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by sbroccolo
Thu Jun 08, 2017 5:30 pm
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: New to Linux
Replies: 18
Views: 940

Re: New to Linux

Maybe I missed it, but I did not see a reply to your question if you would lose everything if you "downgraded" to Linux 17.3. If you haven't added a lot software and done a lot of personalization yet then it's probably easier to just reinstall fresh. But when you do, create a separate partition for ...
by sbroccolo
Wed Jun 07, 2017 7:14 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: I just can't find a good Microsoft office alternative
Replies: 20
Views: 3867

Re: I just can't find a good Microsoft office alternative

Is it overkill to run Windows on VirtualBox just to run MS Office? Some might say it's overkill to dual boot for that reason. I run Windows 7 on VirtualBox on my desktop just to run TurboTax once a year. Windows 10 would also run just fine but I just don't like it. I use VB on my laptop when traveli...
by sbroccolo
Wed Jun 07, 2017 6:07 am
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: Intstalling a new HD
Replies: 6
Views: 635

Re: Intstalling a new HD

As promised here are the results of moving my /home to a separate partition following the howtogeek directions - it went flawlessly. The only difference is that I used gparted to get the UUID and mount point. Personally I find it easier to copy and paste the info from there into a terminal or xed wi...
by sbroccolo
Mon Jun 05, 2017 5:44 pm
Forum: Other topics
Topic: can I change root password
Replies: 27
Views: 15384

Re: can I change root password

You've been warned. Logging on as Root is dangerous. But I don't believe in telling people what they can or cannot do with their own computers. So here it is: First go into the "Login Window" Go to the Options screen and enable "Login as Root" Then open a terminal screen and Type the following comma...
by sbroccolo
Mon Jun 05, 2017 3:36 am
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: Intstalling a new HD
Replies: 6
Views: 635

Re: Intstalling a new HD

When my new hard drive arrives later this week I plan to do the same. Well, first I plan to move the entire Linux Mint partition using CloneZilla Live. I have other plans for the old hard drive. If that goes smoothly then I plan to use these instructions to make a separate /home partition: https://w...
by sbroccolo
Mon Jun 05, 2017 12:39 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Partitioning a 128 gig USB Flash Stick.
Replies: 8
Views: 559

Re: Partitioning a 128 gig USB Flash Stick.

There are many disadvantages to using flash drives as a full Linux install device. Read the other posts. If this is for your main machine listen to them. I'm just going to tell you why I do it and how. Why - portability and cost. Being retired I travel all over the country visiting relatives for ext...
by sbroccolo
Thu May 11, 2017 6:24 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux Mint
Topic: [SOLVED]From Dual Boot to Single Boot
Replies: 13
Views: 1410

Re: [SOLVED]From Dual Boot to Single Boot

With VirtualBox I no longer see a need for dual boot. If you no longer have the keys for your Windows OS you can download an image to do "development and testing" directly from Microsoft for everything from Windows 7 through 10. Import the image into VirtualBox and voila! There are still a few comme...
by sbroccolo
Thu May 11, 2017 11:26 am
Forum: Chat about Linux Mint
Topic: What made you switch to Linux Mint?
Replies: 601
Views: 87070

Re: What made you switch to Linux Mint?

I first got into Linux about 20 years ago. Primarily to give my wife a machine that she couldn't corrupt with downloads from untrusted sites. I tried OpenSuse and Red Hat. At the time they were both finicky and I was on the road a lot as a Network Tech, then Network Project Manager, I was constantly...
by sbroccolo
Thu May 11, 2017 7:59 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: [Solved] Change Grub Default Boot Time Out
Replies: 4
Views: 1385

Re: [SOLVED] Re: Change Grub Default Boot Time Out

Just want to add my thanks! This also solved a similar problem that I was having with Grub.

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