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I decided to keep track of reader requests, and some of my own ideas for future articles on this page here. I keep losing track of stuff that users have said will be useful to them. The persons who requested an article, and the requests can be found in the list on this page.

You can send your own requests to carthik@ubuntu.com. No guarantee that I will take it onto myself to write what you want but I certainly will try to accomodate requests that are not just support requests.

Ideas for Future Articles

  1. Martin – Where to put foo/bar ?

    I downloaded and installed Realplayer and the latest Thunderbird; but I didn’t know where to put them. Not wanting to mess anything up I decided to play safe and put them in my home directory, but now I wish I hadn’t because it feels a bit untidy – An explanation of the layout of the linux filesystem /usr, /sys, /var etc, and what it’s all for?

  2. BEG – Printer cups (ipp) setup for roamers

    The question I would ask is how the **** would I set up a (cups?) connection to a printer over a real network, not a usb/parallel printer port. Scenario: I drag my laptop with me to work, and use an extra IP address we’ve got here, but I can’t reach our printer.

  3. Chuck – Equivalents for common Windows commands/settings etc

    a translation guide – stuff like how to do convert ‘move *.mp3 subdir/*.mp3′ or ‘copy *.mp3 *.foo’ or ‘dir /s foobar.conf’

    Also, what is the Ubuntu equivalent of the Path statement in windows, and how does one set it?

    I know ‘.conf’ is a typical ending of signifigance in Linux, but what other ones are there (my Windows examples would be .ini .bat .log .pif .exe (I know that extensions in Linux are not functional, but there still seems to be some conventions about them.)

    I’ve done a little scripting, but I’ve since forgotten which user directory normally recieves user batch files for pathless-commandline execution. Or while we’re at it, what are all the directories of significance to a user in Ubuntu. The one I just mentioned (is it /home/usr/bin?) plus I know that inetd… is pretty relevant – are there any other superstars (like is the ’start menu’ a directory tree or a file)?

    Orient the new Windows guy to the Linux world he lives in. For example, there all these repositories out there, and ubuntu comes with some repositories entered already, but what if I’m supposed to add one?

  4. Chuck – Mnemonics for executables and how to find/remember them

    Something to help understand the quirky shorthand names that show up in Linux so often that make app names so hard to remember. I don’t have any idea what you might be able to do about this, but I’ve found it to be difficult.

  5. Chuck – What are dependencies?

    I can imagine what is meant by dependencies, but I don’t know for sure.

  6. Find some more websites/articles to link to.


1. Ahmer - April 20, 2006

What is this RPM you speak of?

2. Daniel Johnson - June 9, 2006

I can’t get realplayer running in ubuntu for music websites life http://www.raaga.com/hindi.

You can try by yourself it just doesn’t work. Can you help figure out that.

3. sfn - June 14, 2006

Wikipedia has a decent article on the *nix fs hierarchy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Filesystem_Hierarchy_Standard

4. mount - January 27, 2007

Printer cups (ipp) setup for roamers:

I could write a article about how to add a network (/printserver) connection with a printer using cups and the default printer manager in Edgy. I was planning on writing it in dutch for my own little ubuntu blog.

5. Web King - May 7, 2007

It’s rather surprising to see the comments that people just can’t understand the simple english language. You have that you will keep track of reader’s request and there is lot of mixture you will find here in the comments apart from genuine request. BTW is this really helping you out, what you have meant for and what you are actually receiving. ATB

6. prabir - August 5, 2007

Tring to use ubuntu. Everthing is right but could not connect the internet.I am having broadband conection.Ubuntu sensing the modem but keep on giving the msg ‘could not find the server’

what to do?
if anybody there to help

7. visionary - August 18, 2007

To make ubuntu work with raaga.com which needs a real player to play the audio files, you can refer to http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=135527&highlight=Raaga

See at the bottom, post by Visionary and it will help you solve your problem

8. Jorel Lysse - September 4, 2007

I want to install xubuntu to replace my OX 10.4 Tiger with intel processor witch versionshould I use?
Thanks I love ubuntu

9. grameentechie - October 14, 2007

I believe one the key things missing from the Ubuntu community is the ability to get “on demand” assistance. With the Redmond crowd, you might get poor service, but you can always find someone to offer better, customized service..for a fee. This is probably THE significant hurdle for Ubuntu adoption worldwide. I get this question all of the time – how can I get support? Who will answer my questions?

If there were a way to have Cannonical organize or legitimatize a queue of requests and an ecosystem of service-vendors (rated of course by previous customers) for one-off problems or questions, I think this would help. I am thinking of something similar to what Amazon tried with the mechanicalturk.com (artificial artificial intelligence) platform. I think getting Cannonical to help it along is in their interest and would build on their existing efforts.

I am fully aware that the ethos of open source is to have the community respond and I respect that, however, I have seen that this does not always work for the odd-ball question, or the person who needs a particular orientation. I’ve tried the chatrooms, wikis, blogs like this… and all of it is useful, BUT, not enough. BTW – I do find this blog useful. Thanks!!

10. Kasun MAdura - December 5, 2009

how to play swv in ubuntu?

11. shashi - February 17, 2010

is blog closed down

12. הובלות - April 16, 2012

i? love enrique :D:D

13. Schwule Jungs suchen echten Gaysex - September 11, 2012

great blog my friend !

14. routeur 3g - January 15, 2013

Great post. I’m facing many of these issues as well..

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17. копирайтинг скачать - June 18, 2015

It’s nearly impossible to find knowledgeable people on this topic, but
you sound like you know what you’re talking about!


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