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Jul
16
answered What's the difference between the commands “su -s” and “sudo -s”?
Jul
16
comment What's the difference between the commands “su -s” and “sudo -s”?
It's also worth saying that on many distributions sudo gives no default privileges to regular users. On those systems, su is the only option.
Jul
16
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Jul
16
comment What's the difference between the commands “su -s” and “sudo -s”?
The reverse is often true. That is, on many older unix-like distributions, regular users have no default privileges under sudo (which isn't even always installed).
Jul
16
comment Packages in weird state
If packages are being held back in this way even when you do a dist-upgrade, then either you're mixing branches in your sources.list or you're running Sid (where this kind of thing happens, especially with Gnome). If you're not sure where the files are, it's /etc/apt/sources.list and /etc/apt/preferences. The preferences file may not exist, but the sources definitely do.
Jul
16
comment Securely erasing all data from a hard drive
I think this falls under the "even after reformatting" part of the OP's question. That is, it's not secure enough.
Jul
15
awarded  Teacher
Jul
15
comment Most user-friendly (and speediest) Linux flavour for a netbook
You might want to change the title to Linux - unless you really mean Unix. Or maybe to Unix-like?
Jul
15
awarded  Editor
Jul
15
answered How to keep a windows machine clean?
Jul
15
awarded  Supporter
Jun
7
comment How do I change a users default shell in OSX?
+1 for treating OS X like a normal *nix system.