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Hardware / Dell Latitude 6430 - Speakers
« on: August 01, 2018, 07:30:13 am »
Good Afternoon
I bought one of these laptops off Fleabay after seeing VinDSL's post:

https://forum.peppermintos.com/index.php/topic,4890.0.html

and doing further research.

 These are the specs along with initial thoughts & issues:

https://forum.peppermintos.com/index.php/topic,4890.msg58268.html#msg58268

Since then I have rectified these initial issues by replacing the hard drive with HGST 1TB 7200rpm HDD (even though the WD 750GB HDD it came with seemed to work fine I was constantly worried it may fail & the clicking, though intermittent was annoying), I replaced the battery with a better second-hand one that lasts over twice as long & I swapped the standard keyboard for a backlit one along with upgrading the Wi-Fi card to a  ac-7260 (although there is no discernable difference because of my crappy router - but or less than a tenner off the ever ubiquitous Fleabay - cant complain  ;) ) as again per VinDSL's recommendations - cheers - and so it is now, spectre issues aside, a fine functioning machine with Pepp 8 (soon to be Pepp 9) on :)

However. as I posted here:

https://forum.peppermintos.com/index.php/topic,6106.msg61921.html#msg61921

My speakers are garbage & I mean garbage. As I say in my post there is lots of reverb & distortion & although I have tweaked with the Pulse Audio Equaliser
I cannot get a satisfactory sound. I also neglected to say that these are my second set of replacements (bought again off Fleabay), the first replacements were duff (not working at all) & these second set are pretty much the same as the originals.  :( Its also a right royal PITA to fit them as the whole laptop has to be virtually stripped down, motherboard out the lot  ::)

Headphones, via the jack, are good &, although I haven't got any, I therefore presume exterior speakers would be too (don't know about Bluetooth though as haven't got any of those either)
So either I am unlucky with my second-hand purchases or there is something amiss with the speaker output from the sound card.
From other postings around the net, including VinDSL's in this forum, I know they should be much better than I am experiencing - so has anybody got any ideas/experience regarding this & how I might might go about testing for possible problems & hopefully get a satisfactory resolution?  :)

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Evening

Have had an issue whereby when I login to Pepp OS 8 on my laptop it will sometimes logs me into a blank screen (no Desktop), & hangs there with various repeated messages about kworker not loading different modules. I can login to a tty but when I try to
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poweroff  it wont shutdown & I have to hard shutdown.
 This problem has only happened over the last week & doesn't occur all the time but is becoming more frequent.

Here's my inxi -Fz:
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As you can see I have dual graphics cards however no propriety drivers are installed (although optimus is enabled in the BIOS)

Another peculiarity about my install is that I somehow managed to install my Pepp partition (sda5 as a logical partition wholly within an extended partition sda1 - which is also the boot partition)  :-X





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Further & hopefully final update

I tested an alteration to:

........................................................

But, before I mark it as solved, this is a bit convoluted & messy &, if I am correct, really the peppermint-firefox-themer script should be amended too so that it points to ff-light-theme in /usr/bin ?

You stated that:

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if that doesn't work, I guess you'd just have to remove the blacklist for /usr/sbin .. I can tell you how to do this if you want ?

prompted by that I did a bit of digging & I believe you are referring to in /etc/firejail/disable-common.inc:

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..........
# system directories
blacklist /sbin
blacklist /usr/local/sbin
blacklist /usr/sbin
..........

so I could
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noblacklist  /usr/sbin in /etc/firejail/firefox.profile (or more appropriately in copy of that profile: ~/.config/firejail/firefox.profile) & that would be all I would have to do! No further amendments required but would it break/lower the security of the sandbox?
I have tried this & it works.

