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News and Reviews / Peppermint 10 Review from Diolinux/Brazil
« on: August 01, 2019, 09:05:34 pm »
Here's a Peppermint 10 review from Brazil. Diolinux publishes all sorts of GNU/Linux related videos and he's very picky on details. It's in Portuguese, but I guess you can have it with English captions.


Anyway, if there's not a translation: He doesn't like Peppermint very much... he mostly complains about the default theme colors (too much red) and window controls (too much different colors for minimize, maximize and close buttons). He also complains about being confusing to have Gnome Software and Mint Software at the same time. He thinks Peppermint is just a "re-themed" Xubuntu/XFCE.

I can say I'm not very fond of the default theme, but nobody touches my Peppermint! 

General Discussion / Right to repair
« on: April 03, 2019, 11:01:39 am »
I know this is not new and it's known by most people, but I just wanted to share this video. Things goes way beyond proprietary software.

General Discussion / PDF XFA forms [SOLVED]
« on: March 09, 2019, 09:19:19 pm »
So... I've been a truly happy Linux user for quite a while now... I've literally sent MS Windows to another galaxy. I don't have it in my computer for years and I refuse to even keep a virtual machine of it... However... Today I've had a bad day. I need to fill a PDF file with some XFA forms and there's nothing on Linux that seems to support it. I've tried Master PDF, Evince, Okular, PDF Studio Viewer, MuPdf... no luck...

Should I install a virtual machine to run Adobe Reader? Or maybe someone in this incredible community can help me to keep my peace of mind and to stay away from Windows? I don't want it! And I refuse to believe that it's necessary for anything! AAAAAAHHHHHH!  :'(

Added after problem solved. Had to use the outdated Adobe Acrobat Reader (mind some 32 bit dependencies not automatically pulled in a 64bit system).

Software & Applications / Firefox save dialog problem (SOLVED)
« on: March 01, 2019, 03:33:05 pm »
I've been dealing with a strange Firefox behavior for a while now. Everytime a save dialog appears, the "cancel" and "ok" are distorted and misplaced. It take some noticeable seconds before it corrects itself (on it own). I can't click on anything else in that interval. And if i switch between "open" or "save" it happens again, but the lag is even longer. In some occasions (not tied to the file size) it takes up to 20-30 seconds for the system to unfreeze. I also have other distros installed on the same computer and this problem only affects Firefox.

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inxi -Fi
System:    Host: christian-pepper9 Kernel: 4.15.0-45-generic x86_64 bits: 64
           Desktop: N/A Distro: Peppermint Nine
Machine:   Device: portable System: Dell product: Inspiron 7347 v: 00h serial: N/A
           Mobo: Dell model: 0THD6P v: A00 serial: N/A
           UEFI [Legacy]: Dell v: A09 date: 10/17/2016
Battery    BAT0: charge: 38.1 Wh 100.0% condition: 38.1/45.1 Wh (84%)
CPU:       Dual core Intel Core i5-4210U (-MT-MCP-) cache: 3072 KB
           clock speeds: max: 2700 MHz 1: 1628 MHz 2: 939 MHz 3: 1220 MHz
           4: 1493 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Intel Haswell-ULT Integrated Graphics Controller
           Display Server: x11 (X.Org 1.19.6 )
           drivers: modesetting (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
           Resolution: 1920x1080@60.00hz
           OpenGL: renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Haswell Mobile version: 4.5 Mesa 18.2.2
Audio:     Card-1 Intel 8 Series HD Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel
           Card-2 Intel Haswell-ULT HD Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.15.0-45-generic
Network:   Card-1: Qualcomm Atheros QCA9565 / AR9565 Wireless Network Adapter
           driver: ath9k
           IF: wlp1s0 state: up mac: 38:b1:db:cd:55:33
           Card-2: Atheros
           IF: null-if-id state: N/A speed: N/A duplex: N/A mac: N/A
           WAN IP:
           IF: wlp1s0 ip-v4: ip-v6-link: fe80::f44a:9762:1999:d087
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 240.1GB (17.2% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: KINGSTON_SA400S3 size: 240.1GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 28G used: 13G (49%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 47.0C mobo: N/A
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 202 Uptime: 1:45 Memory: 1466.9/7905.1MB
           Client: Shell (fish) inxi: 2.3.56

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firefox/bionic-updates,bionic-security,now 65.0.1+build2-0ubuntu0.18.04.1 amd64 [installed]

Any ideias?

