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Jul
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comment Learning to Use Linux
@codeLes: I would imagine that Ubuntu ships a healthy variety of wireless firmware, yes. I can't say for sure, since I don't use it, but on my Debian machines (Ubuntu is Debian-derived; they're related but not identical) the kernel is good to go, but I need to use a tool called b43-fwcutter to download the necessary firmware for the wireless. Your larger point is right, but I wanted to warn someone brand new to Linux that there may be a few steps before everything works. (In a few cases of proprietary hardware, it may be impossible, but that's rarer and rarer.)
Jul
16
comment Regex tool for Linux
@ Peter: I grant that spelling may be harder (for some people, some kinds of learners). Still, learn it. Software only gives you a false sense of security anyhow. Software can't spell well at all.
Jul
16
comment Learning to Use Linux
@Isxek: it would help if you gave the specs for the machine (at least in outline). What kind of video are we talking about? For a desktop, that (and sometimes sound) is usually the biggest hurdle.
Jul
16
comment Learning to Use Linux
The Linux kernel will not support his video (without extra help) if it's a recent Nvidia or ATI card, nor will it necessarily support wireless (without adding firmware). It can be done, but the kernel doesn't do it by itself.
Jul
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Jul
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comment Regex tool for Linux
Yup: I give the same advice about software to check spelling. Just say no. Learn it.
Jul
16
comment Things to consider going from Windows to Linux
@Jonathan: it's true that Windows (the os) and some programs used with Windows offer free updates (generally only within versions). It's also true that some Linux flavors charge money for the os. However, the default position in each world is clear: Windows -> software costs money; Linux -> software is free. (Yes, there are counter-examples, but these are the clear default positions.)
Jul
16
comment How to set-up a Linux machine for children's Internet use?
@Ivo: no - your boss has read the stats concerning porn surfing at work.
Jul
16
answered Why are some commands 'non-existant'?
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.
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Jul
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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
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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?
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Jun
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comment How do I change a users default shell in OSX?
+1 for treating OS X like a normal *nix system.