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Announcements / Announcement - New Trusted User (clatterfordslim)
« on: November 17, 2019, 02:46:44 pm »
Team Peppermint are pleased to announce the promotion of clatterfordslim to 'Trusted User' status.

Slim is a pretty well known member of the Linux community with his own Youtube channel that has for some years now concentrated not solely, but more than significantly on Peppermint, so he shouldn't need much of an introduction around here :)

Suffice to say we're honoured to have him as a trusted member of our little community/family .. so please give him a massive round of applause.

Cheers Slim :)

News and Reviews / Microsoft blocks Catalan protest app on github
« on: October 30, 2019, 06:01:16 pm »
Microsoft blocks Catalan protest app on github
I'm getting a bit f***ed off with the squeeze on democracy lately.

Not that this'll make the app disappear, but the utter and open contempt politicians (and their agencies) are willing to show for their own citizens and democracy lately is astonishing to say the least.

Whether you agree with what the protestors are protesting about is not the issue .. since when did 'communications apps' become illegal.
(as well as rights to peaceful protest, I mean even if the protests aren't peaceful it's not the app that's at fault)

Slippery slope here Microsoft/Github .. how are you gonna feel when they use this as precedent to ban Skype or Github itself because it suits their narrative to do so.

Artwork, Themes, and Icons / Arc-Red themes for Peppermint 10
« on: October 28, 2019, 06:10:41 pm »
Just in case anyone's interested, I've recreated and packaged the Arc-Red themes for Peppermint 10.
(more of a blue/grey than the stock PM10 themes .. see images at the bottom)

Download and install this .deb file:-
(double-click it to install)

Once installed, go to:-

Menu > Settings > Customise Look and Feel

and select the "Arc-Red-Dark" theme.

Now go to:-

Menu > Settings > Peppermint Control Center > Window Manager (tab)

and set:

Theme: Arc-Red-Xfwm4

Now lets fix the firefox startup theme .. open a terminal and run:
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gksudo xed /usr/sbin/firefox
and change that file so it now reads:-
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env GTK_THEME=Arc-Red-Darker /usr/bin/firefox "$@"
SAVE the file and exit the text editor.

Back in the terminal run:
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gksudo /usr/lib/peppermint/adjustments/firefox
and change that to also read:-
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env GTK_THEME=Arc-Red-Darker /usr/bin/firefox "$@"
SAVE the file, and close the text editor.

Now close ALL open instances of Firefox, and reopen.

Ubuntu are now pushing nvidia updates to the main (updates) repo for 18.04 LTS, so SOON there will be no need for nvidia users to add the proprietary graphics drivers PPA for the latest drivers in Peppermint 10.

It will also SOON mean anyone installing Peppermint 10 and electing to install 'additional drivers and software' during the install should automatically get 430 at install time.

I say SOON, because it's currently in 'proposed' .. hopefully it'll move to 'updates' in a week or so (in time for the HWE rolling Peppermint 10 to the 5 series kernel).

NOTE:- As enabling proposed can break your system (pulling in WAY more than just the graphics drivers), FOR NOW I'd advise people to stick to getting it from the PPA.

But it does bode well for the very near future :)


News and Reviews / Apple Engineer Explains $999 Mac Pro Stand
« on: June 13, 2019, 09:25:48 am »

News and Reviews / Peppermint discussed on the Ubuntu podcast
« on: May 25, 2019, 06:30:04 pm »
Check here from 16:50 - 19:24 where Alan Pope, Mark Johnson and Martin Wimpress discuss the Peppermint 10 release and ICE.
quite pleased with that :))

Here are the instructions to manually upgrade Peppermint 9 to Peppermint 10 .. you use these at your own risk, but they should be safe enough.

First of all MAKE SURE PEPPERMINT 9 IS FULLY UPDATED before you begin below

Now in Peppermint 9, open a terminal and run:
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gksudo xed /etc/apt/sources.list.d/peppermint.list
and make it read:
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deb bionic main
# deb-src bionic main
SAVE the file and exit the text editor.

