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Software & Applications / Re: Peppermint 8 and Meltdown and Spectre
« on: January 15, 2018, 09:54:19 am »

You''re spouting complete rubbish again .. our update policy and updatemanager settings are NOT the same as Mints so Peppermint users should follow advice given HERE not on the Mint site/forum.l

For god's f*****g sake!!!! READ THE F*****G POST more carefully, there are links provided concerning the Meltdown and spectre issue.... And yes, Peppermint is based on Lubuntu isn't it???  So yes, the info given on the Canonical sites (links in that post) are relevant... Stop nagging about update policies here, nothing of that sort was mentioned in that post about update policies... it was merely info nothing more.

Get a life......


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Software & Applications / Re: Peppermint 8 and Meltdown and Spectre
« on: January 15, 2018, 08:40:06 am »
There's a lot in motion right now, on the Mint forum this post clrifies a lot: https://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=58&t=260764&start=40#p1409187.

Before someone starts shouting HEEE but that's Mint and not Peppermint!!!, first figure out what the origin of Mint is and the origin of Peppermint.... And yes, that post is relevant to Peppermint as well.

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GNU/Linux Discussion / Re: is Linux Mint Junk?
« on: January 11, 2018, 05:33:28 am »

Sorry, but you're going to be at odds with a lot of people on this forum over that one.  However, I have a rebuttal argument that literally cannot be countered.

If you've paid attention at all to tech news, you know they've recently found vulnerabilities in all modern CPUs, going back 22 years.  Intel has the worst issues, but AMD and ARM aren't coming away squeaky clean.  There are two forms of attack against this vulnerability, called Meltdown and Spectre.  We've discussed them at length here.  Each one is bad, I can't remember which one affects ARM and AMD, but both can be effective against Intel CPUs.  With these attacks, hackers can find all kinds of things on your system, including passwords, bank info, etc.  The CPU makers are doing nothing about this other than making new "clean" chips, they've left it up to OS devs, specifically kernel devs, to fix this vulnerability in existing chips.  The only way to protect yourself against this vulnerability is with a kernel update.  By default, kernel updates are flagged as level 5 by Mint Update and don't get installed.  By not installing these updates, Mint is leaving all of their users' systems vulnerable to Meltdown and/or Spectre.  Therefore, it's not better than Ubuntu's policy, or ours, in this instance.

I believe that some of you are mixing up 2 things here.  What happens right now with the modern CPU's wasn't known 22 years ago and in my opinion, this has also nothing to do with the update/upgrade policy of Mint. The issue right now is more a hardware issue which  cannot be fixed by any software update/upgrade but can only be fixed by designing CPU's which doesn't have this fault on-board.

You all are hammering on the Meltdown/Spectre issue like it has really really bad influence on any update policy of any distro. Wrong assumption!

What i tried to explain here is that Ubuntu installs all updates/upgrades without compromises which could lead to a broken system or unstable system. Mint however tries to avoid this situations for their users to sort out all updates/upgrades into levels were level 4 and level 5 updates/upgrades are blocked by default  (see the screenshot i whit type of updates).  Read also this blog of Clem Lefebvre: http://segfault.linuxmint.com/2013/11/answering-controversy-stability-vs-security-is-something-you-configure/. hopefully this will explain better.

And again, don't mix up 2 different things..... Today's issue with modern CPU's has nothing to do with Mint's or Ubuntu's update policy......



HA! Just found a post of a user who installed level 5!!!!! updates and ended up with an almost broken system: https://forum.peppermintos.com/index.php/topic,6431.msg65131.html#msg65131
Point proven....

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GNU/Linux Discussion / Re: is Linux Mint Junk?
« on: January 10, 2018, 09:23:24 am »

EDIT: A new kernel will not break your system, you can always boot the previous kernel from the Grub menu
Don't be too sure about that! I've seen enough users who were reporting problems after a kernel update regardless the linux distro. I've you run Linux with the default installed kernel and you don't encounter any issues or problems, the best advise is to keep it like that! Again: If it ain't broken, don't fix it!.

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GNU/Linux Discussion / Re: is Linux Mint Junk?
« on: January 10, 2018, 09:07:40 am »
Linux mint was the first distro I installed and had no such issues with it. But, to be honest I probably didn't stay on it long enough.
There were several things I didn't like, the update policy was one of them, but mostly I left it because it comes with "the kitchen sink" as well. Found myself removing a lot of software I don't need directly after installation.

Be honest, how many software are you removing from Peppermint you really don't need after installation???

The best part of Mint IS the update/upgrade policy (see my previous post why). It's better than Ubuntu since it protects regular users better for unstable/broken systems.

