Mar. 25th, 2012 03:36 pm
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[personal profile] sally_maria
Is anyone else using the new Cinnamon desktop that the Linux Mint devs are developing for Gnome 3?

I've been using Linux Mint as my main desktop for the last couple of years and have always really liked their style - I've tried Unity and Gnome Shell and I don't hate them, but they've never felt quite comfortable with them.

Cinnamon is still a work in progress at the moment, but I really enjoy its combination of traditional style desktop with the modern Gnome 3 libraries underneath. It's already pretty stable for day to day use, and there's the beginning of a active community of applet/extension developers. It just needs a wallpaper randomiser and it'll be my perfect desktop. ;-)
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[personal profile] pseudomonas
Hi, I wonder if you kind people could give me some advice. I make heavy use of the system for entering non-ASCII characters whereby ComposeKey, char1, char2 gives another character, so (for instance ComposeKey, "!", "?" gives "‽").

I would like to know if there are any GUIs for editing these combinations, so I can easily add a few. I do in theory know how to do it by editing the config file, but this means lots of looking up hex codes and risking breaking things (it's quite easy to create combinations that make other characters unavailable).

Searching only gives me lots of advice on how to remap the ComposeKey (I'm happy with it remaining at its default of Shift-AltGr). Ubuntu packages seem to lack anything with the obvious keywords :-/
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[personal profile] algeh
I'm in the market for an inexpensive laptop. I've run Linux on my desktop for years and plan to put Linux on the laptop as well. I live in the USA.

I want it so I can check my email while I'm on vacation or dogsitting at someone else's house, mostly. It would also be nice if it could run Audacity so I can edit audio files while I'm at conventions.

Are there any brands or models I should particularly look for or avoid? I'm tempted to buy a used machine on Craigslist, but also considering buying new. The last "laptop" I owned was a Compaq Portable, so I'm not exactly up on the latest laptop trends and would like some guidance on what to look for or ask about.
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[personal profile] ratcreature
I can watch streaming video, but some sites, like for example The Daily Show have stopped working. Not so long ago (i.e. like last week), I could watch that. On other sites it still works, like for example I have no trouble on youtube. But on the Comedy Central page it now says "To view this movie you need the Adobe Flash Player plugin. You also need JavaScript enabled in your browser."

So then I figured maybe I need to update my flashplayer, and tried first the stable one, then the beta (my current player version is now 11.2.202) but neither helped. Then I wondered whether maybe some of my other Firefox additions caused trouble, that maybe some script or adblocking interfered, and I hadn't allowed all the necessary scripts, so I allowed everything for the page in NoScript, disabled Adblock and Ghostery blocking, but it still doesn't work. Then I tried another browser entirely, and went to the site with Epiphany, so no add-ons could cause trouble, but again flash video worked in principle, but not on the Daily Show page. :(

Any ideas what the problem could be?

ETA: I changed absolutely nothing, and now (on March 1) the video plays again. Maybe something was wrong with their site setup. Odd.
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[personal profile] t_fischer

This blog post shows how to setup a personal WebDAV/HTTP server which shares a directory inside your home. It is designed for local networks, but as security (SSL and username/password) is part of the configuration, you could give friends across the Internet access to the server.

Read more... )
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[personal profile] siliconshaman
Ok, quick recap, Firefox 10 has proven to be unstable [very!] in Ubuntu 11.10 and below, basically, it's unusable.

The solution is to use the package manger to completely remove FF... after backing up your passwords, permissions, bookmarks and extensions! [use something like FEBE, or xmarks .. FF is just about stable enough if you don't ask it to load any webpages.]

Once you've done that, follow the instructions here and install IceCat, which is the Ubuntu specific, open-source fork of FireFox. [the quick method works, I've tested it myself]

After that, Icecat will look and behave like the unbroken version of FF, you can restore your bookmarks etc. So far it'll accept the latest versions of addons for FF with no problems, but obviously I haven't tested them all.

Job done. Out with borked FF, in with Icecat.

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[personal profile] delfinnium
Hi all

I've had a clean reinstall of my linux mint and everything is good... until just today a thing popped up to say that my root is full.

