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Hi Mark,
I'm running Peppermint 8, mintUpdate version 4.6.7+peppermint1. After I changed my password, I couldn't do updates via mintUpdate - it would claim my password was wrong. I could log in, and I could do updates from the commandline, so I thik something is wrong with the way the password is parsed.

The two Unicode(aka. non-ASCII) characters in my password are ż and ą, Polish alphabet letters. They're both inside UTF-8, so I didn't assume they'd cause any problems, but apparently they do.

Also, I'd normally file this bugreport on Github, but there doesn't seem to be a mintUpdate repository inside https://github.com/peppermintos. Did I miss it?

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What are you running Peppermint on? / Dell Inspiron Gaming 7567
« on: August 20, 2017, 09:17:14 am »
So far, Peppermint 8 is the only distro to just work out of the box(for details: https://forum.peppermintos.com/index.php/topic,5947.0.html). Gj Mark!
I really wanted the red one, but no cigar  :(

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pshem@PiDell ~ $ inxi -Fz
System:    Host: PiDell Kernel: 4.10.0-32-generic x86_64 (64 bit) Desktop: N/A
           Distro: Peppermint Eight
Machine:   System: Dell (portable) product: Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming
           Mobo: Dell model: 065C71 v: A00
           Bios: Dell v: 01.00.07 date: 05/24/2017
CPU:       Quad core Intel Core i7-7700HQ (-HT-MCP-) cache: 6144 KB
           clock speeds: max: 3800 MHz 1: 899 MHz 2: 899 MHz 3: 899 MHz
           4: 899 MHz 5: 899 MHz 6: 899 MHz 7: 899 MHz 8: 899 MHz
Graphics:  Card-1: Intel Device 591b
           Card-2: NVIDIA Device 1c8c
           Display Server: X.Org 1.19.3 drivers: (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
           Resolution: 1920x1080@60.00hz
           GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Kabylake GT2 GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 17.0.2
Audio:     Card Intel Device a171 driver: snd_hda_intel
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.10.0-32-generic
Network:   Card-1: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller
           driver: r8169
           IF: enp2s0 state: down mac: <filter>
           Card-2: Intel Wireless 3165 driver: iwlwifi
           IF: wlp3s0 state: up mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 1256.3GB (2.7% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: Micron_1100_SATA size: 256.1GB
           ID-2: /dev/sdb model: TOSHIBA_MQ01ABD1 size: 1000.2GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 46G used: 5.2G (12%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sdb3
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 40.0C mobo: N/A
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 231 Uptime: 3 min Memory: 533.7/15911.3MB
           Client: Shell (bash) inxi: 2.2.35

Interesting snippets:
Fans turn on ~68C , at least when using the 1.0.7 BIOS(apparently sometimes BIOS updates change this)
I'm running on proprietary Nvidia drivers installed via
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sudo ubuntu-drivers list
sudo ubuntu-drivers autoinstall
, because Nvidia are horrible towards nouveau  :-[
The battery life heavily depends on whether you use the Nvidia GPU, or the Intel GPU. With the Intel card you can get 7-10 hours  8), depending on whether you edit text files, browse the Internet or watch videos. With the Nvidia card, you're looking at <5 hours ::). You can switch them via the Prime profiles tab of the Nvidia Settigns app that will be installed with the drivers. Unfortunately, you need to re-login for changes to take effect.
You need to enable the 2.1 audio profile to take advantage of the subwoofer this laptop has. Peppermint correctly detects plugging in an audio jack.
I've not tested HDMI or the webcam yet, and will update this post when I have time to.
Keyboard lightning works, you can change it's brightness in the BIOS, or in some DEs(I can do it in KDE Neon, but I've not tried doing it in Peppermint yet)
WiFi works spotlessly, both 2.4 Ghz and 5 Ghz. I've not tested Ethernet yet.
All 3 USB3.0 ports work, and they are faaast! 90+ MB/s read speed, 20 MB/s+ write speed with my only USB3.0 pendrive(which is quite old and might even be the part dragging this metric down).
The SD card reader remains unused.

BIOS updates(http://www.dell.com/support/home/pl/pl/pldhs1/drivers/driversdetails?driverId=9R7T4&fileId=3690868011&osCode=BIOSA&productCode=inspiron-15-7567-laptop&languageCode=po&categoryId=BI, sorry for a partly non-english site) are suggested, because of upgraded intel-micronode code. BIOS upgrades can be run from the BIOS, for details look at http://www.dell.com/support/article/pl/pl/pldhs1/SLN171755/en, point 2(there are no capsule updates for this model).

