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by xenopeek
Wed Jan 17, 2018 12:18 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: Capture boot verbose to text file?
Replies: 1
Views: 86

Re: Capture boot verbose to text file?

dmesg shows messages from the kernel ring buffer. Once the buffer is filled with messages, the oldest messages start getting overwritten. dmesg is only useful to look at things as they occur, not longer after the fact. I don't know the GRUB feature you're asking about. Are you using Linux Mint 17.x?...
by xenopeek
Tue Jan 16, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: How to join a forum
Replies: 2
Views: 79

Re: How to join a forum

See here: viewforum.php?f=126. Networking isn't a forum but a category. You can post in Ethernet, Wireless or Other networking topics forums.
by xenopeek
Mon Jan 15, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: [SOLVED] What is SHA256
Replies: 1
Views: 46

Re: What is SHA256

Wikipedia explains in the first paragraph what its purpose is: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SHA-2

Linux distros use it commonly to allow users to verify the integrity of downloaded ISO files, as does Linux Mint: https://linuxmint.com/verify.php
by xenopeek
Mon Jan 15, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: Cinnamon
Topic: Command to reorganize desktop by name etc
Replies: 1
Views: 45

Re: Command to reorganize desktop by name etc

It's not very nice but you can do it. The process that manages the desktop is called nemo-desktop and your preferences for the desktop from the context menu are stored in the text file ~/.config/nemo/desktop-metadata. To bind a command to a keyboard shortcut you need a command that can change a valu...
by xenopeek
Mon Jan 15, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: I want to so bad switch to Linux but I feel like I can't right now. I hope I'm wrong.
Replies: 24
Views: 826

Re: I want to so bad switch to Linux but I feel like I can't right now. I hope I'm wrong.

OP hasn't been back here in 2 months (since making the topic). Just a heads up.
by xenopeek
Mon Jan 15, 2018 6:21 am
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: Where to turn for support with other distros?
Replies: 5
Views: 156

Re: Where to turn for support with other distros?

Moved here as this isn't about Linux Mint. While it's fine to discuss general Linux things in our Chat about Linux forum and occasionally discussion about another distro is fine, and we appreciate the vote of confidence, this board is for Linux Mint support. Other distros have their own support chan...
by xenopeek
Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:37 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Merge unused space
Replies: 5
Views: 83

Re: Merge unused space

It looks like there is something in /dev/sda3 -- if you click the triangle icon before it, does it unfold? I'd guess your swap partition is still in there. If you have a lot of RAM (say 16 GB or more), you're unlikely to ever need swap unless you use suspend to disk (hibernate). I'd suggest Dejadup ...
by xenopeek
Mon Jan 15, 2018 12:50 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Merge unused space
Replies: 5
Views: 83

Re: Merge unused space

It's not going to be trivial to merge the partitions. It is a very time consuming action as well (because it will copy large amounts of data on the disk). The advice above to back up the files you want to keep and reinstall is a sound one. That lets the Linux Mint installer set it up to use your ent...
by xenopeek
Mon Jan 15, 2018 12:33 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: More Kernel confusion
Replies: 3
Views: 65

Re: Update Manager and the Kernel confusion

No, the installation of Linux Mint is done from the DVD / USB thumb drive itself. After installing Linux Mint you should apply updates. You should apply all available updates level 1-3, and at least all security updates of higher level. Set up Timeshift so you can roll back updates if something does...
by xenopeek
Sat Jan 13, 2018 6:27 am
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Bitcoin - cash up...
Replies: 7
Views: 186

Re: Bitcoin - cash up...

Bitcoin ATMs are a real thing: https://coinatmradar.com/country/150/bi ... therlands/. Doesn't help you cash in your Bitcoins though.
by xenopeek
Thu Jan 11, 2018 7:06 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: How to update your kernel for Meltdown
Replies: 98
Views: 4396

Re: How to update your kernel for Meltdown

linux_rules wrote:Do you think NoScript is necessary if I use FF inside Firejail sandbox ?

You should do what makes you comfortable. Your browser is already immune on its own to JavaScript attacks that would use these bugs.
(If you don't use Flash, Java or other such unsafe plugins.)
by xenopeek
Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Bitcoin - cash up...
Replies: 7
Views: 186

Re: Bitcoin - cash up...

Doing a quick Google I find this exchange in NZ where people can sell Bitcoins for money https://kiwi-coin.com/. Like other such exchanges, they have a program where the more a person has verified their identity the more they're allowed to buy/sell https://kiwi-coin.com/help.html#!/verification-leve...
by xenopeek
Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: [Solved] Update manager: Dangerous updates
Replies: 16
Views: 550

Re: Update manager: Dangerous updates

That would be pointless. Sure, there could be an issue for your computer, where a new kernel has some new bug for your specific mix of hardware and peripheral components. That happens. But you can't test that on a virtual machine. So use Timeshift so you can roll back if needed (and you can always b...
by xenopeek
Thu Jan 11, 2018 5:08 am
Forum: Open chat
Topic: ATTN!...Intel CPU owners (Spectre & Meltdown flaws)
Replies: 408
Views: 12709

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

michael louwe wrote:http://xlab.tencent.com/special/spectre/spectre_check.html
(Browser check for Spectre vulnerability)

Thanks! Very useful to check the browsers on my phone.
by xenopeek
Wed Jan 10, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: [Solved] Update manager: Dangerous updates
Replies: 16
Views: 550

Re: Update manager: Dangerous updates

These are critical security updates and you should install them. Read our security notice about the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities: https://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=3496. Adjustment was made to Linux Mint 17.x so all users get shown these critical security updates.
by xenopeek
Wed Jan 10, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: ATTN!...Intel CPU owners (Spectre & Meltdown flaws)
Replies: 408
Views: 12709

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

Most such bugs are found by security researchers auditing the software, not the malware that already exists. It's the virus scanner folks that are doing things after the fact. That's their whole business model after all; can't sell a virus scanner if there aren't any viruses :wink:
by xenopeek
Wed Jan 10, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: How to update your kernel for Meltdown
Replies: 98
Views: 4396

Re: How to update your kernel for Meltdown

Superannuated wrote:Please provide clarity about not using the 3.13 kernel with LM17.3. Why not use 3.13.0-139?

I've updated the first post with that info. According to https://usn.ubuntu.com/usn/usn-3524-1/ it indeed has the Meltdown fix. Only Linux Mint 17 and 17.1 used 3.13.
by xenopeek
Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:50 pm
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: Vim 8.0 availability
Replies: 3
Views: 75

Re: Vim 8.0 availability

For vim? Yes, if they are needed. Last security update for vim was in 2016 as you can see in the changelog http://changelogs.ubuntu.com/changelogs ... /changelog.
by xenopeek
Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: ATTN!...Intel CPU owners (Spectre & Meltdown flaws)
Replies: 408
Views: 12709

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

...there is a quite interesting thread in reddit going-on: https://www.reddit.com/r/linux/comments/7pdshr/intel_has_released_new_cpu_microcode_for_download/ It certainly doesn't look like Intel will really bother much with older processors (not to say they've already decided such since quite some t...
by xenopeek
Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:19 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: How to update your kernel for Meltdown
Replies: 98
Views: 4396

Re: How to update your kernel for Meltdown

I do need some programs which do not exist in official repositories (or repo versions are so outdated that are next to useless). So, what should I do? Stop using all these programs? Then I can stop using computers at all. I didn't say that. But it is your responsibly to look into who and what you t...

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