I have also tried to restrict the noblacklist to specifically /usr/sbin/firefox:

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# Firejail profile for firefox
# This file is overwritten after every install/update
# Persistent local customizations
include /etc/firejail/firefox.local
# Persistent global definitions
include /etc/firejail/globals.local

# Allow access to  /usr/sbin/firefox for light-theme
noblacklist  /usr/sbin
whitelist  /usr/sbin/firefox
blacklist  /usr/sbin/*

noblacklist ${HOME}/.cache/mozilla
..............
but it produces whitelist errors  - can you see where I've messed up?  :-\

I thought about it - specifically the whitelist errors - realised I was barking up the wrong tree  & should of noblacklisted it  & so made my ~/.config/firejail/firefox.profile file read:

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# Firejail profile for firefox
# This file is overwritten after every install/update
# Persistent local customizations
include /etc/firejail/firefox.local
# Persistent global definitions
include /etc/firejail/globals.local

# Allow access to /usr/sbin/firefox for light-theme
noblacklist /usr/sbin
noblacklist /usr/sbin/firefox
blacklist /usr/sbin/*

noblacklist ${HOME}/.cache/mozilla
………………….
& it works - firefox is launched under firejail with the light theme  :)

I posted this comment on the Firejail support page:
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I would like one of the existing profiles to enable the application I am running to be able to read a script in /usr/sbin to force a light-theme on the application in an otherwise dark-themed DE.
I copied the existing profile to ~/.config/firejail/ & amended the profile by adding in the second paragraph (see below). Although this works, is it because the whole /usr/sbin directory is un-blacklisted or is it as I hope that just the /usr/sbin/firefox script file is & the rest of the /usr/sbin is then subsequently re-blacklisted?

# Firejail profile for firefox
# This file is overwritten after every install/update
# Persistent local customizations
include /etc/firejail/firefox.local
# Persistent global definitions
include /etc/firejail/globals.local

# Allow access to /usr/sbin/firefox for light-theme
noblacklist /usr/sbin
noblacklist /usr/sbin/firefox
blacklist /usr/sbin/*

noblacklist ${HOME}/.cache/mozilla
………………….

And got this response:
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It is fine, in your /usr/sbin only firefox script is available, everything else is blacklisted. You can check it easily by running something like:

$ firejail –noblacklist=/usr/sbin –noblacklist=/usr/sbin/firefox –blacklist /usr/sbin/*
Reading profile /etc/firejail/default.profile
Reading profile /etc/firejail/disable-common.inc
Reading profile /etc/firejail/disable-passwdmgr.inc
Reading profile /etc/firejail/disable-programs.inc

** Note: you can use –noprofile to disable default.profile **

Parent pid 1836, child pid 1837
Child process initialized in 38.84 ms
$ ls -l /usr/sbin

I tested it as above & also commenting out the line:

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noblacklist /usr/sbin/firefoxin my  ~/.config/firejail/firefox.profile to prove the negative (i.e. firefox shouldn't launch because firejail won't read the /usr/sbin directory) & it acts as it should in both cases.

Also since all 'standard' firejail profiles also try to source the additional customization file /etc/firejail/<appname>.local when read, if you simply want to 'tweak' an existing profile, you can supply your additional configuration settings via that file - this approach has the benefit of allowing the main application profile to be upgraded whenever the rest of the package is  ;)

 I removed the ~/.config/firejail/firefox.profile & created an /etc/firejail/firefox.local file that reads only:

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# Allow access to /usr/sbin/firefox for light-theme
noblacklist /usr/sbin
noblacklist /usr/sbin/firefox
blacklist /usr/sbin/*

So to install Firejail, set it up so all installed applications, that have a provided firejail.profile, to run under Firejail (including firefox with a light theme envoked by the Firefox Themer utility):

Install firejail

Run:

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firecfg--fix-sound
This command fixes some bugs in PulseAudio software versions available on most Linux platforms. After running it, logout and login again for the modifications to take effect. Info:https://firejail.wordpress.com/support/#pulseaudio

Run:

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$ sudo firecfgwhich will create links in /usr/local/bin/ for installed applications with firejail profiles so to integrate firejail with the desktop so the said applications launch under firejail (any application that is automatically link by firecfg command that you don't wish to run under firejail can be achieved by removing the link for that application from the  /usr/local/bin/ directory).