For comparison, KDE Neon:
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pshem@PiDell:~$ inxi -Fz
System:    Host: PiDell Kernel: 4.10.0-32-generic x86_64 (64 bit)
           Desktop: KDE Plasma 5.8.7 Distro: neon 16.04 xenial
Machine:   System: Dell (portable) product: Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming
           Mobo: Dell model: 065C71 v: A00
           Bios: Dell v: 01.00.07 date: 05/24/2017
CPU:       Quad core Intel Core i7-7700HQ (-HT-MCP-) cache: 6144 KB
           clock speeds: max: 3800 MHz 1: 899 MHz 2: 899 MHz 3: 899 MHz
           4: 899 MHz 5: 899 MHz 6: 899 MHz 7: 899 MHz 8: 899 MHz
Graphics:  Card-1: Intel Device 591b
           Card-2: NVIDIA Device 1c8c
           Display Server: X.Org 1.19.3 drivers: (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
           Resolution: 1920x1080@60.00hz
           GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Kabylake GT2
           GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 17.0.7
Audio:     Card Intel Device a171 driver: snd_hda_intel
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.10.0-32-generic   
Network:   Card-1: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller
           driver: r8169
           IF: enp2s0 state: down mac: <filter>
           Card-2: Intel Wireless 3165 driver: iwlwifi
           IF: wlp3s0 state: up mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 1256.3GB (3.2% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: Micron_1100_SATA size: 256.1GB
           ID-2: /dev/sdb model: TOSHIBA_MQ01ABD1 size: 1000.2GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 130G used: 12G (10%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda4
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 39.0C mobo: N/A
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 209 Uptime: 17:52 Memory: 2030.3/15911.3MB
           Client: Shell (bash) inxi: 2.2.35

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Installation / What is Peppermint doing differently?
« on: August 19, 2017, 06:31:54 am »
I've got a new laptop, one with a Kabylake i7, a GTX 1050Ti and an SSD. From Dell, albeit it came with Windows 10 preinstalled, cause their Linux selection didn't include anything alike in it's price range. So far, Peppermint has been the only distro to work perfectly OOtB, and I'm wondering why.

On other distro's, I get this warning while booting:


Peppermint 8 doesn't get it(or doesn't show it).
KDE Neon, also based on Ubuntu 16.04, had trouble installing the bootloader(so I made Peppermint's bootloader the chief one), and the graphical server malfunctions, so that every boot I have to switch to a tty and run startx to get a graphical shell.
On Solus 3, which I hoped would avoid these problems because it's a rolling release, the graphical server also malfunctions, except there I can't even get to a tty, cause Ctrl+Alt+F1 doesn't work.
On both Peppermint 8 and KDE Neon I installed proprietary Nvidia drivers, and set them to run on the Intel card, because I currently need long better life rather than GPU performance, but it didn't change anything on both distributions

So, what do these errors mean? And how does Peppermint get past them?
I just found a bug from yesterday showing something similar: https://bugzilla.freedesktop.org/show_bug.cgi?id=102295
I wonder if it's attached to the fact that Peppermint8 is installed to the HDD(hence it loads slower, and doesn't probe lspcon before it's ready), while KDE Neon is installed to the SSD, and the live CD of Solus was booted from a USB3... Hopefully it'll be fixed sooner rather than later :/

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pshem@PiDell:~$ inxi -Fz
System:    Host: PiDell Kernel: 4.10.0-32-generic x86_64 (64 bit)
           Desktop: KDE Plasma 5.8.7 Distro: neon 16.04 xenial
Machine:   System: Dell (portable) product: Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming
           Mobo: Dell model: 065C71 v: A00
           Bios: Dell v: 01.00.05 date: 03/01/2017
CPU:       Quad core Intel Core i7-7700HQ (-HT-MCP-) cache: 6144 KB
           clock speeds: max: 3800 MHz 1: 899 MHz 2: 899 MHz 3: 899 MHz
           4: 899 MHz 5: 899 MHz 6: 899 MHz 7: 899 MHz 8: 899 MHz
Graphics:  Card-1: Intel Device 591b
           Card-2: NVIDIA Device 1c8c
           Display Server: X.Org 1.19.3 drivers: (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
           Resolution: 1920x1080@60.00hz
           GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Kabylake GT2
           GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 17.0.7
Audio:     Card Intel Device a171 driver: snd_hda_intel
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.10.0-32-generic   
Network:   Card-1: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller
           driver: r8169
           IF: enp2s0 state: down mac: <filter>
           Card-2: Intel Wireless 3165 driver: iwlwifi
           IF: wlp3s0 state: up mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 1264.8GB (3.2% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: Micron_1100_SATA size: 256.1GB
           ID-2: /dev/sdb model: TOSHIBA_MQ01ABD1 size: 1000.2GB
           ID-3: USB /dev/sdc model: USB_Flash_Disk size: 8.5GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 130G used: 12G (10%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda4
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 48.0C mobo: N/A
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 214 Uptime: 6 min Memory: 959.6/15911.3MB
           Client: Shell (bash) inxi: 2.2.35

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I'd like to allow other users to update the system and install new applications through the Software Center, but I don't want to make them full administrators. I'm considering a few ways, but I'm open to suggestions too:
- I've seen an app called lsudo that allowed giving certain users to run specified programs as root. That would work perfectly :)
- I dug into sudoers.d and found the rule that allowed anyone to run checkAPT.py, which allows them to see that there are updates that need to be installed, but there doesn't seem to be an exclusive way to do the same with updating  :-\
- I think I could try to make a group and move these permissions to it, but that is probably a great way to break the system

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Installation / Installing PMOS via 700 MB CDs
« on: June 16, 2017, 02:44:44 pm »
I have an old desktop with a Core 2 Duo and an Nvidia GTS 450 which I don't really want to replace now. It currently runs Vista which reached EOL this April, so I want  to install some Linux distro on it.

So far, so typical. Unfortunately, the BIOS only allows booting from disks and CDs! It didn't recognize a Knoppix image on a USB stick and I doubt it will recognize PMOS8 either. Which means I'll have to install PMOS in a different way, but I'm not sure how.