D: I had given it 4GB when I reinstalled linux mint, leaving everything to my home drive. Now what I read is that root IS required in larger volumes.

So what can I do? I have plenty of space in /home, and I don't particularly want to reinstall everything. Where is the files where I can delete/clear my cache? How do I go about doing it?

(In nice easy steps because I can't actually find this .tmp or .var folders that other websites say I must look in.)
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[personal profile] ratcreature
When Firefox spellchecks my input, the default seems to be set to Australian English for some reason. I would like to set it to American spelling as default, but I can't find such an option. It remembers when I previously selected US spelling for an URL (e.g. for the DW update page), but for each new one, it goes back to Australia.

I looked into the package list whether maybe I could just de-install the Australian and other unneeded English localization packages, but as far as I can tell selecting English automatically selects many countries, and you can't disable some localizations on their own. Similarly when I installed German, it now also offers me Austrian, Swiss and Luxembourgian spellchecks.
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[personal profile] siliconshaman
 Latest update of Firefox for Ubuntu is broken... crashed every time I opened a page. Restarting it with add-ons disabled did not resolve the problem, indicating a problem in the core code. [Mozilla informed]. .. and this was the so-called 'stable' release.

Running Ubuntu 11.04 ix86 32 bit and Gnome 2.32. 

[currently posting via chrome]

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[personal profile] zvi
Heads Up Display will be coming to Precise Pangolin.

From what I can tell, it's similar to gnome-do or Quicksilver, but even more entangled with what we normally think of as menu functions.

Thoughts, reactions, screams of panic and horror? Either yours or that you care to link to in the comments?
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[personal profile] delfinnium
My linux is doing something strange -

Currently I have linux mint 9 (i'm not sure which version it is), and i don't think i did any updates or anything, but recently, it suddenly started showing this error and hanging:

Process: 291 GLib-warning **: get pwuid_r(): failed due to unknown user id(0)

It first started last week, and then today it happened at least twice. Will I have to update my linux to Linux Mint 10?

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[personal profile] ratcreature
Is there a way in Ubuntu (still using Gnome, not that new Unity) to configure the window borders so that a larger area is sensitive to the resizing function? What I mean is that I find it very hard to grab the edge of a window with my touchpad. I move the mouse to the border, the cursor changes, and then want to click, but just wobble a little and am outside the sensitive area already. I often need many tries just to grab an edge. Can I configure that in some way? I don't see anything in the window configuration dialog (there it only asked whether moving is alt/super, and what a double click on the title will do).
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[personal profile] sylvaine
Whilst trying to get my GUI back, I got the error message "Keyboard initialisation failed. This could be a missing or incorrect setup of xkeyboard-config.", which google tells me means I need to free up disk space.

As far as I know, I need to use the rm command to do this, but how do I figure out which files to delete without my GUI? I'm deathly afraid that I'll delete something I need.

(Please bear in mind that I'm an utter noob when it comes to Linux.)
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[personal profile] vass
I'm using Ubuntu Oneiric. Is there any way to move the application launcher somewhere so it's not exactly where it'll be activated every time you try to press the back button in Firefox?
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[personal profile] zvi
Yesterday the Ubuntu release came out. Thought you might find these recommended tweaks from webupd8 useful.
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[personal profile] facetofcathy
There are heaps of How I Customized Natty posts out there, and I can see why. The urge to write a list of everything I did to make it as comfortable to use as possible is a strong one.

I'm going to stick to one issue though, so you may benefit from my experience.

What I set out to do was find a way to have a persistent, on-screen notifier for my legal name email. I had recently set it up in a second Gmail account, and I was using the simple trick of having it open in another browser as the current window so that no matter what else I was doing, new mail was indicated by the text in the window picker on the panel.

Natty with the Unity interface has neither a window picker or that sort of panel. What it does have is the Indicator Applets in what almost everyone seems to be calling the systray, and one of those is for email. The indicator applet is defaulted to be hooked to Evolution, but there are ways to have it linked to Thunderbird or other applications, which is a topic for another day.  I'll just stick with Evolution and Gmail today.  You can set up evolution to use Gmail and I thought this would get me exactly what I wanted.

