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by Petermint
Sun Nov 05, 2017 10:35 pm
Forum: Cinnamon
Topic: Memory usage by Cinnamon components
Replies: 2
Views: 173

Re: Memory usage by Cinnamon components

Thank you for the Startup Applications. Switched off Blueman, mintUpload, mintwelcome, Nvidia prime. 1.4 dropped down to 1.3 GB. Killed csd-background and nothing bad happened. Ended csd-screensaver and found I cannot lock the screen. Looks like I need screensaver but not csd-background. Everything ...
by Petermint
Sun Nov 05, 2017 7:19 pm
Forum: Cinnamon
Topic: Memory usage by Cinnamon components
Replies: 2
Views: 173

Memory usage by Cinnamon components

Cinnamon is using 278 MB on my machine when there is little activity and not many extra applications installed over a default LM 18.2 install. Nemo-desktop uses 21 MB. The blueman-appliet uses 20 MB. There is a heap of other tasks that look like they are Cinnamon components including csd-background ...
by Petermint
Sun Nov 05, 2017 6:57 pm
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: [SOLVED] Question: How do you reduce video file size with Minimal Loss of Quality
Replies: 6
Views: 203

Re: Question: How do you reduce video file size with Minimal Loss of Quality

Compare the output to the input before throwing away the input. Static content will compress better than a car chase sequence. Look at commercial DVDs and Bluray disks. The cheap disks have lots of junk, "extras", on the same disk instead of supplying a second disk. When you hit movement, ...
by Petermint
Sun Nov 05, 2017 4:45 pm
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: Nemo folder permissions tab: what does the "---" mean?
Replies: 2
Views: 77

Re: Nemo folder permissions tab: what does the "---" mean?

Not applicable. When you have permission to create and delete files, you have read and write permission. You can look at the same directory using the command ls -l. You will see permissions like drwxrwxrwx. You can then lookup the specific Linux interpretation of the permission.
by Petermint
Sun Nov 05, 2017 4:39 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Problem upgrading LM 18.1 Cinnamon to 18.2...
Replies: 7
Views: 172

Re: Problem upgrading LM 18.1 Cinnamon to 18.2...

For anyone new to Software Manager:
Select Menu -> Administration -> Software Manager
Select Edit -> Software Sources
Select Official Repositories
Select one of the Mirrors.
You will see a list of mirrors. Wait a few seconds. Speeds will be added to the mirrors. You can select the best.
by Petermint
Fri Nov 03, 2017 8:33 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Linux Mint where only unstable internet available
Replies: 8
Views: 244

Re: Linux Mint where only unstable internet available

For anything USB, run lsusb in the command line, find the USB id for the device, then google the USB id. lsusb will identify the device at the chip level. Two identical boxes off the shelf can have different chips because they are from different batches. Realtek and similar companies produce dozens ...
by Petermint
Wed Nov 01, 2017 12:18 am
Forum: Other topics
Topic: Skype replacement for LM, Windows, and tablets
Replies: 5
Views: 427

Re: Skype replacement for LM, Windows, and tablets

Wire sounds good. Will test Wire first. There are many posts on this topic I found lots of "Skype is broken" posts but not replacements. Skype did just come out with a new version That is the reason I finally gave up on Skype. It really messed up Skype. If I were to list the problems with ...
by Petermint
Tue Oct 31, 2017 8:20 pm
Forum: Other topics
Topic: Skype replacement for LM, Windows, and tablets
Replies: 5
Views: 427

Skype replacement for LM, Windows, and tablets

Microsoft broke Skype. Skype under Microsoft's rule is more reliable, as an application, on Linux but is far less useful to the point of being broken. What alternatives work on Linux Mint, Windows back to 7 and beyond, and on tablets? It has to be easy to install along side Skype. Tablets are common...
by Petermint
Sat Oct 28, 2017 11:04 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Linux Mint where only unstable internet available
Replies: 8
Views: 244

Re: Linux Mint where only unstable internet available

My LM 18.2 connection automatically reconnects most of the time when 4G drops out and back. Sometimes LM puts up a login message and does not reconnect. The dropouts can also result in a different IP address which may make some applications stop.
by Petermint
Tue Oct 24, 2017 3:58 am
Forum: Other topics
Topic: OS suddenly starts trying to transfer everything from RAM to swap
Replies: 16
Views: 703

Re: OS suddenly starts trying to transfer everything from RAM to swap

what's set in /etc/sysctl.conf ?

The only things mentioned in /etc/sysctl.conf are net.ipv4 stuff and all that is commented out. What is /etc/sysctl.conf for?