Then, as stated above, make & edit (as root) a /etc/firejail/firefox.local file to read:

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# Allow access to /usr/sbin/firefox for light-theme
noblacklist /usr/sbin
noblacklist /usr/sbin/firefox
blacklist /usr/sbin/*
save the file & exit

 I then update the system databases:

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$ sudo updatedb& voila alls good in the 'hood  ;)

So after 'going all round the p*sspot to get to the handle' (as my ex-girlfriend used to say  :D ) its solved in the most minimal way :)


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Software & Applications / Re: Firejail - Pepp 8 issues - SOLVED
« on: April 29, 2018, 06:42:54 pm »
Update

After some further digging I found this:

https://wiki.gentoo.org/wiki/Firejail#Using_Firejail_by_default

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Using Firejail by default

A symbolic link to /usr/bin/firejail under the name of a program, will start the program in Firejail sandbox. A good place is /usr/local/bin directory. For example to run Firefox with firejail by default:
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$ sudo ln -s /usr/bin/firejail /usr/local/bin/firefox
This works for clicking on desktop environment icons, menus etc. Use firejail --tree to verify the program is sandboxed.
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user $firejail --tree

23615:user:firejail /usr/bin/firefox
  23616:user:firejail /usr/bin/firefox
    23618:user:/usr/bin/firefox
Alternatively you can create the following file instead and make it executable:
 /usr/local/bin/firefox:
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#!/bin/bash
firejail /usr/bin/firefox $@

This method allows command line options to be passed to firejail. Remember to make it executable with chmod +x /usr/local/bin/firefox.

So if I prefaced the script in the /usr/local/bin/firefox file with:
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env GTK_THEME=Peppermix-Light-7-Red
Making it:
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#!/bin/sh

env GTK_THEME=Peppermix-Light-7-Red firejail /usr/bin/firefox "$@"

it would envoke the light theme on launching firefox under firejail.
Note:This script file is almost identical to the /usr/sbin/firefox file created by the Firefox Themer application with just "firejail" inserted (See below).


This method not only works but is the simplest option yet - So once again from the top with feeling  :D:

Install firejail

Run:
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firecfg--fix-soundThis command fixes some bugs in PulseAudio software versions available on most Linux platforms. After running it, logout and login again for the modifications to take effect. Info:https://firejail.wordpress.com/support/#pulseaudio

Run:
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$ sudo firecfgwhich will create links in /usr/local/bin/ for installed applications with firejail profiles so to integrate firejail with the desktop so the said applications launch under firejail

Remove the firefox link:
 
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$ sudo rm /usr/local/bin/firefox
Now copy the usr/sbin/firefox file created by Firefox Themer to /usr/local/bin/:
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$ sudo cp usr/sbin/firefox /usr/local/bin/firefox
Amend the /usr/local/bin/firefox file in a text editor read:
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#!/bin/sh

env GTK_THEME=Peppermix-Light-7-Red firejail /usr/bin/firefox "$@"
save the file & exit the editor

I then update the system databases:
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$ sudo updatedb
Restart firefox if running & all should be OK - firefox with light theme envoked running under firejail with desktop integration  :)

This is only necessary with a system-wide dark theme to get firefox using a light theme under firejail & the only issue with the solution in this post is that to get firefox to run with the system-wide dark theme requires the editing of the /usr/local/bin/firefox file to remove the:
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env GTK_THEME=Peppermix-Light-7-Red Hope this helps  :)


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Software & Applications / Re: Firejail - Pepp 8 issues
« on: April 19, 2018, 02:19:29 am »
Yes, simply changing that section in disable-common.inc to?:-
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# system directories
blacklist /sbin
blacklist /usr/local/sbin
# blacklist /usr/sbin
..........
Would have negated the need for ANY other changes.
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Yes I agree that would be the case BUT that would be pretty much system-wide for any application launched under Firejail as, from what I have seen, they all include the disable-common.inc settings in their Firejail profiles & not blacklisting /usr/sbin for them would be neither necessary or desirable.
So, IMHO, I suggest if anyone did want blacklist /usr/sbin for the purpose of using firefox system-wide under Firejail with light-theme enforced by Firefox Themer to do as I have stated in my last post.