I have an Ubuntu 9.04 CD that boots on the PC. Do you think I can use it to partition the drive and
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cat
PMOS from a USB on it? My fall-back idea is Debian net-install which is tiny and can definitely be fit onto the 700 MB CD, but I'm going to leave that PC to my family members who aren't tech savy and I'd rather not have them do
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sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade
every week.

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Software & Applications / Ubuntu building Firefox for the Bronze Age
« on: April 21, 2017, 07:04:36 am »
I recently noticed Firefox got slower. Then I read an article on ArsTechnica about Mozilla deploying Rust and electrolysis. This prompted me to take a peek into the task manager, where I found out that there is only a single, gigant Firefox process. I remember having two ~half size each in January, so I checked about:support... and it turns out electrolysis is indeed disabled. It says that's because of an extension, but running in safe mode doesn't change it.

Looking into about:buildconfig, it turns out Firefox is now built with --enable-alsa and --disable-rust, the second of which seems to be the root cause of the problem. I think they started doing that ins 50.1 or 50.2. I will probably file a bug on this. Any ideas on why they might be hampering their users?

PS. Sorry for the pun in the title

PS2. Currently the only references to this are "built without Rust for now" in the release announcement and https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/firefox/+bug/1681107 bug making FLAC decoding fail in the browser

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Advanced Topics / Warning after a GRUB update(9.03.17)
« on: March 09, 2017, 12:23:23 pm »
As in the title, I got a warning after an update:

"The configuartion of the file etc/grub.d/10_linux was modified by you or a script". Changelog:
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--- /etc/grub.d/10_linux	2017-03-07 21:59:56.165908859 +0000
+++ /etc/grub.d/10_linux.dpkg-new 2017-03-01 21:01:02.000000000 +0000
@@ -39,7 +39,7 @@
 else
   case ${GRUB_DISTRIBUTOR} in
     Ubuntu|Kubuntu)
-      OS="Peppermint GNU/Linux"
+      OS="${GRUB_DISTRIBUTOR}"
       ;;
     *)
       OS="${GRUB_DISTRIBUTOR} GNU/Linux"
@@ -177,11 +177,17 @@
  linux ${rel_dirname}/${basename}.efi.signed root=${linux_root_device_thisversion} ro ${args}
 EOF
   else
-    sed "s/^/$submenu_indentation/" << EOF
- linux ${rel_dirname}/${basename} root=${linux_root_device_thisversion} ro ${args}
+    if [ x"$GRUB_FORCE_PARTUUID" = x ]; then
+        sed "s/^/$submenu_indentation/" << EOF
+        linux ${rel_dirname}/${basename} root=${linux_root_device_thisversion} ro ${args}
+EOF
+    else
+        sed "s/^/$submenu_indentation/" << EOF
+        linux ${rel_dirname}/${basename} root=PARTUUID=${GRUB_FORCE_PARTUUID} ro ${args}
 EOF
+    fi
   fi
-  if test -n "${initrd}" ; then
+  if test -n "${initrd}" && [ x"$GRUB_DISABLE_INITRD" != xtrue ]; then
     # TRANSLATORS: ramdisk isn't identifier. Should be translated.
     if [ x"$quiet_boot" = x0 ] || [ x"$type" != xsimple ]; then
       message="$(gettext_printf "Loading initial ramdisk ...")"
It gives me an option to keep the old version of the new one. Should I just approve it? Never seen such a warning before

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Advanced Topics / HWE has arrived
« on: February 18, 2017, 09:37:32 am »
According to http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2017/02/download-ubuntu-16-04-2-lts?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+d0od+%28OMG%21+Ubuntu%21%29 Ubuntu 16.04.2 is here. I know I'll be upgrading(I'm running the 4.8 kernel anyway), because the generic kernel means I can stop checking kernel updates weekly.
One thing I noticed(according to https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Kernel/RollingLTSEnablementStack) is that there are two generic kernel images available, the generic one and a lowlatency one. Which one should I use? I remember some people were advocates of the low latency kernel, but is there a list of pros and cons?

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Advanced Topics / Mintupdate suggests downgrading my kernel
« on: January 10, 2017, 03:24:49 pm »
I'm running 4.8-32 kernel, and it works like a charm. Recently, an update landed in the repositories, to both kernel branches Ubuntu 16.04 provides: 4.4 and 4.8. Unfortunately, by default, mintupdate would downgrade me to the 4.4 kernel branch, despite having the 4.8-34 image avaliable as well.
Is there a way to switch the kernel updates mintupdate suggests? I could just turn off level 5 updates as it's done in Mint proper, but I don't want to.

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Software & Applications / "Time and Date" doesn't work(solved)
« on: January 07, 2017, 06:56:13 pm »
I've recently found myself traveling for holidays and back, switching the timezone back and forth.

Unfortunately, the Time and Date application(included in Peppermint Settings Panel) failed me twice. It only actually switches the time zone after suspend to disk/reboot. And even that doesn't consistently work.
I am dual booting, but I have not touched Windows for a few months now. I think the laptop keeps the time as UTC, but I don't know how to check that.

This is annoying. Is there a way to make it synchronize when you lock the new timezone?

