Webtest wrote:Thanks for this info ... that will be one of the configuration changes I shoot for when I try to burn a new LiveCD system. I think the default installing Firefox on Windows is to ask for a destination.
you're welcome. we're here to help each other. btw, the default download setting is to download without asking where to save (just prompts if you want to open or save) but will not prompt you for the download location (default is set to desktop). unless they changed these settings in 3.6.
Webtest wrote:The Thunderbird "Favorite Folders" pane sort order is not configurable ... at least I couldn't find any way after several hours of searching and posting. The main Folders pane can be set to a particular order, but the only way I found to do that was to delete all the accounts and recreate them in the order you want them to appear in the pane.
as you most probably already suspected, i don't use tb
.. however maybe this link could point you in the right direction: http://getsatisfaction.com/mozilla_mess ... _messaging
Webtest wrote:The point I was trying to make is that "Open Source" is not necessarily an advantage ... 44,000 files makes for a very daunting task. I posted on the Thunderbird developers site, and the response was "live with it".
unfortunately some "organizations" have made it a habit to adapt some kind of "elitism" and "user unfriendly" attitude. especially developers seem to be good at the latter...
Webtest wrote:I AM connected to the Internet ... I had no problems getting Mint up and running as a Web Browser system, and I am on this forum on my Mint LiveCD system! It is a little disconcerting to hit that beautiful menu "Help" item in various windows only to have it barf.
if that is not working, you may want to post on the forum about this. it may be easily solved, or it may be a bug as well.
Webtest wrote:Tell me you've never seen a topic on the Newbie forum where in about the 3rd post the 'helper' says: "you must be using (whatever ap) ... I use (other ap) and my instructions were for that". It is just a source of confusion for a Newbie. Yes, it is nice to have choices, but it drives up the learning curve in several ways. It might even be nice to have a "standard" Newbie system so that everybody (newbies and helpers) are on the same wavelength when communicating. Like "try learning on this system first" so that everyone knows what the configuration is. I'll always make it very plain that I am using a "LinuxMint-8.iso" LiveCD.
even using the livecd, you will often find there's alternatives. even if not present on the livecd, you can still install applications you like.
Webtest wrote:Hey, it doesn't really. I scratched my (bald) head for awhile wondering why the spell checker flagged 'favorite' (I'm a pretty good speller) and chuckled when I finally figured it out. I actually have seen that before in some previous incarnation.
haha, i usually have the opposite as I'm used to writing in British English and spell checkers usually mark things as wrong (like your example favourite, or colour, etc.) as they are set to US English.
Webtest wrote:From my perspective, "Linux" proper is just foundation software to enable an infinite variety of applications.
to be exact, linux only refers to the kernel. the whole system is therefore normally referred to as a "linux system" or "linux distribution".
Webtest wrote:Gnome is an application. KDE is an application. Nautilus is an application. ... etc.
even windows is divided in all these applications. the difference is that most of them are not that distinctly seperated, or not seperated at all. nobody prohibits you the use of midnight commander instead of (internet) explorer, however unlike in most linux systems explorer cannot be removed from the windows system if you decide not to use it.
Webtest wrote:This 'infinite variety' is the issue that makes Linux difficult to get started with. It seems as though everyone is making a different choice for some function, and assumes that everyone else has made the same choice.
i'm sure that even for you one day this infinite variety will be one of the big pro's of Mint
even though at start it may seem a bit confusing. but if you persist a bit, you will soon find it all makes sense.
Webtest wrote:All of your points are well taken, DrHu, and I avoid MegaShaft as much as possible, hence Firefox, Thunderbird, and a total avoidance of IE on any of my machines. I intend to get to the point where I have a convenient LiveCD system that meets my need for secure Web operations, and maybe even a real Linux Mint system besides!
if you want to keep your settings and all, you may actually want to install to harddrive. this will drastically increase the speed of your system and all changes you make will be saved without extra effort for future use.