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General Discussion / Re: Welcome to the new Forum!
« on: March 22, 2014, 08:32:47 pm »
Is there anything you can do about the white background, it is kinda hard on the old eyes, the old board was tan and much easier on the eyes...  :)

I can adjust the CSS to whatever extent I want, but I'm going to wait a little while until we have a bit more feedback before making any visual changes.

General Discussion / Re: Welcome to the new Forum!
« on: March 22, 2014, 07:51:25 pm »
We're still ironing out some details and the puzzle captchas only affect the first few posts (I think 5, but don't quote me on that). There are a number of reasons for the switch that come down to both usability and maintenance (the old forum is rather difficult to maintain at this point). In a few weeks, all the details should be well documented.

dang i wonder if you can get mine working with linux....  LOL  save me the cost of buying another new one for it....
Mine is an encore ENPWI-G I'm off to watch tv and hit the hay so I'll check in tomorrow to see what I have to do to get it working.... Thanks guys but I been troubleshooting my wifes tower with printer drivers in her win 7 for the past few hours and finally got that working so I am tired...  LOL
another 12 hour day for me...  LOL  :)

If you do want assistance with it later, please make a new topic for the sake of keeping everything properly documented and to avoid confusion.


General Discussion / Re: Peppermint 5
« on: March 21, 2014, 05:33:03 pm »
You're quite welcome.

General Discussion / Re: Peppermint 5
« on: March 21, 2014, 03:52:01 pm »
You're always welcome to make suggestions. Typically if the suggestion is popular among the mods and fits in with the overall direction of the project then I'll consider implementing it.

General Discussion / Re: Peppermint 5
« on: March 21, 2014, 03:16:36 pm »
Peppermint versions typically release in May or June of each year due to them being based on the April release of Ubuntu. As such, Peppermint Five will follow this particular trend.

Because Peppermint Five will be based on the LTS package base, it will be strongly recommended that fresh installations be performed as opposed to any attempts to upgrade. We will try and publish some form of guide to help ease the pain as much as possible. For the most part it simply involves backing up data to an external source, getting a list of installed software, and saving some configuration files.

Hardware / Re: Realtek RTL8185 54M Wireless LAN Adapter Not Recognized
« on: March 21, 2014, 12:52:56 pm »
It's certainly an old piece of hardware you have there. Hopefully we can work out some sort of solution.

My first thought is to grab the Windows driver for it and try to install it using a program called "ndisgtk". You can install ndisgtk from the Software Center or via any other method if you don't have it installed already. I think it's worth a shot.

Artwork, Themes, and Icons / Re: Package denpendeny map art
« on: March 20, 2014, 04:02:23 pm »

Very pretty.

GNU/Linux Gaming / Minecraft
« on: March 17, 2014, 11:11:08 am »
I know we're just getting started with the new forum but I'll leave this thread here for future use. Anyone else here spend countless hours of their life mining, building, farming, and otherwise adventuring in Minecraft? If so, cool. Let's talk about it. I've been dabbling in and out of it a bit for the past couple of years.

I typically play with no mods in survival mode and almost inevitably end up building an obsidian tower on top of a mountain somewhere (I use the trick with redstone adjacent to water with a single lava bucket to farm obsidian otherwise it would take forever... actually it still takes forever, but whatever). I also really like building with sandstone, but I can't stand deserts. As a result, pretty much any desert near where I set up shop ends up as a giant strip mine until I decide it's too ugly and use my mining waste to fill it back in. This is a bigger problem for me that I really like to admit.

Anyway, please use this thread to talk about all things Minecraft. Mods, texture packs, mining strategies, awesome maps or geographic formations, good building techniques, etc, etc, etc. All is welcome.

New Users / Reminder to mark solved problems as (SOLVED).
« on: March 13, 2014, 10:16:27 am »
Hello all.

Just a quick reminder to everyone that when you have a resolution to your issue, please edit the post title to mark the problem as (SOLVED). We ask that you do this for a few reasons.

  • People volunteering support can skip over a solved problem in order to focus on unresolved issues.
  • Users looking for a solution to the same problem or a similar one can know to look in your post.
  • When someone performs a web search for the problem, they'll know which posts they can go to for accurate information.
  • Forum mods and admins can more easily archive and/or catalog properly labeled posts.

We're here to help so please help us to better help you by keeping things clean and organized.

Thanks a bunch.

In any UNIX-like operating system, including Linux, there are several different types of users with different permissions for different things. A regular user can only write to files in their home directory while they may be able to read and execute from other directories depending upon the specific permissions of those directories. Typically in most UNIX-like operating systems, there is a "root" user or "superuser" who has permission to read, write, and execute everything in the entire system. While this is certainly convenient for getting things done, it's also incredibly dangerous as any processes executed by the root user also have permission to read, write, and execute everything.