My inxi will show you a fairly tweaked system, so that might be the source of the problem:
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pshem@PiLenovo ~ $ inxi -Fz
System:    Host: PiLenovo Kernel: 4.8.0-32-generic x86_64 (64 bit)
           Desktop: N/A Distro: Peppermint Seven
Machine:   System: LENOVO product: 20257 v: IdeaPad S210 Touch
           Mobo: LENOVO model: Ideapad S210 v: 31900003Std
           Bios: LENOVO v: 80CN15WW date: 04/10/2013
CPU:       Dual core Intel Core i3-3217U (-HT-MCP-) cache: 3072 KB
           clock speeds: max: 1800 MHz 1: 1231 MHz 2: 1292 MHz 3: 1220 MHz
           4: 1186 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Intel 3rd Gen Core processor Graphics Controller
           Display Server: X.Org 1.18.4 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
           Resolution: 1366x768@59.97hz
           GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Ivybridge Mobile
           GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 13.0.2 - padoka PPA
Audio:     Card Intel 7 Series/C210 Series Family High Definition Audio Controller
           driver: snd_hda_intel
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.8.0-32-generic
Network:   Card-1: Intel Centrino Wireless-N 2230 driver: iwlwifi
           IF: wlp2s0 state: up mac: <filter>
           Card-2: Realtek RTL8101/2/6E PCI Express Fast/Gigabit Ethernet controller
           driver: r8169
           IF: enp3s0 state: down mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 500.1GB (12.5% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: ST500LT012 size: 500.1GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 47G used: 33G (73%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda7
           ID-2: swap-1 size: 4.17GB used: 0.21GB (5%) fs: swap dev: /dev/dm-0
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 58.0C mobo: N/A
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 243 Uptime: 10 days Memory: 2141.8/3830.2MB
           Client: Shell (bash) inxi: 2.2.35
Kernel 4.8(avaliable in mintupdate, under View - Linux kernels) solved the recurring "vanishing fonts" problem I described months ago. I don't think I've reached 10 days of uptime before!
Mesa shouldn't have anything to do with this problem, it's just a stable PPA game company support asked me to use.

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Software & Applications / Private mode ICE SSBs
« on: November 05, 2016, 03:30:36 pm »
Long story short, I want to have some SSBs that work in private browsing mode(no history and cookies memory). I know I can launch firefox from the command line straight into private mode with
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firefox --private-mode
so I presume that's what I would need to modify in some script to make it work. But I don't really know what to do next.

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Advanced Topics / Suspicious update
« on: November 03, 2016, 04:49:31 pm »
Today(3.11) i ran mintupdate just before hibernating the computer for the day. The list of needed updates was very short:
-curl
-libcurl
-libcurl-gnutls all the above were updated to version 7.47.0-1ubuntu2.2
-update-notifier-common to version 3.168.2

