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Can I mention SteamOS in Ask Ubuntu?

I use SteamOS and am having a problem with it, but I don't know whether or not to mention it in Ask Ubuntu. It uses the .deb files, so it is quite similar. Should I bring it up, or not?
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Are EFI/UEFI installation type of question appropriate at Ask Ubuntu?

Searching "ubuntu-12-10 install uefi" gives a google page of Ask Ubuntu Q&A all pointing to same recommendation. (which is make a grub-efi partition before trying to install) Have asked this type ...
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Can we connect Askubuntu with a ubuntu based custom distro?

We have made some custom distro. We want to connect that custom distro with askubuntu.com . Our distro is the same Ubuntu, with some preinstalled apps and customized so that people can use Linux more ...
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Should questions that are asking for an install guide be flagged?

I have seen many questions that are asking "How to install / upgrade". There are many tutorials out there, so they obviously haven't bothered to do much research - they've just asked over here ...
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Can we please ban unrelated programming questions?

This issue has been discussed in the past: http://meta.askubuntu.com/questions/5695/why-was-a-purely-programming-related-question-not-moved-closed But I disagree with Andrea Corbellini because I ...
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Why was the question about a problem pinging a Windows system from Ubuntu off-topic?

What was causing the problem, presented in the question https://askubuntu.com/q/418957/44293, only came into light when the question was answered. Before that it was unknown and most probably would ...
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How to handle the storm of 10.04-related questions

I've been seeing a lot of questions regarding 10.04 and how it recently broke after an update. Does anyone know the technical background why these users are experiencing similar problems? What's the ...
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Packaging problems with PPA's from the user perspective are on topic?

One of the issues I find from time to time are packages dependencies problems related with PPA's due careless package maintainers. These problems are normally fixed changing one line (or several one ...
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Who are the experts for [localhost]?

Lets get rid of the localhost tag I'm really surprised it met with strong opposition at the time, and I still not convinced, so let me ask if there are really experts in "localhost" question and a ...
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what is the difference between askubuntu and unix.stackexchange.com

why is there this special site for Ubuntu? I think that most of the questions are general Linux questions and would belong there
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networkengineering. or askubuntu

if you have a question that is related to networking for example dhcp or ftp servives and your application is on the ubuntu . In which stack you should or better to ask networkengineering or askubuntu?...
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Is asking about reverting phone to Android on-topic?

A device once had a mobile derivative of Ubuntu, but OP wants to revert to Android OS...is this on-topic or belong somewhere like generic linux or android enthusiasts? Case study How to return to ...
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Do you think these Questions need to be close/deleted because they are too broad?

These two Questions What Application Indicators are available?, and What kinds of desktop environments and shells are available? Do they need to be closed? Even though they are popular and What ...
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Why is this question on using Ubuntu with Nvidia drivers off-topic?

I am utterly surprised that this question is considered off-topic: https://askubuntu.com/questions/400044/nvidia-x-server-flickers-hangs-and-segfaults-on-start-up . It represents a genuine ...
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Add Unix and Linux to the off topic menu

Sometimes I come across questions that I believe to be better suited on the Unix and Linux StackExchange site. E.g. How can I set up radius authentication properly? . When using the flag as off ...
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Are license questions about PPA-provided software on-topic?

We accept licensing questions on Ask Ubuntu. Or at least many such questions. Here are just a few such questions that the community has embraced. (And this is just what I was able to find in under 10 ...
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List questions, fair cases of knowledge or just a waste of time?

We closed this as per parent site guidance and previous Ask Ubuntu meta discussion over the same issue https://askubuntu.com/questions/115237/music-players-in-ubuntu-linux Was it fair? List ...
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How can we refocus on being a Q+A, not a support forum or bug tracker? [closed]

After doing some investigation on issues brought up doing these questions I've found something that I'm embarrassed that we have let get out of control, see these questions for some background. What ...
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What's the final word on "What X are available" and "List of X" type questions?

What is our final decision on questions like these? https://askubuntu.com/questions/40606/what-arcade-platform-or-role-playing-games-are-available What IDEs are available for Ubuntu? Our FAQ is ...
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Heartbleed on 13.04 is bad for the Internet, we should keep one open

Since this is a pretty serious issue I think we should keep one canonical question for heartbleed on 13.04, maybe this one? https://askubuntu.com/questions/445710/how-to-patch-ubuntu-13-04-raring-for-...
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Can we please decide if Chrubuntu installation and usage is on topic? [duplicate]

We've got couple of questions about ChrUbuntu, installing Ubuntu on a Chrome Book, problems that happens only when you use these modified scripts. So, they are welcomed with all that it carries or ...
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Are question about removing another OS but Ubuntu on topic?

Title says it all. This question inspired this meta-Q. So, are questions about removing another OS but Ubuntu on-topic? Relevant comments: mint is offtopic on askubuntu. But you can format the ...
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Questions candidates that should be closed for historical reasons?

I got this comment regarding this question expressing that "if that was a-ok, why mine is not". Hence to prevent further problems with these kind of questions lets close and archive it for its ...
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How to resolve conflicting information about "Chrubuntu" policy/status?

My understanding is that we do not currently consider Chrubuntu to be an unofficial derivative (or even a separate derivative at all), and that the current consensus is not to close questions as off-...
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Software Recommendation is live tomorrow! What makes us different in our quality standards?

In an ideal world, there should be one SE site for each kind of question. Now, in the practice we are overlapping with at least 2 other sites (3 if we count SF) and that soon that number will grow one ...
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Just lets drop the software recommendation mess

Lets face it... software recommendation were never good questions for Ask Ubuntu, and don't tell me "but they are popular"... the popular questions got their popularity because they are too broad or ...
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A flag in the Off Topic flag menu that shouldn't be there?

