Archive for December, 2013

Fixing the vsftpd 500 OOPS child died Error in Xubuntu 13.10

The Very Secure FTP Daemon (vsftpd) has always worked well out of the box in Linux Mint 16 64-bit. Install it and go. It’s as easy as that. However, installing vsftpd 3.0.2 in Xubuntu 13.10 64-bit presented an unexpected surprise: If left with the default /etc/vsftpd.conf configuration (and even after editing), vsftpd would always return one of these two errors:

  • 500 OOPS: child died
  • 500 OOPS: priv_sock_get_cmd

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Ktouch Typing Tutor

December 27, 2013
ktouch00Are you a budding typist who wishes to develop typing proficiency? Do you seek a simple typing practice program? If so, then there is an excellent typing tutor software program available for Linux called KTouch.

KTouch supports a wide variety of keyboard layouts, graded typing lessons, typing statistics monitoring, customization, and the ability to create your own typing lessons from within a thoughtful user interface that is easy to navigate and friendly for those who find typing intimidating.

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How to Disable the Crash Report Dialog in Ubuntu 13.10

apportUbuntu 13.10 (and Xubuntu 13.10) will often display a crash report dialog when something goes awry. Sometimes crashes are major and require assistance, but most of the time they tend to be insignificant (check the crash details) and the system continues to function fine despite their occurrence.

However, the crash report dialog still appears, and this can be annoying. Is there any way to suppress the dialogs? Yes, there is!

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