I had nothing to do, so I peeked at the update log, which showed a lot of other things being updated. Here is the log in question:
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(Reading database ... 410132 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to unpack .../update-notifier-common_3.168.2_all.deb ...
Unpacking update-notifier-common (3.168.2) over (3.168.1) ...
Preparing to unpack .../curl_7.47.0-1ubuntu2.2_amd64.deb ...
Unpacking curl (7.47.0-1ubuntu2.2) over (7.47.0-1ubuntu2.1) ...
Preparing to unpack .../libcurl3-gnutls_7.47.0-1ubuntu2.2_amd64.deb ...
Unpacking libcurl3-gnutls:amd64 (7.47.0-1ubuntu2.2) over (7.47.0-1ubuntu2.1) ...
Preparing to unpack .../libcurl3_7.47.0-1ubuntu2.2_amd64.deb ...
Unpacking libcurl3:amd64 (7.47.0-1ubuntu2.2) over (7.47.0-1ubuntu2.1) ...
Processing triggers for man-db (2.7.5-1) ...
Processing triggers for libc-bin (2.23-0ubuntu4) ...
Setting up update-notifier-common (3.168.2) ...
flashplugin-installer: processing...
flashplugin-installer: downloading http://archive.canonical.com/pool/partner/a/adobe-flashplugin/adobe-flashplugin_20161026.1.orig.tar.gz
Get:1 http://archive.canonical.com/pool/partner/a/adobe-flashplugin/adobe-flashplugin_20161026.1.orig.tar.gz [27,2 MB]
Fetched 27,2 MB in 25s (1058 kB/s)                                             
W: Can't drop privileges for downloading as file '/var/lib/update-notifier/package-data-downloads/partial/adobe-flashplugin_20161026.1.orig.tar.gz' couldn't be accessed by user '_apt'. - pkgAcquire::Run (13: Permission denied)
Installing from local file /var/lib/update-notifier/package-data-downloads/partial/adobe-flashplugin_20161026.1.orig.tar.gz
Flash Plugin installed.
ttf-mscorefonts-installer: processing...
ttf-mscorefonts-installer: downloading http://downloads.sourceforge.net/corefonts/andale32.exe
Get:1 http://downloads.sourceforge.net/corefonts/andale32.exe [198 kB]
Fetched 198 kB in 0s (205 kB/s)                                               
W: Can't drop privileges for downloading as file '/var/lib/update-notifier/package-data-downloads/partial/andale32.exe' couldn't be accessed by user '_apt'. - pkgAcquire::Run (13: Permission denied)
ttf-mscorefonts-installer: downloading http://downloads.sourceforge.net/corefonts/arial32.exe
Get:1 http://downloads.sourceforge.net/corefonts/arial32.exe [554 kB]
Fetched 554 kB in 1s (500 kB/s)                                               
W: Can't drop privileges for downloading as file '/var/lib/update-notifier/package-data-downloads/partial/arial32.exe' couldn't be accessed by user '_apt'. - pkgAcquire::Run (13: Permission denied)
ttf-mscorefonts-installer: downloading http://downloads.sourceforge.net/corefonts/arialb32.exe
Get:1 http://downloads.sourceforge.net/corefonts/arialb32.exe [168 kB]
Fetched 168 kB in 1s (86,4 kB/s)                                               
W: Can't drop privileges for downloading as file '/var/lib/update-notifier/package-data-downloads/partial/arialb32.exe' couldn't be accessed by user '_apt'. - pkgAcquire::Run (13: Permission denied)
ttf-mscorefonts-installer: downloading http://downloads.sourceforge.net/corefonts/comic32.exe
Get:1 http://downloads.sourceforge.net/corefonts/comic32.exe [246 kB]
Fetched 246 kB in 0s (338 kB/s)                                               
W: Can't drop privileges for downloading as file '/var/lib/update-notifier/package-data-downloads/partial/comic32.exe' couldn't be accessed by user '_apt'. - pkgAcquire::Run (13: Permission denied)
ttf-mscorefonts-installer: downloading http://downloads.sourceforge.net/corefonts/courie32.exe
Get:1 http://downloads.sourceforge.net/corefonts/courie32.exe [646 kB]
Fetched 646 kB in 1s (504 kB/s)                                               
W: Can't drop privileges for downloading as file '/var/lib/update-notifier/package-data-downloads/partial/courie32.exe' couldn't be accessed by user '_apt'. - pkgAcquire::Run (13: Permission denied)
ttf-mscorefonts-installer: downloading http://downloads.sourceforge.net/corefonts/georgi32.exe
Get:1 http://downloads.sourceforge.net/corefonts/georgi32.exe [392 kB]
Fetched 392 kB in 1s (364 kB/s)                                               
W: Can't drop privileges for downloading as file '/var/lib/update-notifier/package-data-downloads/partial/georgi32.exe' couldn't be accessed by user '_apt'. - pkgAcquire::Run (13: Permission denied)
ttf-mscorefonts-installer: downloading http://downloads.sourceforge.net/corefonts/impact32.exe
Get:1 http://downloads.sourceforge.net/corefonts/impact32.exe [173 kB]
Fetched 173 kB in 0s (267 kB/s)                                               
W: Can't drop privileges for downloading as file '/var/lib/update-notifier/package-data-downloads/partial/impact32.exe' couldn't be accessed by user '_apt'. - pkgAcquire::Run (13: Permission denied)
ttf-mscorefonts-installer: downloading http://downloads.sourceforge.net/corefonts/times32.exe
Get:1 http://downloads.sourceforge.net/corefonts/times32.exe [662 kB]
Fetched 662 kB in 6s (108 kB/s)                                               
W: Can't drop privileges for downloading as file '/var/lib/update-notifier/package-data-downloads/partial/times32.exe' couldn't be accessed by user '_apt'. - pkgAcquire::Run (13: Permission denied)
ttf-mscorefonts-installer: downloading http://downloads.sourceforge.net/corefonts/trebuc32.exe
Get:1 http://downloads.sourceforge.net/corefonts/trebuc32.exe [357 kB]
Fetched 357 kB in 1s (336 kB/s)                                               
W: Can't drop privileges for downloading as file '/var/lib/update-notifier/package-data-downloads/partial/trebuc32.exe' couldn't be accessed by user '_apt'. - pkgAcquire::Run (13: Permission denied)
ttf-mscorefonts-installer: downloading http://downloads.sourceforge.net/corefonts/verdan32.exe
Get:1 http://downloads.sourceforge.net/corefonts/verdan32.exe [352 kB]
Fetched 352 kB in 1s (288 kB/s)                                               
W: Can't drop privileges for downloading as file '/var/lib/update-notifier/package-data-downloads/partial/verdan32.exe' couldn't be accessed by user '_apt'. - pkgAcquire::Run (13: Permission denied)
ttf-mscorefonts-installer: downloading http://downloads.sourceforge.net/corefonts/webdin32.exe
Get:1 http://downloads.sourceforge.net/corefonts/webdin32.exe [185 kB]
Fetched 185 kB in 0s (211 kB/s)                                               
W: Can't drop privileges for downloading as file '/var/lib/update-notifier/package-data-downloads/partial/webdin32.exe' couldn't be accessed by user '_apt'. - pkgAcquire::Run (13: Permission denied)

These fonts were provided by Microsoft "in the interest of cross-
platform compatibility".  This is no longer the case, but they are
still available from third parties.

You are free to download these fonts and use them for your own use,
but you may not redistribute them in modified form, including changes
to the file name or packaging format.

