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General Discussion / Re: "Certificate" expired and/or out of date???
« on: February 23, 2020, 03:26:25 pm »
I'm experiencing the exact same issue here in The Netherlands :-\.

Hi, im back just modified the instructions hope its more clear, i ended lefting the old one for root also but on a spoiler and advising to do the command line option instead. Feel free to edit if needed.

Thanks TheAkantor for that, you've just made working will elevated privileges much safer :).  Especially for new Linux users ;).  Working as root is really unforgiving.  You don't get the chance to review your changes.  One you hit the enter key, there's no turning back :o.  When using sudo, you have a safety net.  You're asked for your password and if you want to continue.  It doesn't eliminate screw ups; however, along with good backing up habits, it does seriously reduce the chances of screw ups ;D.

Some distros work as root by default.  Kali is one such distro.  This is a very specialized Debian based distro, designed for network diagnostics.  Its main users are professional network specialists.  Distros like Kali, are very much the exception to the rule though ;).

Nice job  ;).  However, I'm going to make a couple of constructive criticisms.  There is no need to drop to root user in the terminal.  In fact, I strongly recommend it's not done unless absolutely necessary.  There are too many new Linux users trying out PeppermintOS.  Dropping to root is courting disaster  :'(.  I strongly recommend using these command to first back up /root/.bashrc:
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sudo cp -v /root/.bashrc /root/.bashrc.bakEnter your user password when asked, hit enter and you're done.  To open /root/.bashrc using the Xed text editor as root:
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sudo xed /root/.bashrcEnter your user password if asked.  Xed will open up with elevated privileges.  Make the edits and save, (Ctrl+s).  Exit Xed, (Ctrl+q).  Doing things this way leaves nothing in the terminal as root  ;).

New Users / Re: Does this OS have su?
« on: February 03, 2020, 09:31:20 pm »
It works fine here too ;).

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sudo suHit enter and enter your user password.  It'll drop you straight to root.  Remember, at the end of your su session to enter:
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exitThis will exit su

I strongly suggest only dropping to root, if it is absolutely necessary.  The sudo command provides you with a safety net

Installation / Re: Linksys WUSB6300 Wireless Dongle
« on: January 31, 2020, 03:28:08 pm »
Hi alan, how's it going  :)?   For future reference, could you please remember to encapsulate terminal outputs with the Insert, Code # function.  For extra long outputs, please use the Spoiler, Sp function.  If you're using either the Chromium Browser or Google Chrome, don't combine the functions.  Only use one or the other per output  ;).  These functions preserve the original format of the output.  This makes it easier for future visitors to relate to their own issues.  These functions are found in the forum editor, above the,  :-[ Embarrassed and  the :'( Cry emoticon respectively.  Use the Preview button to see how it'll look in the forum.  This time, I've done it for you - many thanks  ;).

As far as I can see Debian Pixel is written to run of the Raspberry Pi micro computers.  It's not supposed to run on standard desktop computers and laptops.  Trying to install it and pulling in all those dependencies, would probably bork your Peppermint installation, rendering it useless ;).

I swear by CloneZilla.  I've been using it for years and it's never let me down.  I always keep an up to date, stable version on a USB drive.  It's so easy to use.  Locate the source drive then located the target drive.  From there on, it's basically click and accept.  It's a really super little cloning OS  ;)

I've used dd a few times and it works really well.  It does bring on the cold sweats though.  It's super powerful.  It's also super unforgiving.  One mistake usually spells disaster  :'(.  There is no official meaning to dd.  I call it the Data Destroyer  >:D .  I now really only use it to make Live USB sticks.  It does this really well,  However, great care is still required  ;).

New Users / Re: Just a quick hello
« on: January 25, 2020, 05:01:36 pm »
Hi CedricJensen, it's great to meet you.  Welcome to the Peppermint gang  ;)!

New Users / Re: Just a quick hello
« on: January 25, 2020, 04:59:16 pm »
Hi Chris Raven, how's it going  :)?  Welcome to the Peppermint Forum, it's nice to meet you  ;).

New Users / Re: Can't change desktop background
« on: January 25, 2020, 03:39:30 am »
I tried but nothing changed... :-(

Are you using the default images; or have you imported some images to use?  If so, what format are they?

