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by jglen490
Sat Jan 25, 2020 12:27 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Do I need separate /home and /swap partitions?
Replies: 10
Views: 185

Re: Do I need separate /home and /swap partitions?

Need? No. Want? If you choose to. I've upgraded between several LTS level distros with a separate /home and clean install procedures. Never had a fail. The new OS simply creates newer configs in the .files, finds them and ignores the rest. As for /SWAP, that too is your choice. I use one, but in my ...
by jglen490
Sat Jan 25, 2020 12:17 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Installing on an SSD
Replies: 13
Views: 309

Re: Installing on an SSD

In my opinion, everyone is making too much of a worry party about SSDs. Several respondents have already given witness that more than one brand of SSD "just works". I have a cheap Kingston SSD on my desktop unit on which I have installed a related distro. TRIM works out of the box. It runs weekly on...
by jglen490
Fri Jan 24, 2020 5:10 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Installing and booting up Linux Mint
Replies: 5
Views: 91

Re: Installing and booting up Linux Mint

How about some detailed hardware specs? That would help to understand why both a DVD and a USB thumb drive would fail.
by jglen490
Thu Jan 23, 2020 6:08 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Yes I'm A 73 Year Young Non-Techie Newbie!
Replies: 12
Views: 355

Re: Yes I'm A 73 Year Young Non-Techie Newbie!

Yeah, sorry, young guy here, only 72 :lol: But I've enjoyed using Linux and BSD for 25+ years. I also use Windows, but ... it pays the bills :roll: Anyway, an OS is an OS, but some software is built only for the Windows OS. I don't game, so everything that I do in Linux is with a Linux-native applic...
by jglen490
Wed Jan 22, 2020 10:55 pm
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: Calendar - 4 week repeats
Replies: 3
Views: 132

Re: Calendar - 4 week repeats

Most calendars I've seen allow specifying the number weeks when selecting a "weekly" option. And in some cases, have a custom selection that allows specifying the number of weeks. The Lightning calendar addon for Thunderbird has the custom repetition entry feature when adding an Event.
by jglen490
Wed Jan 22, 2020 10:43 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Frequent Updates
Replies: 16
Views: 317

Re: Frequent Updates

The updates are important. I just run updates soon after I see the notification. How you manage your installation is your choice, just remember that updates are important.
by jglen490
Wed Jan 22, 2020 3:53 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Can't backup data (SOLVED)
Replies: 11
Views: 210

Re: Can't backup data

I use rsync on the command line. Working as I type!!! However, it's going on and on with files in ./cache ... this necessary? Not strictly! However, now that you know how it works, there are options to exclude specific sub-directories, such as the ".directories" and ".files". They typically don't t...
by jglen490
Wed Jan 22, 2020 8:05 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: UEFI Problem
Replies: 8
Views: 238

Re: UEFI Problem

There is a solution to the experimentation side of your problem. Find a cheap PC/laptop, play with it all day long. Then for your main Linux install, that isn't an experiment, use your current hardware in UEFI mode, Secure boot disabled, SATA in AHCI, etc.. As you have noticed, some distros will not...
by jglen490
Tue Jan 21, 2020 10:35 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: POTENTIAL Newbie
Replies: 15
Views: 317

Re: POTENTIAL Newbie

1) 25+ years; you're darned right I'd do it again :D And I do when new LTS updates come along. 2) The DE (desktop environment) is a user choice, sometimes driven by the user's hardware. Experiment with the Live downloads. 3) Linux executables will not work natively in Linux. They will work in a VM, ...
by jglen490
Tue Jan 21, 2020 10:26 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Can't backup data (SOLVED)
Replies: 11
Views: 210

Re: Can't backup data

I use rsync on the command line. So for your case I would enter this: sudo rsync -auv /home /media/cecilio/DesktopData No "/" at the end of either the source (/home) or the target (/media/cecilio/DesktopData). Prompts for your password, then does its thing. And gives feedback. If you don't want the ...
by jglen490
Fri Jan 17, 2020 1:12 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: trying LMDE 3
Replies: 3
Views: 219

Re: trying MLDE 3

Debian is a little farther up the food chain from Ubuntu, but in principal, there isn't a lot of difference. You should be able to use the Linux Nvidia driver or even the Nouveau drive just fine in LMDE.