Back in the terminal run:
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gksudo xed /etc/apt/sources.list.d/
and make it read:
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deb bionic main
# deb-src bionic main
SAVE the file and exit the text editor.

Back in the terminal run:
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sudo apt-get update
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sudo apt-get remove --purge mintinstall-flatpak-support
(don't worry if that last command failed, it just means it wasn't installed to begin with)

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sudo apt-get install mintinstall
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sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Got to
Menu > Settings > Customise Look and Feel
and on the "Widget" tab, select the "Peppermint-10-Red-Dark" theme, and "Apply" it.
(It's important that you make that change now, but you can change it to something else once we're finished)

Go to
Menu > Accessories > Wallpapers
select the "Peppermint-10.png" wallpaper, and "Apply" it.
(again it's important that you make that change now, but you can change it to something else once we're finished)

Back in the terminal run
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xed ~/.config/lxsession/Peppermint/desktop.conf
find the [GTK] section that will read something like:-
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sGtk/FontName=Ubuntu 11
and instead make it read:-
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sGtk/FontName=Ubuntu 11
SAVE the file and exit the text editor.

Back in the terminal run:
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sudo apt-get install peppermint-font-dpi-settings peppermint-system-info light-locker light-locker-settings gir1.2-gtksource-3.0 python3-smbc xreader gist libpeas-1.0-python2loader libzeitgeist-1.0-1 ruby-json plymouth-theme-peppermint-10 plymouth-theme-peppermint-10-text
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sudo apt-get remove --purge evince evince-common plymouth-theme-peppermint-9 plymouth-theme-peppermint-9-text
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sudo update-initramfs -uk all
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cp /etc/skel/.local/share/applications/firefoxsend.desktop ~/.local/share/applications/firefoxsend.desktop

Now fire up
Menu > Accessories > Text Editor
and in it, go to
Edit > Preferences > Theme
and make sure the theme is set to "Peppermint"

Okay at this point you're more or less done, the only other difference between Peppermint 9 and Peppermint 10 is that 10 uses the newer rolling kernel and xorg stack from the HWE (hardware enablement stack).

WARNING - From this point onwards you could easily break your system, YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED, and I'll accept no responsibility of you choose to continue.

Okay, switching to the HWE comes with risks .. your hardware may not like the HWE and switching to it could kill your currently working system, so unless you have an absolute need for the later kernel STOP HERE. Basically if Peppermint 9 has been running well for you STOP HERE, adding the HWE could break your system.

For those that want to ignore the above warning, see here for instructions on switching to the HWE-18.04 (I'm not posting the command here, nor will I support it if it goes wrong)
you're looking for the command for 18.04 DESKTOP .. but again don't blame me if it all goes horribly wrong.

News and Reviews / Softpedia Peppermint 10 Review
« on: May 21, 2019, 06:44:45 pm »
Softpedia Peppermint 10 Review

Check out the "Default Applications" section...

PCManFM, wrong, Nemo.
Mirage, wrong, Xviewer.
GNOME MPlayer, wrong, Xplayer.
Transmission, hey they got one right.
Chromium, wrong, Firefox.
Guyadeque, wrong, Xplayer (again).
Gedit, wrong, Xed.
Evince, wrong, Xreader.
Xchat, wrong, dropped years ago.
Dropbox client, whoopie they got another one.

LOL,  two out of ten .. if you're going to publish a 'review' of a distro, THEN ACTUALLY REVIEW IT, this is just lazy reporting of the highest lowest order.

Announcements / Peppermint 10 Released.
« on: May 17, 2019, 07:57:46 pm »
The Peppermint 10 is now available for download

The release announcement can be seen here:
and the release notes here:

Download links are available on the big red buttons on the main site here:
but PLEASE use the torrents wherever possible, so not to slow the server to a crawl.

