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Need browser recommendati...
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  Toes in the water with LMDE?
Posted by: Paul - 07-05-2020, 09:19 PM - Forum: Mint - Replies (4)

I use LM 19.3 I switched from Ubuntu so long ago I don't even remember what version of Mint I started with. I am pretty much a user, without many insights into the inner workings, but I have followed the LM 20 controversy, but strictly as an uninvolved observer. Not so much a 'user' that I can't use command line though.

I use Linux for my email and my browsing. I use some ham radio packages and I am starting to use Kicad for printed circuit board layout. As many of the programs that I use are cross platform I don't think that the flavor of Linux would have much of an impact... but maybe I don't see it yet.

I have installed my home directory on a separate hard drive (a spinning one) as I use an SSD for my OS/boot drive. Kinda old school, but while I love the speed of the

SSD's  I'm still not 100% sold on their reliability. In the past I have seen signs of failure in hard drives in enough time to move my data before disaster strikes. I run regular backups with bu and I have installed my home directory drive on new hardware without any problems or issues, do I'm good in the Linux world. What usually happens is that I have a greater need for more space, so the drive gets swapped out long before it fails... but SSD failure is so uniquely and absolutely final...

What I am unclear of is the  ramifications of switching my home directory to a core installation of say LMDE. Would I notice any problems or issues? I am willing to try, but right now I don't have a spare SSD to try this with.

Regardless how this pans out, I live in fear of the day when my Windows box takes a dump. I have reinstalled Windows in the past and I loath the inevitable failure... I still have two software programs that I use that will not work with 'Wine' and neither has a Linux variant that is useful. One is a ham radio program suite called Win4K3 that really just works, and Autocad. Win4K3 I might be able to live without, but I wouldn't like it, but I have never found a Linux CAD program that is worth learning. I have used AutoCAD for 26 years and at it's too late for retraining.

No matter what the outcome  of the Ubuntu v Debian dog fight is, a working restoration after a SSD failure would be vastly faster and more seamless compared to the windows resurrection...

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  Updating to Mint 20
Posted by: Geodude - 07-04-2020, 07:39 PM - Forum: Mint - Replies (1)

Update my Mint from 19.3 cinnamon to 20 ulyana cinnamon and it is nice,
checked on many websites and that was confusing, geeez
so i updated mine the simple way and NO my update manager
would not show an update to 20, i did have an ISO handy just in case,lol
Back up your data of course and procede at your own risk,it may not work for you
sudo sed -i 's/tricia/ulyana/g' /etc/apt/sources.list.d/official-package-repositories.list
sudo sed -i 's/bionic/focal/g' /etc/apt/sources.list.d/official-package-repositories.list
apt update
apt full-upgrade
apt autoremove
apt autoclean

Big Grin Big Grin

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  Snap Problem
Posted by: Richard - 06-28-2020, 12:19 PM - Forum: Ubuntu - Replies (11)

It seems that every time Snap automatically upgrades Gimp, it then refuses to open. I have to remove it and reinstall it. This time I am unable to remove it. I issue the command:  "sudo snap remove gimp" and I get the following message:

error: cannot perform the following tasks:
- Disconnect gimp:gtk-3-themes from gtk-common-themes:gtk-3-themes (cannot update mount namespace of snap "gimp": cannot update preserved namespace of snap "gimp":
update.go:85: cannot change mount namespace according to change unmount (/var/lib/snapd/hostfs/var/cache/fontconfig /var/cache/fontconfig none bind,ro 0 0): invalid argument
cannot update snap namespace: no such file or directory

I am tired of Snap packages, but the Gimp in the Ubuntu 16.04 repository is an old version that lacks some important tools that I use.


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Thumbs Up High five to Joe Collins
Posted by: deck_luck - 06-26-2020, 03:55 AM - Forum: EzeeLinux Community Commons - Replies (3)


Congratulations, the EzeeLinux youtube channel subscribers are +100K.


