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I am using Ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS (“precise”). I am trying to upgrade all packages using kernel via apt-get upgrade method. But, I am getting the following message:

apt-get upgrade

Reading package lists… Done

Building dependency tree

Reading state information… Done

The following packages have been kept back:

linux-headers-virtual linux-image-virtual mysql-client-5.5 mysql-server-5.5

mysql-server-core-5.5


The following packages will be upgraded:

base-files dosfstools linux-libc-dev linux-libc-dev:i386

4 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 5 not upgraded.

Need to get 1,847 kB of archives.

After this operation, 2,048 B of additional disk space will be used.

Do you want to continue [Y/n]?



How do I fix this issue and install linux-headers-virtual linux-image-virtual packages which have been kept back in Ubuntu Linux LTS version 12.04.2?

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I am trying to set exec-shield protection on Linux as described here but getting the following error on Ubuntu Linux server version 12.04 LTS:

sysctl -w kernel.exec-shield=1
error: “kernel.exec-shield” is an unknown key

How do I fix this problem and make sure exec-shield buffer overflow protection security feature turned on Ubuntu Linux?

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I recently switched from OS X to Ubuntu. When I run the ‘vim file.c’ command at terminal, I see an error message that read as follows:

The program ‘vim’ can be found in the following packages:
* vim
* vim-gnome

* vim-tiny
* vim-athena
* vim-gtk
* vim-nox
Try: apt-get install <selected package>


How do I fix this problem and why vim is not a default text editor on Ubuntu Linux? How can I install full-fledged vim text editor in Ubuntu Linux?

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I am a network admin who recently made the switch from MS-Windows to Ubuntu Linux. I need to use Java and Firefox web browser plugin to run java applet. I am unable to access many devices such as Firewall appliance, LBS/VPX, and network equipments due to Ubuntu’s incompatible openjdk and icedtea plugin. I also searched software center but unable to find Oracle Java 7. How do I install Oracle Java 7 and get rid of this incompatibility problems on Ubuntu Linux amd64 v12.04 LTS or v13.04+?

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I have installed Debian or Ubuntu Linux on Dell Inspiron / Latitude / Precision / Vostro laptop. How do I see the current CPU temperature? How do I control and see fan status on Dell laptop?

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I am unable to find Google Chrome Browser in Ubuntu software center. How do I install Google Chrome in Ubuntu version 12.04 LTS or v13.04 using command line options?

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How do I install wake on lan client under Ubuntu Linux desktop to wakeup Unix or Linux based servers?

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