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by smurphos
Tue Jan 16, 2018 1:23 am
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: [Solved] Text Editor Needed
Replies: 12
Views: 150

Re: (power user) Text Editor Needed

+1 for Geany.
by smurphos
Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:15 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Boot Problem after micrcode update
Replies: 1
Views: 51

Re: Boot Problem after micrcode update

Use the Kernel section in Update Manager to manually install the latest 4.4 series kernel, boot into the 4.4 kernel from the grub menu and assuming that one boots OK then go back into update manager and remove all 4.8,4.10, and 4.13 kernels you have installed. 4.4 will become the default and will be...
by smurphos
Mon Jan 15, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Installing Mint 18 on SSD & Kernel Selection
Replies: 2
Views: 48

Re: Installing Mint 18 on SSD & Kernel Selection

1. Mint 18.0/1 comes with the LTS 4.4 kernel, which is still supported, whereas Mint 18.3 comes with the 4.10.x kernel, which was recently EOL'd and won't get the required Meltdown/Spectre fixes. Is it more sensible to pick the LTS 4.4 kernel or upgrade to the more current 4.13 kernel? If going wit...
by smurphos
Mon Jan 15, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: How to update your kernel for Meltdown
Replies: 95
Views: 3843

Re: How to update your kernel for Meltdown

@ br1anstorm, ....... ...... Whether you choose kernel 3.13.139 or 4.4.109 mainly depends on the age of your computer. In general, newer kernels are compatible with newer hardware, and vice versa. Eg a 2008-released Intel Core2Duo processor should be running kernel 3.13 and LM 17.x, and not kernel ...
by smurphos
Mon Jan 15, 2018 2:14 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: kernel updates... Should I just stick with 18.2?
Replies: 4
Views: 117

Re: To update or not update kernel ?

This issue of spectre and meltdown is really confusing me as a new person to Linux Mint. For a really long time I've been using LM 18.2 Sonya without issue and have always had a green check mark saying my system was up to date. Never had to do kernel updates. Now I reformat the drive and do an all ...
by smurphos
Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:54 pm
Forum: Suggestions & New Ideas
Topic: LM account for sync
Replies: 5
Views: 921

Re: LM account for sync

Aptik is a user data focussed backup/migration app, made by the same gentleman who develops Timeshift a system data focussed backup app. Timeshift is now effectively built into Mint (since 18.3). Aptik can be installed currently via a PPA. Aptik looks like a good candidate to do this job. It is not ...
by smurphos
Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:17 pm
Forum: Cinnamon
Topic: Pannel and hover adjustments
Replies: 9
Views: 153

Re: Pannel and hover adjustments

Did you overwrite the existing #Tooltip entry entirely?

Just tried it on my existing theme and it works - you might have some applications with a System Tray Icon that still have a tooltip - but thats it (they are controlled elsewhere).
by smurphos
Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: Open chat
Topic: ATTN!...Intel CPU owners (Spectre & Meltdown flaws)
Replies: 408
Views: 12321

Re: ATTN!...Intel CPU owners (Spectre & Meltdown flaws)

bugs : cpu_insecure perchance? :)

I'm pretty sure that's a flag added by the patched kernel's which indicates that the kernel is implementing PTI to mitigate the CPUs vulnerability to Meltdown.
by smurphos
Sat Jan 13, 2018 4:06 am
Forum: Cinnamon
Topic: Pannel and hover adjustments
Replies: 9
Views: 153

Re: Pannel and hover adjustments

I cannot seem to figure out two minor tweaks I would like to implement with my LM18.3 Cinnamon DE with the Dark-Moon theme; 1.) get rid of the annoying little pop-ups that appear when I hover over something on the pannel. 2.) stop the hover action entirely - as in sometimes the cursor hovers on som...
by smurphos
Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:47 am
Forum: Open chat
Topic: ATTN!...Intel CPU owners (Spectre & Meltdown flaws)
Replies: 408
Views: 12321

Re: ATTN!...Intel CPU owners (Spectre & Meltdown flaws)

@ smurphos, ....... ... . OK, Linux-Ubuntu was justifiably slow. How come Intel and M$ were so slow and seemed to lack patch testing.? Don't know.. As an aside the changelog for the spectre patched kernel for 17.10 currently in testing is another huge one.....expect breakages. :mrgreen: https://lau...
by smurphos
Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:17 am
Forum: Open chat
Topic: ATTN!...Intel CPU owners (Spectre & Meltdown flaws)
Replies: 408
Views: 12321

Re: ATTN!...Intel CPU owners (Spectre & Meltdown flaws)

https://www.neowin.net/news/google039s-meltdown-and-spectre-patch-isn039t-slowing-cloud-systems (dated 12 Jan 2018) Google has announced that its cloud systems have been patched against Meltdown and one variant of Spectre since September , and for a second variant of Spectre since December , and th...
by smurphos
Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:29 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: How to change pointer in Cinnamon 18.3?
Replies: 3
Views: 85

Re: How to change pointer in Cinnamon 18.3?