Peppermint 10 main changes:-
  • Kernel 4.18.0-18 which is now on the rolling hwe-18.04 track so will eventually roll onto the 5.xx kernel automatically as the HWE is updated upstream.
  • Updated xorg stack, again via the rolling hwe-18.04 track.
  • Proprietary nvidia graphics drivers now installed automatically if “Install third party drivers/software” is selected as part of the installation routine, this includes automatic configuration of nvidia optimus setups up to the nvidia-390 drivers. If you intend to install the later 396/410/415/418/430 drivers from the ‘Proprietary GPU Drivers’ PPA it would probably be best not to select this option during install and add them manually post-install.
  • Ice (6.0.2) – Ice now has support for isolated profiles for Chromium, Chrome, and Vivaldi SSB’s (Firefox SSB’s are ALWAYS isolated).Firefox SSB’s now also have four bookmarks included by default making the addition of addons and other configuration changes on a per-SSB basis easier. There are also other ‘under the hood’ changes, such as ICE will now rebuild your SSB profiles should you accidentally delete their directories. Also a bug that was stopping Ctrl+Tab hidden tab navigation has been fixed, as has a bug that made it difficult to install addons in Firefox SSB’s because the “Allow” dialog flickered.
  • New GUI Font DPI Settings utility allowing adjustments to system font DPI (this also fixes a bug where the proprietary nvidia drivers sometimes displayed small fonts on the panel/menu in previous version).

Updated applications:-
  • All 18.04 updates to 14th May 2019 have been rolled into the ISO, and we also have updated versions of:-
  • nemo (4.0.6) – which not only feels considerably faster at opening and rendering directory contents, but has finer grained control of desktop configuration options when you right-click the desktop and select ‘Customise’ .. ALL nemo plugins in the repository have been updated, though not all are installed by default).
  • mintinstall (7.9.7)
  • mintstick (1.39)
  • neofetch (6.0.1)
  • xed (2.0.2)
  • xplayer (2.0.2)
  • xviewer (2.0.2)

Other changes and additions:-
  • xreader (replaces evince).
  • light-locker & light-locker-settings (replaces i3lock, but users that prefer i3lock can easily change it back .. just uninstall those 2 packages and the system will automatically fall back to i3lock).
  • network-manager-pptp-gnome (now installed by default).
  • network-manager-openvpn-gnome (now installed by default).
  • New ‘Peppermint-10’ xfce-panel-switch profile (for resetting the panel).
  • New Peppermint 10 Gtk themes (multiple color variations).
  • New default xfwm4 theme to match the new Gtk themes (the new Gtk themes also have their own individual xfwm4 themes, selectable in the Peppermint Control Center).
  • The firefox-theme-lock & thunderbird-theme-lock tweaks now use the new Peppermint-10-Red-Mixed Gtk theme .. these can still be disabled in the settings panel if you want Firefox and Thunderbird (should you install it) to use the system Gtk theme.
  • Two new Peppermint 10 wallpapers by Karl Schneider (default and alternative).
  • Four additional Ray Bilcliff wallpapers.
  • New plymouth startup/shutdown screen.
  • New login/lock screen background image (also by Karl Schneider).

News and Reviews / Xfce 4.14 release schedule announced
« on: April 30, 2019, 07:18:39 am »
From the Xfce mailing list:-

Hi everyone,

I recently signed up as Release Manager for Xfce 4.14 and am happy to
provide you with some concrete dates for the upcoming weeks and months,
including the announcement of the final date for the 4.14 release.

=== General Notes ===
First of all, we will stick to our official release mode ( also for this release, which means
we will tag each of the three (at least: two) pre-releases - in addition to
the 4.13.x devel release tag - in all git repositories that are part of the
core (example: xfce-4.14pre1). Hopefully this will make it clear which
versions belong to a specific pre-release of 4.14 and will help with
testing the platform as a whole.
This information is especially important to packagers as we have skipped
this step since Xfce 4.8.

