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Two kind of Mint's users end up here: Those who know that Mint is based on Ubuntu. Mint is more close to Ubuntu than Ubuntu is close to Debian. (Eliah Kagan has already pointed this out in a comment under the other answer.) That is why they frequently state in their questions that "I'm using Mint XXX which is based on Ubuntu XXX". And that is TRUE. And ...


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Ask Ubuntu classrooms We could probably have some classroom sessions. I know it is a long forgotten idea but I think it would be nice to learn some new things from the experts around us. People interested in teaching or learning any specific topics should put forth their suggestions and recommendations. Some ideas to keep it going: Introduction to Command-...


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You can always post on meta for feedback on what you're working on. I've been running into your edits recently and also just did a scan of some of your work. Overall, I think you're doing a great job helping people clear up their questions. Three things I would work on: There's no need to add bold to most questions. Usually concentrating on making the ...


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surprise Well I am surprised that you wish to discuss this matter so openly - I'm very happy to do so. for the record... Just for the record, you have continually flagged for the following comment to be removed: did you consider encrypting your entire drive? Given your question about encryption/decryption etc, I considered this an entirely reasonable ...


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I'm not sure what you mean. You posted a question and another user was nice enough to correct the grammar so that it's more understandable. That's great! It makes your question easier to understand so more likely to be answered. That isn't an attack on you in any way. English is obviously not your native language so, naturally, you made some mistakes when ...


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Why we ask "Why?" Asking why is often done because something in the question suggests that the person asking is going about solving their problem the wrong way. In those cases, oftentimes, the best way to answer the question is offer a different approach to the problem. Sometimes, though, there's a specific reason why a person has to approach the problem ...


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Some kind of small banner or other decoration visible on the site for the month of October pointing out that Ask Ubuntu is 10 years old.


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Request I would like to learn about writing a new gnome-shell extension from scratch as jokerdino suggested. Shell extensions are used quite often and are very useful. Even the official wiki is not completed yet, and there aren't many good resources available for this. I think Learning by building a extension will be fun and insightful.


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Offer I am willing to do a very beginner level introduction to command line and basic file permissions, if it is of interest


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You can hang out in chat and help out. I usually post sets of questions or queries that could use editing, that sort of thing.


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Let's get to know each other more closely What is the story behind your username (if you aren't using your real name)? What brought you to Ask Ubuntu? What makes you stay here? What do you takeaway from here at the end of the day?


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Not an event, just a look back on how the site design changed over the time. Click on the image to get the full page on Wayback Machine. This post was made possible because of the big cached page library Wayback Machine has. Ubuntu - Stack Exchange (2010) Ask Ubuntu - Stack Exchange (2011) Ask Ubuntu (2012) Ask Ubuntu (2013) (Somewhat redesigned) Ask ...


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You should not question the purposes, the if's and how's of why a particular person want to do a particular thing. The Questions should be asked as they are. The Question itself is not to be questioned. My dear friend, the above quote is a perfect example of sarcasm in action. Every open online community will want to know the intention of the questioner to ...


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Beginner-level introduction to command line (Part 1*) Sunday 11th October - 15:00-16:00 UTC *Haven't prepared Part 2 yet though O.O... In case you missed it: lesson transcript


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I am really curious to know about the current life of the earliest contributors whose questions and answers has most upvotes, which surely helped more people to solve their problems. Let's try to contact them if possible and, know about how their Ubuntu/ Linux life has progressed over 10 years. If they are still using Ubuntu, or may be they are now in a ...


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Idea: Run a contest Timeline: Ok so we launched on 10.10.10 to coincide with the release of 11.10. The 12.10 release is on 18 October, so if we run a contest from 10 October (our 2 year anniversary) to 24 October it gives us almost exactly one week before and one week after the release of 12.10, which means the timing is pretty excellent to prep for the ...


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Offer Learning by doing: How to host a package in PPA and Snapcraft.


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I had a subject called Operating Systems during my graduation. All the assigments were to be done on Linux environment, preferably, Ubuntu. So, my professor indirectly introduced me to Ubuntu in 2017. I started using Ubuntu, apart from doing assignments, primarily because whenever I had some urgent work, my main operating system (at that time) started to ...


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I used to live with someone who collected old PCs that were getting discarded by his college. He had practically a wall of them in his room and was always trying to get some form of Linux to run. Occasionally he would ask me to help him build or rebuild a machine. He spent most of his free time on this, and nothing ever worked properly. It was around 2007 I ...


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You can cancel a downvote or upvote only a few seconds after your vote by clicking the downvote or upvote sign again. If more then a few seconds have been past, you can't cancel your vote, only if that question/answer was edited. So, if you can't cancel your vote anymore, this is the only possibility: find a way to edit somehow that question/answer. If your ...


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We already have a Google+ Page, Chat, Meta, and IRC Channel, and several others. I don't see how adding a Google+ Community will really. In addition due to trademark policies we'll never be able to have an "Official Ask Ubuntu Community" on G+ since it's a Stack Exchange property (hence the Ask Ubuntu Google+ Fan page). IMO it's best to just join the Ubuntu ...


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I think these platforms should promote cooperation and crowdsourcing, giving the opportunity also for a person that is a newbie to say "gosh, that answer saved me from tons of headaches, everybody should see how much is important!" Sure, but part of the design of the system is also earning rewards for participating, seeing future perks and wanting to ...


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In short, derivatives of Ubuntu (Mint, EOS etc...) are off-topic here because the developers of these distros can make drastic changes to things, as well as swapping versions of packages and so many other things. We simply cannot account for this in every single derivative out there, it is a futile task and we would loose focus on our core subject Ubuntu. ...


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Video-gaming events Some years ago, a few of the community members came together and played 0 A.D. We can organise such events for interested participants.


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Request I would like some tips on using Vim efficiently and doing clever things with it.


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Introduction to software installation Saturday October, 10 14:00-16:00 UTC In case you missed it: lesson transcript


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Themed Questions Challenge Identify (a) topic area(s) we need better resources about (please suggest some in comments here - or could be done in a later meta post) Create a challenge for asking and answering questions about the topic(s) Make a leaderboard to share the stats for the challenge


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Request Setting up regular backups like using rsync


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I was looking for an OS that would work on a NEC Z1 all-in-one system that wasn't Windows. Ubuntu 8.04 fit the bill perfectly and I never looked back. =) This is the old NEC Z1 that kicked off my love of Ubuntu. It is in need of some loving care and it does boot, but it is having issues right now with its 10.04 installation. It really has been a good ...


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I have been tinkering around with different Linux and BSD distros (and NAS variants) together with a friend for about 10 years now. Recently we both needed to upgrade our home servers, and talked about settling on a single distribution that would be best suitable for our needs. After some research, we decided to give Ubuntu a try over Debian, mainly because ...


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