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Does elementary OS perform any sort of remote data collection?

In a nutshell, no. You can check the elementary Privacy statement on the website, which says: Your data always belongs to you, and only you. We don’t make advertising deals or collect sensitive ...
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Can I safely install any PPA for Ubuntu on elementary?

PPAs are inherently unsafe. By adding a PPA, you are giving a 3rd party the ability to distribute/replace any package (including important security-related system packages), and consequently the ...
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When will elementary OS Loki be released?

elementary have a saying about release dates, and they are quite serious. When it's ready. elementary releases are targeted to features and bugs being fixed, rather than some arbitrary release ...
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Can I "convert" a Ubuntu installation to an elementary installation?

You could install the elementary desktop and all the standard applications on top of your existing Unity desktop with these commands: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:elementary-os/stable sudo add-apt-...
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Does elementary OS perform any sort of remote data collection?

Ubuntu Ubuntu uses Unity as its desktop environment and this contains the code for Amazon Web Search and collecting data. elementary OS elementary OS has its own desktop environment called Pantheon ...
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When will elementary OS Loki be released?

elementary OS releases are made on a task-based cycle and not a time-based cycle. Releases basically happen like this: Currently, elementary OS releases are built from Ubuntu repositories. At the ...
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Can I install Ubuntu based applications on Elementary?

TL;DR: It depends, but mostly yes. For a the vast majority of software, you'll be fine. Apps like LibreOffice, Firefox, Gimp, Transmission, etc all run on elementary OS. Pretty much anything you can ...
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Why does my elementary OS Freya show an Ubuntu logo?

Logo changed because you use Moka icon theme. If theme was installed from PPA, logo can be returned to default by following command in the terminal: mkdir -p ~/.icons/Moka/48x48/places && ln ...
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Migrating from Ubuntu to elementary OS

I would advise against trying to copy over configuration files from Ubuntu, like those found in /etc or ~/.config. There will most likely be incompatibilities that could cause issues over the long ...
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Can I safely install any PPA for Ubuntu on elementary?

PPA (Personal Package Archive) are used to include a specific software to elementary OS. Note that sometimes Ubuntu ppas can break things, but this is rare. The "safeness" of a PPA depends mostly on ...
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When will elementary OS Loki be released?

According to: http://www.networkworld.com/article/3039009/open-source-tools/elementary-boss-watches-the-linux-distro-make-great-strides.html Do you have a time frame that you're looking at for ...
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elementary OS - Viewing the full Ubuntu based version

I found that running uname -v outputs the long Ubuntu based version. Here's the output of it : 49~14.04.1-Ubuntu SMP Thu Dec 31 15:44:49 UTC 2015
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Is there an elementary OS OEM install mode?

elementary OS does not support an OEM install mode at this time.
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How to remove installed packages by daily PPA

You can install a small app called ppa-purge. It will uninstall/downgrade all the apps & libraries installed. To install ppa-purge, open a terminal and: sudo apt-get install ppa-purge To more ...
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Booted my elementary OS but no GUI?

I was running Elementary 5 in VirtualBox 6 (upgraded from 5) and the GUI stopped working. Reinstalling elementary-desktop as suggested by @Jeroen using sudo apt install --reinstall elementary-...
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When will elementary OS Loki be released?

So their motto is "when it's ready" but judging by the comments from the guys on the simply elementary podcast there is a pretty high chance it will be released this summer or fall. But there is ...
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Asus X555UB , Realtek ALC256 no sound

I have found solution by myself. in case of someone has the same problem - windows dualboot uses a fastboot, so after boot into windows do not restart your computer , just shutdown it. after a boot ...
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Installing elementary OS alongside Ubuntu 16.10

Just download iso from elementary OS and make bootable USB or CD. Boot your computer from USB/CD and choose install elementary OS. The you'll have an option to install elementary OS alongside other ...
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Change from Ubuntu to elementary os

Basically you should separate your /homeand / partitions on your existing system. Boot the elementary OS live DVD/USB system you want to install With gparted you should shrink your existing root ...
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Migrating from Ubuntu to elementary OS

I would use Aptik to backup applications and settings for compatible applications (Firefox, Thunderbird, etc). Saves a lot of time re-installing. Back up your Documents, Videos, Pictures, Downloads, ...
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Full uninstall firefox nightly

You probably added the official PPA for Firefox Beta to your repositories. In order to switch back to Firefox stable, you need to remove this PPA again. Start Software Updater and click at Settings, ...
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Booted my elementary OS but no GUI?

I had such an issue on my Freya HTPC installation. It was caused by some unsuccessful Nvidia driver installation. I fixed that by sudo apt-get purge nvidia* which reverted to standard driver.
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When will elementary OS Loki be released?

Bringing an end to uncertainties, yesterday(14/06/2016) elementary team has announced availability of elementary OS loki beta which is first development release for upcoming elementary 0.4. It means ...
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Are there laptops for sale with elementary OS preinstalled

There is a small company in Spain that manufactures ultrabooks with elementary OS installed, but for now only distributed in this country. More info Slimbook.es They have a video in their webpage ...
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Are there laptops for sale with elementary OS preinstalled

In Germany there is a shop Tuxedo. They offer Linux-specialised hardware. While configuring your new system you can choose elementary OS as pre-installed OS. Other OS's are also Ubuntu-based. I do ...
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broken packages after running sudo apt-get update

I have the same problem since few weeks ago, and it is due to this repository: http://ppa.launchpad.net/justsomedood/justsomeelementary. It looks like the repository has just disappeared. If you check ...
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Is it possible for elementary OS to appear as elementary OS (rather than Ubuntu) in a user agent query and/or in analytics detection?

Useragent of Loki default web-browser (Epiphany) is branded as elementary OS now: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64) AppleWebKit/602.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/8.0 Safari/602.1 elementary OS/0.4 (...
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Is it possible for elementary OS to appear as elementary OS (rather than Ubuntu) in a user agent query and/or in analytics detection?

The versions of Firefox and Chromium in the AppCenter are packaged by the Ubuntu developers. I would be surprised if the elementary team packaged their own custom versions of these applications in the ...
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