Part of what makes Linux and many other UNIX-like operating systems secure is that regular users do not have root user access and therefore can not severely damage any part of the system except for their home directory. There are, however, times when certain users may need to temporarily gain the privileges of a root user or another user for the sake of installing/removing things, updating things, or perhaps just general system maintenance.

Installed in Peppermint and most other modern UNIX-like operating systems is a program called sudo, which stands for Substitute User DO. The sudo program allows any user specified in its configuration to gain specific privileges of other users including the root user in most instances. Take for instance the following command:

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apt-get upgrade

When the root user runs this command it runs with no problems and installs any available package updates from the software repositories. When a regular user runs this command it fails as it requires root access given that the command can affect the way the entire system works, rather than just the user's home directory. If a regular user with sudo permissions then tries to run the following:

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sudo apt-get upgrade

The command will then prompt for the password associated with that user's sudo permissions and will then run as if the root user ran the command instead. It does this by substituting the user's privileges with those of the root user, hence the aforementioned name "substitute user do". The sudo command also allows you to substitute the privileges of other non-root users in order to access files and directories owned by them. As such simply putting "sudo" before a command implies that it's the root user you're trying to substitute privileges from and actually performs the same action as if you explicitly state the root user like in the following:

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sudo -u root apt-get upgrade

So let's say for instance you're running an Apache web server and need to create a directory in the web root. The regular user doesn't have permission to create the directory and creating it with the root user will not give Apache's user (www-data) access to it either because something created by the root user can only be adjusted by the root user until specified otherwise. We can use sudo to assume the permissions of www-data to create the directory:

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sudo -u www-data mkdir /var/www/testdirectory

Similarly a user with sudo permissions can often access any other user's privileges provided the appropriate sudo command and their sudo password.

Hello and welcome,

This board is for users to post or link to various tutorials, instructions, references, API documents, etc, that could be of potential use to developers. Whether it's for beginners or for veteran coders, any valid reference is good. We do ask a couple of things in order to keep things clear:

  • Please list the programming language and technology in the post title as well as what the resource is. If your reference is for a Django API, then please be sure to include both "Python" and "Django" in the title as well as what the API is for.
  • Please don't be vague with your post titles. The more specific you can be, the better. If your title is "Check out this great Java link!" then we'll delete your post. Rather go for as much relevant information as possible. For instance: "Tutorial: Beginning GUI development in Java using Swing." or "Reference: Linux command line basics for beginners."
  • Try to make sure that what you're linking is for reasonably current technology. Don't link anything for things like PHP4, Java 2, MySQL Server 5.3, etc. It shouldn't be hard to find out what versions of each language/technology are currently in widespread use.

Also, I have to include the standard disclaimer that Peppermint is not responsible for the contents of any resources posted here and that you should use them at your risk. Typically people are good and will point out issues, so if you're a little wary of a resource, then ask an experienced user to check it out for you.


When posting to this board, please include a complete description of the hardware configuration of the machine you're listing. In addition, please include the output from the following command in order for us to better see what's going on under the hood:
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inxi -Fz
along with a description of any problems encountered, or special steps taken to get the hardware working.
(eg. "required the installation of rt2870sta wireless drivers")

The "inxi" script is always installed in Peppermint by default. For more information regarding it or installing it in other distros, please see

[EDIT - by PCNetSpec]

Please bear in mind this topic isn't just about saying "hey look what I've put Peppermint on", it's a useful topic for the development team to get a handle on which hardware works out-of-the-box, but more importantly which hardware might be causing problems. The "inxi -Fz"output and a quick mention of whether Peppermint installed with or without issue(s), a description of the issue(s), and any fixes/workarounds discovered (if any) is invaluable information to us.

Thanks for taking the time to help improve Peppermint for everyone :)

Frequently Asked Questions / What is Peppermint based on?
« on: March 12, 2014, 04:50:59 pm »
Peppermint is a derivative of Ubuntu, specifically the *.04 versions which release every April. Peppermint is not, nor has ever been based on Linux Mint, though it does make use of some of Linux Mint's open source tools. Originally, The Peppermint ISO files typically use Lubuntu ISO files as a starting point as they share the highest number of packages of any official Ubuntu release. Peppermint is not affiliated with Ubuntu, Lubuntu, Canonical, or Linux Mint in any capacity, but does make use of the Ubuntu official package repositories. Peppermint also houses its own repositories on Canonical's development service called Launchpad.

At Peppermint, we don't adhere to a strict release schedule as many other distros do. Rather we adopt a policy of "it's ready when it's ready." Of course we don't try to delay the release any longer than is absolutely necessary, but sometimes it comes a little faster and sometimes it comes a little slower. Being that Peppermint is based on the April release of Ubuntu each year, we typically release during May or June.

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