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by puddleglum
Wed Nov 28, 2018 9:06 am
Forum: Non-technical Questions
Topic: Questions for Mint users who have investigated Manjaro
Replies: 24
Views: 875

Re: Questions for Mint users who have investigated Manjaro

apt-get install <blah> === pacman -S <blah> apt-get remove <blah> === pacman -Rs <blah> The trick is remembering that at the moment you need it. It would be easier to set up aliases for that in your .bash_login file or equivalent. Something like: alias my_install="pacman -S" alias my_remove="pacman...
by puddleglum
Tue Nov 27, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: Non-technical Questions
Topic: why are distros never updated?
Replies: 28
Views: 899

Re: why are distros never updated?

Which version of Mint did you install, by the way? I noticed that Mint 19 had a lot more updates than 18.3. I assume because the last point release will have less to fix than the first release. If 6 months between point releases is too long for you, you can try MX Linux like Pierre mentioned. It is ...
by puddleglum
Tue Nov 27, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: Non-technical Questions
Topic: Questions for Mint users who have investigated Manjaro
Replies: 24
Views: 875

Re: Questions for Mint users who have investigated Manjaro

I never gave Manjaro a chance beyond playing with it on a live release disc. I have moved over to Mint because I no longer have the time I used to to trouble shoot problems. For me Mint is quick & easy to install and maintain on my old equipment. Running Cinnamon now. When that becomes too demanding...
by puddleglum
Tue Oct 30, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: When did you come to Linux?
Replies: 155
Views: 7732

Re: When did you come to Linux?

Like the OP I started with Mandrake in 2000. Unlike the OP I didn't really have any problems or catch flak from the Linux community by asking questions. My background was different. I do not come from a MS PC background. I was using Solaris at work and commodore Amigas at home. The Amiga was long de...
by puddleglum
Thu Oct 25, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: GRUB Seems To Be Missing From SSD
Replies: 10
Views: 762

Re: GRUB Seems To Be Missing From SSD

Try this to reinstall grub: Boot from your USB stick with Mint on it. Open a terminal and run sudo fdisk -l to see where Linux is installed on your SSD. Run sudo mount /dev/sdaX /mnt where x is the partition number Linux is on your SSD. If you have a separate /boot partition mount that also: /dev/sd...
by puddleglum
Tue Oct 23, 2018 1:00 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Install Mint Mate over Ubuntu Mate on Window Dual-Boot [solved]
Replies: 3
Views: 102

Re: Install Mint Mate over Ubuntu Mate on Window Dual-Boot

You can use Gparted on the install disc to delete the partition that UM is on followed by the installation. It should see the free space and offer to install Mint there. Just make sure that you do install it because you just blew away your grub boot manager and you will no longer be able to boot int...
by puddleglum
Tue Oct 23, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: PDF reader with form filler feature
Replies: 9
Views: 250

Re: PDF reader with form filler feature

If you are just looking to fill in and save/print pdf forms, I thought the default Mint reader (Evince/Xreader) would do that for you. I remember using it to print out my tax forms.
by puddleglum
Thu Oct 18, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: Solved Mint 17.3 low on disk space
Replies: 16
Views: 345

Re: Mint 17.3 low on disk space

I have a large external HD. Could I just copy the Home folder to that drive. I was also thinking about upgrading to mint 18.3 or 19 then put the copied Home folder back in? I figured that was what you were going to use your free space for since 17.3 will stop being supported next year. You can inst...
by puddleglum
Thu Oct 18, 2018 9:41 am
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: Solved Mint 17.3 low on disk space
Replies: 16
Views: 345

Re: Mint 17.3 low on disk space

I assume Mint 17.3 and your home directories are on Partition 5 and you want to expand partition 5 by using partition 1. Do you currently have anything on partition 1 that you want to keep? If there is you will need to back it up because you are going to lose everything on that partition. You mentio...
by puddleglum
Tue Sep 18, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Non-technical Questions
Topic: Mint 19 Opinions and Reviews
Replies: 34
Views: 4987

Re: Mint 19 Opinions and Reviews

Interesting observations, simonsaysthis. Have you ever used .0 Mint releases before? I have always used .3 releases and was wondering if .0 releases are always this buggy. 17.3 & 18.3 were great! Well, 18.3 was great until all the kernel upgrades for Meltdow/Specter/Forshadow. The proprietary driver...
by puddleglum
Mon Aug 27, 2018 9:46 am
Forum: Chat about Linux Mint
Topic: Linux Mint experience so far
Replies: 6
Views: 490

Re: Linux Mint experience so far

Hardware compatibility with Linux does appear to be getting worse recently. For me things tended to go downhill after the rampant kernel upgrades following meltdown/specter/foreshadow. What can you do? The kernel developers have to patch the kernels to mitigate those design flaws. I also have an old...
by puddleglum
Mon Aug 27, 2018 8:08 am
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: Is ndiswrapper a viable solution any more?
Replies: 5
Views: 281

Re: Is ndiswrapper a viable solution any more?

