Using Ubuntu (13.10) and Chromium and you need to use silverlight?

You can start by installing Wine, using IE etc... IE = MS, yek ;)

You can also install pipelight. But, before installing, !CLOSE YOUR BROWSER!

Then, start a terminal (ctrl+alt+t) and enter the following commands:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ehoover/compholio
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:mqchael/pipelight
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install pipelight

Wait a while, accept the license and once installed, start your browser.

Check this site for more info:


It took me a while to figure this out, but it is pretty easy... once you know how it works :)


You have installed Oracle Linux in a Virtualbox. You discover that your disk size is too low. You increase the VirtualBox disksize and you start the VM, discovering that the partition/disk isn't increased.

What you need to do is add the extra disk size to the partition. In my case /dev/sda.

Start a terminal session.

su -

Enter the root password and then display your current partition info

fdisk -l

You probably will notice a /dev/dm-x partition of the size equal to the increased size of your Virtualdisk. We need to add this partition to your /dev/sd<x>.
Check the fdisk -l output and notice that the number of cylinders does not match the End number of the last /dev/sd<x><n> device. Beneath you see 2610 cylinders but the /dev/sda2 ends already at 1566.

So, we need to add the partition at /dev/sda (in my case)

fdisk /dev/sda

we want to create a new partition, partition number 3, with first and last cylinder as default, choose: n, p, 3, [press enter], [press enter]

then change the partition to LVM, choose: t, 3, 8e

finally choose: w
this will write the changes to disk

reboot your VM

after reboot start a terminal

su -

enter root password
now we're going to add the partition (/dev/sda3) to the VolumeGroup. Thát will finally increase the volume.
first we create a physical volume

pvcreate /dev/sda3

second, extend the volumegroup with /dev/sda3. Before we do that, we need to know the volumegroup.


My volumegroup is VolGroup00 and I need to add /dev/sda3

vgextend /dev/VolGroup00 /dev/sda3

Then we check if that went ok


The vgdisplay also displays the free extents (Free PE / Size). You need that number (in my case 255) to extend the Logical Volume (LV).

lvextend -l +255 /dev/VolGroup00/LogVol00

Finally use resize2fs (in case of ext2 and ext3 filesystem) to resize the LV.

resize2fs /dev/VolGroup00/LogVol00

Good luck!

I recently received a DELL laptop (Precision M4700) with Windows 8 pre-installed. 
The first thing I did was trying to install Ubuntu 13.04. The installation succeeded, but there was no Grub or anything, just Windows 8.

After some research Boot-repair did the job and now I have a dual-boot with Windows 8 and Ubuntu 13.04. 
Pretty easy to do, in fact, if you know what to do:

1. Disable secure boot in your BIOS (press F2 when your computer starts to enter the BIOS)

2. Start Windows 8 and use the disk manager to decrease and create an empty partition (size at least 10 GB).
NB. You can also use a live-DVD but that takes some time to start...

3. Insert the Ubuntu live-DVD and restart your computer, enter the BIOS again and make sure it will first boot from your live-DVD and exit the BIOS.

4. Your PC will boot from the DVD, choose to install Ubuntu. Make sure you install it on the partition created at point 2 (choose: something else).

5. Restart/reboot, you will notice that nothing seems to have happened and that it will start Windows 8. No worries.

6. repeat step 3 and this time choose to Try Ubuntu

7. Once Ubuntu is started, install boot-repair:

open a terminal and enter: sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:yannubuntu/boot-repair && sudo apt-get update

then enter: sudo apt-get install -y boot-repair && boot-repair

8. In boot repair open the advanced options and click on Apply

9. If you receive a message about a Buggy kernel, answer with Yes

10. Thats all. Reboot and you will see the Grub boot loader with an Ubuntu and a Windows 8 UEFI option.


Good luck!

Ps. Did some "time to start testing". How long does it take to start the OS and that I can use a browser from the moment I press enter in GRUB.

Windows 8: 55 seconds
Ubuntu: 10 seconds

If you have installed Oracle Linux 5 in a VirtualBox and you receive errors when you want to install the Guest Additions, then this article might give you a solution:

Here is what I did.

Oracle Linux 5.10, Guest Additions 4.2.10.

I installed Oracle Linux 5.10. When trying to install the Guest Additions I received the error:

Building the main Guest Additions module [FAILED]
(Look at /var/log/vboxadd-install.log to find out what went wrong)


I first declared the KERN_DIR variable. Open a terminal and type:

export KERN_DIR

second, I installed gcc, kernel-devel and kernel-headers by entering:

yum install gcc kernel-devel kernel-headers

and then finally I could install the Guest Additions:


That's it and it worked for me. Good luck!


On some pretty new Asus laptops, e.g. X55U, you will discover that after installing Ubuntu 12.04 your wired network isn't working.
eth0 completely disappeared.

The cause: the driver for your network card isn't supported yet.

The solution: can be found here. It mentions 2 solutions. I tried the second and that didn't work :(.

My advice: try the second and if that doesn't work, do the first. That will definitely work - perform the following in a terminal (ctrl+alt+t):

sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-generic linux-headers-`uname -r`
wget -O- | tar -xj
cd compat-wireless-2012-07-03-pc
./scripts/driver-select alx
sudo make install

There's one thing: you need a network connection for both solutions... duh... in my case, my wireless worked. If your wireless doesn't work, then temporarily remove the wireless security, apply the solution as mentioned above and put the security of your wireless router back on! Good luck!

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