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You will have to try hard to find a simpler tutorial on any subject ! 

Apple Music

There is no official Apple support, but there is an littlel known unofficial way that works extremely well. 

Goto and log in with your Apple ID and password

Now find ICE in your menu and add the website.  Label it "Apple Music", select "site favicon" then add to Multimedia.

Now goto Multimedia in your menu and there is the Apple Music logo.  Right click on it to add to your panel, desktop or favourites.

Google Play Music

The desktop app is a better option than using your browser as it uses less ROM and is harder to close by mistake.  It also has support for YouTube music.  You would need two bookmarks to visit either of these sites using a browser. Again you can use ICE in the same way as above to put this in your panel.

Easy installation and more info at!


Use the linux client. Again, this will be better for ROM use if you are also using a browser.
Easy installation
In your multimedia menu, right click if you wish to add Spotify to your panel.

Enjoy  8)

GNU/Linux Discussion / Re: Future of Peppermint
« on: September 14, 2019, 10:57:10 am »
Hi folks

This seems as good a thread as any to cheekily make requests for future editions!

There's two things I'd like:

1. I like the simple wallpaper changer, which I think is exclusively in the lxle distro. It's just an icon in the panel you click and you get a random wallpaper. It doesn't use any system resources when idle.

2. More importantly, any chance of native support for hot corners?  When I orignally moved to peppermint, there was xf dashboard or Brightside.  Brightside has disappeared from the repos, and xf dashboard no longer supports the hot corner plugin.  In any case, native support would be great if at all possible!

Cheers  8)

General Discussion / Re: [Solved] Peppermint 9 vs Peppermint 10
« on: September 13, 2019, 02:32:05 pm »
Quick thankyou for p10.  I've installed it onto a memory stick for my son so he can privately use his work laptop while at work.  Think he just plays old games on steam and checks his emails etc.  He loves it! Performance is good,

I'm still using 9, will do a fresh install when 10.5 comes out

I tend not to post anymore, largely because the OS just works so I never need help !

Software & Applications / Brightside and xfdashboard
« on: December 04, 2018, 02:33:08 pm »
I've done a fresh install of Peppermint 9

I had Brightside working in 8, but I can't now find a way to install it.    This is what happens when I install the way that worked previously:

sudo apt-get install brightside
[sudo] password for rick:
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
E: Unable to locate package brightside

The other issue is xfdashboard.   I can only start it via terminal. When I do I get this:

$ xfdashboard

(xfdashboard:7005): xfdashboard-WARNING **: 19:29:26.170: Failed to connect to session manager: Failed to connect to the session manager: SESSION_MANAGER environment variable not defined

(xfdashboard:7005): xfdashboard-plugin-hot_corner-WARNING **: 19:29:26.347: Disabling hot-corner plugin because application is not running as daemon.hee

Any advice appreciated

GNU/Linux Discussion / Re: The popularity of Peppermint...
« on: December 03, 2018, 06:57:59 am »
Yeah, I'm still on 8!

I guess all I meant was that I find it surprising that this distro isn't far higher up the distro watch downloads.  If the community is relaxed with that, as it seems to be, then there's no problem

Having used (at best as an average user) linux for ten years, I can honestly say this is the only distro I've used where I haven't ran into problems and needed help to fix, or just do a full reinstall.  I don't feel this distro gets the wider recognition it deserves

GNU/Linux Discussion / The popularity of Peppermint...
« on: November 30, 2018, 06:38:10 am »

The strength of this distro is it's stability and speed..  This I think disadvantages Peppermint in reviews. A review cannot really look at stability, only for the time they are testing.  So the distros that get the attention tend to be ones with eye candy or special features.

I'm not sure how important it is to all concerned here to see Peppermint become more popular, but I have an idea:

Ice is a very special feature, one that doesn't get the attention is deserves. Probably because reviewers don't get given the best of it on a plate.  I think more could be done together by this community to make this the ultimate OS for the internet.

I'd recommend that for a future edition there be stacks of ICE menu entries, eg Word online etc   That would really make this OS stand out

Together we could also recommend useful websites.  I've never known an OS ship with a browser that is pre-loaded with hundreds of bookmarks, organised into useful folders. Again, that would be a standout feature

I should probably add a third idea, but I can't think of one  :D

GNU/Linux Discussion / Re: Gnome desktop - my frustration
« on: June 19, 2018, 04:20:30 pm »
Been enjoying MX linux, which works well with Gnome.    Been using it for some months now, and I've found it very stable.  So instead of dual booting with windows, I'm now triple booting. Gnome is great (once you've fine tuned it) - but the speed of Peppermint with ICE still makes this the best distro for browsing

So I'm no longer frustrated - I can scratch my gnome itch when I like and stay here too. All good :)

On the less good side, I test drove Ubuntu 18 LTS and found it quite slow and buggy.  It's not a great implementation of Gnome imo, although I accept it's horrible everywhere until you tweak it extensively.  I think it feels rushed.

