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Some suggestions for Linux Mint Cinnamon, and Linux Mint blog

Posted: Tue Sep 24, 2019 12:14 pm
by Ahmed_Elsayed
I have been using Linux Mint Cinnamon for more than 3 years, and I went back, and forth between different desktop environments, and I like Cinnamon so much, but some things need to be improved.

1) The comment section in Linux Mint blog has no notification system, so I need to check manually between hundred of comments to see if someone answered my reply or not. It is a must thing to have to be able to communicate efficiently in this blog.

2) Power Management >> Extra options >> When the battery is critically low, There are only 2 options: nothing or shutdown immediately. Suspend or hibernate option will be better than shutdown especially if I have things opened on my computer!

3) Screen brightness works the same for battery, and AC. Two separate options for brightness will be appreciated.

4) Pix, it will be nice to move “rotate left”, and “rotate right” to the toolbar instead of the menu for easy access.

5) Mint-Y-Dark themes are good themes, but they aren’t vivide , and the levels of white, and black are not satisfying.

6) It will be nice to have alternative to the default screenshot application to choose from Preferred Applications.

7) It will be nice to have any settings for Controllers (joysticks) inside the system settings.

Re: Some suggestions for Linux Mint, and Linux Mint blog

Posted: Tue Sep 24, 2019 12:44 pm
by deanr72
I can help you with the first point.

When you log-in, look along to the far left side of the Linux Mint banner. You'll see a 'Quick links' tab next to FAQ. Click here then click 'Your posts'.

Took me ages to find that too :lol:

Re: Some suggestions for Linux Mint, and Linux Mint blog

Posted: Tue Sep 24, 2019 12:53 pm
by gm10
2) Hibernation must likely be configured first. At least on MATE we got this:
Image
3) On MATE there's a checkbox to reduce backlight brightness while on battery, see above.
4) It's already on the right side with the edit options:
Image
5) Use another theme
6) Install another screenshot application then, it makes no sense to preinstall several of them.
7) not sure what this one is about

Re: Some suggestions for Linux Mint, and Linux Mint blog

Posted: Tue Sep 24, 2019 1:17 pm
by Pjotr
Hibernation (suspend-to-disk) is nowadays disabled in all Mint editions: Cinnamon, Xfce and MATE. For a good reason: it simply caused too many problems, partly because of non-standard BIOS and UEFI implementations by hardware vendors. That's why Ubuntu disabled it years earlier than Mint.

So I strongly advise not to enable it.

However, if you still want it, this should probably enable it:

1. Create /etc/polkit-1/localauthority/50-local.d/com.ubuntu.enable-hibernate.pkla

2. Put the following content in it:

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[Re-enable hibernate by default in upower]
Identity=unix-user:*
Action=org.freedesktop.upower.hibernate
ResultActive=yes

[Re-enable hibernate by default in logind]
Identity=unix-user:*
Action=org.freedesktop.login1.hibernate;org.freedesktop.login1.handle-hibernate-key;org.freedesktop.login1;org.freedesktop.login1.hibernate-multiple-sessions;org.freedesktop.login1.hibernate-ignore-inhibit
ResultActive=yes
3. Reboot.

Re: Some suggestions for Linux Mint, and Linux Mint blog

Posted: Tue Sep 24, 2019 1:58 pm
by gm10
Pjotr wrote:
Tue Sep 24, 2019 1:17 pm
However, if you still want it, this should probably enable it:
What, you don't have that on your blog? ;)

Re: Some suggestions for Linux Mint, and Linux Mint blog

Posted: Tue Sep 24, 2019 2:53 pm
by Pjotr
gm10 wrote:
Tue Sep 24, 2019 1:58 pm
What, you don't have that on your blog? ;)
Nor will it ever be. I discourage it strongly. :twisted:

Re: Some suggestions for Linux Mint, and Linux Mint blog

Posted: Tue Sep 24, 2019 2:58 pm
by gm10
Pjotr wrote:
Tue Sep 24, 2019 2:53 pm
gm10 wrote:
Tue Sep 24, 2019 1:58 pm
What, you don't have that on your blog? ;)
Nor will it ever be. I discourage it strongly. :twisted:
Why, the worst thing that can happen is that it does not work correctly. Works without a hitch for me though.

Re: Some suggestions for Linux Mint, and Linux Mint blog

Posted: Tue Sep 24, 2019 5:40 pm
by Ahmed_Elsayed
deanr72 wrote:
Tue Sep 24, 2019 12:44 pm
I can help you with the first point.

When you log-in, look along to the far left side of the Linux Mint banner. You'll see a 'Quick links' tab next to FAQ. Click here then click 'Your posts'.

Took me ages to find that too :lol:
I am not talking about the forum. I am talking about the blog, but that is helpful, thanks.

Re: Some suggestions for Linux Mint, and Linux Mint blog

Posted: Tue Sep 24, 2019 5:48 pm
by MrEen
Ahmed_Elsayed wrote:
Tue Sep 24, 2019 5:40 pm
deanr72 wrote:
Tue Sep 24, 2019 12:44 pm
I can help you with the first point.

