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writing to windows drives (FAT32)

I am new to ubuntu and for scholastic reasons have to keep windows XP as an OS. I have created a drive partition that mounts fine in ubuntu, yet I can find no way of changing the permissions so that I can write to it. I have tried running as root and using chmod but the change did not actually get made. If anybody has advice it would be greatly appreciated. thanks ~Arik

Sony Vaio VGN-FS215S

Hi, I have installed last week Kubuntu Dapper in my Sony-Vaio VGN-FS215S and upgraded packages two days ago. 1. Touchpad is recognized but cursors speed is really slow and can not be fixed. Tapping is not supported. Both worked fine under Breezy. 2. Changing the aliasing preferences doesn't have any effect. The same file with the same Times New Roman Font in Open Office under windows XP is clear and in Kubuntu blurred. Some characters half appear. 3. I don't know which is the appropriate choice for keyboard. There is none for Sony Vaio. I tried to use the other brand keyboards for Laptop but to no avail. 4. Winmodem is not recognized but I guess I have to buy linuxant driver. 5. Wireless card is recognized but I have to install Ndis Wrapper. 6. Adept doesn't function 9 out of 10 times but this is a general problem as I realized from the talk in the Forum. I would be gratefull for any advice Thanks Yannis

How to get XGL and Compiz working

Complete tutorials are to be found on ubuntuforums.org and I do not think it is necessary to repeat it here. But only for one simple remark.

The original tutorial on ubuntuforum.org makes compiz work without the opacity plugin. If you do it this way it will work.

First of all follow this howto: http://www.ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=131267 and play around with it.

If you then download the packages from this page http://www.ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=139265 and install the packages using dpkg -i.

After this all is well.... ;) See my screenshot http://www.ubuntux.org/my-desktop-running-xgl

XGL and Compiz

Yesterday I spend a few hours tweaking Gnome and XGL and I'm glad to say: It works! I know its only Eye Candy, but what a graphics...A screenshot will be uploaded in the image galleries.

.shn and .flac conversion programs

I am using arson and k3b for my music needs. I need to be able to decode flac and shn files to wav for cd burning and home stereo playback. Can someone point me in the right direction program-wise and/or plugins.

Debian and Ubuntu Linux boot process explained

Here is the bebian and ubuntu linux boot process explained clearly with the step by step  http://www.debianhelp.co.uk/boot.htm

Just Installed

Just finished installing Ubuntu today. Trying to figure everything out. I'm running it on the oldest computer I have, which means that it's running on hardware so old, it apparently can't even recognized some of it. I'm debating what this means. On the one hand, I have a marginally newer piece of junk tucked away somewhere. On the other hand, I don't really care to lug it out, dust it off, and give it a whirl. So it looks like I'm stuck to an IBM Aptiva for now. So I have a few things I need to figure out: I need to get Ubuntu to detect my ethernet PCI card, I need to figure out how to use a crossover to link my Windows box with my Linux box, I need to figure out how to share my internet connection across my Windows box, I need to figure out how to connect via Cygwin and X, so I can get some kind of graphical interface for Linux on my Windows laptop (which I usually do most of my ... whatever... from. Oh boy.

Apache2 Installation with SSLand PHP Support With Webinterface or GUI Tools

Apache has been the most popular web server on the Internet since April 1996 and most of the linux users,admins and developers are using their needThis is the easy installation and configuration os apache2 webserver with SSL and PHP supporthttp://www.debianhelp.co.uk/apacheinstall.htm  and if you are looking for web interface or GUI tools for apache have a look here  http://www.debianhelp.co.uk/apacheweb.htm

My First Blog

Seems to be the right thing to do here. Post a first entry so everyone knows you're here. Well, here I go.

This is my first post on this community.

Nice post, isn't it? Well, at least I thought so... :)

web server / web site.

Hi all, Could someone direct me in the right direction.   I'm not full bottle on computers, but i believe I can just keep my head above water most of the time. (Everything but programing)  What i'm tring to achieve is to run a web site from my computer.   I have been playing with windows XP PRO but seem to be having probs with Appache, Xoops and everything else. So Im looking at a different alterntive.   After a lot of seraching , it seems that Appache , Xoops, ect are a lot more Linux friendly. Am i Right here????If i am right in saying that ( I hope so) what version, type of linux should i be looking at? Any help on this would be very much appreacted.The system I'm trying to setup as the web server is a old Pent II. And if posible to have at least 50 SLL conections.  Not sure if that would help?Cheers Adam


FUSE (Filesystem in Userspace) rocks. Case in point, sshfs. - It's a filesystem client based on the SSH File Transfer Protocol. Since most SSH servers already support this protocol it is very easy to set up: i.e. on the server side there's nothing to do. On the client side mounting the filesystem is as easy as logging into the server with ssh.

To set it up, just do this once:
$ sudo apt-get install sshfs
$ sudo adduser yourlocalusername fuse
(log out and back in so that it recognizes me as a member of the group "fuse")

Mounting is as easy as:
$ sshfs yourremoteusername@remotehost: mountpoint

To unmount:
$ fusermount -u mountpoint

Tip of the hat to Ubuntonista and of course Miklos Szeredi.

problem launching login screen setup from ulilities menu

I installed KDE on top of Ubuntu, and now I can't launch the login screen setup from the utilities menu. When I click on it the hour glass just runs,  then nothing.  I reinstalled the system and I get the same Problem. Any ideas?

4th flight of Dapper Drake released

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Problem launching applications, system freezing

I have 5.10 installed on a P4 766 with 256 ram using onboard graphics.  I find that a number of problems have developed. The system freezes up if left running overnight. Have to switch off to restart. Sometimes an application will not launch, happens with any application, you try to launch and nothing happens. Other times if you minimise the application it just disappears, ie does not show on the panel at the bottom of the screen. I have tried looking for errors but do not know enough about linux at this stage to  find the solution. Any advice would be appreciated.

FreeNX on Ubuntu Breezy Badger

is a snap.

Just check out the FreeNX page on the Ubuntu Wiki

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