I tried 'noblacklist /usr/sbin' and 'noblacklist /usr/sbin'/firefox' .. but for me they didn't work, only removing the blacklist of /usr/sbin itself seemed to work .. YMMV.

Yes Mark I am having difficulty getting just /usr/sbin/firefox not to be blacklisted - I may tinker a bit more & may ask over on the Firejail forum to see if it can be done  ;)  - I don't really like having the whole /usr/sbin/ unblacklisted (maybe a bit paranoid ey??  ::) )

Anyway I'll mark this as solved now as there is a workable solution & once again Mark cheers for your help  :)

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Software & Applications / Re: Firejail - Pepp 8 issues
« on: April 18, 2018, 08:03:53 am »

So is it solved now, or are you still having problems ?


Well all seems to be working OK  :)

But, before I mark it as solved, this is a bit convoluted & messy &, if I am correct, really the peppermint-firefox-themer script should be amended too so that it points to ff-light-theme in /usr/bin ?

You stated that:

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if that doesn't work, I guess you'd just have to remove the blacklist for /usr/sbin .. I can tell you how to do this if you want ?

prompted by that I did a bit of digging & I believe you are referring to in /etc/firejail/disable-common.inc:

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..........
# system directories
blacklist /sbin
blacklist /usr/local/sbin
blacklist /usr/sbin
..........

so I could
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noblacklist  /usr/sbin in /etc/firejail/firefox.profile (or more appropriately in copy of that profile: ~/.config/firejail/firefox.profile) & that would be all I would have to do! No further amendments required but would it break/lower the security of the sandbox?
I have tried this & it works.

I have also tried to restrict the noblacklist to specifically /usr/sbin/firefox:

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# Firejail profile for firefox
# This file is overwritten after every install/update
# Persistent local customizations
include /etc/firejail/firefox.local
# Persistent global definitions
include /etc/firejail/globals.local

# Allow access to  /usr/sbin/firefox for light-theme
noblacklist  /usr/sbin
whitelist  /usr/sbin/firefox
blacklist  /usr/sbin/*

noblacklist ${HOME}/.cache/mozilla
..............
but it produces whitelist errors  - can you see where I've messed up?  :-\

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Software & Applications / Re: Firejail - Pepp 8 issues
« on: April 17, 2018, 06:11:18 am »
Well I've tried what you have suggested Mark & all that happens is firefox launches, granted with the light theme, but not under Firejail. If I run:

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$ firejail --treeI see firefox isn't there i.e. its not running under Firejail - I think the path by-passes Firejail totally - which is kind of what I would expect if the firefox.desktop launcher points directly to /usr/bin/ff-with-light-theme - there is no link to associate it with Firejail.


So to recap this is what's already done:

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$ sudo cp /usr/sbin/firefox /usr/bin/ff-with-light-theme(As you initially suggested)


Made an exact copy of the Firejail profile for firefox renamed as ff-with-light-theme.profile & it has been placed in the ~/.config/firejail/ directory as recommended by the Firejail site, as it is a custom profile & it wont get removed during any update to Firejail:

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$ sudo cp /etc/firejail/firefox.profile ~/.config/firejail/ff-with-light-theme.profile
I have now created a local desktop launcher for firefox in my user directory:

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sudo cp /usr/share/applications/firefox.desktop ~/.local/share/applications/opened the file with text editor as sudo:

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$ sudo nano ~/.local/share/applications/firefox.desktop& changed the Exec line to read:

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Exec=ff-with-light-theme(The same result can be achieved by editing the Firefox Web Browser graphical menu launcher so the command line reads 'ff-with-light-theme' & not 'firefox %U') - again as you suggested Mark.