Corrected the link to show the image.

I'm not sure this is the right place for this thread, but here it goes.

A while ago I've decided to test some Snap package in Peppermint, so I've installed the snapd package. After completing my tests (and deciding against using that particular snap package), I've removed it, but I've kept the snapd package installed.

Recently I've been experiencing a nasty lag when the "save" dialog appeared in Firefox. It seems that snapd is taking over my Peppermint install completely:

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christian@christian-pepper9 ~> df
Filesystem     1K-blocks     Used Available Use% Mounted on
udev             4014648        0   4014648   0% /dev
tmpfs             809484     2980    806504   1% /run
/dev/sda1       28718708 27119560    117240 100% /
tmpfs            4047408    93848   3953560   3% /dev/shm
tmpfs               5120        4      5116   1% /run/lock
tmpfs            4047408        0   4047408   0% /sys/fs/cgroup
/dev/loop0         93312    93312         0 100% /snap/core/6259
/dev/loop1         91648    91648         0 100% /snap/core/6130
/dev/loop2         91648    91648         0 100% /snap/core/6034
/dev/sda4      100581432 32352500  63076628  34% /files
tmpfs             809480        8    809472   1% /run/user/1000

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christian@christian-pepper9 ~> snap list --all
Name  Version    Rev   Tracking  Publisher   Notes
core  16-2.36.2  6034  stable    canonical✓  core,disabled
core  16-2.36.3  6130  stable    canonical✓  core,disabled
core  16-2.37    6259  stable    canonical✓  core

According to the Snap documentation, revisions of a Snap Package ( should be removed automatically:

Manually keeping track of which snap revisions available is generally unnecessary. A single revision will only ever be in use at a time, and snapd will remove old revisions automatically.

However, this automatic removal is either not happening or it just won't care for how much disk space it's using.

I'm removing snapd for now, but I'd like to know if someone knows how to keep it installed but to a limited size.

Software & Applications / ICE SSB and Firefox containers
« on: October 24, 2018, 09:40:55 am »
After a long time using Chrome, the more recent versions of Firefox got me back. Especially with the Containers feature. I'm hooked. I actually can't believe it is not available for the other browsers. Now, it is much more easier to deal with multiple accounts, browse the web for a "work" session, or for personal matters, for shopping or banking. Everything is isolated and there's no info going from one site to another.

So, I was wondering if it would be possible to create an ICE app for Firefox, using different containers. For instance, if I would like to have 2 Gmail accounts in two different ICE apps, or even 2 separated WhatsApp sessions for different phones, using the same browser (Firefox). Does ICE support that feature? If not, please consider it for future versions. 

Advanced Topics / Disk encryption
« on: March 09, 2018, 11:58:45 am »
I always perform new installs with disk encryption. For ubuntu derivatives, it seems the option is to only encrypt the hone folder, while other distros (fedora, mageia, for example) offer full disk encryption.
It's good to know my data is safer, however I think there's quite a tool on boot times. The general performance doesn't suffer to a point it's unbearable (at least for my needs).
However I wonder if this is the best option for a laptop or regular user computer, as it could affect battery life. Is there a better way to keep files encrypted? Is full disk encryption the best method of encryption? Or should I just keep an encrypted folder with something like truecrypt?
Is there any documentation on system performance for comparison?
And finally, can I remove the disk encryption without erasing the disk?

General Discussion / Swype for Android discontinued
« on: February 25, 2018, 06:34:13 am »
This is not Linux related... The keyboard app Swype was discontinued
The best features for me, that I don't know if there's an alternative app to do the same:
- dictation in my own language (Brazilian Portuguese - google does support it, but without punctuation).
- keyboard shortcuts that work like a computer 'ctrl+a', 'ctrl+c', 'ctrl+v', etc.
Can anyone tell if there's a good alternative with the same or similar features?

Software & Applications / Encrypted home folder - mount key (solved)
« on: February 15, 2018, 11:49:57 am »
I had my home folder encrypted during the installation of Peppermin 8, 64 bit. I was looking for my mount key and I couldn't remember getting one upon first boot (and that's quite a while ago).

Reading PP8 release notes, there's this remark:
Electing to encrypt your home folder during the installation process results in the system not presenting a mount key upon first boot. Running the command encryptfs-unwrap-passphrase and entering your system password will result in the presentation of the key.

