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by xenopeek
Sat May 26, 2018 5:56 pm
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: FlatPak (FlatHub) Application Installation - Destination Folder Path
Replies: 1
Views: 42

Re: FlatPak (FlatHub) Application Installation - Destination Folder Path

Flatpak uses polkit. Polkit (policy kit) is similar to sudo and gksudo in that it is a way to run a program with higher privileges but it offers a much finer level of control. As I read the policy file for Flatpak, normal users do not need authentication to install signed applications from signed re...
by xenopeek
Sat May 26, 2018 8:04 am
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Softmaker Freeoffice 2018
Replies: 24
Views: 283

Re: Softmaker Freeoffice 2018

Personally, I am pretty interested in learning what Softmaker does or does not do, because I have been a registered Softmaker Office user for quite a while. Perhaps you could reach out to them and ask why their privacy policy (only available in German: http://www.softmaker.com/en/data-protection) a...
by xenopeek
Sat May 26, 2018 7:08 am
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Softmaker Freeoffice 2018
Replies: 24
Views: 283

Re: Softmaker Freeoffice 2018

English lesson of the day? :) "for all we know" is used to emphasize that you don't know something, but that it is still possible. I referred to the business practice of MS, of mass surveillance of its users, and that with Freeoffice being gratis but not free (as in libre) we don't know that it's no...
by xenopeek
Sat May 26, 2018 6:15 am
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Softmaker Freeoffice 2018
Replies: 24
Views: 283

Re: Softmaker Freeoffice 2018

For MS Office? Sure, here you go: https://twitter.com/frank_rieger/status/999319383917957121. He basically found that if you try to block MS Word from sending "diagnostic" data to MS, it will just stop working. Article about it in German: https://www.golem.de/news/microsoft-microsoft-office-wird-mit...
by xenopeek
Sat May 26, 2018 1:31 am
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Softmaker Freeoffice 2018
Replies: 24
Views: 283

Re: Softmaker Freeoffice 2018

They should have called it GratisOffice. There's nothing Free about it; it's closed source and proprietary and for all we know it's worse than Microsoft's products in what information it steals from your computer and from your use of it.
by xenopeek
Fri May 25, 2018 1:11 pm
Forum: Other topics
Topic: .iso testing team?
Replies: 6
Views: 134

Re: .iso testing team?

There's not other information yet than after Linux Mint 19 release: https://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=3555
by xenopeek
Fri May 25, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: Other topics
Topic: .iso testing team?
Replies: 6
Views: 134

Re: .iso testing team?

You don't need to do anything except keep an eye on https://blog.linuxmint.com/. The beta release of the ISOs will be announced there and we're always happy to have new users join there with other enthusiasts and early adopters to help test the ISOs before the final release! Share your feedback on t...
by xenopeek
Fri May 25, 2018 6:56 am
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: Update Manager & HTTP
Replies: 1
Views: 49

Re: Update Manager & HTTP

HTTPS encrypts data in transit. It doesn't protect the data at rest. HTTPS does nothing for the scenario where an attacker would get access to a repository server and, say, modifies packages there. HTTPS happily encrypts that data in transit without alerting you to the fact that the package you're d...
by xenopeek
Fri May 25, 2018 1:51 am
Forum: Releases & Announcements
Topic: Forum will no longer display insecure images
Replies: 14
Views: 656

Re: Forum will no longer display insecure images

that kills all images I post on my FTP site to forum. Do you use that a lot? I can understand wanting to retain control over your images. You can of course post the link to an image on your FTP site. You just can't use it inside the img or rimg tags here. If you use it a lot and don't want to go th...
by xenopeek
Thu May 24, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: Releases & Announcements
Topic: Forum will no longer display insecure images
Replies: 14
Views: 656

Forum will no longer display insecure images

A small change was done on the forum so that insecure images will no longer be displayed for most visitors. This avoids the mixed content warning visitors' web browsers would otherwise give them if an image in the topic they were viewing used a insecure HTTP link instead of a secure HTTPS link. This...
by xenopeek
Thu May 24, 2018 12:27 am
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: [MATE][SOLVED] How to disable middle mouse button simulation?
Replies: 2
Views: 45

Re: [MATE] How to disable middle mouse button simulation?