...Another criticism is the pointing out of the numerous redundancies in the system. This is actually a criticism that I have with the operating system and is an area where Mark and I differed in methodologies as to how to approach putting together a system. I've always been of the opinion that there should be no system configuration redundancies exposed to the user by default whereas Mark was always more generous in exposing options. Neither methodology is "wrong" per se, but they appeal to different sorts of users with different ideas as to how best to get things done.

I totally endorse with Kendall's observation.

All of that said, I don't think he has a vendetta against the project or anything. He found the distro not to his liking and he found the community not to his liking. The important thing here is how we can use feedback like this to build a better distro and build a better community. I certainly don't agree with everything he said, but many of his criticisms are valid and represent areas where we should at least be asking ourselves if we're doing it the right way. Often I think we'll find that we are, but often I think we'll find that we aren't.

Again, I totally agree with Kendall.  People are entitled to their views and more power to them.  However, there is no way we're going to please everyone.  However, it's up to us to listen and use criticism positively.  We can only do this by working cohesively, to make Peppermint even better and more accessible, to more people.

New Users / Re: Can't change desktop background
« on: January 22, 2020, 11:41:52 pm »
Hi Puxio, how's it going  :)?  Welcome to the Peppermint Forum?  As this is a new Peppermint installation, have you run a post-installation update and upgrade?  If you haven't done this, we highly recommend you do so.  This often resolves issues without the need for further intervention.

Since the time when your installation ISO was originally created, the kernel and the installed software packages may have gone through several upgrades.  Peppermint, like other Linux distributions is a very dynamic and rapidly evolving operating system.  Consequently, it needs to be kept as current as possible for optimal performance.  Please open a terminal window with the following keystrokes:


Enter, (Copy & Paste) the following commands into the terminal window:
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sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgradeHit enter and do the password thing if asked.  After this has completed, enter, (Copy & Paste) the following command into the terminal window:
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sudo apt-get dist-upgradeHit enter again.  If you see anything being installed, reboot your computer on completion.  With a bit of luck, this may resolve your issue  ;).

Here are a few helpful tips, that new users will find useful :).

TipLinux is case sensitive.  To reduce the possibility of typographical errors, please left click the Code: [Select] function to highlight the line of code.  This is located above the command on the far left side.  Use the right mouse button and select: Copy from the menu.  With your mouse cursor inside the active terminal window.  Paste the contents by clicking the right mouse button and selecting: Paste from the menu.  For Chromium Browser and Google Chrome users.  There is no need to copy, just highlight.  With your mouse cursor inside the active terminal window, simply click on the centre mouse button/wheel  to paste the contents ;).

Note: For enhanced security, passwords are entered invisibly.   There’s NO indication of any user input.  By default "sudo" doesn't echo ANYTHING to screen (not even ******).  This way, anyone looking over your shoulder doesn't even get to see the length of your password.  You may enter an incorrect password 3 times before you have to repeat the command you’re trying to execute.

Software & Applications / Re: XFce Power Manager
« on: January 21, 2020, 06:02:51 pm » is a new battery and we are leaning towards it being and Lenovo Issue.

I've also found the Xfce4 Power Manager to be a goofy beast  :-\.  I've not yet owned a computer where it works well.  I usually uninstall and purge it from my systems.  I replace it with the Mate Power Manager.  i make the appropriate changes in, LXsessions ⇨ Core applications ⇨ xfce4-power-manager by changing it to, mate-power-manager.  It's not as feature rich; however, in my experience, it's more reliable.  For some reason, in Peppermint 10 Respin, it doesn't display in the panel.  It has to be accessed from the menu.

Hardware / Re: Need help with DropBox on GPD Pocket 2
« on: January 21, 2020, 03:37:19 pm »
Hi xvc, Open a terminal window with the following keystrokes:


Enter, (Copy & Paste) the following code into the terminal window.  Hit enter and post the output back to the forum:
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ls -a ~/

Hi Jayne,

Thank you for sharing some of Mark's final thoughts with us.  We also loved him.  He was a dear friend and teacher.  Be comforted in the knowledge, that people from all over the planet, have benefitted from his expertise, patience and kindness.  He literally changed people's lives for the better  ;).  We all miss him immensely  :'(.

I am honoured to have known Mark.  He was an incredible, one of a kind man.  My condolences to you and your family.

With sympathy


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