However, the command doesn't work for me:
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christian@christian-pepper-dell ~> encryptfs-unwrap-passphrase
No command 'encryptfs-unwrap-passphrase' found, did you mean:
 Command 'ecryptfs-unwrap-passphrase' from package 'ecryptfs-utils' (main)
encryptfs-unwrap-passphrase: command not found
christian@christian-pepper-dell ~> sudo encryptfs-unwrap-passphrase
sudo: encryptfs-unwrap-passphrase: command not found
christian@christian-pepper-dell ~> sudo apt install encryptfs-utils
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
E: Unable to locate package encryptfs-utils

What am I missing here? How can I get (or recover) my mount key?  :-\

Advanced Topics / GRUB problem after update (SOLVED)
« on: February 06, 2018, 04:38:07 pm »
Hi there!

I'm running Peppermint 8, 64, with an encrypted home folder, dual booting with Korora 26, with an encrypted LVM. Peppermint is my main distro while I keep experimenting with other distros on my other partition (so, I always have the other distro's GRUB installed.

However, after an update in Peppermint, my original Peppermint GRUB was restored. It wasn't the first time, however this time it erased my Korora entries and I cannot boot to Korora anymore. Following some online instructions, I did:

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sudo apt install lvm2
Then I've used Nemo to mount the encrypted Korora partition. It asks for the password but returns an error (without further details).  Now I can access my Korora home folder.

Next, I did:
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christian@christian-pepper-dell ~> sudo update-grub
[sudo] password for christian:
Generating grub configuration file ...
Found background image: grub-background.png
Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-4.13.0-32-generic
Found initrd image: /boot/initrd.img-4.13.0-32-generic
Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-4.13.0-31-generic
Found initrd image: /boot/initrd.img-4.13.0-31-generic
Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-4.13.0-26-generic
Found initrd image: /boot/initrd.img-4.13.0-26-generic
Found memtest86+ image: /boot/memtest86+.elf
Found memtest86+ image: /boot/memtest86+.bin
Found Korora release 26 (Bloat) on /dev/mapper/korora-root

The boot entry for Korora (/dev/mapper/korora-root) looks very strange to me. And it doesn't work.

I'm sure there's a very simple solution for it. Can anyone help me?

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christian@christian-pepper-dell ~> sudo fdisk -l
Disk /dev/sda: 232,9 GiB, 250058268160 bytes, 488395055 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disklabel type: dos
Disk identifier: 0xc0a05991

Device     Boot     Start       End   Sectors   Size Id Type
/dev/sda1  *         2048   2099199   2097152     1G 83 Linux
/dev/sda2       287858686 488394751 200536066  95,6G  5 Extended
/dev/sda3         2099200 287856639 285757440 136,3G 83 Linux
/dev/sda5       471767040 488394751  16627712     8G 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda6       287858688 471767039 183908352  87,7G 83 Linux

Partition table entries are not in disk order.

Disk /dev/mapper/cryptswap1: 8 GiB, 8512864256 bytes, 16626688 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes

Disk /dev/mapper/luks-d7b12c4b-40ae-446e-aeea-47c280a39f60: 136,3 GiB, 146305712128 bytes, 285753344 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes

Disk /dev/mapper/korora-swap: 7,9 GiB, 8430551040 bytes, 16465920 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes

Disk /dev/mapper/korora-home: 78,4 GiB, 84183875584 bytes, 164421632 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes

Disk /dev/mapper/korora-root: 50 GiB, 53687091200 bytes, 104857600 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes

General Discussion / I Love the chromebooks ideia, but...
« on: January 13, 2018, 10:22:49 am »
I used to have a Chromebook, and absolutely loved it. Cheap hardware in a very compact case. Fast to boot and fast to use. Outstanding battery life.

Mine broke after a power surge, and I wouldn't mind having another one.

But, they're for very limited tasks and, what's I was most afraid of was their life cycle.

According to the news ( older Chromebooks won't receive these meltdown and spectre updates. Worse, they won't receive updates at all... And what then?  The owner can't use the hardware (AFAIK) to install anything  else...

Can't Google at least unlock older unsupported Chromebooks?

Has anyone else used a Chromebook and care to share an opinion?

Enviado de meu Quantum Fly usando Tapatalk

GNU/Linux Discussion / Linspire and Ice SSB
« on: January 08, 2018, 12:34:05 pm »
Hello you all.

