Cloning a Linux Partition

Whenever I want to test a new release of Ubuntu I find myself cloning the root partition so I can safely upgrade and still keep my old install.

However, I usually forget some step and end up needing to debug grub boot. So this is a summary of what needs ...

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Merging Persistence Changes in Ubuntu Live USB

When using Ubuntu Live USB there is the option of using persistence to store changes on the USB. It uses aufs to layer a read-write filesystem on top of a read-only squashfs compressed filesystem. This is great, because it fits over 2GB worth stuff into a c. 700MB default live ...

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Why Windows is a Pain

AKA: .NET Sucks

I just had to reinstall a Windows XP virtual machine. To make all my programs run I had to manually hunt down and install four versions of the .NET runtime (1.1, 2.0, 3.0 and 3.5. Soon it will be five with 4.0 ...

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Radeon Power Management in Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick)

One of the changes in the recent Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick) is the upgrade of Linux kernel from version 2.6.32 (in Lucid) to 2.6.35. The change introduces several new features of which I especially like Radeon power management (for use with open drivers).

Unfortunately the default ...

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Asus Eee PC 1001PX and Ubuntu Linux

To make the wireless of my 1001PX work in Ubuntu Lucid I had to install the 2.6.35 kernel from Kernel team PPA. The package name is linux-meta-lts-backport-maverick and it should eventually become available in the Lucid package archives.

Unfortunately, the touchpad didn't support multi-touch OOTB and the ...

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Splitting Files in-Place on Linux

Ok, so I have a 160GB disk image I need to split to small pieces (so I can compress those individually in the background later), but I only have a few GB free on the disk containing the image. Unfortunately, split isn't in place. Here's what I managed ...

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Trust Slimline Sketch Tablet on Ubuntu Karmic

Update: See the bottom for Ubuntu Lucid

I just installed my new Trust Slimline Sketch graphics tablet on Ubuntu Karmic 9.10. It was reported as "UC-LOGIC Tablet WP8060U" by xinput. Here's how I made in work, (based on Ubuntu wiki and some Googling):

1. Install wizardpen from Michael ...

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