GNU/Linux Discussion / Re: Gnome desktop - my frustration
« on: January 10, 2018, 04:18:33 pm »
Did you tried Fedora or OpenSuse???

Also remember this, you're not quit correct with your opinion about Ubuntu 17.10. It's correctto say that 17.10 is a "īn-between" Ubuntu version but it doesn't mean it is completly buggy. One factor that makes your operating system buggy is your desktop system or laptop. If you are using hardware which contains some small (factory production) mistakes/errors/issues, (as example faulty condenser on your motherboard or a badly produced not dectected hard drive) this will have it's own affect on the operating system as well. With Ubuntu it is better to wait for the LTS version since this version will be supported for a couple of years giving the developers time to resolve issues.

I can't get on with Fedora at all for some reason, and I found OpenSuse a bit slow.   The gnome experience on Ubuntu Gnome was faster.  Yeah, the LTS may be a good option for me.   I don't think my Dell Latitude is the problem, it certainly runs Peppermint flawlessly!

I think because of smart phones etc, I simply do less now on my laptop then ever before.   A nice browsing experience, work stuff, a DE I like that's fast and professional looking....that's all I need these days.   

GNU/Linux Discussion / Gnome desktop - my frustration
« on: January 10, 2018, 05:40:15 am »
I've really got to like Gnome. but I haven't found the right distro to implement it.

Ubuntu Gnome is discontinued. Ubuntu 17.10 is buggy, although the first long term release should be better.

I've been using Antergos for a month, loved it at first, but without having installed anything other than Chrome, it's already getting glitchy.   Installing Gnome in distros such as linux mint is very problematic, I'm told.

Once again I'm back to the same conclusion I've had for ages now, that Peppermint is the most solid OS there is.   Unfortunately for me, the DE ain't Gnome...

I'm probably being really cheeky even asking, but is there any chance of Gnome edition of Peppermint?

General Discussion / Re: Opera Browser with Free VPN
« on: December 21, 2017, 10:03:05 am »
Trying it and seems good. The import bookmarks feature is done very well. I've actually been using Ubuntu 17.10 for the last few months and firefox is not working properly with message boards. 

Wish TOR had some sort of VPN.   I think VPN's and linux are too complex for the average user - one of the reasons I dual boot.   A shame, as I know linux is more secure for the dark web

GNU/Linux Discussion / Backing up - what do you lot do?
« on: April 07, 2017, 05:22:25 am »

I have music, photos, videos and work etc etc backed to the cloud - which is my most important stuff - so as that's taken care of, I don't do anything else

I've installed dozens of things since installing Peppermint 7...just noticed that steam games wont start anymore.   Reckon it must be something I've done that has caused the problem.   Guess I need to learn how to put things back to an earlier time.   Rather than try to fix the problem, I will reinstall the OS...then spend hours getting it back to how I like it!!  So I'm learning the hard way that what I do is inadequate...

I've googled this and systemback seems to be the recommended thing to use - is that the best "system restore" for linux?

GNU/Linux Discussion / Re: This looks tempting....(USB3 wifi)
« on: April 06, 2017, 09:52:51 am »
It's only going to give you faster wireless when used in conjunction with an "AC" router.

Thanks for that.  I'd never heard of AC router, but very pleased to discover that mine is one!

My laptop wireless sometimes drops out for no good reason, so this looks like a good option for stable connection.  I'm just very sceptical about how easy it will be to get the thing working :)

GNU/Linux Discussion / This looks tempting....(USB3 wifi)
« on: April 06, 2017, 05:42:55 am »

GNU/Linux Discussion / Re: Well Well Well
« on: April 06, 2017, 05:26:54 am »
Sensible move.  From miles and miles ahead, Ubuntu has gradually siumped down in popularity and is now just about 4th on distro watch.  That would have been unthinkable about 6/7 years ago.

I think G3 is underrated and feels modern and intuitive.  The Ubuntu Gnome release is good but feels soulless as there's no community or themes etc.   I think this could prove to be a popular release that could reverse the decline of what used to be a widely cherished distro.  As somebody with lots of native apps installed, I'm better off with a proper menu like whisker.   

Gnome is a great option for people who have less need to plough through menus.   But it doesn't have ICE.    If I could improve ICE, I'd want native support for G3 / docks so that the correct favicon shows

Installation / Re: "elf magic" grub message
« on: April 05, 2017, 03:21:35 pm »
You'd need to change the HDD to a GPT partition table (which will WIPE THE DRIVE, so don't do it unless this is what you intend) .. then switch the BIOS to UEFI mode .. then look online for instructions for installing Win7 64bit in UEFI mode .. then once Win7 is installed and working  install Peppermint 7 64bit.

I am also thinking my local pc shop may have caused this as they installed w7 in legacy mode - when there was no good reason to do so as far as I can see

It was standard practice to install Win7 in legacy mode .. UEFI didn't really become "a thing" until Win8.

Thanks.   Would I need to install W7 first, or is it ok to go straight to linux  only?

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