=== The Schedule ===
After some internal discussions we have come to the following schedule
(more details here:
19th of May: 4.14-pre1
30th of June: 4.14-pre2
28th of July: 4.14-pre3 (optional; possibly also 4.14-final)

11th of August: 4.14-final

=== How can you help? ===
If you're a developer it's quite clear: clear your schedule, commit
yourself and your code! :)
In all seriousness: almost anyone can help! We'll try to provide a Docker
container of xfce-test ( for each
of the pre-releases which can help with testing (and reporting bugs), doing
translations, screenshots, docs etc.
Moral support (on IRC or one of the mailing lists) also counts! ;)

Simon Steinbeiss <>

General Discussion / Now where have I seen this before ?
« on: February 08, 2019, 08:01:52 am »

General Discussion / Anyone here with a 32bit UEFI system ?
« on: January 25, 2019, 12:39:30 pm »
Is there anyone on here that has one of those weird machines that have a 64bit CPU but a 32bit UEFI ?
(usually netbooks with cherrytrail/baytrail Atom CPU's such as Z3735F or similar)

If so I have a Peppermint 9 ISO I'd like testing.

Anyone ?

Advanced Topics / 'intel' Vs 'modesetting' drivers
« on: January 17, 2019, 02:31:48 pm »
I'm wondering why EVERYONE else with an intel graphics chip seem to be getting the "modesetting" driver in Peppermint 9 .. yet I'm getting the "intel" driver :-\
(I've seen Intel CPU's both older [sandybridge/iveybridge] and newer [skylake] than my Gen3 haswell .. all getting "modesetting")

Don't get me wrong, I'm glad I am .. it seems that not only is it MUCH faster than "modesetting", but it's also capable of the screen tearing fix.

I'm just baffled why I get "intel" and everyone else gets "modesetting" .. I need a PC that gets "modesetting" so I can figure out how to force load "intel" instead.
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mark@E6540 ~ $ inxi -Fz
System:    Host: E6540 Kernel: 4.15.0-43-generic x86_64 bits: 64 Desktop: N/A
           Distro: Peppermint Nine
Machine:   Device: laptop System: Dell product: Latitude E6540 v: 00 serial: N/A
           Mobo: Dell model: 0725FP v: A00 serial: N/A
           UEFI: Dell v: A24 date: 02/01/2018
Battery    BAT0: charge: 99.9 Wh 137.3% condition: 72.8/99.9 Wh (73%)
CPU:       Dual core Intel Core i7-4600M (-MT-MCP-) cache: 4096 KB
           clock speeds: max: 3600 MHz 1: 1095 MHz 2: 1291 MHz 3: 1294 MHz
           4: 1525 MHz
Graphics:  Card-1: Intel 4th Gen Core Processor Integrated Graphics Controller
           Card-2: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD/ATI] Mars XTX [Radeon HD 8790M]
           Display Server: x11 (X.Org 1.19.6 ) driver: intel
           Resolution: 1600x900@60.00hz
           OpenGL: renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Haswell Mobile version: 4.5 Mesa 18.0.5
Audio:     Card-1 Intel 8 Series/C220 Series High Def. Audio Controller
           driver: snd_hda_intel
           Card-2 Intel Xeon E3-1200 v3/4th Gen Core Processor HD Audio Controller
           driver: snd_hda_intel
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.15.0-43-generic
Network:   Card-1: Intel Ethernet Connection I217-LM driver: e1000e
           IF: eno1 state: down mac: <filter>
           Card-2: Intel Wireless 7260 driver: iwlwifi
           IF: wlp3s0 state: up mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 740.2GB (18.5% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: Samsung_SSD_860 size: 500.1GB
           ID-2: /dev/sdb model: SanDisk_SSD_PLUS size: 240.1GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 423G used: 128G (32%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda2
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 43.0C mobo: N/A gpu: N/A
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 225 Uptime: 3:33 Memory: 2146.7/15946.2MB
           Client: Shell (bash) inxi: 2.3.56

I thought maybe it had something to do with my system having (intel/AMD) hybrid graphics, but someone else's skylake also with hybrid graphics is still being given "modesetting" :-\

I must say I'm over the moon with how the Peppermint 9 Respin fared on the BDLL Distro Challenge this week :)

See for yourselves...

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