But, yes, you sohould direct your questions to the LMDE forums here in Mint.
by jglen490
Fri Jan 17, 2020 1:07 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: SD Card Reader
Replies: 8
Views: 174

Re: SD Card Reader

Not all cameras are supported in Linux. It depends on how the manufacturer implements reading the card via the camera's firmware. Even for a given manufacturer, one model might work and another won't. Yes, you can buy an SD card reader (some are multi-format card readers) that connects via a USB por...
by jglen490
Wed Jan 15, 2020 11:35 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Linux mint 19.3 doesn't boot from USB device. Shows "[6.776945] Couldn't get size: 0×800000000000000e " on left top.
Replies: 1
Views: 128

Re: Linux mint 19.3 doesn't boot from USB device. Shows "[6.776945] Couldn't get size: 0×800000000000000e " on left top.

Has any Linux version ever worked on that machine? You may be right about UEFI. Here's what I did on my single boot Linux desktop PC. 1) Set to UEFI (not Legacy, not CSM) 2) Disable Secure boot 3) Set SATA to AHCI (not RST/RAID) 4) Attach your Live/install USB drive, and set the boot priority to boo...
by jglen490
Wed Jan 15, 2020 11:27 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: turn on the laptop one day and it's BRICKED <SOLVED>
Replies: 15
Views: 484

Re: turn on the laptop one day and it's BRICKED

got a crazy idea and fished the 10 yr old Acer Netbook out of the trash, pulled the hard drive, put it in this E5 and WHAM, I am good to go, put Mint 19.1 xfce on it and am testing it. I always suspected some part on this laptop failed. I also now have wifi again. how do I add SOLVED to the topic? ...
by jglen490
Wed Jan 15, 2020 11:23 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: /usr partition or Backup Tool to keep applications and their settings after reinstalling Mint?
Replies: 2
Views: 101

Re: /usr partition or Backup Tool to keep applications and their settings after reinstalling Mint?

The /usr partition is always initially setup during the install process. It is updated any time applications are added, updated, or removed. The user configurations for applications are normally found in the /home/<user name> directory. You are welcome, and in fact highly encouraged to set up and ke...
by jglen490
Wed Jan 15, 2020 11:11 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Help with finding Linux Resouces
Replies: 10
Views: 261

Re: Help with finding Linux Resouces

Metuka wrote:
Wed Jan 15, 2020 2:00 pm
This one has helped a couple of times I had a problem and I couldn't quite find the solution here: https://itsfoss.com/

It also has some nice articles for total newbies (that's why I like it :oops: )
I was just going to suggest the same site. Still a good resource at any knowledge level.
by jglen490
Wed Jan 15, 2020 11:06 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: [SOLVED] In 2020, is it still advisable to NOT install multiple desktop environments?
Replies: 11
Views: 311

Re: [SOLVED] In 2020, is it still advisable to NOT install multiple desktop environments?

In my opinion, multiple desktop environments do not add anything to your computing experience. While it's not impossible to move from one to another, it's rather pointless and time consuming. They each, also, drag in a lot of related files/libraries/configs that take space, and depending on how you ...
by jglen490
Wed Jan 15, 2020 10:58 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: External HDD can transfer to laptop, but not the other way around
Replies: 4
Views: 106

Re: External HDD can transfer to laptop, but not the other way around

It's all about groups, ownership, and permissions. Is your external HDD a "traveler"? Is it mounted at boot time? What is the filesystem (i.e., NTFS, fat32, ext4) on the external HDD? What types of files? Is it used as a backup device? Anything specific that you can give will help define your proble...
by jglen490
Wed Jan 15, 2020 10:54 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: How can my security setup be improved?
Replies: 3
Views: 159

Re: How can my security setup be improved?

The biggest impact on security is the activity of the person who touches keyboard and mouse.

There are a lot scammers in this world, and there is a lot of social engineering behind the approaches those scammers take.

Be a skeptic.
by jglen490
Wed Jan 15, 2020 10:40 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Newbie Question
Replies: 5
Views: 150

Re: Newbie Question

How much RAM? How much swap?

Browser usage, open applications in general, computing habits in specific - all contribute to what you might be seeing.

I have 16GB RAM and a very tiny SWAP partition and hardly anything, ever, goes there.

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