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GNU/Linux Discussion / Re: is Linux Mint Junk?
« on: January 10, 2018, 09:04:43 am »
I wouldn't class it as "junk" but their upgrade policy is questionable (advising people not to update kernels, that kind of thing). Just use Peppermint instead ;)

Wrong assumption. Linux Mint update/upgrade policy is not questionable. Mint divide all updates/upgrades in 5 separate levels from required to 'dangerous" (flagged with red colour), see this screenshot. By default level 4 and 5 are turned off, any updates/upgrade classified by Mint as level 4 and 5 will not be installed. This means your system will not be broken down by a newer kernel while your system was running just fine with the kernel installed by default (if it ain't broken, don't fix it!) or by any other system file that could harm your system.

Ubuntu however, does not have such update policy. With Ubuntu it is plain simple: everything will be updated and renewed. Whether you want the update or not. And if you face a broken or unstable system after some updates/upgrades... Well, that's your own fault then, isn't it? That's Ubuntu policy while Mint tries to protect you from all of this.

Using peppermint doesn't save you from all of this. Does Peppermint uses the same update policy as Mint? I doubt this since Peppermint is based on.......... Lubuntu! Which uses the same update policy as.......... Ubuntu!!!!


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Installation / Re: Boot Opetions
« on: January 10, 2018, 07:20:27 am »
I'm not sure but what about an external CD/DVD drive? Will this be recognised as an USB drive or as it should be as a CD/DVD drive???

I found this on the internet: https://www.raymond.cc/blog/doing-the-impossible-boot-computer-from-usb-or-cdrom-even-if-bios-not-supported-using-plop/. Not sure it will help you but you could try it.

And what about this:
https://www.howtogeek.com/howto/16822/boot-from-a-usb-drive-even-if-your-bios-wont-let-you/

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Hardware / Re: New SSD and Clean Install Peppermint Questions
« on: January 10, 2018, 07:13:17 am »
Here's some tips to consider after installing the SSD drive:

As weird as is sounds, SSD drives do wear after time. This counts for older SSD drives more than for newer SSD drives, but they actually do wear out due to read/write actions.

1) Use overprovisioning:
Never use the full capacity of a SSD drive, always keep at least 10% unpartitioned (unallocated space) when using a newer SSD drive and at least 20% when using older SD drives. Why overprovisiong? This is helpfull to enhance the performance and lifetime of any SSD drive.

2) lower swappiness:
If you have swap on your SSD drive, better is to lower the swappiness (=usage of your swap partition). By default this is set at 60 which is a normal default for servers. But this also means that there will be a lot of read/write actions on your SSD drive as well! Best is to set swappiness to 1 (one) for SSD drives when the swap partition is located on the SSD drive. You can change it as shown below (before editing the file check which notepad:
* open a terminal
* type the following command: gksudo xed /etc/sysctl.conf
* at the bottom of the file add the following line: vm.swappiness=1
* save and close the file and restart your system

You can check if swappiness is set as above by typing the following terminal command line in a terminal:  cat /proc/sys.vm/swappiness . If this commands returns with a result which shows that the swappiness is set to 1 (one) you have done it correctly.

3) Disable hibernate/suspend mode:
Hibernate/suspend/pause/sleep mode (whatever it is called) will create a lot of read actions on your SSD drive. Disable it! Period! Best thing you can you for your SSD drive.

4) add noatime in fstab:
Noatime disables the "access time stamp" which saves a lot of read actions to your SSD drive. This time stamp is placed by the operating system each time a file is read by the operating system. For any SSD drive it is better to disable this option. This is how to do it”
* open a terminal
* type the following command: gksudo xed /etc/fstab
* now find all partitions which is located on your SSD drive except your swap drive!!!
* add Noatime in each line of all partitions located on your SSD drive
   As example:
   Before:
   UUID=xxxxxxxxxx     /     ext4     errors=remount-ro     0     1
        After:
   UUID=xxxxxxxxxx     /     ext4     noatime,errors=remount-ro     0     1

* save and close the file and restart your system

5) set TRIM to daily:
TRIM is the cleanup actions required for every SSD drive to ensure that the drive will function properly on long term periods. Normally TRIM is set as a weekly cron job but if you work on daily basis with your system it is advised to make this weekly job a daily job. TRIM cleans your SSD drive with the function to regain usable disk space. This is how to set the weekly TRIM job to a daily TRIM job:
* open a terminal
* type the following command: sudo mv –v /etc/cron.weekly/fstrim /etc/cron.daily
* restart your system



Above tips will improve the lifetime of your SSD drive and also its performance. Good luck!





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GNU/Linux Discussion / Re: Gnome desktop - my frustration
« on: January 10, 2018, 06:38:04 am »
Did you tried Fedora or OpenSuse???

