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Perfect Windows and Ubuntu Unity Integration

One of the biggest issues with switching over to Linux is the fact that a lot of applications are only supported on Windows (XP, Vista, or 7).  Ubuntu 11.04 and 11.10 use the Unity desktop that by default has no panel at the bottom.  This makes Ubuntu integrate perfectly with Windows running under VirtualBox with a few minor tweaks.  Read more to find out how. In order to do this you will need:
A version of Windows (XP, Vista, 7)VirtualBox

Step 1:
Install VirtualBox.

Using the instructions here: https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Linux_Downloads#Debian-basedLinuxdistributions

For Ubuntu 11.10:

1. Open the Software Center. Choose Edit -> Software Sources. Click the Other Software tab, then Add...

2. Enter:


deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian oneiric contrib


3. Open a terminal (ctrl+alt+t) and enter:

wget -q http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian/oracle_vbox.asc -O- | sudo apt-key add -
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install virtualbox-4.1 

4. Once the …

Penn State wireless 2.0 with Ubuntu Linux

The problem If you go to one of Penn State's campus' and have a laptop running ubuntu linux  it's pretty easy to log on to the internet.  For security reasons, Penn State protects their wireless connections using either a VPN or user authentication.  Most of the 'tech' guys don't know how to do much more than run an installer program, which is all that is necessary if you have a windows or mac os but when it comes to linux, they're clueless.
The benefit If you use ubuntu, your in luck.  Ubuntu 10.04 comes ready right out of the box to connect to psu's v2 network.  I would say it's even easier than on windows because it connects you automatically every time you open your laptop.
The solution So how do you set it up?
Click on the wireless icon on the top panel and select the psu ssid.A dialog will open up, fill in the following information under the wireless security :Network name: psuWireless security: WPA & WP…