Setting up Evolution to Work with Gmail

This is a two step process--you have to configure the Gmail settings and the Evolution settings--but it is not difficult. This Ubuntu documentation page gives good instructions including screencaps. It shows a slightly out of date Gmail interface. To access settings you click the gear icon in the upper right corner.

That went swimmingly. And for a lot of people, this works well and the mail indicator will turn blue when you have new mail, and the drop down list will show the count in your inbox. The problem is, that for some people, this just doesn't work. It's a bug, doesn't seem to be limited to Gmail users, or to Pop mail users, and hopefully it will get fixed.

Close Evolution to the Systray

If the indicator applet does work for you, you should be aware that Evolution has to be running for it to function. For many people this is annoying, and what they want is a close to the systray functionality. That is they can close Evolution, but it stays running in the background enough for the indicator applet to still do it's job. You can have this!

Minimize Evolution To Ubuntu System Tray With Patched Evolution Indicator shows you how (and includes a tantalizing screenshot of someone who got it all working with Gmail!).  This patch comes in a 10.10 version as well, so if you haven't updated, you can still get this functionality.  This involves installing via the Terminal.

Customizing the Indicator Applets - adding gm-notify

If you want to make changes to which indicator applets are in your systray, or if you want to add things to their menus, you can do some of this via Synaptic Package Manager. One of the options is a Gmail notifier that shares the mail indicator applet with Evolution. 

To instal this, open Synaptic Package Manager and type indicator into the search box.  Down the list, you will find gm-notify.  Mark this to be installed.  (I took the opportunity to remove indicator-me, the applet that shows your username and contains a bunch of chat settings in the menu.  There are some other useful indicators on the list you might like to try.)

Installing this adds a line to the mail indicator menu called Google Mail.  Clicking on that heading opens the preferences window, and you can set up your Gmail address and how you want the applet to behave.  Once you've done that the indicator should turn blue when you have new email.  This time it worked!  No bugs at all.  Now I have no excuse for not having read my emails. 

vass: Warning sign of man in water with an octopus (Accidentally)
[personal profile] vass
I'm having a problem, and I'm having trouble even finding the right search string to google it, and I don't even know if it's hardware, software, or a weird interaction of the two.

My recently bought Acer Aspire One D255E netbook has been acting up. It started out when I'd leave it on overnight (yeah, my bad) and find that I couldn't wake it from sleep mode. I'd have to hold the power button down. It'd start up fine after that.

Then tonight it did the same thing while I was using it. I was reading a webpage, scrolling down - in other words, I hadn't left it alone long enough for it to hibernate - and suddenly the screen went black. I pressed ctr-alt-del, and I heard the hard drive start whirring in response, but the screen was still dark. After a minute of waiting, I powered it down again.

So, it's an Acer Aspire One D255E, running an up to date installation of Ubuntu Natty Narwhal. I would not put this past Natty at all - it's as buggy as the Little Surrey With The Fringe On Top - but I haven't heard of this particular problem.

Anyone have any suggestions, anecdotes, pointers on where to look for solutions? Thank you!
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[personal profile] quinfirefrorefiddle
So, I run a dual boot Ubuntu (Narwahl, last stable upgrade)/Windows 7 netbook.

Earlier this evening I watched an .avi file (saved to hard drive) just fine- sound was normal.  Afterwards I restarted into Windows, just like always, and watched a little Netflix (sound was fine) before my connection crapped out (I think I need to update my network card drivers, unrelated) so I restarted back into Ubuntu.  And I go to watch another .avi file- and no sound.  I go back to the file I watched earlier to see if it's a corrupted file- and that one has no sound now either.  I'm not muted, I haven't used headphones or a mic in weeks.

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[personal profile] ratcreature
I'd been trying to use Tumblr, and found it hard to use, but it turns out that I'm just not seeing all controls in in my Firefox (still on version 3.6.18 on Ubuntu 10.10, so far I've been too lazy to update). Anyway, in Firefox when I'm logged in I don't see the icons to (un)subscribe and get to the dashboard that should appear in the top right corner. If I use another browser they are there. I use NoScript, but have allowed all Javascript on the page, and I have also turned off my AdBlockPlus on the chance that that might interfere in some accidental way, but neither helps. Does anyone have an idea why the Tumblr controls are invisible?


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