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New Users / Re: Opening Devices as root
« on: October 10, 2020, 04:36:48 am »

I agree that it seems like an android regression.  But it does startle me that things still work normally from Windows.

Thanks! the USB Debugging did the trick.

New Users / Re: Opening Devices as root
« on: October 09, 2020, 08:50:15 am »
You're correct. Yes, that used to work.  But my phone is on android 11, now, and none of the file system of the phone is showing up in nemo, anymore. And I did make sure to set the phone to file transfer mode.  When I right click the phone on the desktop and select properties, it tells me the file permissions can't be determined.  It seems like when they updated the android OS, they changed how the fs and permissions work.

New Users / [Solved]Opening Devices as root
« on: October 07, 2020, 08:37:23 pm »
So, when I hook up my Android phone through USB, it's like I don't have any permissions for the device.  I can click on it under "Devices" in the Places side panel of Nemo, but nothing shows up.  If I right-click the empty space and "Open as Root", I just get an error message that it could not display because the location is not a folder.  Right-clicking it under devices doesn't give the "Open as Root" option.  Is there a good way to do this?

New Users / Action Buttons are Greyed Out
« on: October 24, 2019, 03:10:49 pm »
So, I'm sorry if I'm rehashing something that's already been covered.  There are action buttons on the panel that are greyed out.  Specifically, Suspend, Hibernate, Shut Down, and Restart.  Is there a good way to fix this?

Advanced Topics / Re: Writing to a DVD
« on: October 21, 2019, 04:23:19 pm »
That was it! Brasero did great writing an .iso to a brand new disc.

New Users / Re: Is Dropbox always a flatpak?
« on: October 21, 2019, 04:20:07 pm »
Done. Even went so far as to
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sudo apt remove flatpak

Thanks for the help!

New Users / Re: Is Dropbox always a flatpak?
« on: October 18, 2019, 02:18:49 am »
Mark, you're the best!

I wish I knew what that did.  The more I read about flatpak, the more I think I don't want to use it.  When I list my installed flatpaks, this is what I get:

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Name                       Application ID                Version Branch Installation
Freedesktop Platform       org.freedesktop.Platform      19.08.3 19.08  system
default                    …edesktop.Platform.GL.default         19.08  system
Intel                      …desktop.Platform.VAAPI.Intel         18.08  system
Intel                      …desktop.Platform.VAAPI.Intel         19.08  system
html5-codecs               …esktop.Platform.html5-codecs         18.08  system
openh264                   …reedesktop.Platform.openh264         19.08  system
GNOME Application Platfor… org.gnome.Platform                    3.32   system
GNOME Application Platfor… org.gnome.Platform                    3.34   system
Adwaita theme              org.kde.KStyle.Adwaita                5.12   system
KDE Application Platform   org.kde.Platform                      5.12   system

None of these look like simething I intentionally installed.  I'm contemplating removing them all, and removing the flathub remote.  Is there any obvious danger in that?

I'm Aaron from northeastern Indiana (U.S.). 

I was first introduced to Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex when I was partway through college (in '08) and my Compaq desktop running WinXP was running like molasses.  I made the guy from the apartment (flat for you Brits) above mine set the machine up dual-boot so I could keep using Windows if I needed it.  Soon, in the process of upgrading, I accidentally overwrote the Windows partition, and it took me a couple months to notice.

I used to spend quite a bit more time tinkering than I do now.  I made the jump to Peppermint because I had recently started using web aps more, and I was impressed with how lightweight the Peppermint distro is.  My Ubuntu 14.04 system (which I needed to upgrade) had gotten a little too slow for my liking.

So far, I'm liking the community here, even if it is a lot smaller than the Ubuntu community.

New Users / Re: Is Dropbox always a flatpak?
« on: October 16, 2019, 06:13:58 pm »
Okay, I know my run-on posting is out of hand, but I think I just stumbled on something...

