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Announcements / Re: The Birthday Boy
« on: February 14, 2019, 07:17:38 am »
Happy Birthday! My son is interested in trying Peppermint and I told him the gang here is awesome if he needs help with it. You are top of that awesome list, of course. Have a sweet and minty day!

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General Discussion / Re: Best Browser
« on: November 22, 2017, 02:38:42 pm »
What’s 'normal'? And, is it good to be 'normal'? [emoji38]
I didn't had the time to read about the browser itself. Just thought it was interesting 'cause it seems like 9 out of 10 new browsers are forks of chromium. Good with something different for a change!

This may not be the best place to ask that question. Just sayin'...

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General Discussion / Re: Best Browser
« on: November 22, 2017, 06:34:56 am »
Has anyone else tried Brave? I wanted to like it but it has the same little annoyances for me that Chrome does so I was back on Firefox within a couple of hours. I also noticed that the header of a frequently used site didn't render correctly so that put me off. I keep Vivaldi around for when I want to post to Instagram from my computer (I keep it in the sidebar) or when I need to Chromecast something but just can't use it as a day to day browser.

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General Discussion / Re: Peppermint Forum Rocks...
« on: June 12, 2017, 06:02:37 am »
Aaargh .. I'm a terrible son, you just reminded me it was my moms birthday yesterday and I forgot :-[

That'll teach me to rely on electronic calendar reminders .. what good are reminders that don't remind you .. or did I forget to tell them to :-\

Man, have I got some butt kissin to do....

Uh oh! She'll forgive you, though. Moms are awesome like that.

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General Discussion / Re: Peppermint Forum Rocks...
« on: June 11, 2017, 06:55:16 pm »
I agree that the Peppermint team is great. Always willing to help or at least try. And I agree about the Mint forums, too. It's one of the reasons I no longer use Mint. I realize they get a lot more traffic through there and maybe you can't always help everyone but posts go completely  unacknowledged and I never see that here or in some of the other distro forums I've used. Can't complain too much about lack of service when you are talking about people who aren't getting paid for their service, though. I've been trying to talk my son into trying Linux and I would suggest Peppermint for him because I know he can get help when he needs it.

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General Discussion / Re: Females using Peppermint ?
« on: February 07, 2017, 08:35:08 am »
I think most people come to Linux because they are not satisfied with what they have been using and want something better, but first they have to know that there IS something better.

Hi LNXlady,

I don't think we'll see a mass exodus of gals coming over to Peppermint, or Linux in general.  I'm now working on the premise, that many girls had experiences that mirrored yours, and that half our society got caught up in an unusual historical accident.  Many girls missed the entry point of using Linux.  Also, I still believe that updating is an issue.  Although updating one's computer is no big thing at all, I don't know many people who like doing it any more.  Cloud computing seems to be taking over the mass market.

This said, the girls who really get into computer science and robotics will discover Linux.  We'll get those gals, for sure.  And, that "6th grade daughter [who] has been picked as Technology Captain at her school", she's on her way to discovering LInux too --especially with you in her camp.  She'll make it, I'm sure. :)

perknh

You are right but we don't need a mass exodus. We just need a few good ones. Those few will make sure that their sisters and friends and eventually their daughters and nieces know there is a choice. ;)

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General Discussion / Re: Females using Peppermint ?
« on: February 07, 2017, 07:34:59 am »
Ah, but if you say up front "this is not a review", and then it kind of is a review but it's really just someone breaking/deleting their panel on a YouTube video...  I forget if I had a point to this :D

LOL, I think we've been watching the same videos.

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General Discussion / Re: Females using Peppermint ?
« on: February 07, 2017, 07:24:49 am »
It doesn't help that the Linux/Tech press keep using outdated info for their articles .. seems research is an outdated concept with a lot of the tech press these days :(

I've said it before, but I've NEVER had a single member of the tech press contact me before posting an article.

That's crazy. No wonder they don't seem to know what they are talking about. I've been having trouble finding anything I'd even call a review on any of the distros, lately. I get very frustrated when I click on a Youtube "review" only to find it is just a screencast of someone clicking around on the menus. That is NOT a review! And you can't do a review on something you haven't really used. I suppose the Peppermint team and its real users will have to be the ones to get the word out, somehow.

