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I see what you did there. Like me you are in the Netherlands, right?

I think at one point you visited the NOS website and when the site opened it asked you to "turn on notifications for this site". Most probably you did. So you should go back to that site and turn them off. In the left corner of the address bar you will see an "information" icon. Click it and see if "special permissions" is checked and if so uncheck it. This should get rid of these pop-ups.

WARNING: It is known that the NOS site fell victim to a phishing "attack" and given the nature of these pop-ups you fell for it. These "news" notifications are a known scam in the Netherlands (along with the same content but with different celebrities  Ali B., Marco Borsato and some more)
I would clean FF thoroughly with Bleachbit to get rid of any permanent cookies and what have you to make sure all data from this site is removed. Next time you visit the NOS site make SURE it says and nothing else.

Be careful out there, it's a jungle.  8)

New Users / Re: ICE leaves me cold and confused...
« on: July 18, 2019, 03:01:33 pm »
I use SSB's all the time, huge fan. I've created a bunch and use them every day, sometimes for days on end without closing and it never fails me. Actually, I prefer SSB's over the main browser for reasons mentioned above.

Then again, I am a VERY LAZY user in terms of updating, restarting or even logging out of my machine and Peppermint is the ONLY distro I know of which lets me be what I am LOL. It just keeps on going and the SSB's are my personal main attraction.  :D

New Users / Re: P10 weird keyboard issue.
« on: July 14, 2019, 11:09:11 am »
If firejail is breaking things...

or maybe:-
but you should really raise this issue on the firejail github issues page:
because firejail is from the universe repos, so as a third party 'community maintained' package isn't supported by us or upstream Ubuntu.

Please don't view this as me ducking the issue, more explaining the best place to seek help if firejail is indeed at the root of the problem.
Nah, we're cool.  8)

There is a reason why I've waited a bit to post this issue because after all this happened I sort of "investigated"  the issue myself and all I could think of as a possible disturbance was indeed firejail as it is extremely buggy the last few versions. Unfortunately.

So seeing you "pointing fingers" at it as a possibility of freakishness is no surprise.  Second opinion sort of thing and also to check my "level" of Linux knowledge.  ;)

Thanks. Much appreciated.  8)

New Users / Re: P10 weird keyboard issue.
« on: July 14, 2019, 02:22:21 am »
Are they all listed by
Code: [Select]
xinput --list
Appears so.

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me@me ~ $ xinput --list
⎡ Virtual core pointer                    id=2 [master pointer  (3)]
⎜   ↳ Virtual core XTEST pointer              id=4 [slave  pointer  (2)]
⎜   ↳ 2.4GHz keyboard and mouse Mouse          id=11 [slave  pointer  (2)]
⎜   ↳ 2.4GHz keyboard and mouse Consumer Control id=12 [slave  pointer  (2)]
⎜   ↳ Microsoft Microsoft® Nano Transceiver v1.0 Mouse id=15 [slave  pointer  (2)]
⎜   ↳ Microsoft Microsoft® Nano Transceiver v1.0 Consumer Control id=16 [slave  pointer  (2)]
⎜   ↳ Microsoft Microsoft® Nano Transceiver v1.0 Consumer Control id=17 [slave  pointer  (2)]
⎜   ↳ Elan Touchpad                            id=20 [slave  pointer  (2)]
⎣ Virtual core keyboard                    id=3 [master keyboard (2)]
    ↳ Virtual core XTEST keyboard              id=5 [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ Power Button                            id=6 [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ Asus Wireless Radio Control              id=7 [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ Video Bus                                id=8 [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ Sleep Button                            id=9 [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ 2.4GHz keyboard and mouse                id=10 [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ 2.4GHz keyboard and mouse System Control id=13 [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ Microsoft Microsoft® Nano Transceiver v1.0 id=14 [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ Microsoft Microsoft® Nano Transceiver v1.0 System Control id=18 [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ USB2.0 VGA UVC WebCam: USB2.0 V          id=19 [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ Asus WMI hotkeys                        id=21 [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ AT Translated Set 2 keyboard            id=22 [slave  keyboard (3)]
me@me ~ $

EDIT: I just remembered something. I used the 2 settings (keyboard ) before in P10 with no problems. Only AFTER installing (from repo) FIREJAIL and VirtualBox these problems occurred. Before there where no problems. Did it twice this way with the result that I had to reinstall 2 times. After installing these programs I could type with either keyboards but after RESTART I couldn't use them anymore. Dunno, thought this addition could be helpful.

New Users / Re: P10 weird keyboard issue.
« on: July 14, 2019, 02:20:12 am »
What version of BIOS are you running?

