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2014-12-08 Canon MG5550 on Linux Mint 17:

Mint comes in its "Native" Ubuntu version as well as Debian.  RPM packages are for Red Hat, CentOS, and Fedora and are built for either RPM or YUM package managers.  There's also a Debian package that

2014-05-03 Linux Root Password Woes.:

root password isn't set.  Use this:  $ sudo su -  #    This will log you in as root.  If you're the only user (or the person who set up the machine) you're the only "su doer".      Read the man page about

2014-05-02 Dual booting Linux with Windows:

Linux has drivers to read just about any filesystem, so it can read any Windows filesystem.  The reverse isn't true.  In other words, Linux can create, edit or delete files in a Windows partition but Windows

2014-04-14 Glibc:

Are you certain all you need to do is "install" it?  (As opposed to downloading source and compiling the binary before installing it).  How'd you get to the point of installing VCS without it?    An example

2013-12-11 Linux Wifi problems:

To avoid getting into a situation that isn't acceptable find a USB WiFi device (external) suppported by the OS you want to use.  This way, assuming you like the OS, you'll have wifi whether or not you


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