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Problem - Synaptic/Update Manager - "Could not download all repository indexes"

I am a fairly new linux user and have just installed Ubuntu.       Originally, I could ping but not access the web through Firefox.     I solved this problem by disabling ipv6 in Firefox and I can now ping and browse the net but I cannot use wget or download via Synaptic.     wget displays the following type of message:     ale@Dym4300:~$ wget www.google.com       ---13:43:44--  http://www.google.com/       => `index.html.2'       Resolving www.google.com... 1.0.0.0       Connecting to www.google.com|1.0.0.0|:80...       Synaptic/Update Manager display the following error message after trying to download for a few minutes:       "Could not download all repository indexes"       Any help or advice will be gratefully received.       Thanks       Phil

Ubuntu or Kubuntu - Why not BOTH ?

I can declare myself as a begginer in Linux world (not a total , but still a begginer). Before a Ubuntu, I install several distros on my PC (Mandrake, Knoppix, SuSE,,,) but neither of them last more than few days. With Ubuntu - that changes. At first I install Ubuntu (with GNOME) and I was satisfied for some time. Then I wish for a KDE, so I install Kubuntu - and that last for a few days - so I install both (at boot (GRUB) I decided witch one to use). After some time that becomes anoying, until I found a solution on net: I install Ubuntu, add a Kubuntu CD into Synaptic respository, and install KDE (kubuntu-desktop).Voila - decision between GNOME and KDE is in my login screen.I apologie on my bad english - it's not my native language.

Google brings its own Ubuntu derivative

Google is preparing its own distribution of Linux for the desktop, in a possible bid to take on Microsoft in its core business - desktop software.

A version of the increasingly popular Ubuntu desktop Linux distribution, based on Debian and the Gnome desktop, it is known internally as 'Goobuntu'.

Google has confirmed it is working on a desktop linux project called Goobuntu, but declined to supply further details, including what the project is for.

You can find the full article on http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/01/31/google_goes_desktop_linux/

Xserver? Bad Frequency?

Hii just downloaded and installed the latest version, something about a breezy badger? lolanyway, i installed it fine, and i have grub up and working, along with 2 windows partitions, (seens as one in grub, uses ntldr to choose between)i can get into both windows ones, but i cant seem to get into the ubuntu linux one. it loads up all rite, ubuntu screen, lots of stuff loading with OK. then i think it tries to bring up xserver and just dies. i get a bad frequency warning on my monitor.im using a 6600GT and a philips 107E.ive tried editing the xorg.conf, but whatever vsync and horizontal refresh things i put in seem to change nothing.i also tried rebuilding the xorg.conf, and changing the first settings of resolutions i saw to only have 680X400 or something similiar (the default one that all monitors should support.ive tried looking for the manual but cant find it,not at home or online, only set vsync settings on what i have seen on product sites (lies?)

Login Screen Problem

Well I am having problem I installed UBUNTU 5.10 Breezy over my laptop and at login screen either i login or not after just few seconds i think around 20 seconds screen went blank and another blue screen appears which shows that INSTALLIN PACKAgES while configuration and installation of packages is readily done...this screen went directly to 5% and then 100% in few seconds and after that again login screen appears and then same process keeps repeating. Can anyone here please help me in this matter? I'll really be thankful

Ubuntu server or Debian server

I have got a server with RH9, apache2, samba, php and mysql 3.23... Actually it was installed as a work station 2 years ago. I would like to upgrade it. At first I thought that I could install a Debian Sarge as server. But after reading what's on the Ubuntu site, I saw that Ubuntu proposes a server version too. Debian is well know for its stability. I am now wondering what I can install: Ubuntu server or Debian server. Has anybody already tried the Ubuntu server?

