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by Petermint
Tue Aug 13, 2019 3:48 am
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: Mitigating accidental deletion of files and folders
Replies: 12
Views: 309

Re: Mitigating accidental deletion of files and folders

Optical disk storage depends on the brand and the technology. There are plenty of disk brands that rotted in just a couple of years when the metal layer separated or corroded. Good SD cards and SSDs survive almost forever if they are only read. Like metal optical disks (the write once type), the sto...
by Petermint
Tue Aug 13, 2019 3:27 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Best Distro For Old Computers
Replies: 17
Views: 617

Re: Best Distro For Old Computers

Linux works in 2GB. Google Chrome needs 200GB. If an old computer has a dedicated graphics chip, every Linux GUI works. Without dedicated GPU, you need Xfce with all options switched off. SSDs are always a good upgrade. Ask anyone who has bumped a PC off a desk. A magnetic disk is the first thing to...
by Petermint
Tue Aug 13, 2019 3:12 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: ...to dual boot or not to dual boot
Replies: 10
Views: 175

Re: ...to dual boot or not to dual boot

Installing Linux along side Window as dual boot is the easiest way to run both on one machine. Trying to install Windows later, in a virtual machine or any other configuration, is difficult. I tested several virtual machine options under Linux and none ran the required applications with the required...
by Petermint
Tue Aug 13, 2019 3:06 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: [SOLVED] Wine or something else?
Replies: 17
Views: 335

Re: Wine or something else?

Dual boot or full on Linux with Wine? I tested Wine for some applications. One release of an application will run then the next fails! When you have Windows installed, it is easy to convert to dual boot while you work out which applications will work on Linux. If you delete Windows, install Linux as...
by Petermint
Wed Aug 07, 2019 5:20 am
Forum: Other topics
Topic: kernels 4.15, 4.18, 5.0?
Replies: 4
Views: 218

Re: kernels 4.15, 4.18, 5.0?

I might upgrade before transferring from this machine to the next.
by Petermint
Wed Aug 07, 2019 12:51 am
Forum: Other topics
Topic: kernels 4.15, 4.18, 5.0?
Replies: 4
Views: 218

kernels 4.15, 4.18, 5.0?

LM 19.2 lists kernels 4.15, 4.18, and 5.0. The support times do not worry me. Is there any advantage of 4.18 or 5.0 if you do not have a specific problem? A search lists them only for specific problems and hardware, except for something labelled "fixes for EXT4". Worrying! I will most likely buy new...
by Petermint
Wed Jul 31, 2019 3:32 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Drive space and Linux query.
Replies: 14
Views: 490

Re: Drive space and Linux query.

Fslint Janitor is another useful program. It can find duplicate files. Those documents, pictures, and images you copied to three different places over the years.
by Petermint
Tue Jul 30, 2019 11:35 pm
Forum: Other topics
Topic: Grsync - has anyone used it on Linux and Windows?
Replies: 0
Views: 116

Grsync - has anyone used it on Linux and Windows?

I use rsync to backup user data from Linux to an external disk. Grync looks like it could be good for simple backups anyone could run. Grsync is also listed as working on Windows. Has anyone used Grsync on Windows? I would do the installation. The user would then run the backup for their user data. ...
by Petermint
Tue Jul 16, 2019 8:35 pm
Forum: Themes, Icons, & Wallpaper
Topic: How do you change a colour in the default theme?
Replies: 0
Views: 227

How do you change a colour in the default theme?

LM 19.2 promises a small number of contrast improvements. I want to make similar changes but to increase the contrast further for viewing outdoors. The main problem is the grey icons on a grey background. The background should be lighter and the icons darker, far more than the 19.2 change. Can you c...
by Petermint
Tue Jul 09, 2019 7:25 pm
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: CAD recommendations
Replies: 21
Views: 660

Re: CAD recommendations

Some of the specialised tools have a use.Yesterday I switched from paper to Sweet Home 3D to work out dimensions for a house. A draftsperson will draw the final plans.
by Petermint
Mon Jul 08, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: Are most Linux Distros easily broken? Your advice please.
Replies: 42
Views: 1675

Re: Are most Linux Distros easily broken? Your advice please.

Carpenter to the apprentice.
"You hold the other end of the hammer."

Or the fatal one for the carpenter holding a nail:
"When I nod my head, you hit it with the hammer."
by Petermint
Mon Jul 08, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: CAD recommendations
Replies: 21
Views: 660

Re: CAD recommendations

LibreCAD:
LibreCAD started as a project to build CAM capabilities into the community version of QCad for use with a Mechmate CNC router.
by Petermint
Sun Jul 07, 2019 7:53 pm
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: CAD recommendations
Replies: 21
Views: 660

Re: CAD recommendations

What you want to draw? 2D? LibreCAD 3D? FreeCAD Machines? Buildings? Electrical circuits? https://petermoulding.com/cad_-_computer_aided_design_-_free I wanted to draw a 2D layout with the option for a 3D "lightray" evaluation later. The 3D stuff was too complicated for the initial drawing and the e...
by Petermint
Sun Jun 30, 2019 9:43 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: random shutdown
Replies: 12
Views: 232

Re: random shutdown

Sudden shutdown. Takes a while to work again. Probably hardware overheating. After the cool down time, everything works again.

Remove case. Vacuum the dust out of the fans. Make sure they rotate. You can touch things to find out if they are hot.
by Petermint
Sun Jun 30, 2019 1:19 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Moving cursor between different sized screens smoothly
Replies: 2
Views: 80

Re: Moving cursor between different sized screens smoothly

I have a similar setup with the primary monitor having 1080 pixels high and the secondary having the full 1200 you used to get on computer monitors before they all became repackaged TV screens. I opened Menu -> Preferences -> Display. In display, I can drag the shorter monitor up and down next to th...
by Petermint
Sun Jun 30, 2019 1:05 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Does putting the screen to sleep save energy?
Replies: 4
Views: 156

Re: Does putting the screen to sleep save energy?

For an OLED phone, there are reports of overall power savings from 40% to 60% when switching from a light theme to a dark theme. Of course, you cannot trust the media to get anything right. One article says the Applie iPhone X was the first OLED phone and the others, including Samsung, copied Apple....
by Petermint
Sat Jun 29, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: random shutdown
Replies: 12
Views: 232

Re: random shutdown

Does the shutdown switch off the computer? Does the shutdown happen only when on battery? A regular shutdown should have something in the log. Shut your computer down. Start it again. Look at the log to see the regular messages during shutdown. You can save that part of the log in a text file. After...
by Petermint
Sat Jun 29, 2019 8:19 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Does putting the screen to sleep save energy?
Replies: 4
Views: 156

Re: Does putting the screen to sleep save energy?

OLED: Black uses less energy than any other colour. You can put the screen to sleep or use a dark theme. LCD: The white backlight is the big energy user and stays on full blast no matter what colour is displayed. Sleep mode should switch off the backlight. I have two LED external monitors. One switc...
by Petermint
Sat Jun 29, 2019 8:00 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: [SOLVED] File manager that shows total size of subdirs in detail view?
Replies: 16
Views: 337

Re: [SOLVED] File manager that shows total size of subdirs in detail view?

It doesn't remember In Nemo, you can exit the properties display and open it up again to see the previous count. The count remains until you change directories or change the directory contents. Unless you rebooted between speed tests, you cannot compare the values due to caching. I rebooted then ra...

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