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by thom_A
Fri Nov 25, 2016 5:17 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux Mint
Topic: Live Pen
Replies: 74
Views: 6398

Re: Live Pen

The "live pen" does make sense for occasional use such as online banking, for emergencies, using other computers that are not yours temporarily, etc. As for security, we have no way of knowing. I mean you can just add another Linux partition and only boot there whenever you need it, then exit after ...
by thom_A
Wed Nov 23, 2016 7:04 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux Mint
Topic: Live Pen
Replies: 74
Views: 6398

Re: Live Pen

I don't understand your problem with driver configuration. I've created non persistent Linux pens and used them in several computers and laptops and the graphics look just fine and seem to use all the available resolution on the monitors. I guess that provided you don't touch the open source driver...
by thom_A
Wed Nov 23, 2016 6:49 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux Mint
Topic: Roll back last update...
Replies: 3
Views: 466

Re: Roll back last update...

Reverting to an older version means to install security holes by will. Definitely not a way to go. You might consider to switch to the ESR version of Firefox. Nice to see another option to install Firefox, but luckily I didn't have to because the problem disappeared after about 2 reboots, which was...
by thom_A
Wed Nov 23, 2016 1:44 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux Mint
Topic: Live Pen
Replies: 74
Views: 6398

Re: Live Pen

Not necessarily and that's the whole point of this thread. If you create a PERSONALISED non persistent pen then you can have the best of both worlds. There are also several other interesting uses for a personalised non persistent pen (especially if you're one of those people who are obsessed about ...
by thom_A
Tue Nov 22, 2016 8:38 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux Mint
Topic: Live Pen
Replies: 74
Views: 6398

Re: Live Pen

I have tried this before so I'll be able to boot in other computers without disturbing the host's system. You do need the persistence feature to maintain or leave intact personal preferences like bookmarks, etc. But I found that it also saves driver configuration like display cards, so using it in a...
by thom_A
Tue Nov 22, 2016 6:54 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux Mint
Topic: Live Pen
Replies: 74
Views: 6398

Re: Live Pen

I'm confused about this. What makes it secure? Is it because it's only used for one purpose, like banking? What about the security updates you usually apply in a normal installation?

I also assume the "live pen" can only be used in the same computer the usb stick was setup in.
by thom_A
Mon Nov 21, 2016 1:00 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: So called lightweight Linux distros...
Replies: 63
Views: 13448

Re: So called lightweight Linux distros...

To me a lightweight distro should be something like a freshly-installed Windows XP that can run even in early pentium machines with 540K ram. "Freshly-installed" means one that hasn't been infected with viruses. The interesting part is it still looks elegant, it's point-and-click and you hardly need...
by thom_A
Sun Nov 20, 2016 1:08 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux Mint
Topic: Roll back last update...
Replies: 3
Views: 466

Roll back last update...

Is this possible? I have not had any issue using Mint. I mostly use Xfce, and KDE occasionally. And I have no doubt I'll get the same issue-less experience if I use Mate or Cinnamon. I just happen to prefer Xfce at the moment. And if you ask me, I don't need the updates, but I religiously run them, ...
by thom_A
Sat Nov 19, 2016 3:20 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: So called lightweight Linux distros...
Replies: 63
Views: 13448

So called lightweight Linux distros...

This is in reference to the thread, "What is the oldest computer you saved with Linux?", which focused on hardware and the application of Mint. There's also a thread titled, "XFCE: Has anyone ever stripped it down further?" How about another discussion on everyone's experiences using "lightweight" d...
by thom_A
Tue Nov 15, 2016 4:22 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: Linux Mint Arch Edition?
Replies: 23
Views: 6547

Re: Linux Mint Arch Edition?

So what exactly a Linux Mint Arch Edition would look like? And why would the current Mint change course when it's got the largest userbase? How long would it take to develop Mint based on Arch? Another decade? Why not just stick with Manjaro if you say it's developing well, instead of Mint starting ...
by thom_A
Fri Nov 11, 2016 2:46 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: What is Linux to you?
Replies: 89
Views: 4324

Re: What is Linux to you?