I tried
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flatpak update
and eventually got:
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Installing: org.freedesktop.Platform.openh264/x86_64/19.08 from flathub
Warning: Failed to install org.freedesktop.Platform.openh264/x86_64/19.08: runtime/org.freedesktop.Platform.openh264/x86_64/19.08 needs a later flatpak version (1.4.2;1.2.5;1.0.9;)

New Users / Re: Is Dropbox always a flatpak?
« on: October 16, 2019, 06:05:50 pm »
Dropbox is installed OOTB in Peppermint (and as a .deb not a flatpak)

Yeah, the installed .deb version is apparently newer than the flatpak one I apparently don't need.

New Users / Re: Is Dropbox always a flatpak?
« on: October 16, 2019, 06:00:34 pm »
Whew!  I guess I was a little purturbed that th forum had me labeled n00b out of the gate, since I have several years' experience with Ubuntu, but I think things have changed so much since 14.04 (the last time I really did anything beyond using a running system), that this is where I belong.

Looking at the description in the Software Manager makes me suspicious.  "Note:  This wrapper is not verified by, affiliated with, or supported by Dropbox, Inc."

"Package com.dropbox.Client
Version 82.4.155
Size: 99.9MB to download, 1.5 MB of disk space required
Remote Flathub
Architecture x86_64
Branch stable"

Why so much to download, and so little disk space required?

New Users / Re: Is Dropbox always a flatpak?
« on: October 16, 2019, 05:48:45 pm »
I had taken steps on,8828.msg90290.html#msg90290 to remove snap, gnome-software, and flathub.  Prior to that, I was getting an error message from gnome-software about updating.  It seems like that message said something about 19.08, as well.  I should have paid closer attention.

So, how does this all work?  Software Manager runs on both apt and flatpak?  Gnome-Software has a snap plugin?  Why would my system complain that it can't install anything 19.08?

New Users / Re: Is Dropbox always a flatpak?
« on: October 16, 2019, 05:32:26 pm »
Well, I must have really hosed something up.  I uninstalled com.dropbox.Client and then tried to install dropbox through apt.  It said it was already installed.  I tried to launch it, and it tried, and failed to install the flatpak through Software Manager (which, much to my surprise, is set up to install flatpaks).  Now, I just get "Error deploying: While trying to apply extra data: runtime/org.freedesktop.Platform/x86_64/19.08 not installed."  Perplexing, given I thought I was essentially on 18.04, not 19.08.

Help!?  I'm not used to being such a bull in a china shop...

Edit: it has come to my attention that the Dropbox app is actually running.  So I guess that it unnecessarily pointed me to the dropbox website that had a big button front and center to install dropbox, which like an idiot, I clicked, prompting it to try to install the flatpak through the Software Manager.

Re-Edit: It was not the dropbox website, it was

My dropbox question is answered, but I would still like to know why my Peppermint 10 system is attempting to install 19.08 packages.  Also, I thought the whole point of flatpaks is that everything you need is in one package.

New Users / (SOLVED) Is Dropbox always a flatpak?
« on: October 15, 2019, 05:44:21 pm »
Just got this error message:

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error: Can't remove remote 'flathub' with installed ref app/com.dropbox.Client/x86_64/stable (at least)
I'm a little perplexed.  I didn't realize when I installed dropbox that it was installing as a flatpak.  I was expecting it to install normally through apt like it always used to do, before these newfangled (and in my estimation, less efficient, though I could be shown to be wrong) methods moved in.  Maybe I've just been out of the linux-ing game for too long.

Advanced Topics / Re: Writing to a DVD
« on: October 15, 2019, 09:23:42 am »
Yes, and it shows up on the desktop.  I'm beginning to think that it's not actually blank, or no longer writable, since the DVDStyler fail, even though the icon on the Desktop says it's blank.  Unfortunately, it was my last blank, so I'll have to get my hands on another to test that theory.

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