Extracting cabinet: /var/lib/update-notifier/package-data-downloads/partial/andale32.exe
  extracting fontinst.inf
  extracting andale.inf
  extracting fontinst.exe
  extracting AndaleMo.TTF
  extracting ADVPACK.DLL
  extracting W95INF32.DLL
  extracting W95INF16.DLL

All done, no errors.
Extracting cabinet: /var/lib/update-notifier/package-data-downloads/partial/arial32.exe
  extracting FONTINST.EXE
  extracting fontinst.inf
  extracting Ariali.TTF
  extracting Arialbd.TTF
  extracting Arialbi.TTF
  extracting Arial.TTF

All done, no errors.
Extracting cabinet: /var/lib/update-notifier/package-data-downloads/partial/arialb32.exe
  extracting fontinst.exe
  extracting fontinst.inf
  extracting AriBlk.TTF

All done, no errors.
Extracting cabinet: /var/lib/update-notifier/package-data-downloads/partial/comic32.exe
  extracting fontinst.inf
  extracting Comicbd.TTF
  extracting Comic.TTF
  extracting fontinst.exe

All done, no errors.
Extracting cabinet: /var/lib/update-notifier/package-data-downloads/partial/courie32.exe
  extracting cour.ttf
  extracting courbd.ttf
  extracting courbi.ttf
  extracting fontinst.inf
  extracting couri.ttf
  extracting fontinst.exe

All done, no errors.
Extracting cabinet: /var/lib/update-notifier/package-data-downloads/partial/georgi32.exe
  extracting fontinst.inf
  extracting Georgiaz.TTF
  extracting Georgiab.TTF
  extracting Georgiai.TTF
  extracting Georgia.TTF
  extracting fontinst.exe

All done, no errors.
Extracting cabinet: /var/lib/update-notifier/package-data-downloads/partial/impact32.exe
  extracting fontinst.exe
  extracting Impact.TTF
  extracting fontinst.inf

All done, no errors.
Extracting cabinet: /var/lib/update-notifier/package-data-downloads/partial/times32.exe
  extracting fontinst.inf
  extracting Times.TTF
  extracting Timesbd.TTF
  extracting Timesbi.TTF
  extracting Timesi.TTF
  extracting FONTINST.EXE

All done, no errors.
Extracting cabinet: /var/lib/update-notifier/package-data-downloads/partial/trebuc32.exe
  extracting FONTINST.EXE
  extracting trebuc.ttf
  extracting Trebucbd.ttf
  extracting trebucbi.ttf
  extracting trebucit.ttf
  extracting fontinst.inf

All done, no errors.
Extracting cabinet: /var/lib/update-notifier/package-data-downloads/partial/verdan32.exe
  extracting fontinst.exe
  extracting fontinst.inf
  extracting Verdanab.TTF
  extracting Verdanai.TTF
  extracting Verdanaz.TTF
  extracting Verdana.TTF

All done, no errors.
Extracting cabinet: /var/lib/update-notifier/package-data-downloads/partial/webdin32.exe
  extracting fontinst.exe
  extracting Webdings.TTF
  extracting fontinst.inf
  extracting Licen.TXT

All done, no errors.
All fonts downloaded and installed.
Setting up libcurl3-gnutls:amd64 (7.47.0-1ubuntu2.2) ...
Setting up curl (7.47.0-1ubuntu2.2) ...
Setting up libcurl3:amd64 (7.47.0-1ubuntu2.2) ...
Processing triggers for libc-bin (2.23-0ubuntu4) ...

The thing that got me suspicious was the flash player update. It did not show up in the list of needed updates.
Then there were the font updates. Seriously? Font updates? What can be updated in Arial?

So, did I start the update in the exact moment that flashplayer and font updates landed on my PC, are they dependencies of any of the updated programs, or is this normal?

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pshem@PiLenovo ~ $ inxi -Fz
System:    Host: PiLenovo Kernel: 4.4.0-45-generic x86_64 (64 bit)
           Desktop: N/A Distro: Peppermint Seven
Machine:   System: LENOVO product: 20257 v: IdeaPad S210 Touch
           Mobo: LENOVO model: Ideapad S210 v: 31900003Std
           Bios: LENOVO v: 80CN15WW date: 04/10/2013
CPU:       Dual core Intel Core i3-3217U (-HT-MCP-) cache: 3072 KB
           clock speeds: max: 1800 MHz 1: 931 MHz 2: 865 MHz 3: 994 MHz
           4: 924 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Intel 3rd Gen Core processor Graphics Controller
           Display Server: X.Org 1.18.4 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
           Resolution: 1366x768@59.97hz
           GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Ivybridge Mobile
           GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 12.1.0-devel
Audio:     Card Intel 7 Series/C210 Series Family High Definition Audio Controller
           driver: snd_hda_intel
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.4.0-45-generic
Network:   Card-1: Intel Centrino Wireless-N 2230 driver: iwlwifi
           IF: wlp2s0 state: up mac: <filter>
           Card-2: Realtek RTL8101/2/6E PCI Express Fast/Gigabit Ethernet controller
           driver: r8169
           IF: enp3s0 state: down mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 500.1GB (10.6% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: ST500LT012 size: 500.1GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 47G used: 26G (57%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda7
           ID-2: swap-1 size: 4.17GB used: 0.25GB (6%) fs: swap dev: /dev/dm-0
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 53.0C mobo: N/A
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 214 Uptime: 6 days Memory: 1716.6/3830.6MB
           Client: Shell (bash) inxi: 2.2.35

13
General Discussion / Peppermint's Public Image
« on: October 27, 2016, 03:56:57 pm »
or "How to attract more people to my favorite distro"
This post is purposely posted in reviews, because they are live demonstration how commonly Peppermint is misunderstood. If we want more people to use PM, we should explain what makes it unique better, and make this description uniform.

So first, let's think of places where people find about Peppermint. For me 3 places come to mind:
I Distrowatch https://www.distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=Peppermint
Probably the most important place, due to a reviewer friendly format, showing the installed packages, popularity and description.
II Peppermint homepage https://peppermintos.com/
III Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peppermint_Linux_OS
Wikipedia is more important than it seems at first sight, because the first paragraph is pulled by search engines and it's tone decides if people even bother to try it.