Also remember this, you're not quit correct with your opinion about Ubuntu 17.10. It's correctto say that 17.10 is a "ïn-between" Ubuntu version but it doesn't mean it is completly buggy. One factor that makes your operating system buggy is your desktop system or laptop. If you are using hardware which contains some small (factory production) mistakes/errors/issues, (as example faulty condenser on your motherboard or a badly produced not dectected hard drive) this will have it's own affect on the operating system as well. With Ubuntu it is better to wait for the LTS version since this version will be supported for a couple of years giving the developers time to resolve issues.

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Yes, I guess it would be the same.  Dutch and Afrikaans are so similar.  Afrikaans has a heavier German influence though.
No, not really much German influences. Afrikaans has its roots in the Dutch language, to be more precise some several 17th century Dutch dialects. Afrikaans has been under influences of some local dialects and the French and Malaysian language and later when South-Africa became an English colony the Afrikaans was influenced by the English language ;)

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I like the word, Gezellig.  I wonder if German has such a word too.   The two languages must be very closely related.
Yes there is: gemütlich ;)

The Dutch language and German language West-Germanic languages which uses lots of words that mean the same or are similar. In the dialects spoken in the Northern part of Holland you will find more similarity and same usage of the same words. Check here for more explanation: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Germanic_languages





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New Users / Re: installing opeppermint on XP system.
« on: January 13, 2015, 05:44:22 am »
Hello andy,

i did what you suggested and everything is installed (updates) and no problems.

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New Users / Re: installing opeppermint on XP system.
« on: January 12, 2015, 02:48:46 am »
hello

My friend came over this weekend and installed the SSD drive to replace that broken hard drive and he installed Peppermint OS for me since he knows more about Linux than i do.  I have no problems so far and he did installed some drivers for my videocard nvidia. everything else works now.


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New Users / Re: installing opeppermint on XP system.
« on: January 08, 2015, 05:57:24 am »
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1 - is it difficult to install Peppermint?

Nope .. it's VERY easy, in fact easier than Windows
Good to hear this!

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2 - what is the best way to install Peppermint?

From a LiceCD/LiveUSB .. using Universal USB Installer to load there Peppermint ISO image to a USB stick (only if your PC can boot from USB stick) .. or4 using IMGburn to burn the Peppermint ISO image to a CD/DVD
i have burned a dvd and can install it using dvd. i already found out that i can boot my system with it and have the desktop

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3 - can i use tweak tools like i am using now on XP (TweakUI)?

Dunno what you use TweakUI for on XP .. but if you mean for customising your system appearance, there are WAY more ways to customise Peppermint than ANY version of Windows .. heck you can even make it look like Windows if you want, or OS X, or.......
Well i was using tweakui to make menu pop up faster and some other system tweaking. i found a program called ubuntu tweak can i use that?


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4 - i did not found a site were i can find good tips and tricks for peppermint, is there a website?

You're on it my friend ;)
Ok. but i mean other sites with tips and tricks?

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5 - what do i need to do for my ssd drive after installing Peppermint?
Depends on how mad you want to go to minimise writes..

You could (and should) enable TRIM .. best to run it via cron say weekly, as opposed to enabling "discard" in ftab
you could use a non-journalling file system
you could set /tmp and your web browser caches to a ramdisk (if you have enough RAM
and you could (and probably should) lower "swappiness" to 5 or 10 .. or even do away with swap altogether if you have plenty of RAM.

i have read on internet not to do discard in fstab and i have also read to add it in fstab. and some sites says not to use cron and other says to use cron. it is confusing.

i have 1000 gb external drive for documents and photo's. and how do i make a ramdisk?


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New Users / installing opeppermint on XP system.
« on: January 07, 2015, 09:18:42 am »
Hello everybody,

I have a computer with 4 gb RAm and running Windows XP at this moment. I found Peppermint on the internet when i was searching for XP replacement on my system which is running okay even after running for almost 6 years. only my hard drive is giving me problems but this will be replaced by a 128 GB SSD drive which i bought and it will be installed by a handy friend of mine.

I found Peppermint OS on the internet on some websites and it was recommended as a good XP replacement when you used Google a lot. I have gmail account for personal private use and a email of my provider for using on forums. I also use Google Doc and Drive so i think peppermint is a good choice for me because of the cloud support.

I have some questions about installing Peppermint:
1 - is it difficult to install Peppermint?
2 - what is the best way to install Peppermint?
3 - can i use tweak tools like i am using now on XP (TweakUI)?
4 - i did not found a site were i can find good tips and tricks for peppermint, is there a website?
5 - what do i need to do for my ssd drive after installing Peppermint?

i hope you can help me.
thanks

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