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GNU/Linux Discussion / Re: systemd
« on: December 29, 2019, 07:01:16 am »
Sorry for being late to the party, but as a novice Linux user I feel I have to say that the coming of systemd made the ever pending Linux switch less likely on the whole.

Before that (yes, it's been that long! :o ) I was progressing slowly but steadily, mainly with Peppermint. After it, progress completely stalled due to my (grantedly, unhealthy) compulsion to evaluate both sides of the issue.

While I totally get why distro managers followed the systemd trend, I'm left divided over how most systemd-less choices are too scant/spartan/less polished for my tastes, while the others unsound foundations (see above) leave me wondering if it's really worth it all to leave Windows.

In the end -- and IMHO -- MS couldn't have done a better job if it really meant to undermine the appeal of Linux...  :-[

Hardware / Re: USB-drive not seen in GParted and not able to format
« on: October 22, 2015, 09:37:44 am »


Just a last minute suggestion: if your pendrive problem still lingers, and you want to establish beyond doubt that it absolutely works (and you can have a go at it from a Windows system) you should Google for the single executable freeware utility called Bootice and use it to examine your USB drive.

(You will find trustworthy download links at, for instance)

For a summary explanation, Bootice lets you format pendrives using at least 5 different schemes, it lets you change partition identifiers, and much more. You can't get much more low-level than that...

Tapatalked from my V500

Software & Applications / Re: Best email client for Peppermint [SOLVED]
« on: October 15, 2015, 11:39:01 am »
Quote from: sk_sarma
Does Claws email has a native notification in system tray feature? (like Sylpheed)

There's a plugin only for that: ... :)

New Users / Re: Booting Peppermint 6 ISO from disk fails
« on: October 14, 2015, 10:32:43 am »
Thanks for the pointers, I now have enough to keep me busy for the coming weeks.  ;D

Quote from: PCNetSpec
Whether you can boot a Linux VHD from the Windows bootloader .. I'd assume it *can* be done as it's possible to chainload GRUB from the Windows BCD and effectively you'd be doing the same thing.
(how "easy" is another matter ;))

That's exactly the reasoning that set me on the current path. I just wish I was a little more savvy with general booting matters. And it doesn't absolutely have to be the Windows bootloader, I have another older dual booting computer where the main bootloader is Grub -- courtesy of Peppermint.

In a nutshell, my take about is: "Hey, whatever works..." :)

Software & Applications / Re: Best email client for Peppermint [SOLVED]
« on: October 14, 2015, 10:10:34 am »
I see the topic has now been marked "[SOLVED]"; just for the record, though, Claws Mail can display and even allows replying to HTML only messages. Please see:

New Users / Re: Booting Peppermint 6 ISO from disk fails
« on: October 14, 2015, 09:39:52 am »
Quote from: PCNetSpec
So the sole purpose of this is to create (under Windows) a bootable Peppermint 6 LiveUSB stick with persistence ?

That's a negative, I was just reporting on my latest findings.

My ultimate goal -- as stated in my post at Ubuntu Forum mentioned above -- is to have a working Peppermint booting of a regular Linux file system contained in a single file, instead of a on dedicated physical partition. As I am no guru, I'm trying to follow the paths opened by more adept people, instead of starting from scratch: hence the livecd ISO route.

In the past, I have even managed to do it with less demanding distros (namely Alpine and Puppy, as confirmed just now by sk_sarma -- I guess that because they're so small, they're prepared to be loaded entirely to RAM, making this a lot easier).

This is how I currently run Windows, which boots from a VHD file. I see no reason why it should be impossible to do the same with a pretty standard Linux such as Peppermint. The quest goes on...

What are you running Peppermint on? / Lenovo X220
« on: October 14, 2015, 09:08:54 am »
So here are my Thinkpad details as was able to get them from a liveUSB -- and as I am on a wired connection, I didn't try the wifi:

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System:    Host: peppermint Kernel: 3.16.0-46-generic x86_64 (64 bit) Desktop: N/A Distro: Peppermint Six
Machine:   System: LENOVO product: 4291QZ1 version: ThinkPad X220 ...
           Mobo: LENOVO model: 4291QZ1 Bios: LENOVO version: 8DET69WW (1.39) date: 07/18/2013
CPU:       Dual core Intel Core i7-2620M CPU (-HT-MCP-) cache: 4096 KB flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx)
           Clock Speeds: 1: 1172.285 MHz 2: 944.472 MHz 3: 990.984 MHz 4: 1852.664 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Intel 2nd Generation Core Processor Family Integrated Graphics Controller
  1.16.0 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) tty size: 157x24 Advanced Data: N/A for root
Audio:     Card: Intel 6 Series/C200 Series Family High Definition Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture ver: k3.16.0-46-generic
Network:   Card-1: Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 6300 driver: iwlwifi
           IF: wlan0 state: down mac: ...
           Card-2: Intel 82579LM Gigabit Network Connection driver: e1000e
           IF: eth0 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: ...
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 1258.3GB (6.3% used)
           1: id: /dev/sda model: WDC_WD10JPVX size: 1000.2GB
           2: id: /dev/sdb model: Samsung_SSD_840 size: 250.1GB
           3: id: /dev/sdc model: SD/MMC size: 8.0GB
Partition: ID: / size: 1.9G used: 42M (3%) fs: overlayfs
RAID:      No RAID devices detected - /proc/mdstat and md_mod kernel raid module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 49.0C mobo: N/A
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: 2980
Info:      Processes: 188 Uptime: 16 min Memory: 544.4/3835.6MB Client: Shell (bash) inxi: 1.9.17

I have been a Peppermint user since v2 and always had it physically installed on a dedicated disk partition. Right now, I'm intent on a different solution: I want to be able to boot it from ISO, with persistence if possible, as a way to minimize my system admin overhead... and, I'm still trying:-\

New Users / Re: Booting Peppermint 6 ISO from disk fails
« on: October 14, 2015, 08:42:35 am »
Quote from: sk_sarma
I have never tried a VHD install but this error "(initramfs) unable to find a medium containing a live file system" could mean that there is something wrong with your installation medium. Perhaps you can try creating the installation media again using a different application.

Thanks for answering. I find that possibility somewhat unlikely, since Peppermint's ISO resides in my main boot-up SSD, which is regularly checked -- at least under Windows. But I'm willing to try other solutions as I find them, so I'll keep you posted if you check back...

Quote from: PCNetSpec
Looks like EasyBCD can boot an ISO from the Windows bootloader:

So it must be possible

Thanks to you, too. Although I used to follow Raymond's blog, there's a solution I've yet to try -- let's see what EasyBCD can do regarding this.

BTW, I've had plenty reports that grub4dos is able to boot from ISO and I even seen it working in USB pendrives; only I never got an easy to replicate procedure that would work with Peppermint.

As this is my working computer and I have to log on to a restrictive campus-wide Windows domain, I have to tread carefully with my experiments. FYI and contrary to what's recommended in one of the topics I posted above, Universal USB Installer v1.9.6.1 just failed to create a working bootable Peppermint USB under Windows with two different pendrives (Verbatim 8GB and Sandisk 4GB); I was eventually able to do it with Rufus, but now I don't have persistence as UUI promised...

Software & Applications / Re: Best email client for Peppermint [SOLVED]
« on: October 13, 2015, 12:32:01 pm »
I'm left wondering: have you tried Sylpheed / Claws Mail? I think they're both in the repos...

Tapatalked from my V500

New Users / Re: Booting Peppermint 6 ISO from disk fails
« on: October 13, 2015, 10:24:33 am »
This is just a followup with a couple of related topics I have found around the forums:

Quote from: PCNetSpec
Installing Peppermint Four on an Acer Aspire One ZG5 netbook

Quote from:    perknh
Re: Need help setting up partitions - Windows 8.1 dual boot,1601.msg14808/topicseen.html#msg14808

New Users / Booting Peppermint 6 ISO from disk fails
« on: October 13, 2015, 06:41:18 am »
Hi @ll!

First post here, but long time Peppermint user -- it has been my go to livecd distro since version 2. My current problem is simple to describe but I suspect the solution won't be as straightforward...

I'm trying to boot the 'Peppermint-6-20150904-amd64.iso' directly from disk with the Windows 7 boot manager, but the boot process fails with the following message from busybox:

"(initramfs) unable to find a medium containing a live file system"

I must confess that I had little hope it would work out, since this is a really old quest of mine -- one I recently detailed at Ubuntu forums, before the thread got closed without any significant answers (see

Currently, I'm using Sordum's Simple VHD Manager to attach the ISO file to the Windows boot manager. I'm quite sure this results from limitations of the Windows 7 boot manager so I may be out of line to ask here for solutions. But I'm doing it anyway because I'm convinced that if a solution is ever found it will benefit the whole community.

As it is, any tips and pointers will be deeply appreciated. Alternatively, any info on an workable way to install Peppermint into a VHD will also be welcome. ;D

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