Now look at them and think if you see a pattern. How is Peppermint described in all of them? As a cloud focused distro. Now, it might be just me, but that's an offense. If I only read that, I would have never considered Peppermint. Luckily, I read the full review on Everyday Linux User. As good as ICE is, it's only one of the 3 selling points, which for me are:
a) perfect balance of lightness and usefulness
b) leaving the choice of applications to the user
c) good webapp integration with ICE
If we want more people to use Peppermint, we should be featuring all 3

Let's see, what we're showing now.
I DW description:
"Peppermint OS is a Lubuntu-based Linux distribution that aims to be lightning fast and easy on system resources. By employing Mozilla's Prism technology Peppermint integrates seamlessly with Cloud and web-based applications. The distribution's other features include automatic updates, easy step-by-step installation, sleek and user-friendly interface, and increased mobility by integrating directly with Cloud-based applications."
This text needs a serious refrubishment. Prism isn't a think since 2010, and leaving the application choice to the user is not even mentioned
On top of that, we should change the "Desktop enviroment" from "LXDE" to "Hybrid: XFCE+LXDE". This would be much more descriptive, help reviewers tell the truth, and also attract some attention

II The distribution page is in much better shape. The slideshow is very informative and shows a good view of the system. We might want to showcase a bit more easy to do customisation with the PCC, but that's something for PM8. The bottom, 3 way split notes attracted a bit more attention. I'm not sure how important the choice of a file manager is for people and whether it warrants a place on the front page.
One more thing I wish we had is a list of preinstalled software, including webapps.

III Wikipedia page
Here I think only the first paragraph should be revisited, because other than that, wikipedia isn't really a common source on distro's. The same paragraph, in a more techincal spin, should replace the current DW description.

That's all I have for now. This post is a result of some PM review reading and a thought exercise of applying the basics of marketing to the case. Feel free to link other places where people find out about PM and and argue why you like it and how it should be presented.
I'll try to get down to writing the paragraphs for DW and Wikipedia some day next week. For wikipedia, if I understand their guidelines correctly, PCNetSpec is not allowed to write one himself, due to a conflict of interest.

14
Software & Applications / 4.8 Kernel PPA
« on: October 21, 2016, 02:42:23 pm »
Some time ago, PCNetSpec mentioned an LTS Enablement Stack for 16.04 in ttps://forum.peppermintos.com/index.php/topic,4007.15.html.
Because my font erosion :'( still triggers every once in a while(details in the above linked topic), I'd like to ask if it's arrived yet and how to install it

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pshem@PiLenovo ~ $ inxi -Fz
System:    Host: PiLenovo Kernel: 4.4.0-43-generic x86_64 (64 bit)
           Desktop: N/A Distro: Peppermint Seven
Machine:   System: LENOVO product: 20257 v: IdeaPad S210 Touch
           Mobo: LENOVO model: Ideapad S210 v: 31900003Std
           Bios: LENOVO v: 80CN15WW date: 04/10/2013
CPU:       Dual core Intel Core i3-3217U (-HT-MCP-) cache: 3072 KB
           clock speeds: max: 1800 MHz 1: 938 MHz 2: 1094 MHz 3: 941 MHz
           4: 1003 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Intel 3rd Gen Core processor Graphics Controller
           Display Server: X.Org 1.18.4 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
           Resolution: 1366x768@59.97hz
           GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Ivybridge Mobile
           GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 12.1.0-devel
Audio:     Card Intel 7 Series/C210 Series Family High Definition Audio Controller
           driver: snd_hda_intel
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.4.0-43-generic
Network:   Card-1: Intel Centrino Wireless-N 2230 driver: iwlwifi
           IF: wlp2s0 state: up mac: <filter>
           Card-2: Realtek RTL8101/2/6E PCI Express Fast/Gigabit Ethernet controller
           driver: r8169
           IF: enp3s0 state: down mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 500.1GB (10.6% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: ST500LT012 size: 500.1GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 47G used: 26G (58%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda7
           ID-2: swap-1 size: 4.17GB used: 0.18GB (4%) fs: swap dev: /dev/dm-0
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 56.0C mobo: N/A
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 221 Uptime: 3 days Memory: 1919.5/3830.6MB
           Client: Shell (bash) inxi: 2.2.35
Other unique features:
- encrypted instalation,
- sleep works randomly,
- hibernate doesn't work,
- Mesa 12.1 is from OBAIAF PPA repository I no longer update from and I'd gladly replace it with a version from buntu 16.10, but it's a secondary thing

15
Hardware / Permanent touchscreen disable
« on: October 04, 2016, 08:28:48 pm »
Firstly, I do realize that there is a similar post at https://forum.peppermintos.com/index.php/topic,2788.msg27591.html and the solutions inside hint that it might not be possible outside the BIOS. I'm treating the BIOS disable as a last resort.

So, back on track: I hate having dirt on my screen, and my laptop goes around a lot. Therefore, I often clean the screen. It's a touch screen, but I never use it. Whenever I clean the screen while the touchscreen is on, the laptop goes mental from the drips of humidity the cloth leaves. On Windows, I managed to disable it in the device manager permanently and never been bothered by it again. On Linux, I have yet to find a permanent solution.