Version 305 is the latest:

Just curious...  :)

Yup, that's the version. :)

New Users / P10 weird keyboard issue. [SOLVED]
« on: July 13, 2019, 05:35:25 am »
Hi Peppermint community.

So last week I ran into a strange problem I've never encountered before regarding keyboard behavior.
I will provide as much information as possible here.

I am using 2 keyboard "settings": English and Swedish. I switch between them when I need to. After installing P10 for the first time when I got this ASUS notebook and manually choose these 2 keyboard layouts NEITHER my touchpad and the notebooks' keyboard as well as my external (USB 2.0) keyboard and mouse will not work after I reboot after installation.
No matter what I try it won't work so I can't log into P10. Also I can't provide you guys with any logs because of that.

Restarted a few times, no change. Unplugged the external mouse and keyboard, restart and can't write with the ASUS keyboard WITH external mouse and keyboard detached.

In the mere 6 years I've been using Linux (many distros) this is the first time I've ever encountered this. Also I couldn't find the issue on this forum so I thought I'd put it here for Devs to look into.

No further issues, everything is working excellent. If you need any outputs from from a command to provide more information please let me know. :)

Software & Applications / Re: VLC issues.
« on: June 21, 2019, 01:27:23 pm »
I have not used VLC for a few years now because of that very reason.

I use smplayer instead.

Regards Zeb...

So it isn't just me. It's always been my favorite player by far but got annoyed lately with it.  Thought it was ue to old hardware or lack of RAM, anything except VLC not working properly. Until I fired it up on this brand new notebook and the rest is history.

Overdeveloped perhaps? Dunno.

Software & Applications / Re: VLC issues.
« on: June 21, 2019, 11:05:44 am »
VLC is usually fixable if you change some settings, but this is precisely why we switched to xplayer, the user shouldn't need to know/do this :)

In VLC. go to:-

Tools > Preferences

Select "All" bottom left

then navigate to

   Output modules

and try the different output modules.

Thanks for the reply, I might or might not "fix" VLC since xplayer is great. Is it just me or is VLC performing poorer the last 2 years?  *Shrugs*

To de-install or not to de-install. That is the question.  :)

Software & Applications / VLC issues.
« on: June 20, 2019, 01:05:09 pm »
Hi, fellow Peppers.  8)

So I have this brand new Asus notebook, right? Running P10, 64bit flawlessly. Enjoying HD video mostly, awesomeness.

Running the default media player up until 15 minutes ago I thought I'd install VLC player, for old times sake.
Loading a 1080px BlueRay copy, sit back and..........FREEZE!!!!! Wouldn't even play it. CPU and Mem use normal.

Anyone else having these issues? Thought I'd put it out here.

Default player rules! Back on it and will stay on it.  ;)

What are you running Peppermint on? / Re: ASUS X540S notebook.
« on: June 16, 2019, 11:35:05 am »
On the issue of the aforementioned tilting of the screen image I just found a solution on getting the image right:

* Right click on the (empty) desktop and select change desktop background.
* Choose a background but don't "apply" yet.
* In the lower left corner you will see a drop down menu which currently reads "Automatic". Click that and change into "Scaled".

That's it All sorted now.  ;)

What are you running Peppermint on? / Re: ASUS X540S notebook.
« on: June 16, 2019, 09:39:31 am »
@  clatterfordslim.

Nah, the monitor is about 5 years old and is actually a medium sized HD-TV with a VGA and a HDMI (haven't tried that yet) connection among others. Have been using it for that period of time as a monitor only.

I can choose from other resolutions too in Peppermint (1200-something and 1300-something) but that messes things up so I stick with the current configuration which works quite well.

I'm not picky lol.

I made a Peppermint machine for one of the members of the band I'm in and he says he has not got a HD monitor, after I include a discrete Nvidia graphic card a 710 one, sort out screen tearing for him. He said he cannot tell the difference between 1024x768 and HD quality. Apparently a lot of people are still using  1024 resolution, it doesn't look right on a HD TV through a HD lead tilts the screen image backwards slightly, it seems to on mine.  ;D

Though before I got my HD monitor I swore by using 1024x768 resolution and that was the resolution to have, way before the 1280x720, 1920x1080, 1440x900, 3840x2160(4k) 4096x2160(4k too) resolutions, were invented. Just goes to show how far monitors and TV's have come along over the years.  :o ing

You are right about the tilting of the screen image but that's the only flaw in resolution on my end. Windows of applications are fine, font rendering and display is superb, images in webpages are sharp as well is video.

