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by rene
Mon Jul 16, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: Hardening against Spectre/Meltdown and compiling kernels [SOLVED]
Replies: 16
Views: 272

Re: Hardening against Spectre/Meltdown and compiling kernels

karlchen wrote:
Mon Jul 16, 2018 4:57 pm
If you inspect the Ubuntu kernel support graph, your will doubtlessly easily find out that Ubuntu does not use each and every kernel, which Linus Torvalds's team publishes.
Yes, I know, that is what I explained to OP. I will leave this sub-thread be: OP wil have no doubt gotten the point.
by rene
Mon Jul 16, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: Hardening against Spectre/Meltdown and compiling kernels [SOLVED]
Replies: 16
Views: 272

Re: Hardening against Spectre/Meltdown and compiling kernels

Ubuntu's kernel support schema is neither strange, nor random. But it definitely exists. And kernel series 4.8 and 4.9 e.g. are not a part of it. Unsure what you are responding to; I believe you may have misread me: I find Ubuntu's kernel support schedule strange nor random. What I was explaining t...
by rene
Mon Jul 16, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: Hardening against Spectre/Meltdown and compiling kernels [SOLVED]
Replies: 16
Views: 272

Re: Hardening against Spectre/Meltdown and compiling kernels

So to repeat back what I'm hearing, you're saying the microcode updates from Driver Manager write to the BIOS? No. It's just that embedding CPU microcode in a mainboard BIOS update, with that BIOS itself taking care of uploading it to the CPU at power-on initialisation, is the standard, originally ...
by rene
Mon Jul 16, 2018 7:40 am
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: Hardening against Spectre/Meltdown and compiling kernels [SOLVED]
Replies: 16
Views: 272

Re: Hardening against Spectre/Meltdown and compiling kernels

I'm not entirely clear on how to implement every available fix and have many questions since all the lingo in the Spectre/Meltdown wiki is Greek/GEEK to me. :) Which is probably (or hopefully...) to say that you are posting this in the context of a generic desktop install of Linux Mint rather than,...
by rene
Fri Jul 13, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: Sound, Multimedia, & Codecs
Topic: LM18.3 Sound quality reduction when opening Sound Settings
Replies: 2
Views: 139

Re: LM18.3 Sound quality reduction when opening Sound Settings

The thing that came to mind was resampling kicking in due to "Sound Settings" opening the device for its 44100 sound effects while you were playing e.g. 48000 audio from youtube, but I'm not myself able to confirm any variant of that theory: opening "Sound Settings" does not open the audio device (a...
by rene
Thu Jul 12, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: EU polls citizens on abandoning daylight savings time
Replies: 33
Views: 589

Re: EU polls citizens on abandoning daylight savings time

Rene I disagree with your first paragraph. You are thinking of people in urban enviromens (most of the world's population) with a lifetime of indoctrination... but the Natural Humans use their internal clock that is set by the sun. That is not actually disagreeing with my first paragraph, which onl...
by rene
Thu Jul 12, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: EU polls citizens on abandoning daylight savings time
Replies: 33
Views: 589

Re: EU polls citizens on abandoning daylight savings time

For the sake of argument, let's say it's 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM for a particular day. With DST in place, the times would be 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM. Ok, so what? You're just shifting the daylight workable time on the clock, but not getting anymore daylight. The idea is that human beings are rather inflexibl...
by rene
Thu Jul 12, 2018 11:46 am
Forum: Open chat
Topic: EU polls citizens on abandoning daylight savings time
Replies: 33
Views: 589

Re: EU polls citizens on abandoning daylight savings time

By a margin of 4%. 48% of us voted to stay. Yes, well, such is the problem of (binary, "winner takes all") democracy. However, seeing as how not just the EU-referendum was, but your entire political system is (effectively) binary, unless you'd like the rest of Europe to ignore your decisions as a m...
by rene
Thu Jul 12, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: Gaming on Linux Mint
Topic: Steam shuts down when I try to play a game
Replies: 1
Views: 84