Currently, I run this every boot I remember about it:
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pshem@PiLenovo ~ $ xinput
⎡ Virtual core pointer                    id=2 [master pointer  (3)]
⎜   ↳ Virtual core XTEST pointer              id=4 [slave  pointer  (2)]
⎜   ↳ ETPS/2 Elantech Touchpad                id=14 [slave  pointer  (2)]
⎜   ↳ Lenovo Wireless Optical Mouse N60        id=15 [slave  pointer  (2)]
⎜   ↳ ELAN Touchscreen                        id=10 [slave  pointer  (2)]
⎣ Virtual core keyboard                    id=3 [master keyboard (2)]
    ↳ Virtual core XTEST keyboard              id=5 [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ Power Button                            id=6 [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ Video Bus                                id=7 [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ Power Button                            id=8 [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ Sleep Button                            id=9 [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ Lenovo EasyCamera                        id=11 [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ Ideapad extra buttons                    id=12 [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ AT Translated Set 2 keyboard            id=13 [slave  keyboard (3)]
xinput disable 10
.
Unfortunately, this only works 95% of the time, because the other 5% of the time the touch screen is under 11. This happens whenever i turn the laptop on with my mouse plugged in and turned on. Therefore, I had to ditch my initial plan of setting a chronjob to run xinput disable 10 every boot.

So, is there a different way of addressing devices with the xinput command, preferably by a constant item ID?
Just in case it helps, here is the part of xinput list --full about the relevant device:
 
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⎜   ↳ ELAN Touchscreen                        	id=10	[slave  pointer  (2)]
This device is disabled
Reporting 9 classes:
Class originated from: 10. Type: XIButtonClass
Buttons supported: 5
Button labels: "Button Unknown" "Button Unknown" "Button Unknown" "Button Wheel Up" "Button Wheel Down"
Button state:
Class originated from: 10. Type: XIValuatorClass
Detail for Valuator 0:
  Label: Abs MT Position X
  Range: 0.000000 - 3264.000000
  Resolution: 13000 units/m
  Mode: absolute
  Current value: 2662.000000
Class originated from: 10. Type: XIValuatorClass
Detail for Valuator 1:
  Label: Abs MT Position Y
  Range: 0.000000 - 1856.000000
  Resolution: 13000 units/m
  Mode: absolute
  Current value: 1083.000000
Class originated from: 10. Type: XIValuatorClass
Detail for Valuator 2:
  Label: Abs MT Touch Major
  Range: 0.000000 - 255.000000
  Resolution: 2000 units/m
  Mode: absolute
  Current value: 3.000000
Class originated from: 10. Type: XIValuatorClass
Detail for Valuator 3:
  Label: Abs MT Touch Minor
  Range: 0.000000 - 255.000000
  Resolution: 2000 units/m
  Mode: absolute
  Current value: 3.000000
Class originated from: 10. Type: XIValuatorClass
Detail for Valuator 4:
  Label: Abs MT Orientation
  Range: 0.000000 - 1.000000
  Resolution: 0 units/m
  Mode: absolute
  Current value: 0.000000
Class originated from: 10. Type: XIValuatorClass
Detail for Valuator 5:
  Label: Abs MT Tool X
  Range: 0.000000 - 3264.000000
  Resolution: 13000 units/m
  Mode: absolute
  Current value: 2662.000000
Class originated from: 10. Type: XIValuatorClass
Detail for Valuator 6:
  Label: Abs MT Tool Y
  Range: 0.000000 - 1856.000000
  Resolution: 13000 units/m
  Mode: absolute
  Current value: 1083.000000
Class originated from: 10. Type: XITouchClass
Touch mode: direct
Max number of touches: 10

Oh, and just to feed the bot:
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pshem@PiLenovo ~ $ inxi -Fz
System:    Host: PiLenovo Kernel: 4.4.0-38-generic x86_64 (64 bit)
           Desktop: N/A Distro: Peppermint Seven
Machine:   System: LENOVO product: 20257 v: IdeaPad S210 Touch
           Mobo: LENOVO model: Ideapad S210 v: 31900003Std
           Bios: LENOVO v: 80CN15WW date: 04/10/2013
CPU:       Dual core Intel Core i3-3217U (-HT-MCP-) cache: 3072 KB
           clock speeds: max: 1800 MHz 1: 917 MHz 2: 852 MHz 3: 849 MHz
           4: 998 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Intel 3rd Gen Core processor Graphics Controller
           Display Server: X.Org 1.18.3 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
           Resolution: 1366x768@59.97hz
           GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Ivybridge Mobile
           GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 12.1.0-devel
Audio:     Card Intel 7 Series/C210 Series Family High Definition Audio Controller
           driver: snd_hda_intel
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.4.0-38-generic
Network:   Card-1: Intel Centrino Wireless-N 2230 driver: iwlwifi
           IF: wlp2s0 state: up mac: <filter>
           Card-2: Realtek RTL8101/2/6E PCI Express Fast/Gigabit Ethernet controller
           driver: r8169
           IF: enp3s0 state: down mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 500.1GB (9.8% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: ST500LT012 size: 500.1GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 47G used: 22G (49%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda7
           ID-2: swap-1 size: 4.17GB used: 0.05GB (1%) fs: swap dev: /dev/dm-0
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 53.0C mobo: N/A
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 202 Uptime: 11:49 Memory: 895.7/3830.6MB
           Client: Shell (bash) inxi: 2.2.35

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