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Canonical does, so I'd suppose it's fair game. This isn't full Ubuntu, though. It's just the command line, and that I think should retain the same behaviour except where it uses Linux-specific APIs (cgroups, anyone?). It's meant for development. General programming and debugging, IMO, remains as off-topic as ever. In any case, I think we should mark all ...


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Derivatives like Mint and Backtrack are not the same as Ubuntu. They use different packages, from different software sources and typically built differently. They are configured differently. Their principles and goals overlap with but are not the same as the principles and goals of the Ubuntu project. They have their own communities. Many of the same ...


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The help center states that (emphasis mine): Using and administering official Ubuntu flavors including: Edubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, Kubuntu, Ubuntu Kylin, Lubuntu, Mythbuntu, Ubuntu Studio, Xubuntu, Ubuntu Touch and Ubuntu MATE. Shell scripting is an essential part of administering (and using, really) a Linux system. Including Ubuntu. We also have a meta ...


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I'd say they're on-topic by virtue of them certainly not being off-topic. Just because something is on-topic on another site doesn't mean it's automatically off-topic here. That said, we still have standards. It needs to be answerable, ideally in a way where the top two answers cover 99% of use cases. Questions that solicit infinite lists of answers (eg "...


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Lets hold on for a second with destroying old questions. Doing anything in mass always has me a bit concerned. What I'd like to propose instead is do the following: All questions still open with those releases be closed as off-topic with a similar comment of: This release of Ubuntu is no longer supported and is now End Of Life (EOL). With links to ...


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Development is on-topic here unless it really has nothing to do with Ubuntu. I wouldn't object to Python questions here but you might get better service on Stack Overflow which is really all about programming. If your questions involve Ubuntu peculiarities or packaging a Python application, then we're probably the best bet. But again, this is on-topic on ...


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As terdon says, bash scripting differs from some other programming tasks in that writing shell scripts is a core part of system administration on Ubuntu and other Unix-like operating systems. Not every Ubuntu user writes or needs to write their own shell scripts, but bash scripting is a topic is central to system administration on Ubuntu. Furthermore, there ...


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We have a rule that we don't support Ubuntu versions that are no longer supported by Canonical. However, there is no rule about software from other sources. And I really think there shouldn't be such a rule. First of all, many tools simply don't have newer versions. So you have no choice but to try and use an older one. And yes, while some of those might ...


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If the answer works on Debian but does not work on Ubuntu, then it is not an answer for Ubuntu and the scope of this site. If the solution works on Debian and Ubuntu then it's a valid answer. Otherwise it's not a valid answer and should not be posted. This said, if the solution works on multiple distributions including Ubuntu then that is a valid answer ...


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Note that Ubuntu Phone devices are still running on a Vivid derivative, and will likely continue to do so until the details of the GCC 5 migration are settled. So questions related to those devices or development of apps for those devices should still be considered on topic despite the end of life notice.


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My understanding of the scope of Stack Overflow is limited, so I hope people will comment or edit to correct me. There is significant overlap in scope (on-topicness) between various Stack Exchange sites, including Stack Overflow and Ask Ubuntu, and this is not considered a problem. The same question may be on topic on Stack Overflow and on Ask Ubuntu. My ...


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From the Ask Ubuntu FAQ page: We welcome questions about: Using and administering Ubuntu, including official Ubuntu derivatives. Running third-party applications on Ubuntu. Development on Ubuntu. Services provided by Ubuntu Any question not mentioned below or here are great! There are no "dumb" questions! What are custom ...


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I think customizing Ubuntu is a way of using Ubuntu. In particular, it is a way of making changes to an Ubuntu system. If someone wants to add Debian repositories to an Ubuntu system, we help them with that. If someone wants to add Ubuntu repositories to a Debian system, that's off-topic here. When someone customizes an Ubuntu system, whether or not they ...


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I propose a simple rule for us to apply, to figure out if someone's operating system is really Ubuntu, and thus within the scope of Ask Ubuntu. We should ask ourselves what the best answer is to the question: What is the name of their operating system? If the best answer is "Ubuntu" or the name of an official derivative of Ubuntu (e.g., "Kubuntu") then ...


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I am Ubuntu Core Developer, member of Ubuntu Installer team and have commit access to lp:wubi. The status of Wubi is complicated =) It has shipped on the CD and is still shipped. Primary function is to be a "cd autolauncher" for people who pop the cd into a Windows machine, at that time it says "You need to reboot, to try ubuntu! [reboot now]" or some such....