When I open the Flag menu for a question or answer and select the Closing -> Off-Topic I see the next possible flag: This describes a problem that can't be reproduced that seemingly went away on ...
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Why did you close this question instead of migrating it?

This guy asked about elementary OS. I voted to notify the moderators, I commented letting him know it's off topic. But why didn't you migrate it to superuser or unix.se? I'm not trying to defend him. ...
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EOL Notice: Raring (13.04) is now past End of Life

This is a notice regarding releases of Ubuntu that have reached end of life. The following versions of Ubuntu and derivatives are officially end of life as of January 27, 2014: Raring 13.04 New ...
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What are "services provided by Ubuntu"?

The Help Center for Ask Ubuntu says: We welcome questions about: Services provided by Ubuntu What does "services provided by Ubuntu" mean? Is that meant to be "services provided by ...
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Non-EOL Notice: Quantal (12.10) remains supported through April 2014

Since 12.10 is non-LTS and 13.04 is non-LTS and 13.04 will be end-of-life in a week, it might seem like 12.10 must have been end-of-life a long time ago. But that is not the case. 12.10 is supported ...
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Is asking for raw numbers/statistics on Ask Ubuntu welcomed?

Ok, lets face it. Those kind of data are not reliable when we talk about FOSS software, and asking what is the most popular/downloaded/used/insert-counter-here (IMO the first and third are very ...
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Let's identify if this question is on-topic

The question I am talking about: Are there any official counters which keep a track on the number of downloads of a particular Ubuntu version across different derivatives? Help Center says: Ask ...
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Are suspend/power management problems on or off-topic?

This has been said several times already, but apparently we need to make a Meta Q explaining all the reasons why a question will be considered a Bug and hence closed as off-topic. So this is one of ...
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Can someone make clear rules about the "software-recommendation" tag? [duplicate]

Ok, apparently we don't have a clear set of rules about the software-recommendation: As long as any answer is correct, the question is not a place for Ask Ubuntu. – Braiam 4 hours ago @braiam any ...
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Do we need big lists?

So, the Don't ask section specifically says: Your questions should be reasonably scoped. If you can imagine an entire book that answers your question, you’re asking too much. furthermore: every ...
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Quantal -> Raring -> Saucy upgrade path, how?

Recently in chat we noticed some kind of oddity about the whole 12.10 > 13.04 > 13.10 upgrade path, where Raring will reach EOL before Quantal and how that will play out for us and for the users ...
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How do we currently handle Wubi questions for 13.04 and later?

The Discussion Wubi's been dropped from 13.04. They no longer test it, and they no longer support wubi in 13.04. There was a developers mailing list post about proposing to drop Wubi, and they ...
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Is it reasonable to warn people about a bug and provide a workaround? [duplicate]

The title is about it. But, specifically there is a bug (https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/grub2/+bug/1227365) which causes no grub menu to appear on loading (even holding down shift). I ...
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Are the creation and solution of CTF exercise welcomed here?

I've seen this question on the Close Votes queue: Why does the run level change automatically? At first, when I saw the title it picked my curiosity, but then reading OP's comment: Thanks for the ...
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Software/Games alternatives in Ubuntu (linux) are off-topic?

I saw this question and voted it to close as too broad since: Is a question about alternatives for a Game title which, telling all truth, there are many alternatives for almost any game in almost any ...
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EOL Notice: Hardy, Oneiric, Lucid (desktop) are now End of Life

This is a reminder/notice regarding now-EOL releases. The following versions of Ubuntu and derivatives are officially end of life as of today on May 9th, 2013: Hardy Heron (8.04, all currently-...
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Aren't Ubuntu Server end-of-life versions off topic?

The wiki document about the EOL Ubuntu versions mention that the server editions have longer life than the Desktop edition. Is this applicable for questions on this site? After read this question I ...
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How far a fork distributions is on topic on Ask-Ubuntu? (is this question on-topic?) [duplicate]

I was trying to answer this question, but as you may notice, it has serious issues that made you think is off-topic: It could be a bug/limitation of samba/CIFS. The asker is using a "heavily" ...
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Suggestion: Add link to relevant page in "off-topic" notification

Pretty minor suggestion, but it could be of some use. A question of mine, https://askubuntu.com/questions/295699/the-vpn-service-failed-to-start-under-ubuntu-13-04, was put on hold (at my request) ...
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How to flag an off-topic question on a non-linux OS?

The question Since the new flags for closing (which I applaud) it is unclear to me how I can flag a question about Windows, Mac, Solaris or whatever which clearly does not belong here. I want to flag ...
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What about EasyBCD?

I just edited the tag easybcd and after I found some questions like How to install EasyBCD? or Can't get bootloader to work using easyBCD. These questions have the answer in Windows. We know that ...
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Are python questions appropriate for this site?

Python is so ingrained in Ubuntu. Would it be appropriate to ask python related questions on this forum? Or WHEN is it appropriate to ask questions about python? Where is a good place to ask python ...
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XBMCbuntu: Unofficial Ubuntu Derivative, or just a version of Ubuntu with extra software?

Related: https://askubuntu.com/questions/289267/dns-not-working-in-xbmcbuntu So, the above linked quesiton has prompted a question: is XBMCbuntu a release of Ubuntu, with a few prepackaged softwares ...
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Would superuser be a better place for How do I read <linux file system> in Windows?

Since it has been suggested on the comments to this question on reading BTRFS on Windows that if we wanted to discuss if its on topic, I will. In many cases, the decision on what site's the best ...