I then made a symlink for the ff-with-light-theme.profile in /usr/local/bin that points to /usr/bin/firejail:

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sudo ln -s /usr/bin/firejail /usr/local/bin/ff-with-light-theme so to invoke Firejail when ff-with-light-theme is called (these symlinks are what are created by $ sudo firecfg - see OP)


I then updated the desktop database:

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sudo update-desktop-databaseAnd then the system database:

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sudo updatedb
And all seems OK  :)


Though in reality I don't know why you require this additional profile at all .. I don't  :-\

As in my second post; prior to creating a ff-with-light-theme.profile for Firejail if I then launch it in the terminal:

~ $ firejail ff-with-light-theme
Reading profile /etc/firejail/default.profile
Reading profile /etc/firejail/disable-common.inc
Reading profile /etc/firejail/disable-passwdmgr.inc
Reading profile /etc/firejail/disable-programs.inc

** Note: you can use --noprofile to disable default.profile **

Parent pid 3709, child pid 3710
Child process initialized in 46.37 ms
Error: Access was denied while trying to open files in your profile directory.

Parent is shutting down, bye...

& it is accompanied with a popup from firefox:



And I've just explained above what happens when I click the firefox desktop launcher with the command pointing at ff-with-light-theme - & I've tried this with & without the firejail ff-with-light-theme.profile created - so how does it work for you Mark?  ???

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Software & Applications / Re: Firejail - Pepp 8 issues
« on: April 15, 2018, 09:40:13 am »
Afternoon All

Cheers for the response Mark

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sudo cp /usr/sbin/firefox /usr/bin/ff-with-light-theme

then
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firejail ff-with-light-theme

So:

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~ $ sudo cp /usr/sbin/firefox /usr/bin/ff-with-light-theme
then

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~ $ firejail ff-with-light-theme
Reading profile /etc/firejail/default.profile
Reading profile /etc/firejail/disable-common.inc
Reading profile /etc/firejail/disable-passwdmgr.inc
Reading profile /etc/firejail/disable-programs.inc

** Note: you can use --noprofile to disable default.profile **

Parent pid 3709, child pid 3710
Child process initialized in 46.37 ms
Error: Access was denied while trying to open files in your profile directory.

Parent is shutting down, bye...
???

I realised there needed to be a ff-with-light-theme.profile so I copied & renamed the firefox.profile to my home directory:
 (as per the instructions here https://firejail.wordpress.com/documentation-2/building-custom-profiles/):

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$ sudo cp /etc/firejail/firefox.profile ~/.config/firejail/ff-with-light-theme.profile
(I noticed this profile has root ownership - should that be changed to the user?)

Then:
 
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~ $ firejail ff-with-light-theme
Reading profile /home/mick/.config/firejail/ff-with-light-theme.profile
Reading profile /etc/firejail/disable-common.inc
Reading profile /etc/firejail/disable-devel.inc
Reading profile /etc/firejail/disable-programs.inc
Reading profile /etc/firejail/whitelist-common.inc
Reading profile /etc/firejail/whitelist-var-common.inc
Parent pid 7755, child pid 7756
Blacklist violations are logged to syslog
Child process initialized in 124.88 ms

And all seems good firefox launches under firejail with light theme  :)

 So I presume now the recently 'installed' /usr/bin/ff-with-light-theme (from /usr/sbin/firefox) will need to be renamed /usr/bin/firefox? & the existing /usr/bin/firefox renamed too? then the to-be-renamed /usr/bin/ff-with-light-theme will need to amended to 'point' to the to-be-renamed /usr/bin/firefox? then I can reinstate the symlink /usr/local/bin/firefox & all should work OK system-wide? (obviously remove ~/.config/firejail/ff-with-light-them.profile too)

