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by BG405
Tue Jun 18, 2019 5:49 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: Do you use distros till its EOL ?
Replies: 13
Views: 317

Re: Do you use distros till its EOL ?

In my case, I intended to keep running my two main Mint 17.3 systems until EOL but other things got in the way. On one, after another crash due to the ageing hard disk, I decided it was too close to the EOL to bother doing a clone & fixing the issues; on the other (this one) I took the Mint 17.3 KDE...
by BG405
Tue Jun 18, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Can't Seem To Boot From USB Stick On HP Laptop
Replies: 7
Views: 203

Re: Can't Seem To Boot From USB Stick On HP Laptop

Have you tried removing the SSD & then booting a Live USB (putting another blank one in if it works, assuming you have one & re-test)? I've seen issues like this before. In any case, the laptop, having come with Windows 8, will probably have UEFI and CSM capabilities. It is possible to install in le...
by BG405
Tue Jun 18, 2019 12:21 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: RAMBleed RAM Attack; New Way To Steal Data
Replies: 13
Views: 383

Re: RAMBleed RAM Attack; New Way To Steal Data

No! Not 9.25 hours. 74 hours to download. 100 kb means 100 kiloBYTES, not 100 kiloBITS :mrgreen: In this case it will indeed be a 100KB image; although, as I understand it, Kb = kilobits whereas KB means kilobytes. :wink: 3 bits a second At that rate, I would think the only potentially viable targe...
by BG405
Mon Jun 17, 2019 5:53 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Filename issues reading from FAT partition
Replies: 6
Views: 165

Re: Filename issues reading from FAT partition

vansloneker wrote:
Fri Jun 14, 2019 3:04 am
If I remove the fstab entry, format the partition to NTFS, and make a new fstab entry, will Linux have any issues with mounting and handling the partition?
Depending on where you put the mountpoint, you may need to take ownership of that (I did on my setups); otherwise it should be OK. :)
by BG405
Sun Jun 02, 2019 12:13 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: What sends noobs running back to Windows?
Replies: 518
Views: 18859

Re: What sends noobs running back to Windows?

The "funny" (more like "sad") part about this is that Microsoft tried to mitigate this by lowering the administrator account's permissions, administrators do no longer have access to files and folders owned by certain system accounts (you can still take ownership though). This reminded me of the "G...
by BG405
Sat Jun 01, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: New computer (my daughters old one)
Replies: 19
Views: 694

Re: New computer (my daughters old one)

Ah, I see. That makes sense & also gets you off the hook. :mrgreen: Wonder if those apps would run under Wine though? I'll have to give them a try at some point just to see.
by BG405
Sat Jun 01, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Exploring Linux Mint
Replies: 4
Views: 237

Re: Exploring Linux Mint

DVD/Blu-rays I'm not aware of issues with playing DVDs. I'd suppose such issues might be particular to the player software used? Commonly VLC may be used for playing DVDs. +1 for the VLC recommendation. I found that smplayer wouldn't display the DVD menus although it would play the videos; I seem t...
by BG405
Fri May 31, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: Cinnamon
Topic: Unwanted notifications (ads)
Replies: 14
Views: 478

Re: Unwanted notifications (ads)

Waterfox is an older outdated version of Firefox with the settings changed. It is a fork of an older version (FF56) but is updated regularly, without those UI changes but with support for both the classic and new (post-Quantum) add-ons. I wouldn't say it's perfect however it does seem a lot more st...
by BG405
Fri May 31, 2019 1:30 pm
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: New computer (my daughters old one)
Replies: 19
Views: 694

Re: New computer (my daughters old one)

It's a pity you ended up putting the M$ O$ back on it, especially as a "new" computer user would probably find Mint at least as easy to use as Windows. Hope you're ready for the upcoming tech support requests, reinstalls etc.!
by BG405
Thu May 30, 2019 11:27 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Folding@home-Team Linux Mint-76140
Replies: 449
Views: 26617

Re: Folding@home-Team Linux Mint-76140

I noticed too that the WUs I've been getting on my snail :lol: are averaging almost 1k points each, taking a similar time to complete as those <500pts units. All good stuff! :D
by BG405
Thu May 30, 2019 11:12 pm
Forum: Cinnamon
Topic: Unwanted notifications (ads)
Replies: 14
Views: 478

Re: Unwanted notifications (ads)

It's also a good idea to lock down Firefox which is shown here how. https://restoreprivacy.com/firefox-privacy/ Cheers, it's always a good idea to restrict what websites can do on your machine. I switched to Waterfox (a fork of Firefox) a while back primarily due to their Quantum release (and had a...
by BG405
Wed May 29, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: What sends noobs running back to Windows?
Replies: 518
Views: 18859

Re: What sends noobs running back to Windows?