Mmm.... in Cinnamon 3.6.7 the pointer size slider is in Preferences / Mouse & Touchpad. Edit to add - this seems a bit buggy in current cinnamon - when I changed it to a massive cursor the size would revert to default when hovering over an application window. Needed a reboot to get the change to...
by smurphos
Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:03 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Recover Chromebook with Coreboot from a bad kernel update
Replies: 2
Views: 47

Re: Recover Chromebook with Coreboot from a bad kernel update

Not an expert - but as someone who likes a good troubleshoot I felt the need to congratulate you on your successful fix! A few points that might partially answer some of your questions. Mint is built from an Ubuntu LTS base (Mint 18.x built on Ubuntu 16.04 -xenial) and the kernels available in Mint ...
by smurphos
Thu Jan 11, 2018 2:08 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Cinnamon crashes after kernel update
Replies: 23
Views: 806

Re: Cinnamon crashes after kernel update

@ Pjotr I have a question and this could help other relatively new users like myself. When we talk about kernel 4.13 and the fact that it received a patch just today (January 10, 2018), are we talking about 4.13.0 or 4.13.16? So, in other words, if I am supposed to revert back to the 4.13 line of k...
by smurphos
Thu Jan 11, 2018 1:48 am
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: Intel Processor Microcode 20180108 version
Replies: 7
Views: 264

Re: Intel Processor Microcode 20180108 version

Be aware that there is no guarantee that these updated microcode packages from debian/ubuntu PPA actually contain newer microcodes for your particular CPU model yet. Intel at least have stated they are prioritising CPUs released in the last 5 years, before moving on to those released in the last 10 ...
by smurphos
Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:38 am
Forum: Chat about Linux Mint
Topic: fixing Linux Mint 18.3 for Meltdown and Spectre
Replies: 92
Views: 4405

Re: fixing Linux Mint 18.3 for Meltdown and Spectre

But after I installed today's kernel update, the Intel Detection Tool STILL says that my processor is VULNERABLE to the problems. Should the installation of the new kernel prevent the Intel tool from giving a positive result or is the tool just saying that the processor is subject to the problems a...
by smurphos
Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:20 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Level 1-3 updates good enough?
Replies: 27
Views: 537

Re: Level 1-3 updates good enough?

My Update Manager displays ONLY Levels 1 through 3. There must be a good reason. What version of Mint do you use? 18.2 and later revised the level assignment and much improved the help section in Update Manager. in a nutshell all levels 1-4 that are tagged as security updates are recommended and sh...
by smurphos
Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:33 am
Forum: Open chat
Topic: ATTN!...Intel CPU owners (Spectre & Meltdown flaws)
Replies: 408
Views: 12321

Re: ATTN!...Intel CPU owners (Spectre & Meltdown flaws)

For anyone on 4.10 please be aware that Update Manager is not picking up the patched 4.13.0-25.29~16.04.2 as a recommended security update as might be expected. It is there and can be manually installed from the kernel section of Update Manager. I don't think this is a fault in Update Manager - this...
by smurphos
Tue Jan 09, 2018 1:40 am
Forum: Open chat
Topic: ATTN!...Intel CPU owners (Spectre & Meltdown flaws)
Replies: 408
Views: 12321

Re: ATTN!...Intel CPU owners (Spectre & Meltdown flaws)

The vulnerabilities are theoretically exploitable remotely via untrusted code (javascript) run by your web-browser - so dodgy sites and probably a greater risk code injected via malvertising. Having said that both Firefox and Chrome have issued initial patches/advice to mitigate but not eliminate th...
by smurphos
Tue Jan 09, 2018 1:03 am
Forum: Open chat
Topic: ATTN!...Intel CPU owners (Spectre & Meltdown flaws)
Replies: 408
Views: 12321

Re: ATTN!...Intel CPU owners (Spectre & Meltdown flaws)

The Ubuntu Security Team page has been updated regarding progress towards releasing supported patched kernels.... only 4.4 and 4.13 are in testing (available via a PPA for the brave/inpatient). Confirms that 4.10 won't be patched and will be made EOL earlier than planned. Doesn't look like they have...

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