Linux to me is giving your old XP and Vista computers a new leash in life. It's up to you to continue using XP and Vista which are usually accompanied by incessant virus attacks. I see no philosophical reason for it. It's all practical. Who would want to spend money upgrading an old Windows computer...
by thom_A
Sun Nov 06, 2016 3:57 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: NEON (kde)
Replies: 8
Views: 2028

Re: NEON (kde)

I've been in other open-source forums (non-Linux) where coders from outside the main devs introduce so-called bleeding-edge features. There's nothing bad about it, but the problem is these coders are only interested in 15 minutes of fame and not too concerned about completing what they started. They...
by thom_A
Sat Nov 05, 2016 1:40 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: NEON (kde)
Replies: 8
Views: 2028

Re: NEON (kde)

I have stopped trying out other distros. Most of them are in experimental stages. Neon KDE has user edition and developer edition. That says it all for me. I imagine a group of geeks having fun tesing, retesting, fail, success, fail, success, leave task, move on to other new fun stuff, rinse and rep...
by thom_A
Fri Nov 04, 2016 1:18 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: How difficult to get a new laptop suitable for Mint18
Replies: 9
Views: 885

Re: How difficult to get a new laptop suitable for Mint18

I have been a Linux user for many years I love Mint and for my Birthday wanted to buy a new laptop. I have spent most of the day trying to source a suitable laptop without having to support Microsoft on the way. I do wish someone would provide an everyday laptop around £450! I am sure this is holdi...
by thom_A
Tue Nov 01, 2016 7:41 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: What is the best feature of Linux
Replies: 26
Views: 1475

Re: What is the best feature of Linux

Best feature is it's free and you can install the same ISO in as many computers as you want legally. That in itself is liberating. The transition from Window to Linux may be hard for others, but not in my case. I have already been using open source apps way before even deciding to install Linux. Lib...
by thom_A
Mon Oct 31, 2016 3:05 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: What makes you want to try Linux in the first place?
Replies: 74
Views: 19406

Re: What makes you want to try Linux in the first place?

I didn't like the Windows 8/10 metro desktop. It was fine for tablets but absolutely horrible for desktops. I wanted a real desktop environment. That's what drove me to Linux Mint. It will be a year in January 2017 and I'm glad I made the switch. I didn't like Win10's default start menu as well, bu...
by thom_A
Sun Oct 30, 2016 2:51 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: What makes you want to try Linux in the first place?
Replies: 74
Views: 19406

Re: What makes you want to try Linux in the first place?

Three of our old computers came with Vista and XP, which are no longer supported. Linux became a necessity. End of story. Another PC, which was newer, came with Win 7 and upgraded to Win 10. No reason to replace the Win10 partition when you can dual boot with Linux with ease. All four computers will...
by thom_A
Fri Oct 21, 2016 5:30 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux Mint
Topic: Advantages (32bit vs 64bit) Linux Mint 18
Replies: 40
Views: 2249

Re: Advantages (32bit vs 64bit) Linux Mint 18

Well installed LM 18 Xfce 64bit and all is good except no matter how I set the settings in screen saver and / or power management the monitor never turns off. :? I'm not a Linux expert by any means, but if the Suspend button doesn't give you any results, then no matter what you set in the Power Man...
by thom_A
Fri Oct 21, 2016 2:45 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux Mint
Topic: Advantages (32bit vs 64bit) Linux Mint 18
Replies: 40
Views: 2249

Re: Advantages (32bit vs 64bit) Linux Mint 18

This household has 3 PCs with the same exact spec you have, dual cores, 3gb ram. One originally had 2gb and I added 1gb. Years ago they were all running on 32 bit OS (Windows XP and Vista), but since I found that they were 64bit-capable, I decided to install 64bit for no other reason than to keep up...
by thom_A
Fri Oct 14, 2016 2:32 pm
Forum: KDE
Topic: Text pixelation on desktop...
Replies: 2
Views: 516

Re: Text pixelation on desktop...

Thanks for the response. It appears I'm the only one having this text pixelation issue. It's just strange all of our 3 computers plus laptop have the same issue, which is not the case in previous Mint versions. They all have nvidia cards (different makes and models), which I have no way of knowing w...

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