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General Discussion / Re: Females using Peppermint ?
« on: February 07, 2017, 06:49:17 am »
I got an update email this morning from a non-tech blogger I follow saying that her 6th grade daughter has been picked as Technology Captain at her school. I don't know what that entails but it shows definite female interest. As for getting more women interested in Peppermint specifically, I don't know. I don't think Peppermint's reputation has caught up with its reality. People (those who know it exists) still think of it as cloud based and light, only for when you need an OS for something old or slow. Reviews always mention that it is cloud based and light.  Well, a lot of us don't need something cloud based and light so it doesn't sound like the best option. It isn't really being marketed as beautiful and efficient and flexible as well as fast, which it is. It is never mentioned that it's great for those who don't use any of the cloud based software because you can install anything you like and use it anyway you want. I can't speak for all women but in general we want the best in all things. We are very good at making do with less than the best but if given a choice, we want the diamonds.  :)

I think most people come to Linux because they are not satisfied with what they have been using and want something better, but first they have to know that there IS something better.

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General Discussion / Re: Females using Peppermint ?
« on: February 05, 2017, 02:31:33 pm »
LOL, you're probably right! Alexa, make me some coffee. Please?!

Since you're Peppermint's LNXlady, don't you think it would only be poetically just to drop the final a on Alexa and have Alex make a cup of coffee for you instead?  How's that idea sound to you?  ;)

Sounds good to me. I'm more of a tea girl, myself. Alex, make me a cup of tea, cream no sugar. Please?!  :D 
I think the IoT is very cool in theory but I'm not so sure about in practice. Seems like it could be a security nightmare. I'm not sure Asimov would approve, either.

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General Discussion / Re: Females using Peppermint ?
« on: February 05, 2017, 02:12:30 pm »
...there's something wrong if the computer is making the decisions instead of the user. ;)


Yeah, there is something wrong, but it does seem to be direction in which things are headed.

But maybe you'll get lucky and it will decide to make you some coffee while you wait.

Wouldn't that be nice?  Hey, with the IoT, I'm bet that will be coming soon.  ;)

LOL, you're probably right! Alexa, make me some coffee. Please?!

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General Discussion / Re: Females using Peppermint ?
« on: February 05, 2017, 01:56:27 pm »

Me too, LNXlady.  Me too.  What's more we have to realize our parents were influenced by the culture in which they grew up in too.  And on and on it goes until something changes the pattern.  I'm just glad you fought back when you were so young against adult behavior that you clearly recognized as being unfair.  I wonder how many girls had similar experiences such as yours and then decided, for whatever reasons, not to fight back and assert themselves as you have done. :( 

So what's the best way to fight against gender bias, as well as a myriad of other biases plaguing humanity right now?  Personally, I'm a big fan of a secular liberal arts education --exploring as many directions of thought as possible.  Give everything a fair hearing, and then let the chips fall where they may.  So far I see this form of education as giving humanity the best chance of reaching its full potential.  If this is so, humanity sure have a long way to go...

Now, what's the best way to get gals to use Peppermint?  What do you think?  Might it be too late, as everything becomes more and more cloud-based over time?  With my own family, thanks in part due to our experiences with Web TV in the past, and a Chromebook now, I have to remind others over and over again that updating an OS is essential for its security and its functionality.  Now as platforms become more and more cloud-based, updating occurs in the background.  It seems to me as if fewer and fewer people want to deal with updates these days.  Could updating itself be what's holding back Linux for the desktop now?  Could it be that now, due in part to an historical accident discussed above, that the guys who are into Linux are here to stay, but that the gals won't be coming to us after all?   Although females have more access to a leveler playing field today regarding computers than ever before, the new perception for both guys and gals --even if incorrect-- is that OSes that update in the background are the way to go now? :-\

I hope not.  My new Pixel phone updates in the background instead of asking my permission first and I find it really  annoying. I can't tell it to wait until I have a wifi connection like I used to. A friend asked on Facebook a few days ago what to do when your computer decides to install 51 updates. My reply - Well, there's something wrong if the computer is making the decisions instead of the user. ;) But maybe you'll get lucky and it will decide to make you some coffee while you wait.

