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A 404 error occurs on the about page

In the second slide of the about page, the link to the "official Ubuntu derivatives" gives a 404.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Do we support 13.04 on the Nexus 7?

Per the Ubuntu Wiki Nexus 7 installation page: Please note as of 12/7/2012 we strongly urge users to re-flash to Raring 13.04 The wiki also points users with problems to ask questions here: ...
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On-topic? What games can be played by two people on the same computer

I want to know what games can be played by two people on the same computer. The highest-voted for this meta question is: a "best game" one is far too open ended. You'd end up with every game in ...
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Are questions about making "unofficial" derivatives of Ubuntu welcome?

I wondered whether How to add custom services to Ubuntu that aren't Canonical's but my own (Cloud service etc) is off-topic because of "I'm making my own distribution of Ubuntu" in the body of the ...
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Can we reopen the question about restarting the Tor browser?

This is a question about how to restart the Tor browser: Restart Tor Browser after closing The OP's motivation for wanting to do so is a bug. This question, however, is not a bug report. The bug is ...
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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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Why are questions about (specifically) Ubuntu based distros off-limits?

I can understand (in general) questions about non-Ubuntu distros being off-limits. But is there a reason that questions about distros like Linux Mint which derive directly from Ubuntu are also off-...
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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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Is this Perl-related question being closed too hastily?

This question is about to be closed: Perl doesn't include directory That's too bad, since: Perl scripting is a standard system administration technique and it doesn't make much sense to reject ...
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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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Let's reopen this on-topic question about using Ubuntu software in Ubuntu [duplicate]

This question is, and has always been, on topic. The OP's reading of the FAQ is correct. A question about using built-in Ubuntu software and third party Ubuntu software on Ubuntu is a question about ...
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Are bug complaints with addressable non-bug causes on-topic?

Sometimes a user asks a question and shows the error message, and the error message clearly indicates that there is a bug in the application. If it weren't for the bug, that message wouldn't be shown. ...
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What windows questions are OK to ask?

I was just wondering what type of questions are on-topic and what questions are off-topic regarding windows (the operating system).
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Do custom kernels constitute off-topicness?

Originally, this question was closed due to a mis-wording, and is now in the process of being reopened. Another user pointed out to me that they believe that a custom kernel makes a post off-topic (...
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Close as off-topic and/or flag for migration?

Should we be closing, flagging, or both closing and flagging questions that are off-topic per the faq? For example, here's one on Backtrack : https://askubuntu.com/questions/220243/backtrack-gui-...
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What is the reason behind 'support' for this question

Referring to: Debian Stable vs Ubuntu LTS for Server? This seems to be considered a valid question by the diamond mods (at least I conclude that from looking at the highest rated answer), but I'd ...
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Are questions about issues with the Ubuntu keyserver on-topic for off-topic distros?

I saw a question asking for help related to the Ubuntu keyserver, but on a computer using Mint. Although this server is monitored and run by Ubuntu(I think even Canonical), like Ubuntu One, I feel as ...
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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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Ubuntu-specific programming questions are on-topic, so let's reopen this one

This (somewhat confusingly named question) question was closed, perhaps because it is asking something about programming. (It is, and has never been, in any way about Microsoft Windows. It's about the ...
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Let's reopen this question about setting up a Mint-like menu in Ubuntu

This is a question about how to get an interface in Ubuntu that resembles an interface available in Linux Mint: How to install Linux mint like menu/gnomenu in Ubuntu? This question is about Ubuntu. ...
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Let's reopen question about why/how to use workspaces

I think we should reopen this question about why and how to use workspaces: What can I use workspaces for, and how can they be used? It has some good answers already, but if it's reopened, perhaps ...
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Was there a debate about my post? If so, can I see it?

This question is about posts on askubuntu in general, but I'll use my post as an example: How do I backup the pre-installed Windows before installing Ubuntu? Only recently I've found out that the ...
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Questions about Amazon search results in the Dash in 12.10 are off topic, are we making an exception here?

Questions about Amazon search results appearing in the Dash in 12.10 are appearing here on the site. Example 1, Example 2. Reading our FAQ: This is not the right place for...Issues with the next ...
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Can we allow questions for beta releases, while continuing to prohibit Alpha? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When are questions about “ubuntu+1” appropriate? Generally, Beta releases, while not used by the masses, are ready enough to warrant support by the solid user base ...
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Should we answer questions regarding games played via wine?

My question is if we should really answer questions regarding games run on top of Wine. Or should we not try to support such questions? MY objection to answering this is that it is too specialized and ...
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Should this ping question, where the OP was using improper syntax, really be closed?

This question is about how to use ping properly: https://askubuntu.com/questions/159921/why-cant-i-ping-http-ushou-appeng01-ufm The user is not asking: why a particular site does not respond to ...
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Can we consider the recent question about syncing to Android on-topic?

I don't think this question is off-topic: Apple cloud replacement? But it seems like a lot of other people do, and it looks like it may be closed soon. In that question, the OP is asking if you can ...
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Are questions about hardware specifications (not compatibility) on topic?

I recently commented on this question, considering it off topic. User EliahKagan very politely indicated that he disagrees. The OP is asking for an explanation of what each of the fields in /proc/...
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Is it ok to mention a Brainstorm proposal in Ask Ubuntu?

This may be off-topic even for Meta, but I'd like some clarification before I do something stupid. I've just created a Brainstorm proposal. Is it ok to mention it as part of a useful answer within ...
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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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More destinations for off-topic questions

Often, I see a question that is off-topic, but I only see options on the flagging interface to flag for a close or to flag to send it to meta, which is quite limited. Is this by design since other ...
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Is it considered on-topic, If a user needs help to get back only Windows after he deleted Ubuntu partition?

If a user, who have dual booted system (with Windows) accidentally deletes Ubuntu partition and He now only interested to get Windows back, should we help him considering that, He fell into the ...
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Was this site conceived implicitly for the Gnome/Unity desktop environment?

And adjacently: is there an intention to organize this site in different subcategories for the different members/desktop environments of the Ubuntu family?
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Questions that refer to using or installing ripped/pirated software

I note in the comments to this Question, that the user is using ripped software. umm, I just copied the folder of the game to my home folder.. thats it.. should I download the installation and ...
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I think closing questions on Ubuntu derivatives as off-topic is unhelpful

I realize that the topic of derivatives has been touched on before but I am shocked that this community is so closed to questions that, were they answered, could assist pure Ubuntu users. I recently ...
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Was 142386 closed because it's about FreeBSD, or because it might not also be about Ubuntu?

This question was closed as off topic, and there is a comment (though not by one of the close-voters) saying that it's off-topic but would be on topic at Unix.SE. The question is undeniably about ...
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How do we handle questions about unmaintained software?

Either on-site or in chat. I understand that they are technically classifiable as 'software that can be installed', but it gives rise to un-answerable/complaint types of queries. Simple ...