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Is Ubuntu WSL with Linux Mint repos/packages OK for Ask Ubuntu?

I recently installed Ubuntu on WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux). After installation, I added the Linux Mint repositories, and installed several packages from them (like mintinstall and cinnamon). Can ...
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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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Should questions related to cinnamon desktop environment be answered?

Officially Ubuntu supports Unity, KDE, XFCE and LXDE desktop environment. So naturally we can answer relating to them in Ask Ubuntu. But I saw many peoples asking help on cinnamon desktop environment. ...
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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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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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Why are questions about packages included in Ubuntu by default but not maintained by Canonical not considered off-topic?

Here is an example question: Libreoffice 5.1.6.2 “The dictionary is already full.” It is about LibreOffice, which is a package that is included in the Ubuntu ISO by default, but not made or ...
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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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Ubuntu Groovy Gorilla (20.10) is now released, and posts about it are (generally) No Longer Offtopic

(I'm a day late, I got busy with work stuff and at-home stuff) As of about 17:39:04 UTC on October 22, 2020, Ubuntu Groovy Gorilla 20.10 has been officially released. The corresponding release ...
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Unix vs Ubuntu?

If you're using Ubuntu but have a question which is applicable (or you think it is) across distros is it considered best practice to post in Unix SE? Or is it more a case of the question being valid ...
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Who is the public for which this service is intended, exactly?

Some of the questions appearing seem pretty advanced, wile others (like the ones I'm asking) are elementary. Who is the user we imagine using this service? The answer to this question should ...
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When are Debian questions off topic?

I just voted to close this Debian question. There are a bunch of Debian questions that are open though; when is it appropriate to close a Debian question?
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Clarification on GRUB's on-topic-ness

By definition questions that are on topic are these: Using and administering official Ubuntu flavors including: Edubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, Kubuntu, Ubuntu Kylin, Lubuntu, Mythbuntu, Ubuntu Studio, ...
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Should a question asking for a workaround for a problem in an in-development version be closed as off-topic?

I recently came across this question How to workaround "update-rc.d: error: no runlevel symlinks to modify, aborting!"? and at a first glance I assumed it was off-topic because it would ...
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Do we support Ubuntu on Termux?

Termux is an Android terminal emulator and Linux environment app. Termux's wiki contains instructions to install Ubuntu on top of their Android app. I don't think it is a standalone distribution or ...
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How should we interpret "Development on Ubuntu" in the FAQ?

Sparked by this question and this comment, I'm confused to what development stuff here is on-topic and what isn't. The FAQ says: Development on Ubuntu. Well, that on leaves room for wider ...
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How do we feel about requests for learning materials?

How do we feel about requests for learning materials? Questions like "Where can I find a good tutorial on foo?" or "Is there a book for learning bar?" or "Can you suggest an online course on baz?" etc....
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End of Support Notice: Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus) reaches End of Standard Support on April 30, 2021

This will be enforced starting May 1, 2021. This is a notice regarding releases of Ubuntu that will be reaching, or have reached, the end of their standard support period. These releases are no ...
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How specific about not supporting non-Ubuntu OS's is AskUbuntu?

While browsing AskUbuntu, I found a question about Wine + Steam. The OP said that he was using Linux Mint, and upon reading that, I thought "Oh, isn't that non-supported, or something?". So I opened ...
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Can we update the FAQ to reflect the apparent change in EoL policy?

This is a question about editing the FAQ. This is not a good place to discuss whether or not we should allow EoL questions. We already have a meta question (actually, three) for that. (See below.) It ...
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What are the meanings of EoSS, LTS, ESM and EoL?

In the What topics can I ask about here? article in Ask Ubuntu help center, under the "Questions that you should avoid:" heading, the following bullet point is mentioned: Support for ...
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Is this the right place to ask a question about installing another OS on an Ubuntu computer?

A few days ago I asked a question on Ask Ubuntu because I needed a way to install Windows on my currently Ubuntu-only computer. It however received some negative feedback from people in the community, ...
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Are all freeze-related questions automatically off-topic?

I'm about to ask a question on the main site, but after seeing similar questions and how they were treated, I decide to come to Meta first. The proposed question is about my Ubuntu installation ...
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Are questions about official Ubuntu software in other OSes generally on-topic?

My understanding is that we consider questions about running Ubuntu One in Windows to be on-topic for this site (thanks to Jorge Castro for clarifying this in chat). But we close at least some ...
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Are answers specific to Debian on-topic?

I use Ubuntu for my workstation and administer a lot of Debian servers. In my experience 98% of the times an Ubuntu solution applies on Debian at a similar age and vice versa. Recently when searching ...
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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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Is UBPorts within the scope of AskUbuntu?

I have this question here: Does SECURE BOOT need to be disabled on the Nexus 5 before I can install UBPort's Ubuntu Phone Image? I subsequently created new tags for UBPorts, and one of its core ...
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How do we change the policy of Ask Ubuntu if votes are low in Ask Ubuntu Meta?

Since important policy decisions regarding Ask Ubuntu's scope are taken using voting in Ask Ubuntu Meta, it's important that as many people as possible participate in the discussion related to ...
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Is Bitcoin on-topic on Ask Ubuntu?

I stumbled across this question. Just in case something happens to that question or its comments, here is a Wayback Machine link. I wasn't quite sure about if Bitcoin was on-topic, so I didn't flag it ...
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Can I ask questions about upcoming releases? [duplicate]

I know that you can't ask questions about upcoming releases that are still in development, however, can you ask questions about them when you are not asking for help with them? For instance after ...
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How is this question off-topic?

I posted a question about the crouton tool for creating an ubuntu environment in chrome os, but it was put on hold as off-topic. The question is this: I attempted several times to use the crouton ...
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Are software-recommendation questions for browser plugins on-topic?

Are questions asking how to do something in a web browser, which either implicitly or explicitly must be accomplished by a plugin, considered on-topic? That is, should we accept questions like this? ...
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Is this question about long-running codes on remote servers on-topic?

I asked the following question: How to launch a long-running Python code in a Docker container running on a remote server but I was wondering whether it would be more in-topic on Stack Overflow or ...
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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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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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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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Is there a rule which states that all questions and answers have to be in English on this site? [duplicate]

I know that people often tell others that it is a rule here, but I am have never actually seen it written anywhere, so is it a rule that all questions and answers on this site have to be written in ...
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Is "any tool that runs on Ubuntu" on topic here? [duplicate]

That's the response I got to a flag I raised about a git question which had already been answered on StackOverflow a few years earlier. Git runs on Ubuntu as well as on Windows or Mac, so it could be ...
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How strict should off-topic questions be flagged as such? [duplicate]

I flagged this question as off-topic. The question absolutely does not belong on Ask Ubuntu but on Stack Overflow or similar. But the flag got declined and that's bad for my reputation (?). It makes ...

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