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General Discussion / Re: Females using Peppermint ?
« on: February 05, 2017, 01:46:54 pm »
snip...

What supports what I'm saying here is also the fact the this forum is overflowing with people asking for an advice how to make P7 work. What workaround they should try and what command in terminal might help to fix the issue. T

If you visit a Windows forum, you will find it overflowing with people asking for advice on how to make that work, too. Any time a Windows user adds a new piece of hardware, they are subject to the same problems.

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General Discussion / Re: Females using Peppermint ?
« on: February 05, 2017, 01:37:39 pm »
Good talk lady & gents ......   :)

Let me just ask you LNXlady .. since you're running P7 did you have to tweak your system before you got it working the way you want ? Meaning .... it's a general knowledge that unlike Windows Linux does deal with incompatibilities with computer's hardware. Simply 'coz the crushing majority of computers on the market are designed to be operated under Windows. And Linux devs do their best to share their knowledge on how to eliminate those bugs.

Was your P7 up and ready out of the box or did you have to play with the terminal a bit to get it in shape  ?

When I installed it on my laptop it was perfect from first boot but on my desktop I had to switch to a newer kernel to get the correct screen resolution. I've installed Linux many times on many computers over the years and I have rarely had hardware issues. A few times, but most times it hasn't been a problem. I've never had a piece of hardware that I couldn't eventually get working with Linux with help from forums or searching the internet.

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General Discussion / Re: Females using Peppermint ?
« on: February 05, 2017, 06:49:31 am »
Sorry, gentlemen, but we're discussing females here --and AOL doesn't quite cut it!  How the heck did we go from females to AOL?   That's a question I DON'T want to know the answer to!  ;D

In the meantime:

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Friend of mine study CS in uni and he says some females are better at coding than he is ! --MarkUK

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I could maybe understand being surprised that ladies had joined the course in the first place, but not that the ladies with an interest would be good at it ;) --PCNetSpec

Agreed!  When I attended a small junior college in California years ago, everyone knew there the best students in math and logic usually came out of Asia and the Horn of Africa --at my school usually meaning Japan (especially for math) and Ethiopia (for BOTH math and logic).  And, believe me, it didn't matter what gender these students were.  Male or female, all of them were A students all the way.  I get it that biology and culture mix and mesh, but with brain power, honestly, I've never seen any difference between the genders at all.

I'll confess, I wanted to hear from LNXlady on this issue most of all:  The thesis of the video was so interesting, I was curious about whatever she'd have to say about it.  Our little sampling here in Peppermint has shown me that the video's thesis hasn't been debunked yet at all.  I find this, in and of itself, to be astonishing --that we are now tracing this disparity today between females and males, in in the world of computing, back to what happened with Apple computers and boys' and girls' bedrooms  back in 1984.  If this thesis is so, this is absolutley amazing, if you take a moment to think about it.  :o

Well, I promised to be on my best behavior here for a while  but since you specifically asked I will say that I do believe there is some basis to this.  I have 3 brothers and I'm the only girl. I was treated differently. It's not a subject you want to get me started  on really. I was a good student but there was never any talk of college. My younger brother was even allowed to get his driver's  license before me. I can't say it's true for every family out there but my parents did not think I "needed" a computer or college or a driver's license or any number of other things I wanted and we didn't have a lot of money so if we didn't need something we weren't likely to get it. Computers were for boys. All the fun stuff was for boys, actually. Makes me wonder what lame people were in charge of deciding these things. Now, that's enough personal info. Mark me down as a believer. I do believe it has changed a lot and is still changing. I have friends with daughters and those girls are being told they can do whatever they want to do if they work hard at it. Those girls are going to college, some of them are going into the military, and I'm sure some of them will go into technology.

On the flip side, when I was a kid I knew a little boy who loved to play with dolls as a toddler. His parents allowed it when most wouldn't have. At the time, I thought it was a little creepy. Why should it be creepy? He was just a toddler. Now we have dolls that aren't so specifically and obviously girl toys but then dolls were all either female babies or Barbies. So, I do think someone was deciding what was ok for boys too, it just wasn't as limiting as it was for girls. Boys and girls are different but I think society has set up some unnatural barriers to separate us all further and it's unnecessary and possibly harmful. 

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