Please remember that, as an online community, where one does not know the other from a bar of soap, that nuances like body language do not give the true meaning to what is being typed. We also do not know "your" history or experience if you are a newbie here, so, often, we waste our time, and yours...
by BG405
Wed May 29, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: Cinnamon
Topic: Unwanted notifications (ads)
Replies: 14
Views: 478

Re: Unwanted notifications (ads)

Crippled wrote:
Sat May 25, 2019 3:05 pm
Google Container
Thanks for posting that ...
DeltaTango wrote:
Mon May 27, 2019 10:24 am
Didn't know about Google Container, though.
... I hadn't heard of it either. Another one for the armour against Google's intrusive practices!
by BG405
Sun May 26, 2019 1:38 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: South Korea says goodbye to Microsoft
Replies: 36
Views: 1200

Re: South Korea says goodbye to Microsoft

I'd think there will be a significant long-term saving, even if the initial "teething troubles" may cost a bit up-front. With regards to government vs. private companies, it's a bit of a mixed bag here but gernerally Gov't run is better value; as has been stated already, private companies exist for ...
by BG405
Sun May 26, 2019 12:40 pm
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: how do i make the firefox on my laptop the same as my desktop including all settings and extensions settings?
Replies: 6
Views: 268

Re: how do i make the firefox on my laptop the same as my desktop including all settings and extensions settings?

Not sure why the zip wouldn't copy but I wouldn't bother doing that; I just copy the directory as-is after renaming the original on the target machine to e.g. ~/mozilla_old.
by BG405
Sat May 25, 2019 4:50 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: How much faff is it?
Replies: 6
Views: 299

Re: How much faff is it?

I meant to submit this reply days ago, sorry about that. :oops: So here's my question: Is switching to Linux Mint (or any other kind of Linux) viable for someone like me, who is fairly uncomfortable working with Terminal commands and doesn't really want to spend hours fiddling with things to get the...
by BG405
Mon May 20, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: Other topics
Topic: Linux Mint won't restart after Firefox crashes
Replies: 11
Views: 305

Re: Linux Mint won't restart after Firefox crashes

Firefox, in my experience, is rather prone to crashing after some time, even with only a few tabs open. The other issues do suggest a possible problem with the hard disk however. What I'd do is boot from a Live USB & run GParted to check the SMART status, or install it to do so or, as suggested abov...
by BG405
Mon May 20, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: South Korea says goodbye to Microsoft
Replies: 36
Views: 1200

Re: South Korea says goodbye to Microsoft

The South Korea transition is a big thing. South Korea might very well be the most sophisticated high-tech country in the world; if such a country switches to desktop Linux for its government, that has a worldwide impact. I certainly hope so! We'll have to watch out for other governments following ...
by BG405
Sun May 19, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: [Solved] Right-Click on File/Folder causes black desktop followed by Login screen!
Replies: 4
Views: 137

Re: [Solved] Right-Click on File/Folder causes black desktop followed by Login screen!

32-bit software can indeed run on a 64-bit OS. In fact, I was using the 32-bit version of Google Earth on my 64-bit Cinnamon system as it had been said on here somewhere that performance was better than the 64-bit version. It did run well. You will probably have to add 32-bit libraries; sorry can't ...
by BG405
Fri May 17, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Manufacturer of HD indicates size greater than it is
Replies: 16
Views: 461

Re: Manufacturer of HD indicates size greater than it is

Now popular formats were 360 KB and then 720 KB double-density floppies, and here the units were still binary. Then came the 1.44 MB high density variant of the latter, and here the unit was suddenly a mix of binary and decimal, for the actual capacity was 1 024 000 bytes, or 1000 KiB (and here I b...

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