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Right now I'm running Precise 32 bit, dual-boot with Windows 7 on my office machine. Windows was installed originally, but Precise boots up by default. I haven't booted up in Windows in forever.
 
I am considering removing Win7 and using its partition for /home. What's the best way to do it to and not screw up Precise or its boot-up?
 
Thanks in advance!
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Thank you, +Danilo Silva! Backups are the norm for something like this.
 
I'd rather not change it any more than I have to. (Murphy's Law, ya know) Can I just leave /dev/sda5 alone at the last half of the drive and not have boot issues When Win7 disappears? How does GRUB react to one of the boot partitions going away? (Just trying to get an understanding of how these things work in this situation.)
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I got a little surprise when I got home from work today. My wife had a Yafa Icona 10025 waiting for me. This one was only about $15 (USD). It's smooth and sleek, has a soft rubber grip area. It's lighter than my Hero 901 and writes a little wider. (Both have medium nibs.) The Yafa has an iridium nib and writes pretty smooth and comfortable, with a fair amount of spring to it. I haven't written much with it yet, but I think it will be a pretty good writer. Time will tell. http://goo.gl/w87Fnq
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+Jordan Schnaidt, the link in my original post specifies the cartridges and converters that work with it. The converter I used was for my Hero 901.
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Taking a break from the rain under overcast skies this afternoon.
 
American Kestrel (Falco Sparverius)
(Also called the "Sparrow Hawk", even though it's a member of the falcon family and not the hawk family.)
Amarillo, TX
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This one is well worth the $.99. View and transfer files to/from your Nook via WiFi.
http://goo.gl/lyLvZq
NEW and improved layout with DRAG AND DROP treeview to move files/directori...
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I run the Splashtop Streamer on Linux Ubuntu 12.04 LTS 32-bit. My software updater indicated a Splashtop update as indicated in the attached screenshot. It appears that it's a version downgrade. Why are the version numbers like this and is it safe to "upgrade" to a lower minor version number? Thanks!
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Thanks for the info!
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Been toying with the idea of swapping out my Sony VAIO's 500 gig hard drive with a 500 gig SSD - but I'm not in a position to do it yet. Just looking for some info. My VAIO is the VPCEH1AFX, and I have 14.04 LTS 64-bit doing well on it.
 
Does Trusty handle SSDs seamlessly, or is there something special I would have to do? If/when I do, it will be a clean install from a live USB, and not a mirror image. Thoughts?
 
Thanks.
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Aye,

Most definitely use have /home on its own partition.

I use an SSD, 5 partitions: /boot, root, /home, swap and an additional one using XFS for virtual machines. all (except /boot) on top of an encrypted LVM.

Linkage. Do not implement this at face value. Please keep in mind that most of these entries are a few years old, with SSD just making first appearances. New discs have a MUCH longer lifetime, so I'd say using logging on ext-filesystems is no longer a problem, the "elevator" isn't required either, but "noatime" is a wise option unless you require it.
The tweaks for temporary files (ie. high turnover, many writes) are still valid, not to mention the speed- and security-boost you achieve.

Great indepth article: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Solid_State_Drives
https://wiki.debian.org/SSDOptimization
https://sites.google.com/site/easylinuxtipsproject/ssd#TOC-Enjoy-your-SSD-carefree-for-years-and-years

Some older content

http://tombuntu.com/index.php/2008/09/04/four-tweaks-for-using-linux-with-solid-state-drives/
http://brainwreckedtech.wordpress.com/2009/05/14/linux-ssd-optimizations/
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1981478
http://andyduffell.com/techblog/?p=852
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I'm trying to create a Trusty 14.04 LTS live USB, with the 64-bit ISO from ubuntu.com, and not a mirror. The creation seems to go well (with 4 gigs of persistent space), but when booting it gives me the error that it's "Unable to find a medium containing a live file system".
 
I've tried formatting my thumb drive to FAT32 and EXT4, used UNetbootin and Startup Disk Creator. Tried creating with a Trusty 64 bit machine and a Precise 32-bit machine. I've tried going through the BIOS boot menu and not, even though BIOS is set to boot from USB first on both machines. Same results no matter what I try. File system check comes up clean. I've even tried using an ISO downloaded from my home network, and one downloaded from my work network - in case there was a network problem on my end.
 