The caveat I see, if I am correct, is that the apps that point to/are in the path of the present /usr/sbin/firefox & /usr/bin/firefox would have to be amended too, & I don't know of any further consequences either, & it might start to get a bit messy.  :-\

I don't mean to be presumptuousness & am gratefully for your assistance & I may well be wrong but if this is the case what about the other option you mentioned Mark about removing blacklist? Can this be done on a per app basis? (may well be cleaner/easier all round)  ;)

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Good morning All
Little problem I've being having getting Firejail to work with Pepp 8 respin.
I have installed the latest version of Firejail (version 0.9.52) directly from:

        https://sourceforge.net/projects/firejail/files/firejail/
& have configured it as recommended to integrate Firejail with my desktop environment:
   
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$ sudo firecfgWhich creates shortcuts for applications in /usr/local/bin:

   
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'Clicking on desktop manager icons and menus will sandbox the application automatically. We support Cinnamon, KDE, LXDE/LXQT, MATE and XFCE desktop managers, and partially Gnome 3 and Unity. This part works well across all Linux distributions.
    Clicking on files in your file manager will open the file in a sandboxed application. It works fine in newer Linux distributions like Debian “stretch”, Ubuntu 17.04, Arch, Gentoo.'

Problems:

Dropbox:
The nemo-dropbox package installs .dropbox-dist folder to /var/lib/dropbox directory which prevents dropbox lauching under Firejail.
If I remove the dropbox shortcut, created in /usr/local/bin by:

   
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$ sudo firecfg
then dropbox works normally (but obviously not under Firejail).

However in Pepp 7 the nemo-dropbox package installs .dropbox-dist folder in the home directory & it works fine under Firejail configured to integrate with my desktop environment with:
     
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$ sudo firecfg
So - initially I uninstalled the nemo-dropbox package:

    https://www.dropbox.com/help/desktop-web/uninstall-dropbox

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dropbox stop
dropbox status  # Should report "not running"
rm -rf ~/.dropbox-dist
rm -rf /var/lib/dropbox
rm -rf ~/.dropbox*
sudo apt-get remove nemo-dropbox
sudo apt-get remove dropbox
rm /etc/apt/source.d/dropbox
(The last 2 commands resulted in no action)

Then I downloaded the dropbox.deb package directly from Dropbox.com:

https://www.dropbox.com/install

It installed (with .dropbox-dist folder in the home directory) & worked fine as per Pepp 7 above but it doesn't fully integrate with nemo i.e. there are no addition folder/file indicator icons to show synced/syncing. So I uninstalled this dropbox package (as above) &, rightly or wrongly, because its for Pepp 7 & not 8, I downloaded the nemo-dropbox 2.2.1+peppermint package & installed it. I dont really know the ramifications, if any, (although from what I see it is a very similar vintage & size to the nemo-dropbox 2.2.0-0~webupd8~xenial0 version installed with Pepp 8) & all seems to be working fine as per in the Pepp 7 installation. Is there going to be a problem with this?

Firefox;
I've replace Chromium with Firefox, 'cos I like it better, but it doesn't launch at all under Firejail configured to integrate with my desktop environment with

   
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$ sudo firecfg
If I launch in the terminal:

   
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$ firefox
I get:
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~ $ firefox
Reading profile /etc/firejail/firefox.profile
Reading profile /etc/firejail/disable-common.inc
Reading profile /etc/firejail/disable-devel.inc
Reading profile /etc/firejail/disable-programs.inc
Reading profile /etc/firejail/whitelist-common.inc
Reading profile /etc/firejail/whitelist-var-common.inc
Parent pid 2238, child pid 2239
Blacklist violations are logged to syslog
Child process initialized in 58.84 ms
Error: no suitable /usr/sbin/firefox executable found

Parent is shutting down, bye...