Today on Distrowatch Weekly the main topic on discussion is the return of an old distro - Linspire/Freespire. I remember not liking it when it was called Lindows, but that was so many years ago...

Anyway, they're both form the same company, but Linspire is the more complete distro, with closed source components. What's curious is that they advertise Linspire with the support to "Ice SSB web app creator" (, while the same is not available in the default install of Freespire.

It's nice to see Ice SSB making its way as a pre-installed software on more distros. I just hope they remember to show some consideration with the ICE developers. 

GNU/Linux Discussion / Ravenports
« on: November 22, 2017, 07:50:12 am »
This topic was originally lost due to the forum outage (,6209.0.html).

I've decided to open it again as I find the subject very interesting.

I'd like to know the general opinion on Ravenports ( Is it a better solution than Snaps/Flatpacks and the like? More secure? Have anyone used it and could care to give an opinion? Is there something else similar?

For example, If Pepppermint OS developers would share the ICE tool to another distros, what would be the preferable way?

[EDIT] I had to edit the original post because I've accidentally clicked on save while writing.

Hardware / How to disable the touchscreen [SOLVED]
« on: November 19, 2017, 05:59:29 am »
My laptop has a touchscreen. I don't use this feature and it is more annoying than a real feature. My panel suffers with ghost touches (sometimes the screen goes crazy, clicking randomly at the screen and then it is impossible to use the system.

There is a simple workaround, using this command:

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xinput list
⎡ Virtual core pointer                    id=2 [master pointer  (3)]
⎜   ↳ Virtual core XTEST pointer              id=4 [slave  pointer  (2)]
⎜   ↳ ELAN Touchscreen Pen                    id=11 [slave  pointer  (2)]
⎜   ↳ DLL0674:00 06CB:75DB Touchpad            id=14 [slave  pointer  (2)]
⎜   ↳ SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad              id=16 [slave  pointer  (2)]
⎜   ↳ ELAN Touchscreen                        id=12 [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)]
    ↳ Integrated_Webcam_HD                    id=10 [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ Intel Virtual Button driver              id=13 [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ AT Translated Set 2 keyboard            id=15 [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ Dell WMI hotkeys                        id=17 [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ DELL Wireless hotkeys                    id=18 [slave  keyboard (3)]

and then

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xinput disable 12

Adding this last command to my "Autostart" means I can forget about it.

However, I wonder if disabling the driver would be a better solution, specially considering battery life and ghost clicks in the login screen (although, honestly, that never had been a real problem). Anyway, how could I disable the driver for the touchscreen?

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inxi -Fxz
System:    Host: christian-pepper-dell Kernel: 4.10.0-38-generic x86_64 (64 bit gcc: 5.4.0)
           Desktop: N/A Distro: Peppermint Eight
Machine:   System: Dell (portable) product: Inspiron 7347 v: 00h
           Mobo: Dell model: 0THD6P v: A00 Bios: Dell v: A09 date: 10/17/2016
CPU:       Dual core Intel Core i5-4210U (-HT-MCP-) cache: 3072 KB
           flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx) bmips: 9577
           clock speeds: max: 2700 MHz 1: 1124 MHz 2: 1105 MHz 3: 1000 MHz
           4: 999 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Intel Haswell-ULT Integrated Graphics Controller
           bus-ID: 00:02.0
           Display Server: X.Org 1.19.3 drivers: (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
           Resolution: 1920x1080@60.00hz
           GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Haswell Mobile
           GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 17.0.2 Direct Rendering: Yes
Audio:     Card-1 Intel 8 Series HD Audio Controller
           driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1b.0
           Card-2 Intel Haswell-ULT HD Audio Controller
           driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:03.0
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.10.0-38-generic
Network:   Card-1: Qualcomm Atheros QCA9565 / AR9565 Wireless Network Adapter
           driver: ath9k bus-ID: 01:00.0
           IF: wlp1s0 state: up mac: <filter>
           Card-2: Atheros usb-ID: 001-004
           IF: null-if-id state: N/A speed: N/A duplex: N/A mac: N/A
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 250.1GB (7.4% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: Hitachi_HTS54252 size: 250.1GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 87G used: 9.7G (12%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda6
           ID-2: swap-1 size: 8.51GB used: 0.00GB (0%) 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: 212 Uptime: 28 min Memory: 971.7/7909.9MB
           Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Gcc sys: 5.4.0
           Client: Shell (fish) inxi: 2.2.35

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