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General Discussion / Re: New Purchases 2020
« on: July 01, 2020, 08:36:04 pm »
Wow, they're practically stolen from the vendor. :D

New Users / Re: Need to reinstall /boot partition
« on: June 30, 2020, 05:43:32 pm »
For such a limited install space I would suggest trying Proteus.

Although its intended for USB drives It could be installed on a small partition.

New Users / Re: Blank screen on wakeup
« on: June 30, 2020, 05:39:02 pm »
@straybit, does your laptop allow for turning off the GPU. If so does it still occur using Intel's graphics

Perhaps try switching to an alternative nvidia driver. I usually get 2-3 options when I check under my hardware settings.

Installation / Re: Login Screen Resolution Not Correct
« on: June 23, 2020, 12:57:26 am »
I was going to blame Nvidia or AMD but that's not the case.  :-\
Sorry, I'm stumped.

Announcements / Re: New Peppermint webhost in progress
« on: June 19, 2020, 09:59:08 am »
@The Omen, The missing icon is an oversight. Our forum's template must use more than one header file. I'll look into it over the weekend, likely an easy fix.

I placed "Website Admin" in my forum profile so people could easily find the person responsible for website/forum maintenance. While clarifying that although I'm an Admin in the my forum description that doesn't include moderation.

I'm aiming that we take advantage of our distributed community. I happen to be good at WordPress development and hosting, others are fantastic at community building and technical support. We've got some amazingly talented people in our community and we complement each other very well. I couldn't have accomplished a lot of this without the support of our entire team.

User Submitted Tutorials / Re: Bing Wallpaper Changer
« on: June 18, 2020, 10:06:13 pm »
If the development team is up for it I think we should have a PPA of all our previous wallpapers from 1.0 onward if we can find the iso files that is  ;D

Announcements / Re: New Peppermint webhost in progress
« on: June 18, 2020, 09:51:40 pm »
I invite everyone to take a look

I upgraded our website to a responsive and better supported theme.

I had no intention of changing our website until a full redesign but many of the plugins and the WordPress theme itself had some annoying flaws. The kind of things only another web developer would notice.  You couldn't tell by looking at it but the underlying features were a bit of a mess.

There was an odd glitch yesterday evening where the host wasn't connecting to and I led me to clean things up and use only the features we really need.

Installation / Re: Hurray! Dark Mode
« on: June 17, 2020, 10:42:09 pm »
That's really nice!

General Discussion / Re: Dropbox Notice (31-May-2020)
« on: June 15, 2020, 11:02:09 pm »
I don't trust SaaS products for precisely the reason VinDSL mentioned above. What I usually do is
  • Cloud the very important stuff like family photos
  • Keep a local copy
  • Backup local daily
  • Backup the backup once a month

Admittedly I don't have a backup of my backup right now but I do have three pcs restored from the same root Deja Dup backup at different times so music, photos and video tend to be on all three if one backup fails I can duplicate from one of the others.

Announcements / Re: New Peppermint webhost in progress
« on: June 14, 2020, 04:48:52 pm »
oh, that's very nice! Keep a backup somewhere safe. I think our start page can use that facelift.

@clatterfordslim I use a Logitech m570 trackball for just that reason.

@perknh, The pricing looks way too good to "not" be a scam. an 8th generation i5 with 8GB of RAM and 128GB SSD should cost at least a few hundred more than $475
I suggest giving the reviews a good look through. Perhaps they're refurbished or used that would be an appropriate price in those cases

My gut says go with a vendor with a longer track record such as Dell, System76, Sager etc.


Purchased my System76 Lemur Ultra back around June 2012 and it was my daily laptop for roughly 6 years until I purchased a Galago Pro in late 2018

Its a no frills laptop that's seen a ton of action but still runs fantastic for what it is.
I've replaced the battery twice and given it a newer Samsung SSD

The only thing I don't like about this laptop is the trackpad's over sensitive tap to click feature. Otherwise its a fantastic example of dedicated Linux hardware for its day. I can't believe it still runs fast and reliable after 8 years.

Most of its years it has been running a Peppermint. The lackluster battery life of this model (4 hours max) meant I could churn out as much as 20% more time using a lightweight desktop. :D

Announcements / Re: New Peppermint webhost in progress
« on: June 14, 2020, 12:19:01 am »
@Rayzer send us a screenshot. It might be a good facelift to deploy when peppermint 11 comes out. Particularly if it will have similar theming.

I was thinking that although our current default start page resembles the Forum a new one could be inspired by the distro itself.

Advanced Topics / Re: peppermintos .info - not available [reopen]
« on: June 12, 2020, 09:42:22 am »
Sorry, i duno know who "Mark" is; is he "PCNetSpec"?

This isn't a good news; cause few tutorials -as i saw- a refering the .info adresse (with and without Software),

and Noobish as i am (I duno understand most of the terminal stuff; i just do step-by Stepas recoomanded) it would be hard, to find a new solution. (Hopefully iso will return; maybe under the new adress/Downloadserver (like university), so that i can try, cause i duno have all offline; or no glue, how to do; even, when rayzer try to explain it (I will try this way)))
Meanwhile the info adress still said, cant read the certificate.
Of course, i understand, what it means, to reduce costs; and where it makes sense to offer "old" stuff vs. costs.
And  i prefer, to keep the community (beside a great OS) instead lose them, cause reasons of money,
I guess, there is a way, to find solutions

Last time; few days before (see my test thread) I wasn able to reply ; i was refused by the server; only "small" replys, like this test stuff, works; - the side said, i should report this issu to the admin;
Seems it's fixed now

Yep, Mark was PCNetSpec here in the forums. He was Peppermint project CEO and lead developer and passed away late last year. He handled quite a bit on his own so we lost a lot of knowledge and a good friend. Fortunately we have his forum posts that still guide us.

Hosting is a longer story.  Peppermint had sponsored hosting from 2010 to a few months ago. They decided to rescind  that offer and started invoicing us,

As our website administrator I had to act quickly. They were planning to shut down our websites and forum. I had a month long struggle with their customer support over some really simple questions and it became apparent they had outsourced their customer service.

I have a great deal of personal experience with webshosts and can tell you what we were being invoiced should have provided a lot more attention than what we were getting. Every time I followed up on a question it sat for days only to get a reply from someone who didn't read the previous thread. Insane. Anyway I don't have any ill will towards the old webhost but found their customer service very underwhelming. I suspect they prefer working with enterprise clients not small projects like us.

Once I moved us to a new webhost forum responsiveness improved. Previously we had been on a six year old under maintained install and its age was starting to show.

General Discussion / Re: Forbes posted an article about MeWe...
« on: June 11, 2020, 09:57:19 pm »
Americans started using free services because they were cheap. If we had to pay $10 a month for facebook, Twitter, YouTube I bet these companies would care about privacy. But we're not willing and that's the problem. Its us.

What really bugs me. A person can't hunt for a job without a LinkedIn account these days. Microsoft literally holds our careers in an algorithm.

I'm only on Twitter today for the WordPress community and reach. I can't expect anyone to find interest in my personal blog on their own.

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