When you log-in, look along to the far left side of the Linux Mint banner. You'll see a 'Quick links' tab next to FAQ. Click here then click 'Your posts'.

Took me ages to find that too :lol:
I am not talking about the forum. I am talking about the blog, but that is helpful, thanks.
I was once waiting for the moderation system to allow my post. What I did was open the blog to the appropriate place (in your case to your post) on a specific tab and don't touch that tab afterwards. Just hit refresh in the browser daily or hourly or whenever. It's not what you were asking for, but it can be helpful.

Re: Some suggestions for Linux Mint, and Linux Mint blog

Posted: Tue Sep 24, 2019 6:01 pm
by Ahmed_Elsayed
gm10 wrote:
Tue Sep 24, 2019 12:53 pm
2) Hibernation must likely be configured first. At least on MATE we got this:
3) On MATE there's a checkbox to dim the screen while on battery, see above.
4) It's already on the right side with the edit options:
5) Use another theme
6) Install another screenshot application then, it makes no sense to preinstall several of them.
7) not sure what this one is about
I use Cinnamon not Mate. If Mate has awesome panel's applets like Cinnamon. I will use it immediately.
5) Most of the themes are incomplete, I can't change windows borders, controls, or icons.
6- I want to install another screenshot application, and be able to choose which one to use as the default application when I press printscreen from the keyboard.
7) It is about joysticks. KDE has settings like that, but I didn't find on any other desktop environment.

Re: Some suggestions for Linux Mint, and Linux Mint blog

Posted: Tue Sep 24, 2019 6:04 pm
by Ahmed_Elsayed
gm10 wrote:
Tue Sep 24, 2019 1:58 pm
Pjotr wrote:
Tue Sep 24, 2019 1:17 pm
However, if you still want it, this should probably enable it:
What, you don't have that on your blog? ;)
That will be so helpful for hibernation, but what about suspend. I don't mean suspend to disk. I mean the normal suspend.

Re: Some suggestions for Linux Mint, and Linux Mint blog

Posted: Tue Sep 24, 2019 6:06 pm
by Pjotr
Ahmed_Elsayed wrote:
Tue Sep 24, 2019 6:04 pm
what about suspend. I don't mean suspend to disk. I mean the normal suspend.
Ordinary suspend, or suspend-to-ram, should be enabled by default.
Please generate an overview of your system like this:
- Launch a terminal window (this is how to launch a terminal window);
- make the terminal window full screen, to avoid chopped lines;
- Copy/paste this command into the terminal:

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inxi -Fxz
(if you type: the letter F is a capital letter)

Press Enter.

Copy/paste the output in your next message.

Re: Some suggestions for Linux Mint, and Linux Mint blog

Posted: Tue Sep 24, 2019 6:20 pm
by Ahmed_Elsayed
Pjotr wrote:
Tue Sep 24, 2019 6:06 pm
Ahmed_Elsayed wrote:
Tue Sep 24, 2019 6:04 pm
what about suspend. I don't mean suspend to disk. I mean the normal suspend.
Ordinary suspend, or suspend-to-ram, should be enabled by default.
No, it is enabled, but it is not available in the options for [When the battery is critically low] like in this picture:

Image

I can choose only: Shutdown immediately or Do nothing.

Re: Some suggestions for Linux Mint, and Linux Mint blog

Posted: Tue Sep 24, 2019 6:23 pm
by Pjotr
Ahmed_Elsayed wrote:
Tue Sep 24, 2019 6:20 pm
I can choose only: Shutdown immediately or Do nothing.
So provide the requested inxi output for further research into this. :wink:

Re: Some suggestions for Linux Mint, and Linux Mint blog

Posted: Tue Sep 24, 2019 6:40 pm
by Ahmed_Elsayed
Pjotr wrote:
Tue Sep 24, 2019 6:23 pm
Ahmed_Elsayed wrote:
Tue Sep 24, 2019 6:20 pm
I can choose only: Shutdown immediately or Do nothing.
So provide the requested inxi output for further research into this. :wink:
Ok, I am sorry. Here it is:

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System:
  Host: ahmed-HP-ProBook-450-G1 Kernel: 5.0.0-29-generic x86_64 bits: 64 
  compiler: gcc v: 7.4.0 Desktop: Cinnamon 4.2.4 
  Distro: Linux Mint 19.2 Tina base: Ubuntu 18.04 bionic 
Machine:
  Type: Laptop System: Hewlett-Packard product: HP ProBook 450 G1 
  v: A3008CD10003 serial: <filter> 
  Mobo: Hewlett-Packard model: 1942 v: KBC Version 12.F4 serial: <filter> 
  BIOS: Hewlett-Packard v: L74 Ver. 01.48 date: 04/18/2019 
Battery:
  ID-1: BAT0 charge: 29.9 Wh condition: 29.9/29.9 Wh (100%) 
  model: Hewlett-Packard Primary status: Full 
CPU:
  Topology: Dual Core model: Intel Core i5-4200M bits: 64 type: MT MCP 
  arch: Haswell rev: 3 L2 cache: 3072 KiB 
  flags: lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx bogomips: 19954 
  Speed: 1425 MHz min/max: 800/3100 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 3024 2: 3027 
  3: 2908 4: 2786 
Graphics:
  Device-1: Intel 4th Gen Core Processor Integrated Graphics 
  vendor: Hewlett-Packard driver: i915 v: kernel bus ID: 00:02.0 
  Device-2: AMD Mars [Radeon HD 8670A/8670M/8750M] vendor: Hewlett-Packard 
  driver: amdgpu v: kernel bus ID: 01:00.0 
  Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.19.6 driver: amdgpu,ati,modesetting 
  unloaded: fbdev,vesa resolution: 1366x768~60Hz 
  OpenGL: renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Haswell Mobile 
  v: 4.5 Mesa 19.3.0-devel (git-8c3ace6 2019-09-24 bionic-oibaf-ppa) 
  direct render: Yes 
Audio:
  Device-1: Intel Xeon E3-1200 v3/4th Gen Core Processor HD Audio 
  vendor: Hewlett-Packard driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus ID: 00:03.0 
  Device-2: Intel 8 Series/C220 Series High Definition Audio 
  vendor: Hewlett-Packard driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus ID: 00:1b.0 
  Sound Server: ALSA v: k5.0.0-29-generic 
Network:
  Device-1: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet 
  vendor: Hewlett-Packard driver: r8169 v: kernel port: 4000 bus ID: 03:00.0 
  IF: enp3s0 state: down mac: <filter> 
  Device-2: Realtek RTL8188CE 802.11b/g/n WiFi Adapter vendor: Dell 
  driver: rtl8192ce v: kernel port: 3000 bus ID: 04:00.0 
  IF: wlo1 state: up mac: <filter> 
Drives:
  Local Storage: total: 931.51 GiB used: 629.70 GiB (67.6%) 
  ID-1: /dev/sda vendor: HGST (Hitachi) model: HTS541010A9E680 
  size: 931.51 GiB 
Partition:
  ID-1: / size: 39.12 GiB used: 15.69 GiB (40.1%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda3 
  ID-2: swap-1 size: 8.00 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda1 
Sensors:
  System Temperatures: cpu: 47.0 C mobo: N/A gpu: amdgpu temp: 42 C 
  Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A 
Info:
  Processes: 231 Uptime: 3m Memory: 5.70 GiB used: 1.34 GiB (23.6%) 
  Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Compilers: gcc: 7.4.0 Shell: bash v: 4.4.20 
  inxi: 3.0.32

Re: Some suggestions for Linux Mint Cinnamon, and Linux Mint blog

Posted: Tue Sep 24, 2019 6:46 pm
by Pjotr
Try this:
https://easylinuxtipsproject.blogspot.c ... t.html#ID8
(item 8 )

Use it to install the latest kernel of the 5.2 series. Then reboot and test.

Re: Some suggestions for Linux Mint Cinnamon, and Linux Mint blog

Posted: Tue Sep 24, 2019 7:30 pm
by Ahmed_Elsayed
Pjotr wrote:
Tue Sep 24, 2019 6:46 pm
Try this:
https://easylinuxtipsproject.blogspot.c ... t.html#ID8
(item 8 )

Use it to install the latest kernel of the 5.2 series. Then reboot and test.
It is the same for kernel 5.2, and 5.3.

Re: Some suggestions for Linux Mint Cinnamon, and Linux Mint blog

Posted: Wed Sep 25, 2019 12:08 am
by smurphos
The options are hard-coded in Cinnamon's power settings module and don't include suspend, and would only include hibernate in current Mint versions if it had been manually enable by the end user. I don't know what the the reasons for not offering suspend are, although it might be that as the machine still consumes power in a suspended state it's not considered a 'safe' option. The default critical threshold for action s time left - 2 mins or if using percentage mode 2% so is pretty low.

https://github.com/linuxmint/cinnamon/b ... er.py#L623

How to enable hibernation - viewtopic.php?f=42&t=284100&p=1569661

I'm just doing a little experiment to edit the local file and add suspend as an option.......

Re: Some suggestions for Linux Mint, and Linux Mint blog

Posted: Wed Sep 25, 2019 12:19 am
by smurphos
gm10 wrote:
Tue Sep 24, 2019 12:53 pm
3) On MATE there's a checkbox to dim the screen while on battery, see above.
Cinnamon has the same option - I think the OP wants an option to have a different brightness level when not idle on battery.

Re: Some suggestions for Linux Mint, and Linux Mint blog

Posted: Wed Sep 25, 2019 1:57 am
by gm10
smurphos wrote:
Wed Sep 25, 2019 12:19 am
gm10 wrote:
Tue Sep 24, 2019 12:53 pm
3) On MATE there's a checkbox to dim the screen while on battery, see above.
Cinnamon has the same option - I think the OP wants an option to have a different brightness level when not idle on battery.
Confusing wording on my part, I meant the "Reduce backlight brightness" option, which always applies when on battery, not just when idle. The amount brightness gets reduced by can be configured via dconf/gsettings. So this should be exactly what OP was looking for. I don't know if Cinnamon has something similar.