If it makes a difference, I'm trying to put Trusty on a SanDisk Ultra 32gb 3.0 flash/thumb drive through USB 2.0 ports on each - a Sony VAIO with 4 gigs RAM, and a Dell Optiplex with 8 gigs of RAM. It's my understanding that the 3.0 drive will work fine on 2.0 ports, just has slower transfers than it's capable of. The thumb drive works great with all other functions, just can't get the live USB to boot.
 
What gives?
 
Thanks in advance for any advice/suggestions.
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+Grant Stone, thank you for the info. I'm always ready to learn what I can - even after 3 years of using Ubuntu.
 
My final solution was to use a Cruiser 2.0/3.0 drive instead of an Ultra "3.0 only" drive. Apparently there is some incompatibility as you and others have suggested.
 
I used GUI apps and if I'm not mistaken, did a low-level format as well as the "normal" format - since I am aware of some of the crap they hide on them. Wanted to start with a clean slate. The only command like I used was dd - the simple, straightforward one.
 
Thanks again for the input.
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[SOLVED]
 
I'm trying to create a Trusty 14.04 LTS live USB, with the 64-bit ISO from ubuntu.com, and not a mirror. The creation seems to go well (with 4 gigs of persistent space), but when booting it gives me the error that it's "Unable to find a medium containing a live file system".
 
I've tried formatting my thumb drive to FAT32 and EXT4, used UNetbootin and Startup Disk Creator. Tried creating with a Trusty 64 bit machine and a Precise 32-bit machine. I've tried going through the BIOS boot menu and not, even though BIOS is set to boot from USB first on both machines. Same results no matter what I try. File system check comes up clean. I've even tried using an ISO downloaded from my home network, and one downloaded from my work network - in case there was a network problem on my end.
 
If it makes a difference, I'm trying to put Trusty on a SanDisk Ultra 32 gig 3.0 flash/thumb drive through USB 2.0 ports on each - a Sony VAIO with 4 gigs RAM, and a Dell Optiplex with 8 gigs of RAM. It's my understanding that the 3.0 drive will work fine on 2.0 ports, just has slower transfers than it's capable of. The thumb drive works great with all other functions, just can't get the live USB to boot.
 
What gives?
 
Thanks in advance for any advice/suggestions.
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great
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Sparrow - on a snowy trumpet vine.
Taken 22 Jan 2015 in Amarillo, TX.
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All the sparrows around our feeder disappeared at one point, all at once. This is why.
 
Cooper's Hawk.
Amarillo, TX
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+Dale Stanton I saw a Kestrel/peregrine/falcon  nab a house sparrow perching in a hedgerow of bridal veil along my drive. took the sparrow to my driveway and started lunch. left a little spot of blood and feathers.
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I run Ubuntu 14.04 with dual monitors - the one on my Sony VAIO (VPCEH1AFX), and an AOC external monitor via the HDMI port with an HDMI to DVI adapter cable. I run most of my programs on the VAIO's monitor on 4 workspaces. When I have the external on and being used, the windows from my VAIO's monitor occasionally migrate over to the external. I'm finding myself dragging them back over to the VAIO's monitor too often. I haven't seen any rhyme or reason for it doing this. 
 
Is there something I can do to force the VAIO's monitor to be the default while using the external? I haven't seen anything in the Settings that will affect this.
 
Thanks in advance!
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Thanks for making +Splashtop Streamer functional once again on Ubuntu. Just installed it and it seems to work ok, accessing my Linux computers (Ubuntu 12.04 32-bit, and Ubuntu 14.04 64-bit) from my Android tablet.
 
#linux   #ubuntu   #ubuntu1204   #ubuntu14_04   #splashtop   #precise   #trusty  
Splashtop Streamer for Linux (Beta) Splashtop Streamer is a high-performance audio-video streaming server, enabling remote access from an Android device (tablet/phone) or an iOS device (iPad/iPhone/iPod). You can connect within a Local Area Network or through a cross-network or Internet…Read more ›
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