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  [SOLVED] How do we disable "Connectivity-Checking"?
Posted by: Steve - 06-25-2020, 07:47 AM - Forum: Mint - Replies (6)

Hi Mint Friends,

As a Mint user, I'm always finding ways to get Linux into the workplace.  I need an os that doesn't "call home" through the network.  Basically, I don't want any process or service using the network, other than what I am aware of. 

Running a WireShark trace on my system, I noticed some outbound traffic to "connectivity-check ubuntu.com".  This is a connectivity check for use with public wifi systems, which I don't ever need or will use at work.

Is it possible to disable this?  Ubuntu seems to have a setting to uncheck in "Privacy", but Mint has no such adjustable setting.

Thank you so much,

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Wink Cannot boot to Windows after restoring a Timeshift backup
Posted by: SpaceChuck - 06-24-2020, 08:15 AM - Forum: Mint - No Replies


I recently dual booted Windows and Linux Mint.

After using it for a few days, Linux Mint said that there weren't much space left in my disk. So I rebooted to Windows and shrank my C drive. Then after booting back to Linux, I couldn't log in.
If I entered my password, it just threw me back to the login screen. Then, I restored a Timeshift backup from a live USB drive. After that, it no longer shows me the
screen where I can choose to boot from Windows or Linux. I tried a boot repair (with the boot repair program), but it didn't work. Also, my files are still in the drive, I just can't boot to Windows.

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  [SOLVED] What is best way to "Hand-Me-Down" a loptop?
Posted by: Steve - 06-24-2020, 06:58 AM - Forum: Mint - Replies (5)


So, It has come to pass that my niece got a new computer and wants to give her old one to her Dad.  This old unit is running Linux Mint 19, that I installed.

Asking all of you that have gone before me down this path...

Since its staying in the family, would you all suggest I just create a new account and go, leaving the original root account from my niece in place?  Or should I wipe and do a fresh install?

Thank you,

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  Need browser recommendation
Posted by: zentour - 06-24-2020, 02:18 AM - Forum: Mint - Replies (5)

In the upcoming LM 20 I can't use Chromium which was my favorite browser. So I need another one to replace it. Firefox is not an option because never liked it, never use it
I already use Chrome and the 2nd browser must be compatible with major sites, open source, fast and to use the native gtk theme
Thanks in advance for your answers

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  need a NAS drive...
Posted by: excollier - 06-21-2020, 03:00 PM - Forum: EzeeLinux Community Commons - Replies (5)

....has anyone any recommendations for a simple NAS drive to back up my home data? 4TB would plenty for me.And affordable as well
Thanks in advance for any suggestions

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  Which router to buy. I have an old Belkin N150
Posted by: Skipayear - 06-19-2020, 03:03 AM - Forum: EzeeLinux Community Commons - Replies (2)

Mr Desktop and Mr Server advise replacing the firmware in your router with opensource firmware because the OEM firmware almost never gets updated.

I have a Belkin N150 Wi-Fi router bought in 2012, so I need to either change it's firmware or buy a new router.

This is my current setup:  Router supplied by ISP --->> Belkin N150 --->> 2 Computers and a Kindle

I have to use the ISP Router. The Belkin N150 provides WIFI for connecting the Kindle to the Internet. The two computers are connected directly to the Belkin N150 with Ethernet cables. I keep the WIFI turned off except when I go online with the Kindle to download content, which is maybe once a month. Computer #1 is my daily driver and spends 5-12 hours a day online. Computer #2 rarely goes online and mostly when computer #1 isn't online.

Should I change the firmware on my 8-year-old Belkin router? Or Buy a new router? And which router would be best for a setup like mine where the router is mainly serving as a NAT barrier to protect my devices from the internet?

Side Issue:
Computer #1 has a Realtek WIFI adapter in it, but Ubuntu 20.04 says it is disabled. As I understand it, the attached "Additional Drivers" message means I should let Ubuntu install the rtl8821ce-dkms driver. But if that's the case and the driver is open source, why didn't Ubuntu install it automatically? Are there any pros and cons about installing this driver and using computer #1 as WIFI to connect the Kindle vs using a router as my WIFI source? Networking-wise I'm a total noob and not a whole lot more than that as a Linux user, even though I'm old enough to remember punchcards.

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