/usr/sbin/firefox is a an executable script forcing a light theme on firefox created by peppermint-firefox-themer:
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#!/bin/sh

env GTK_THEME=Peppermix-Light-7-Red /usr/bin/firefox "$@"

So, as seen above, Firejail does not recognise /usr/sbin/firefox as a suitable executable. If I remove/rename /usr/sbin/firefox then firefox launches under firejail but it launches with the system-wide dark theme that is set up & the script above (/usr/sbin/firefox) is no longer in the Path. I can & have created firefox.desktop file(s) in ~/.local/share/applications/ :
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[Desktop Entry]
Type=Application
Name=Firefox - Sandbox
GenericName=firefox-sandbox
Exec=env GTK_THEME=Peppermix-Light-7 firejail firefox
Categories=Network
Icon=firefox-aurora.svg
Terminal=false

So I can then launch from the desktop firefox under Firejail with the light theme but this won't launch firefox under Firejail with the light theme as global instance i.e. launch from a hyperlink in a script or another app - so can anyone suggest a solution?



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Hello N
Similar to christianvl I have been using FreeOffice from Softmaker (which I think is to what he is referring) & have found it pretty good & very compatible with M$ Word documents - however the FreeOffice version can only open .docx & saves as .doc here's a link to the relevant page from their site http://www.freeoffice.com/en/discover/freeoffice-windows-linux & the relevant part:
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Files and printing
    Documents can be exchanged between any version of TextMaker on any operating system with no loss of fidelity.
    Open and save DOC files of Microsoft Word 6.0 to 2016 faithfully, including password-protected files
    Open DOCX files from Microsoft Word 2007 to 2016 faithfully, including password-protected files
    Open and save OpenDocument files (compatible with OpenOffice and LibreOffice)
    Open and save documents in RTF, HTML, Pocket Word, ASCII and Unicode
    Open WordPerfect documents (.wpd)
    Document preview straight from the file dialog
    Assistant for importing and exporting text files in many character sets
    Create PDF files and PDF forms directly in FreeOffice TextMaker
    Tagged PDFs and bookmarks in PDF files
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I've been using it for a while now in Linux & entirely in my 3 years on Peppermint  :)
Some things to bear in mind - if you install from the .deb file in that it installs a profile for all users including root user and although it is not a problem (there have been some glitches in the past though) you may not may like it installing to the root folder. You can however just install from the .tgz file as a single user & it will install everything into a folder in your user space (/home/user/SoftMaker/).
You also have to register an email address to receive a key code to "unlock" & use the application but I personally have no issue with it.

As for  Softmaker 2018 beta that christianvl mentions here's the link:
http://www.softmaker.com/en/softmaker-office-linux
It looks good to me but I think access to it will be restricted to while it is in beta only (which seems like it won't be too long now) after which I think you will have to purchase it  :-\

Anyway N hope this is of some help to you  ;)

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Morning all

The most recent BIOS for my Dell E6430 Latitude Ivy Bridge i7 3540M (3.0 GHz) laptop is sitting at A21

The most recent BIOS for my Dell OptiPlex 7010 SFF Ivy Bridge i5-3470 (3.2 GHz) desktop box is at A25

Make more sense?   ;)

Indeed yes - my apologies I didn't read your post that I quoted properly - specifically:

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I checked the BIOS in this desktop box, at it was sitting @ A21. ...........

(my colour highlight)

Note to Santa - New glasses for Xmas please  :D

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Ayup all  :)

Maybe...

I checked the BIOS in this desktop box, at it was sitting @ A21. I evidently missed the A25 BIOS update in May 2017, soooo...

I baked a Rufus USB stick and installed A25.

I'll check my lappy now, and see if I missed anything there.