That's the thing with hardware. It generally outlives an OS or the popularity (read: proper long time support) and then we are "forced" to upgrade the hardware. I mean, OLD hardware is more in use than supported in general in terms of software including OS's.
32 bit systems is widely in use but more and more Linux distro's are dropping support........shame. That's how I found Peppermint, I needed a stable 32bit system and online Peppermint was praised for stability. Stuck with it ever since.
And now 64bit...........loving it so far.  :D

What are you running Peppermint on? / Re: ASUS X540S notebook.
« on: June 16, 2019, 06:51:04 am »
@  clatterfordslim.

Nah, the monitor is about 5 years old and is actually a medium sized HD-TV with a VGA and a HDMI (haven't tried that yet) connection among others. Have been using it for that period of time as a monitor only.

I can choose from other resolutions too in Peppermint (1200-something and 1300-something) but that messes things up so I stick with the current configuration which works quite well.

I'm not picky lol.

What are you running Peppermint on? / Re: ASUS X540S notebook.
« on: June 16, 2019, 02:16:19 am »
Thanks. Good to BE back!  :)

What are you running Peppermint on? / ASUS X540S notebook.
« on: June 16, 2019, 02:01:44 am »
Hi everybody.  8)

Been absent for a bit because of a change in job (so less on-line time) and I've been without internet connection for about 2 weeks due to a freak lightning strike which affected the whole village I live in. The latter was the cause that I've lost ALL my old school hardware which s*cks!

So after some research I went out and bought the ASUS X540S notebook.

I wanted to give W10 (shipped with it) a serious chance but upgrading failed and got stuck at 97% so before throwing my new machine against the wall I burned a Linux Mint Cinnamon version. Linux, can't go wrong right? Well it can, during install I got a warning that said "broken package" (IN A NEW INSTALL). So I fixed that and ran the system
To my utter dismay I couldn't et the right resolution for my monitor AND the video felt very, very wonky and didn't play well at all.

So guess what?!?!?!! Peppermint to the rescue. Made a USB installer, plugged it in, installed without testing (it's called trusting an OS!!!), updated, put my old setting and documents back AND WAS READY TO GO WITHIN 40 MINUTES and NO problems, quirks, or hiccups...

Thanks a lot Peppermint devs and magicians!! :)

me@me ~ $ inxi -Fz
System:    Host: me Kernel: 4.18.0-21-generic x86_64 bits: 64 Desktop: N/A
           Distro: Peppermint Ten
Machine:   Device: laptop System: ASUSTeK product: X540SA v: 1.0 serial: N/A
           Mobo: ASUSTeK model: X540SA v: 1.0 serial: N/A
           UEFI: American Megatrends v: X540SA.210 date: 04/13/2016
Battery    BAT0: charge: 29.7 Wh 96.4% condition: 30.8/33.2 Wh (93%)
CPU:       Quad core Intel Pentium N3700 (-MCP-) cache: 1024 KB
           clock speeds: max: 2400 MHz 1: 1423 MHz 2: 1502 MHz 3: 1705 MHz
           4: 1649 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Intel Atom/Celeron/Pentium Processor x5-E8000/J3xxx/N3xxx Integrated Graphics Controller
           Display Server: x11 (X.Org 1.20.1 )
           drivers: modesetting (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
           Resolution: 1024x768@60.00hz
           OpenGL: renderer: Mesa DRI Intel HD Graphics 405 (Braswell)
           version: 4.5 Mesa 18.2.8
Audio:     Card Intel Atom/Celeron/Pentium Processor x5-E8000/J3xxx/N3xxx Series High Def. Audio Controller
           driver: snd_hda_intel
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.18.0-21-generic
Network:   Card-1: Realtek RTL810xE PCIE Fast Ethernet controller driver: r8169
           IF: enp2s0 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter>
           Card-2: Qualcomm Atheros AR9485 Wireless Network Adapter driver: ath9k
           IF: wlp3s0 state: down mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 2000.4GB (45.1% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: TOSHIBA_MQ01ABD1 size: 1000.2GB
           ID-2: USB /dev/sdb model: BUP_Slim_BK size: 1000.2GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 916G used: 33G (4%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda2
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 50.0C mobo: 39.0C
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: 3400
Info:      Processes: 204 Uptime: 1:24 Memory: 2111.2/3849.1MB
           Client: Shell (bash) inxi: 2.3.56
me@me ~ $

Software & Applications / Re: Long trem backup
« on: May 17, 2019, 02:32:28 am »
Perhaps this (or something similar) is what you are looking for when it comes to file integrity check? 

AIDE (Advanced Intrusion Detection Enviornment) is a tool to check the file integrity. It is an opensource substitute for TRIPWIRE. It allows to take snapshots of all the major configuration files, binaries as well as libraries stats. And helps to find which binaries have been changed in case of compromisation of the system. This can be downloaded from

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