On MATE you can disable middle mouse button emulation with this command run from the terminal: gsettings set org.mate.peripherals-mouse middle-button-enabled false It's added to the MATE mouse settings in a future version of MATE. See this change from 10 days ago: https://github.com/mate-desktop/mat...
by xenopeek
Wed May 23, 2018 11:48 pm
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: [SOLVED] Linux Mint Bug Specific to FireFox tab selection
Replies: 6
Views: 130

Re: Linux Mint Bug Specific to FireFox tab selection

I meant, it's not an issue caused by difference in how Firefox is packaged by Ubuntu and by Linux Mint.
by xenopeek
Wed May 23, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: [SOLVED] Linux Mint Bug Specific to FireFox tab selection
Replies: 6
Views: 130

Re: Linux Mint Bug Specific to FireFox tab selection

You can move tabs from Firefox to a new window by left-clicking on the tab and holding the mouse button down while dragging the mouse cursor a little bit, then releasing the mouse button. This isn't specific to Linux Mint, it is standard Firefox behavior. I could imagine your issue happen accidental...
by xenopeek
Wed May 23, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: Firefox update?
Replies: 6
Views: 177

Re: Firefox update?

You're welcome :) It's indeed a somewhat common question of new users and the developers are aware it could be more clearly communicated that installation of such packages is mandatory.
by xenopeek
Wed May 23, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: Firefox update?
Replies: 6
Views: 177

Re: Firefox update?

This all looks to be in order and indeed shows Firefox 60.0.1 as candidate for installation. I'd suggest: open Update Manager and click its Refresh button. Still no Firefox update available in Update Manager? Is it perhaps showing an update to mintupdate itself or related packages like libarchive or...
by xenopeek
Wed May 23, 2018 3:30 am
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: Firefox update?
Replies: 6
Views: 177

Re: Firefox update?

Updates are available through update manager (shield icon in lower right of your screen, or find Update Manager in your menu). Current version of Firefox through that is 60.0.1. If this didn't help, something must be wrong with your Linux Mint installation. To provide us with needed information plea...
by xenopeek
Tue May 22, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: Tutorials
Topic: How to verify a Linux Mint 18 ISO image on Windows
Replies: 36
Views: 12326

Re: How to verify a Linux Mint 18 ISO image on Windows

Locked this topic and unstickied it, as it's from 2016. For instructions on how to verify your ISO see the Installation Guide section on that: https://linuxmint-installation-guide.readthedocs.io/en/latest/verify.html. The Installation Guide is available in other languages from here: https://linuxmin...
by xenopeek
Tue May 22, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: Firefox update [solved]
Replies: 10
Views: 202

Re: Firefox update

Ah. Did you perhaps update Firefox while it was running? New version doesn't become active till you restart Firefox.
by xenopeek
Tue May 22, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: Firefox update [solved]
Replies: 10
Views: 202

Re: Firefox update

I'd guess you have installed Firefox 57 manually. Try opening your menu editor and editing the Firefox menu launcher to see what its command is. Is it /usr/bin/firefox or does it point to something else?
by xenopeek
Tue May 22, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: Tutorials
Topic: How to install with manual partitioning (for older systems)
Replies: 52
Views: 225107

Re: How to install with manual partitioning (for older systems)

Thanks; you're correct. This tutorial is more than 5 years old and covers manual partitioning for older systems with legacy boot (MBR + BIOS). For modern systems you almost certainly are using EFI boot (GPT + UEFI) and that requires additional steps. For one you'll need to create a EFI boot partitio...

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