The following suggests systemd has changed things: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/sysctl
by Petermint
Tue Oct 24, 2017 2:14 am
Forum: Other topics
Topic: OS suddenly starts trying to transfer everything from RAM to swap
Replies: 16
Views: 703

Re: OS suddenly starts trying to transfer everything from RAM to swap

I looked in my LM 18.2 /etc and could not find a dirty anything setting. Based on https://lonesysadmin.net/2013/12/22/better-linux-disk-caching-performance-vm-dirty_ratio/ : $ sysctl -a | grep dirty sysctl: permission denied on key 'fs.protected_hardlinks' sysctl: permission denied on key 'fs.protec...
by Petermint
Tue Oct 24, 2017 12:25 am
Forum: Other topics
Topic: OS suddenly starts trying to transfer everything from RAM to swap
Replies: 16
Views: 703

Re: OS suddenly starts trying to transfer everything from RAM to swap

My 4 GB machine runs Firefox, Thunderbird, and a heap of other applications in 2 GB. Firefox has only Noscript added, which blocks all the Javascript junk before the "JS hits the fan". Some applications appear small then open a dozen other tasks all chewing memory. Cinnamon is currently us...
by Petermint
Sun Oct 22, 2017 10:22 pm
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: Fan activity
Replies: 5
Views: 483

Re: Fan activity

LM 18.2 Cinnamon upgraded to kernel 4.10 to fix one problem. Firefox, Thunderbird, and everything else use about 2 GB of the 4 GB memory. Average processor use is usually below 10% of the 2 * 1.6 GHz cores. In Firefox, I use Noscript to stop Web sites flooding the Web pages with Javascript and videos.
by Petermint
Sun Oct 22, 2017 6:20 pm
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: Fan activity
Replies: 5
Views: 483

Re: Fan activity

The change in 18.3 is in the connection from Cinnamon to the GUI code in the background. This may flow on to MATE as MATE is similar and also maintained by LM. Xfce is a separate unrelated project doing things a different way. Xfce is already lighter in weight.
by Petermint
Sat Oct 21, 2017 11:31 pm
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: Recommended motherboards
Replies: 10
Views: 641

Re: Recommended motherboards

I agree with the reliability of Gigabyte boards. Have used dozens over the years. One check is to look at the support chips. If the processor is Intel, are the support chips Intel? You can then check the level. The current Kybe Lake processors work with a variety of support chips but can use all the...
by Petermint
Wed Oct 18, 2017 3:38 am
Forum: Other topics
Topic: Alternatives to Netbeans for C development on notebook
Replies: 1
Views: 179

Re: Alternatives to Netbeans for C development on notebook

Add another requirement. "* It works". Just wasted many hours attempting to config Netbeans to compile the application. No working documentation. Many Web pages referring to versions of Netbeans with different options in the configuration section. Nothing compatible with the current version.
by Petermint
Wed Oct 18, 2017 3:29 am
Forum: Other topics
Topic: Dev - looking for small C+GTK+ application example
Replies: 2
Views: 138

Re: Dev - looking for small C + GTK+ application example

I attempted to compile the following example using Netbeans. https://developer.gnome.org/gtk3/stable/gtk-getting-started.html Fail, fail, fail. I worked through close to a hundred Web pages explaining what might be wrong. Still no success. Will try the command line. Success first time with the comma...
by Petermint
Tue Oct 17, 2017 8:07 pm
Forum: Other topics
Topic: Alternatives to Netbeans for C development on notebook
Replies: 1
Views: 179

Alternatives to Netbeans for C development on notebook

Learning to developing in C. Eclipse is too big for my notebook. Netbeans is just right but has all that Oracle license trash. Bluefish edits and has projects but does not have one click compile. What works like Netbeans without the stupid licence? Bluefish works well for PHP because there is no com...
by Petermint
Tue Oct 17, 2017 7:40 pm
Forum: Other topics
Topic: Dev - looking for small C+GTK+ application example
Replies: 2
Views: 138

Re: Dev - looking for small C+GTK+ application example

Xreader (Document Viewer) looks like a good source for GTK+ usage in C. They have some nice documentation links at https://github.com/linuxmint/xreader/. I might start with that.

Xreader has a settings bit and an About display. There is a file open. There is no switch to sudo mode.
by Petermint
Tue Oct 17, 2017 7:31 pm
Forum: Other topics
Topic: Dev - looking for small C+GTK+ application example
Replies: 2
Views: 138

Dev - looking for small C+GTK+ application example

LM 18.2. Cinnamon. About to develop a small application using C + GTK. Need to accept parameters, read and create settings files, plus optionally switch into sudo mode. Eventually the application might be used on other operating systems. I like Gimp and use Gimp across several operating systems. Gim...

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