Boot Options for LiveDVD

Hi:Can any one give me an URL with the boot options (cheat codes) for Ubuntu Live 5.1? I did a search with Google but found nothing.I need to load the vesa driver at boot. I have a system freeze after X starts and I believe this is due to my graphics card, an ATI Radeon X600 pci express.I tried already "xmodule=vesa", "vga=normal" but it didn´t work. I also tried to boot in text mode and change the xorg.conf. I did "init 3" and it didn't work also.Is it possible that the "live" option doesn't accept any cheat codes?Thanks.Joao

Ubuntu & Macromedia Shockwave

Hello! I need to install macromedia shockwave... Do you know something similar? I am an inexpert one! Sorry, but my english is very bad. Thanks Romina

Problem with multiple locations on Laptop

Hi, I am new to the group and linux, have been playing around for a while but now am spending more time trying to get to grips with the system. I currently am trying to set up a server at home and run dhcp to enable me to plug my laptop in with no hassels. (Using ubuntu 5.10 on both machines) All is going well except that I am unable to set up different network locations on the laptop?  I use a fixed IP at work so need to re-enter all network settings every time I plug in at the office. Does anyone have any suggestions for me.

Versora - Migrate settings and files from Windows to Linux

Here is a nice way to integrate a former windows user into the Linux environment. It's called Versora. They just partnered with Linspire (probably to gain more exposure)  but they also sell to all other linux users.

http://www.versora.com/products/progression_desktop.php

Basically, it allows you to migrate settings, files, folders, email, wallpaper, network shares, and much more over to your linux desktop easily. The best part is that they don't charge an arm and a leg for it. It's $30, for either the download, or the boxed version, and is incredibly simple to use. Check out the website for a virtual demo.

Nubuntu - Network Ubuntu aimed at security.

I thought I would download this, and install it in VMWare on my home computer, just to see what it offers. It looks like it has a wide range of tools available for it, and since it uses fluxbox as the window manager, I'd like to check that out as well.

This will most likely end up being my "Security Aversion" desktop. Before, I was using a heavily modified version of windows 98se, but that was buggy at best, once everything was loaded on. This, I think, should do much better. Right now I have a small amount of security on my linux box, though I haven't disabled anything, and I'm running Firestarter.

Since this comes with quite a few wireless cracking tools, I may pick up a wireless card, and see what I can break into with it. ^_^ My neighbors have all told me that thier networks are so secure now that they put WEP encrytion on them, and I am just itching for a chance to prove them wrong. Besides, I've gotten permission from one of them already.

My first Blog

This will be my first ever blog, on any site. I figured I would host it here for the specific reason that I am using ubuntu for my main distrobution, and I need an area to organize my thoughts.

About Linux

Okay for my computer tech class final exam, part of it we were supposed to write about Windows Vista. I suggested to the teacher we write about something else because there isn't too much we can do about it so he said well since some of you will take the course next year and it touches on Linux, you can write an overview about that. I said, freakin' sweet. So I turned around and wrote a few paragraphs of what I knew off the top of my head while the rest of my class struggled because they all new zilch. So here, I present to you my writeup;

Linux is an operating system similar to Windows. It was created by a Finnish software engineer by the name of Linus Torvalds during his college years in the early 1990s. It is an open source operating system that is free to be modified and improved by any programmer who wishes to make changes to the code. Linux was derived from a kernel and opearting system called Minix. It was developed to be a Unix based operating system, that ran on the PC. Linus now coordinates the kernel in Linux. He organizes what goes into each release, when it will be released and more. Similar to a kernel in Windows, the Linux kernel contains all the instructions for the computer to function. It also contains drivers for any hardware to be used by the computer. Linux is well known among computer geeks as a stable operating system and has been widely accepted as such.

First one!

Alright I just joined this site and it seems pretty cool. I shall post as often as I can think of something Linux related to write about. Not that anyone will care or even read it but I will anyway, just because I can. Go me!

sound card not detected?

Hi
I'm completely new to linux but reasonably expereinced on windows.
I've just installed ubuntu on an old PC. Despite taking 5hrs to instal (!!!) the system works reasonably well and I'm impressed with the general working and feel.
The problem is no sound.
The card is AZTECH sound galaxy 16.
Trying to play any sound gives an error unable to open file or resource, or words to that effect.
I've looked at hardware manager and there is a pnp card listed as "unknown", with several associated entries listed as AZ0001, AZ0002 etc... so I assume this is the card, but I assume there is no driver installed.

Any suggestions??

Thanks

Keith