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New Users / Re: New Old user.
« on: April 19, 2019, 06:17:57 pm »
Will there be much different in P10 Mark?

Oh that's a tough one to answer without giving too much away .. I'll just say PM10 is probably best called an "iterative improvement release", still based on 18.04 it has a ton of small improvements, no single one of which would probably make me go "ooh I must immediately ditch 9R2 for 10" but taken as a whole if I had an empty machine I'd definitely go for 10 over 9R2. If on the other hand I already had time invested in a 9R2 install I'd probably wait until I was good and ready.

In short, probably little by way of killer new features, but a lot of small improvements that add up.

Can't say any more than that without getting specific, and you know we like to play our cards close ;)

ICE has a few handy new features if you use it, and to me PM10 **feels** slightly snappier than PM9/R/R2 .. I say **feels** because I have nothing to back this up other than the way it 'feels' to me (and this could also be quite hardware specific).

Yeah welcome to the forum ymaki, nice intro .. I particularly liked the Lubuntu bit...

I know I shouldn't but Simon Quigley occasionally takes a side swipe at Peppermint in a friendly way on BDDL, so "right back at ya Simon" :D

Hardware / Re: upgrade to wireless ac
« on: April 19, 2019, 02:43:20 pm »
Cool, let us know how you get on with them :)

New Users / Re: New Old user.
« on: April 19, 2019, 12:14:26 pm »
Hey demag, welcome home my mate :)

Might have worked out better if you'd waited a month or so to break your system .. Peppermint 10 is just around the corner :))

Have you tried switching to the HWE track, which will give you the 4.18 kernel and graphics stack ?

this should be the command you're after
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sudo apt-get install --install-recommends linux-generic-hwe-18.04 xserver-xorg-hwe-18.04
once that finishes, REBOOT

then check your kernel version with
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uname -a

Your other option would be to await Peppermint 10 which is in private pre-release testing right now.

Hardware / Re: upgrade to wireless ac
« on: April 18, 2019, 12:24:21 pm »

In one room of my house I get a better signal and hence faster speeds on the 2.4Ghz band .. most other places (including rooms further away from the router) the signal/range/speed is better on the 5Ghz ac band (probably because of beamforming) .. go figure  :-\

Mesh is probably the way forward, but i don't really need it .. the room with the crap signal is the bathroom, kinda fitting :))

Hardware / Re: upgrade to wireless ac
« on: April 18, 2019, 11:45:53 am »
Archers have always had a pretty good reputation (hence why I have one), but range is VERY specific to surroundings, so it'd be impossible for anyone to guarantee anything without testing the hardware in that specific location first.

New Users / Re: rdp host for Peppermint
« on: April 18, 2019, 06:55:36 am »
I doubt this'll make any difference because SMBv1 and RDP are separate protocols, but you never know...

Here's a post I made about how the disabling of SMBv1 has caused some issues:-

I had to set up some mapped network drives on a bunch of Windows 10 workstations yesterday .. to automount some shares from some older NAS's.

Well I spent half a day trying to figure out why one single Windows 10 machine flatly refused to allow me to browse the network. It turns out that

a) The NAS's were using SMB v1

b) If you install Windows 10 >= 1709 SMB v1 isn't installed

c) If you Installed an earlier version of Win10 where SMB v1 was installed, then applied the "Fall Creators" update .. the update would uninstall SMB v1 after 15 days if it didn't detect it had been used in that time.

Now IIRC we've had some questions previously on the forum from people saying stuff like "PM9 screwed up my network shares, they worked in PM8" or "PM9 can't see my Win10 PC", etc.

So if this comes up again, probably the easiest solution would be to make sure SMB v1 is installed/enabled in both Windows 10 .. AND .. Peppermint 9

Instructions for enabling SMB v1 in Peppermint 9 can be found here:,7086.msg72516.html#msg72516

Instructions for making sure SMB v1 is installed in Windows 10:-
  • Search in the start menu for ‘Turn Windows features on or off’ and start it.
  • In the resulting dialog window search for ‘SMB1.0/CIFS File Sharing Support’ in the list of options offered, and tick the box next to it.
  • Click OK and Windows will download/install it .. You should then be prompted to reboot the PC, but if not reboot anyway.
(it's important that you REBOOT Windows because it does that very 'Windowy' thing where it's installed as part of the shutdown and bootup process)

As additional info, it turns out there was a firmware update available for the NAS's in question that enabled a later version of SMB (3 I think) .. but even after updating the firmware and enabling the later SMB .. then rebooting EVERYTHING .. Windows STILL couldn't see the NAS's.

So it looks like SMB >= v2 is a bit hit and miss in both Windows and Linux at the moment .. hence this post.

Maybe just using something like NoMachine would be a solution ?

New Users / Re: Password and D600 volume keys
« on: April 18, 2019, 06:17:59 am »
2) looking into it

3) try installing a 'fuller' sound theme such as
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sudo apt-get install ubuntu-sounds
which will give you MANY more event sounds .. though they'll probably drive you crazy after the initial excitement wears off ;)

New Users / Re: Password and D600 volume keys
« on: April 18, 2019, 06:01:09 am »
The only easy way I can think of would be to login as root .. but I'd not advise this, it would immediately negate 95% of Linux security.
(even then a few apps such as synaptic would likely prompt for a password as their launchers use pkexec to raise elevated privileges, so their launchers might also need editing to launch it directly)

But as I suggested, this would be a really bad idea ;)

Beyond that you could tell each app individually not to require a password .. but that'd need to be done on a per-application basis, and would still be a bad idea.


By the way, welcome to the forum ceetee :)

Software & Applications / Re: Nexflix on Chromium family of browsers?
« on: April 16, 2019, 08:02:39 pm »
It takes more than just a user agent switcher to enable DRM in Chromium .. you also need to add widevine support.

If for some reason you don't wanna use Chrome, I gather Vivaldi now has DRM support via widevine.

User Submitted Tutorials / Re: XFCE Clock - Custom formatting codes
« on: April 16, 2019, 06:59:07 pm »
Are you using a custom format ?

Can you provide us with a screenshot of the clock settings ?

Here's how to post an image on this forum,4284.0.html

Or here's a great tutorial video by emegra:-

Hardware / Re: How to Decide Wireless Keyboard and Mouse for PM
« on: April 16, 2019, 08:44:45 am »
I had short listed one Logitech K400 Plus Wireless Keyboard. How can I find out it is compatible with PM.

You can take its compatibility as gospel .. I have a K400 Plus connected to my Peppermint KODI box, and it works perfectly :)

You may also want to read this generic post concerning USB wireless mice and keyboards,8083.msg82764.html#msg82764

Hardware / Re: Peppermintos won't shutdown. *SOLVED
« on: April 16, 2019, 06:39:32 am »

You're most welcome, glad I could help :)


Thanks very much Monsieur Dizzle :)

General Discussion / Re: Screenshot Gallery -- Show Us Your Screen
« on: April 15, 2019, 01:45:35 pm »
Probably best you stayed dry then :)

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