Hi Damien; I work with elderly/fixed income people many of whom don't want or can't afford to buy a new computer right now. A lot of these are MS Vista computers that still work but the OS is no longer supported by MS. I've been re-purposing these still functional computers with Linux so the owners ...
by puddleglum
Thu Aug 23, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: Which discontinued project do you miss the most ?
Replies: 36
Views: 2163

Re: Which discontinued project do you miss the most ?

The old Gnome Modem Monitor and Network Monitor panel applets. They showed you your network traffic/speed live in the panel without having to open up a big Network Manager window. It was a quick efficent way of seeing if you had network problems. That existed a long time ago in Gnome 1 and gave me m...
by puddleglum
Thu Aug 23, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: Is ndiswrapper a viable solution any more?
Replies: 5
Views: 281

Is ndiswrapper a viable solution any more?

Most of us are on 64 bit GNU/Linux these days and ndiswrapper only works with MS Windows drivers older than Vista. There were few 64 bit XP drivers to begin with and those, I'm sure, are showing their age by now. So why do we even have ndiswrapper any more? Is it even a viable solution today? If it ...
by puddleglum
Wed Aug 22, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux Mint
Topic: Installing Mint on older portables: wifi in particular
Replies: 7
Views: 249

Re: Installing Mint on older portables: wifi in particular

You will probably have better luck buying your wifi devices from a dedicated linux company like ThinkPenguin: https://www.thinkpenguin.com/catalog/wi ... g-gnulinux
by puddleglum
Wed Aug 22, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: Chat about Linux Mint
Topic: Installing Mint on older portables: wifi in particular
Replies: 7
Views: 249

Re: Installing Mint on older portables: wifi in particular

I also have been re-purposing people's old Vista machines (only desktops) for the Elderly and have found this site helpful: https://www.wirelesshack.org/top-linux-compatible-usb-wireless-adapters.html Hope that helps. My biggest problems these days is with the old integrated NVIDIA graphics and the ...
by puddleglum
Tue Aug 21, 2018 3:39 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux Mint
Topic: Why So Many Bad Kernels - Compatibility problems between Nvidia driver & kernel
Replies: 42
Views: 1380

Re: Why So Many Bad Kernels - Compatibility problems between Nvidia driver & kernel

Thank you! That is indeed my case. I'll give that a try after taking a snapshot with timeshift.
by puddleglum
Tue Aug 21, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: Chat about Linux Mint
Topic: Why So Many Bad Kernels - Compatibility problems between Nvidia driver & kernel
Replies: 42
Views: 1380

Re: Why So Many Bad Kernels.

Telling from Bob's inxi report above , Bob is one of those users, who upgraded their Linux Mint 18.3 to kernel series 4.15.0. If my memory serves me right (of course it does), there have been quite a few complaints about various serious problems by users of Mint 18.x, who had upraded to kernel seri...
by puddleglum
Tue Aug 21, 2018 8:52 am
Forum: Cinnamon
Topic: Cinnamon crashed after installing the new kernel.
Replies: 18
Views: 670

Re: Cinnamon crashed after installing the new kernel.

I find it strange that the two listings of your graphics info indicates that you are using the intel driver. To me that sounds like you are using the integrated graphics controller instead of the NVIDIA card. I wonder if that is because it failed with the nouveau driver. Someone more knowledgeable t...
by puddleglum
Mon Aug 20, 2018 4:52 pm
Forum: Cinnamon
Topic: [SOLVED] Quit button login screen not working (on tap)
Replies: 34
Views: 989

Re: [SOLVED] Quit button login screen not working (on tap)

Thank you for trouble-shooting this for us. I just wanted to acknowledge that you helped me as well. I installed Mint 19 Cinnamon on my ZaReason Strata 8110 and was unable to select any other account except the first one created. I knew they were there since I was able to login from a terminal at <C...

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