I am ...
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Help: Just installed Ubuntu and now can't boot into Windows 7!

I just installed ubuntu, during installation I chose the side by side option so I will have windows and ubuntu installed on the same computer. But now every time I turn on the computer it boots into ...
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Full Ubuntu Install on USB

I am trying to install Ubuntu 10.04 in a 16GB Verbatim USB flash drive so I can boot my computer from the usb and have a full ubuntu running (I also need an encrypted home folder). I just want to run ...
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Change computer name of an Ubuntu desktop computer

How can I change the computer name on an Ubuntu desktop computer? I already tried changing the /etc/hostname file but that only caused the wireless to stop working. I found an old guide that ...
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Sending mail from the command line, in an automated way

I want to be able to send a text file through an SMTP server of my ISP (port 25) to an email address on the internet, like my Office email address, or my GMail address. I have a basic Ubuntu 9.04 ...
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Condensing into multiple pdf pages per sheet, via command line

Let us say I want slides.pdf to contain 4 slides per page instead of one. I can easily open a slides.pdf document under evince (the default Ubuntu document viewer) evince slides.pdf-->Print-->Page ...
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Is it possible for virus in windows to infect ubuntu?

I have a triple boot, windows 7 , 8 and ubuntu. Is it possible that any spyware or virus in windows will also harm ubuntu or spy during ubuntu session ?
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Microphone stopped being detected

I have no idea how or why it happened. The video portion of the webcam works but not the microphone which used to work before. Microphone works on Windows by the way, just stopped working on Ubuntu ...
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When I ssh into a ubuntu machine, what kind of shell am I using

I keep reading about interactive, non-interactive, login, and non-login shells. (This is in the context of which of the .bash* files is read). I don't understand what each type of shell is, so let's ...
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Why is it a lot faster to call rm on a directory than deleting a folder from the GUI (Linux) over SSH

Out of curiosity, why is it a lot faster to delete a folder / folders in Linux (I'm using Ubuntu) over SSH by calling rm -rf somefolder than deleting the folder from the GUI (right-click then "Move to ...
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Small font all 'new' messages suddenly in Gmail on Ubuntu in Opera, why?

This seemed to happen out of the blue. I have been using Opera for years. I can't find anywhere in Gmail to change the default font that is used in Opera. Ubuntu is Version 11 Opera is version 11.6 ...
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How does copying files work with regards to RAM, and can I speed this up?

I have always wondered why my computer would copy files to an external drive at first at high speed, and then 'hang' for a while before continuing. When I upgrade RAM from 1GB to 2GB I noticed this ...
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PHP 5.2 and PHP 5.3 on mod_php (apache) on Ubuntu 11.04

I have to develop both on php 5.2 and on php 5.3. I need those two versions installed on my system and ability to switch fast between them. One solution I found is to upgrade/downgrade everytime I ...
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USB keyboard does not work for Ubuntu boot menu

I wanted to perform a memory test on one of my desktop machines, but encountered a very strange problem: I can use the (usual) USB keyboard (tried Cherry Evolution Stream as well as an older one from ...
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Why have my network interfaces been renamed after installing Ubuntu, and how do I rename them back?

I have a low power server, with 4 ethernet sockets. It was running Fedora 11, with 3 of the network sockets named eth0, eth1 and eth2 (the final network socket was not in use --- it was eth3 but ...
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How to change resolution in ubuntu to unsupported resolution

I am trying to change resolution in ubuntu 10.04 ( as I am used to do in earlier versions) but It didn't works for me! I want to change the resolution to be 1024x768 (that doesn't appear by default ...
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What is the proper step-by-step procedure to install any application in Ubuntu?

I have just installed Ubuntu for the first time on PC, I have done some googling to get an idea about installing any application in Ubuntu but yet not clear about the proper procedure !! Most of the ...
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Cannot run 'display' after ImageMagick install on Ubuntu

I'm trying to install ImageMagick to my Ubuntu box. I've run the following command: sudo aptitude install imagemagick Now whenever I try to run 'display' from the command line, I get an error ...
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Fireshot for Firefox on Ubuntu (Linux)

I used Firefox for windows with the great Firefox extension called Fireshot, I then switched from Windows to Ubuntu and somehow Fireshot isn't available for Firefox for Linux. Are there any ...
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Unable to log into encrypted root drive after running virtual machine

I am unable to log into my encrypted hard drive on the host which is Ubuntu 14.04 LTS desktop. This all happened after I did the following. Ran VirtualBox Created a VDI drive Installed Kali Linux ...
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How to install BIOS on samsung laptop [closed]

My laptop BIOS is broken, when I hitting F2 key it enter GRUB... Maybe it replaced by Grub2. So I can't set boot order from USB boot. Now I can't get into Fedora 17 ( cos I converting sda disk ...
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How to access a windows server from ubuntu

Currently I can get into this windows server by typing in \\SERVERNAME. How can I do this on my linux machine? By the way i cant see the server on my windows machine I can only get there by typing ...