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Different types of package install – Ubuntu:

Two-parter I think.

I’m new to Linux and I know there are multiple different ways to install a package but I’m a bit confused by them all. I’ve installed via ‘apt’ and ‘ppa’ in the terminal, I’ve installed directly from the app store, I’ve downloaded .deb packages, and I’m also aware of flatpak. Is there any “BEST” way to install packages?

I feel like I’ve maybe installed some things wrong or might have just figured it out by luck. For instance, I installed Stacer but had trouble figuring out how to pull the whole file from github. I ended up seeing that the developer offers a download link which ended up working out. Once I extracted it I opened the file it was in and this launched the app in the app store, even though it doesn’t exist there on search. Everything ended up working and it’s installed but whenever I open launch the app it tells me there is an update available. When I follow the link it just takes me back to the github page I originally downloaded from. Not sure how to go about updating this.

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How Do I Change The Bash Prompt Name In Lubuntu?:

Hello I would like to change the Bash Prompt Name in the terminal that I am using which is called Qterminal.

I have read a lot of conflicting information on several websites and they usually have me take two common approaches in order to change my name. I would like the easiest solution.

Currently my bash prompt looks like this

I would like to change the bash prompt name to something shorter. Maybe something like “case”. Thank you for any help.

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Updated from from 19.04 to 19.10 after I replaced lxqt with xubuntu-desktop. The installer overwrote grub, and now my laptop won’t boot. How fix?:

Started with Lubuntu 19.04. I used Synaptic to install xubuntu-desktop because I didn’t like LXQt. Xu updated to 19.10 after reboot.

Lenovo ThinkPad T430

My laptop boots to a blank screen with a blinking cursor after grub was replaced in the 19.10 update.

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Sourcing Path but programs not available ?:

I’m sourcing a path within my .profile file and when I echo the path, the path which I’m sourcing is listed, but none of the programs I’m trying to access are available ?

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I decided to try Linux (Manjaro) but when I’m booting with nonfree version, it freezes at this stage. My setup is: Nvidia 1050ti, i7 8750h, 480gb ssd, 8gb ram:

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Can Linux read and write NTFS hdds?:

I’m thinking of trying out a dualboot setup between Win7 and CentOS before fully migrating over.

One thing Im worried about is my current data on NTFS drives. Will I still have access to them? or is it recommended to transfer the data over to EXT drives? If so, is there a tool that helps you do this easily, like Samsung has a fool proof cloning tool they offer with their SSDs.

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Help me build a set of ‘Discovery CMDs’ I can run on any given *nix system at shell to probe/check/report its specs?:

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Good backup tool for synchronizing (personal) data:

Any good and easy to setup tools for doing backups of the personal data on an encrypted home folder to an USB stick?

I tried timeshift from Linux mint, but I still couldn’t figure out why, although I excluded almost everything from the disc, it still tried to backup everything.

I tried Bacula, but the instalation always fails and messes up my system.

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I have a Live USB with Debian, can I transfer all the data to a bigger one somehow?:

So I created this Live USB to try the distro in order to make up my mind about substituting Windows for it, but I now think I might need more time of thought, therefore needing more capacity, is it possible to take all the data and copy it on another pen-drive to have a bigger Live USB?
Thank you!

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Can only access Samba shares if set to 777:

I’ve been setting up a NAS with Ubuntu Server 18.04 LTS. It’s mostly working but I’m having an odd issue with Samba. I have all my shares set to read only = no and guest ok = yes. Testparm says everything is clear. But, I can’t write to the shares from Windows unless each folder permission is set to 777 (and I have to set every subfolder to 777 as it’s made).

If I set a share to 755, it’s readable but not writeable from my Windows PC (which is normal, I believe). But if I set it to 766, it becomes unreadable from Windows, even though 766 should allow read and write, correct? Only setting it to 777 allows read and writes, but I’ve read that’s not a good security practice?

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