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I've installed UBUNTU for my boss and she is happy with the system speed. Now, she wants to add some external USB drives. After two weeks of searching, I haven't been able to locate anything that tells me how to do that. UBUNTU knows the drive is there when I plug it it, but I can't seem to mount it.

Ubuntu 8.10 server edition. My unix experience medium. Using Samba in a 7-user network.

Thank you. Kiku


i need help downloading msn it wont let me

How to use apt-p2p For Faster Upgrades From Ubuntu 8.10 to 9.04

apt-p2p is a p2p proxy for apt dowloads, it will act as a proxy between apt requests and a repository server, downloading any request files from peers (if possible), else will fallback to direct HTTP download. In general, apt-p2p save bandwidth, use limited cpu and memory resources and reduce congestion on the ubuntu mirrors.apt-p2p will get the request files from peers, therefore, it will avoid the congestion on the ubuntu mirrors.

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Genisoimage - Creates ISO-9660 CD-ROM filesystem images

genisoimage is a pre-mastering program for creating ISO-9660 CD-ROM filesystem images, which can then be written to CD or DVD media using the wodim program. genisoimage includes support for making bootable “El Torito” CDs, as well as CDs with support for the Macintosh HFS filesystem.

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How to setup FreeNX server and Client in Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid)

FreeNX is a system that allows you to access your desktop from another machine over the Internet. You can use this to login graphically to your desktop from a remote location. One example of its use would be to have a FreeNX server set up on your home computer, and graphically logging in to the home computer from your work computer, using a FreeNX client.

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Easy way to Deploy and Configure Open Source Software

ESC (Emergence Software Configurator) has an easy way to deploy and configure open source software. You can use any publicly available installation recipes to install open source software. For example, to install Joomla on Ubuntu, you can click here: https://config.emergsoft.com/direct_deploy?token=b891bf7612b2618b952b7f5...

Users can install and create deployment / configuration recipes. ESC essentially automates the generation of RPM / DEB packages without having the package maintainer having to know the details of RPM / DEB. It leverages the existing robust, simple interface of updating user's Linux machines and provide an easier way to build, maintain, and reuse these packages.

For more information, go to http://www.emergsoft.com

Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference eBook Free! (as in beer)

New to Ubuntu? Grab this free book in pdf format.

The PDF Edition of Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference is available entirely free of charge. It is practically identical to the Print Edition. You can download it by clicking the link below.


Newbie who is having trouble with Synaptic and Add/Remove...

Hi Everyone!

I was sick and tired of windows crashing/blue screening/generally not working so yesterday I installed Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid) on my system.

The problem is:
1. I am very new, and not at all familiar with 'the terminal' and the commands
2. I tried to install recommended updates and had some 'broken packages'
3. I read on one of the posts to mark them for 'complete removal' and restart
4. After rebooting I cannot access Add/Remove programs or Synaptic Package Manager!

5. This is the error I get when clicking on Add/Remove:

"Failed to check for installed and available applications

This is a major failure of your software management system. Please check for broken packages with synaptic, check the file permissions and correctness of the file '/etc/apt/sources.list' and reload the software information with: 'sudo apt-get update' and 'sudo apt-get install -f'."

6. So I click Synaptic and I get this message:

Tip, if you want latest version of a game in ubuntu

After playing several games in ubuntu I have realized the games are slowly updated in the distribution, even though newer verions exists.

Now downloading the game and compiling it yourself, usually lead to other programs that is needed and then you have to compile them too. It can mount up to a large number, an example is compiling freeorion.

So the tip is to use ubuntu packages as much as possible for the mandatory programs/libraries and source for the game itself. Compiling is then usually a matter of, something like this:

tar -xzvf game.tgz
cd game
sudo make install

A problem can be to find the binary file to start the game..but the name can usually be found in the game directory itself or under game directory and bin

On not giving up on Linux (Ubuntu specifically)

Speaking to this audience strictly as a new Linux convert, I want to say to everyone, "Don't give up". What you are doing is working with a different OS, one that is not Windows and one that is as powerful and as reliable if not more than other OS around. Do some research and come to your own conclusions. That is your right. My words here are my own understanding and valid to a point. But my purpose is to encourage all not to give up.

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Multiple OS boot problem

I´m new in UBUNTU. I install it in a Toshiba Notebook in an external HD. After that my machine request a multiple OS boot screen but if I remove the external HD it will not start in normal way in Vista.

I want o have both OS but I do not want to be carrying the external HD always. How I do to start in Vista with our receiving an error when I do not have the external HD with UBUNTU.


How to Create a Private Encrypted Folder On Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid)

eCryptfs is a POSIX-compliant enterprise-class stacked cryptographic filesystem for Linux.It provides advanced key management and policy features. eCryptfs stores cryptographic metadata in the header of each file written, so that encrypted files can be copied between hosts; the file will be decryptable with the proper key, and there is no need to keep track of any additional information aside from what is already in the encrypted file itself. Think of eCryptfs as a sort of “gnupgfs”.eCryptfs is a native Linux filesystem. The kernel module component of eCryptfs is part of the Linux kernel since 2.6.19.

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HowTo upgrade from Debian Etch (4.0 ) to Lenny (5.0)

Debian Lenny’s release is getting closer and closer and many people will want to upgrade their Debian Etch servers to Lenny.This is currently in testing so it is not recommended to use these instruction in production.This tutorial will explain how to upgrade from Debian Etch (4.0 ) to Lenny (5.0)

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Adobe AIR on Ubuntu 8.10

Does anyone know the correct procedure for installing Adobe AIR on Ubuntu 8.10? I already successfully installed Adobe Flash Player but I am not sure how or where to install Adobe AIR.

Tools to delete files securely in GNU/Linux

Deleting a file or reformatting a disk does not destroy your sensitive data. The data can easily be undeleted. That’s a good thing if you accidentally throw something away, but what if your trying to destroy financial data, bank account passwords, or classified company information. In this article you will learn number of tools(Shred,Wipe,srm,smem,sfill,sswap,DBAN) to delete files securely in GNU/ Linux

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