I've started depending on Dell's automagic web update utility, but I'm starting to think it isn't up to snuff. I guess I'll go back to doing updates manually.  ::)

EDIT

Looks like the 'road warrior' is up to date:  https://goo.gl/jEp8We

Ehhhh???
My 6430's BIOS is on A21 & I've just checked the Dell website & it is still listed as the latest version?? Even in the link you posted mucker it shows your BIOS version as A21 (unless of course you updated to the elusive A25 afterwards)??  ???

Looks like my 3rd gen processor isn't affected - according to the linked article you give in  your OP VinDSL:

https://thehackernews.com/2017/11/intel-chipset-flaws.html
 
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Affected Intel Products

Below is the list of the processor chipsets which include the vulnerable firmware:

   
  • 6th, 7th and 8th Generation Intel Core processors
  • .................

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Software & Applications / Re: Nemo - Unable to mount mobile phone??
« on: November 01, 2017, 04:39:24 am »
Morning All
Well I have to report good news regarding this issue - as of the 4.4.0-98 kernel update all seems to be working  ok again  :)
In the meantime between my last post & this I had done a re-install of Pepp 7 on this Inspiron 1501. After that I was left with the 4.4.0-97 & 4.4.0-66 kernels. Booting with the 4.4.0-97 kernel was problematic still, although the 4.4.0-66 kernel was fine, which makes me wonder whether this due to me (as I stated in my OP):
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This problem came about when I was tethered to the phone & I stopped the internet connection & then tried to switch to accessing my phone storage by mounting it in Nemo. I did this pretty rapidly so I don't know if the tethering was fully terminated before I tried to mount the phone & that caused the issue??
Previously I had had no issue mounting the phone in Nemo.
Or perhaps due to an update that had come down or a combination of both - at this time of spooky goings on who knows lol  :D
But like I said the problem appears to be sorted & things are 'back to normal'  ;)

@ Denisjuk Thanks for your comments - I had looked at that as a solution but decided to go down the OS re-install route as I thought it was something that I had done causing the issue & with the 4.4.0-98 kernel update following shortly after I did the re-intallation all now appears to be OK
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sorry fo russian lang on screenshoot
No need to apologise on my behalf Denisjuk I gather that you have to deal with English as a second language & its fairly easy to work out anyway - plus I'm gratefull for the imput - Cheers  :)

@ Spence
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I had this same issue crop up yesterday with my Samsung S8+... initially thought I'd easily resolved it by moving from the USB 2.0 slots to the 3.0 slots... but with every reboot, I'd have to remove and reinsert the phone's usb cord.  ::)
Has this kernel update sorted your problem too ?

Sorry Spence just noticed your on Pepp 8 so the kernel update won't apply to you

Finally @ PCNetSpec Shall I now mark it as solved Mark?

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GNU/Linux Discussion / Re: Anybody else still using Guayadeque?
« on: October 28, 2017, 03:04:25 am »
@VinDSL
I see your listening to music on your Dell E6430 - if that is through 'onboard speakers' ? cos if so how do find the 'experience' ?
My experience with them is distinctly average - at best. Settings out of the box are totally unusable lots of reverb & distortion & although I have tweaked with the Pulse Audio Equaliser the bass & volume are fairly non-existent.  :-\
This is totally different to the listening experience on my old Inspiron 1501 which is very acceptable for a laptop  :)
I see your using Pepp 7, albeit with the 4.13 kernel, & I'm  using Pepp 8, just wondering what your set-up is on your 6430 VinDSL?

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General Discussion / Re: shutdown/reboot launchers
« on: October 28, 2017, 02:38:06 am »
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IMHO they're more dangerous than useful unless clicking them also triggers some kind of "Are you sure?" dialog (which kinda defeats the 'less clicks" point) .. I'd hate to loose unsaved work by an accidental click
Yep agree with that as its happened to me  ::) So just edited the my Shutdown button that I had installed in my panel using this post:
https://forum.peppermintos.com/index.php/topic,5881.htm

So that the command is:
Code: [Select]
peppermint-logout
as opposed to:
Code: [Select]
poweroff ;)

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