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Sadly and—in my humble opinion—wrongly, the AU community has decided that workarounds for bugs are off topic. Personally, I've never understood why that is the case since working around bugs is often essential and the only way you can do what you need. Nevertheless, the community's stance here is clear and is nicely explained in @kos's answer. Happily, the ...


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I see it like this, it's an Ubuntu usermode, running on Windows or not, doesn't matter. I explicitly asked is it just bash? The answer was it's not bash, it's an Ubuntu usermode, meaning it's a Ubuntu piece of software, officially supported by Ubuntu. So it's like asking, should we support Ubuntu running in virtual machine on Windows? Yes. Wubi? Yes, so it'...


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Erm... In one of Oli's answers, he mentions : [Questions] how it's installed (and how it boots) are not Ubuntu proper and are off-topic. That's firmly within the context of Crouton, which is a hacked-together way to shim Ubuntu onto a Chromebook. Grub in the context of Ubuntu is on topic. It's an officially supported application that couldn'...


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I see no reason why not. Ubuntu is an operating system, it is not a kernel. That's precisely the distinction that people like RMS make when they insist on calling the OS GNU/Linux and not Linux. Linux is a kernel, not an OS and Ubuntu is an OS, not a kernel. The kernel is just one of many bits and pieces that make up an operating system. It is arguably the ...


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Good reminder, Mark. The question in question here however ended up in the review queue because somebody directly close-voted it as: off-topic → This describes a problem that can't be reproduced that seemingly went away on its own or was only relevant to a very specific period of time. It's off-topic as it's unlikely to help future readers. I won't ...


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This page clearly states what is and what is not considered on-topic for Ask Ubuntu: Questions that you may ask: Using and administering official Ubuntu flavors* including: Edubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, Kubuntu, Ubuntu Kylin, Lubuntu, Mythbuntu, Ubuntu Studio, Xubuntu, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Touch, and Ubuntu "Snappy" Core. * emphasis mine Because ...


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I think I made a mistake. I've always seen questions about Wubi being closed as off-topic because of it being discontinued, and since that itself made sense I endorsed the same practice. However reading this post I understand I overlooked an important point, which is that Wubi is still an option for some supported releases (specifically 12.04.x and 14.04.x)...


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Speaking as a Unix & Linux moderator, any question about Ubuntu Linux would also be on topic on U&L. The scope of Ask Ubuntu is almost a subset of the scope of U&L. The exceptions are things like the Ubuntu phone and Canonical services like Launchpad. That said, the folks on U&L tend to have little interest in GUI stuff and the vast majority ...


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I think it's somewhat subjective... but I would like to share my perspective for discussion, even though I am pretty new to the site. Along with some other folks, I do some cleanup, meaning I spend some of my time on neglected, unanswered, sometimes old and maybe abandoned questions. Mostly, we find that they have good, or good-enough-to-edit-into-shape, ...


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Yes. "Mint," "Debian," "Kali," etc., don't mean "stop paying attention." You're right that it's bad to robo-close questions based on the presence of specific keyword or tags, and that this is something that sometimes happens on our site, that it happened in this particular case, and that it needs to stop happening. The ...


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I don't see how this would be on topic. We only support official Ubuntu flavors, and this isn't one. The problem described seems to be an issue with the modified installer so I closed the question and suggested to the OP that they open an issue on the respin's github page instead.


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The Nature of Scope Decisions There's no way to enumerate an exhaustive list of formal rules about what's on topic and what's not. This question is extremely general. I've tried to address as much as can reasonably be addressed in one place. Being about non-Ubuntu operating system X, whether that be Windows, Mac OS X, Fedora, Haiku, or any other OS, doesn't ...


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Despite its flaws, Wubi has certainly been an extremely popular method for letting Windows users install Ubuntu. I wouldn't be surprised if demand for it remains high enough for something to either officially or unofficially replace it in the future. And why off-topic? Ubuntu 13.04 is what we are supporting here. Somebody asks a question about it, we should ...


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This is 100% about using a command line tool that ships with Ubuntu as part of the coreutils package. There aren't many tools that are more Ubuntu. In the same way that we answer Ubuntu users' questions about Firefox and LibreOffice, this is completely on-topic. Without questions like this, there'd only be five questions left on Ask Ubuntu. And there'll be ...


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For those who would rather not upgrade to Ubuntu 16.04 for whatever reason such as a lack of support for AMD's old fglrx driver, note that Ubuntu 14.04 LTS will still be officially supported until April 2019, according to this. Ubuntu 16.04 does have advantages over 14.04, such as an updated Linux kernel that provides better hardware support. The wireless ...


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