Re: Steam shuts down when I try to play a game

I have Steam OS installed [ ... ] What do you mean? Steam OS is a Linux-distribution, and not the same one as the Linux Mint Linux-distribution. If indeed you are asking this question in the context of Steam OS you'll need to go find Steam OS-specific resources rather than Linux Mint ones. If you a...
by rene
Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:07 pm
Forum: Gaming on Linux Mint
Topic: Steam problems
Replies: 4
Views: 211

Re: Steam problems

Seems you installed Steam as/through a snap then. That is essentially the same thing as a flatpak, at the very least for purposes of my above recommendation. Both flatpak and snap are "application container systems": applications (to some degree) supplied with and contained to the well-defined and w...
by rene
Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: EU polls citizens on abandoning daylight savings time
Replies: 33
Views: 589

Re: EU polls citizens on abandoning daylight savings time

BG405 wrote:
Wed Jul 11, 2018 4:28 pm
Not good enough, especially coming from the EU.
The institution, that is, which you recently democratically decided to tell to go eff itself.
by rene
Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:46 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Questions about AMD card and free sync monitor, drivers GUI and all of that
Replies: 6
Views: 77

Re: Questions about AMD card and free sync monitor, drivers GUI and all of that

Radeon drivers are not supported from 17 onward. To quote a previous responder, rubbish. And to extend on that a bit... The only thing that is not supported "from 17 onward" -- in fact, "after 17" or "from 18 onwards" -- is the old proprietary "fglrx" driver which is a driver useful only for old Ra...
by rene
Tue Jul 10, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: Gaming on Linux Mint
Topic: Steam problems
Replies: 4
Views: 211

Re: Steam problems

It's so hard to not post this for the tenth or so time now... just use the bloody flatpak version!
by rene
Tue Jul 10, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: ATTN!...Intel CPU owners (Spectre & Meltdown flaws)
Replies: 576
Views: 26542

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

People expect "dynamic content" and sometimes, rightly so. Let's take one of the more detailed bits of retrievable information from that site as an example, getCurrentResolution(): this enables a site to dynamically adjust its content/layout to the viewport-size and can be quite welcome. Frankly I'm...
by rene
Tue Jul 10, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: Other topics
Topic: User disappeared from the users list
Replies: 9
Views: 240

Re: User disappeared from the users list

Just tried this on Mint 19 Cinnamon 64-bit as well. After changing only UID_MIN and GID_MIN in /etc/login.defs from 1000 to 500, a user "test" added as sudo adduser --uid 500 test appears on the login screen after rebooting. Since there would appear to be no reason this would be different for you I'...
by rene
Tue Jul 10, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: EU polls citizens on abandoning daylight savings time
Replies: 33
Views: 589

Re: EU polls citizens on abandoning daylight savings time

GS3 wrote:
Tue Jul 10, 2018 2:58 pm
And a useless survey at that. Any survey where participants self-select is utterly useless as a representation of the position held by society at large.
Quite agree. Democracy is utterly useless.
by rene
Sat Jul 07, 2018 6:18 am
Forum: Other topics
Topic: User disappeared from the users list
Replies: 9
Views: 240

Re: User disappeared from the users list

Seeing as how there's no reply... Re-read you had already tried this; note that I actually suspect that it's SYS_UID_MAX and SYS_GID_MAX that are the issue, it's just that those default to UID_MIN-1 and GID_MIN-1 respectively. Commented on that on an earlier edit of my above reply until I decided th...
by rene
Fri Jul 06, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: Other topics
Topic: User disappeared from the users list
Replies: 9
Views: 240

Re: User disappeared from the users list

You want to change UID_MIN and GID_MIN in /etc/login.defs from 1000 to 500.

Just now verified on 18.3 Cinnamon. Do believe to have noticed you need to actually restart lightdm for the changes to take effect, not just logout. I.e., sudo systemctl restart lightdm (this logs you out!) or just reboot.
by rene
Thu Jul 05, 2018 5:07 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Will password recovery be possible if root has password(SOLVED)
Replies: 14
Views: 197

Re: Will password recovery be possible if root has password(SOLVED)

The command sudo passwd -d root will, says the manual... [ ... ] ...so that allows any user to just type su and get root access... probably not what you wanted? This does not match behaviour on 18.3 nor a newly installed 19 that I just now checked: after deleting the password with passwd -d root th...

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