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Although not very active in this forum, I'm a long time Peppermint user (fan) and I have been helped by Mr. PCNetSpec way too many times.

He will be missed. Go in peace. To his family, friends and this community, my sincere condolences.

News and Reviews / Peppermint 10 Review from Diolinux/Brazil
« on: August 01, 2019, 06:05:34 pm »
Here's a Peppermint 10 review from Brazil. Diolinux publishes all sorts of GNU/Linux related videos and he's very picky on details. It's in Portuguese, but I guess you can have it with English captions.

Anyway, if there's not a translation: He doesn't like Peppermint very much... he mostly complains about the default theme colors (too much red) and window controls (too much different colors for minimize, maximize and close buttons). He also complains about being confusing to have Gnome Software and Mint Software at the same time. He thinks Peppermint is just a "re-themed" Xubuntu/XFCE.

I can say I'm not very fond of the default theme, but nobody touches my Peppermint! 

This also reminds me of the Lenovos's superfish "fiasco".

These companies... They're not only damaging the user experience of their products, sometimes they're selling computers with pre installed viruses.

If possible, stay away from windows. Even if you can get it installed to a bearable use, you'll have a hard time to keep it secure and updated.

General Discussion / Right to repair
« on: April 03, 2019, 08:01:39 am »
I know this is not new and it's known by most people, but I just wanted to share this video. Things goes way beyond proprietary software.

I was kidding .. I can see the use for it on say a Linux mail/file/application server that services Windows clients.

That said, it's considered crap in the Windows world, so....


I'm not shooting it down JUST because it's Microsoft, in fact I'm all FOR their involvement .. as long as it doesn't come at a cost, they've a LOT of distrust to overcome, and that's their own fault.

In other words - I'm still to be convinced their new 'love of Linux' doesn't have EEE overtones, I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt but we'll need to keep a close eye on their 'contributions' and 'motives'.

Remember, THEY invented the phrase/philosophy:-,_extend,_and_extinguish
EEE just like they've done to Nokia, Symbian and Maemo/Meego...

I'm missing my N900...

I believe that in the long-term Ubuntu will be all about snaps. They're putting too much time and effort on it and it makes sense as it looks like it's easier to maintain. Fedora is the first on that path and well probably see in the near future silverblue taking the place of the regular release.

It will be something like systemd. Many will argue against, some will work with forks using regular repositories but most will just go with the default.

Will I use it? Yes, if I have to, just like installing proprietary drivers on my computer. I don't like, I know it's a deal with the devil, but it's the easiest way to get work done.

BTW, snaps even have the advantage to show that a software came from a registered and trusted developer (for example, the Plex snap comes from the plex developers). There's no such a thing for flatpacks.

Canonical will improve snaps and soon we will all be cornered.

I've heard that on Linux Unplugged. It looks like they've had two certificates stolen (that's how I've understood it, ok?), one is already revoked, the second one was still valid! 

Software & Applications / Re: Firefox save dialog problem
« on: March 29, 2019, 11:59:46 am »
There's been a Firefox update (to 66.0.1) some time in the last few days .. maybe that fixed it.

Yes, probably:
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2019-03-25 10:47:12 upgrade firefox:amd64 65.0.1+build2-0ubuntu0.18.04.1 66.0.1+build1-0ubuntu0.18.04.1
Thank you very much for your time, attention and effort helping me. I'll mark this as solved.

Software & Applications / Re: Firefox save dialog problem
« on: March 28, 2019, 10:12:14 am »

I'm glad to report that the problem simply vanished... I haven't installed nor removed any software. I was only keeping my isystem updated. Today, I was using the computer and, to my complete surprise, the Firefox save dialog was working just fine.  :)

If anyone is curious, this is what was updated the last days:
Spoiler (click here to view / hide)

So... how should I mark the subject? Solved?

General Discussion / Re: PDF XFA forms
« on: March 10, 2019, 07:17:41 pm »
Ok, Adobe Acrobat Reader 9 worked for me. I could edit the PDF XFA Form file and submit it to the government authority that I needed to. I'll mark this topic as solved.

Thank you very much for your time and effort.

It's just sad that we still have government agencies/companies using systems that ties the user to proprietary software. They may think there's no harm because it's "free" to download and use. It's not ok. Not ok.   

General Discussion / Re: PDF XFA forms
« on: March 10, 2019, 03:12:04 pm »
Yes, that did it. Thank you very much. Looks like it's working, but I have to do some more extensive testing with my file. I'll work as quick as I can with that document and remove Acrobat Reader. I'll mark this discussion as solved just as I confirm everything is ok. 

General Discussion / Re: PDF XFA forms
« on: March 10, 2019, 01:20:32 pm »
Thank you both. Foxit reader didn't work either... It even will not open the file.

Here's another strange thing:

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christian@christian-pepper9 ~ $ sudo apt-get install libxml2
[sudo] password for christian:
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
libxml2 is already the newest version (2.9.4+dfsg1-6.1ubuntu1.2).
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
christian@christian-pepper9 ~ $ acroread -v
/opt/Adobe/Reader9/Reader/intellinux/bin/acroread: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

General Discussion / Re: PDF XFA forms
« on: March 10, 2019, 05:00:36 am »
Thank you. I wanted to avoid that, because it is severely outdated and it has lots of security issues. I did try to install just to see if I could get the particular file I need to work on to display properly.

OMG, it pulls a lot of dependencies (like 75)! Anyway... it won't open... I click on it and nothing happens... try to open the file directly to it, but nothing happens too... 

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ristian@christian-pepper9 ~> acroread -v
/opt/Adobe/Reader9/Reader/intellinux/bin/acroread: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

There was no error or failed dependency during install.

General Discussion / PDF XFA forms [SOLVED]
« on: March 09, 2019, 06:19:19 pm »
So... I've been a truly happy Linux user for quite a while now... I've literally sent MS Windows to another galaxy. I don't have it in my computer for years and I refuse to even keep a virtual machine of it... However... Today I've had a bad day. I need to fill a PDF file with some XFA forms and there's nothing on Linux that seems to support it. I've tried Master PDF, Evince, Okular, PDF Studio Viewer, MuPdf... no luck...

Should I install a virtual machine to run Adobe Reader? Or maybe someone in this incredible community can help me to keep my peace of mind and to stay away from Windows? I don't want it! And I refuse to believe that it's necessary for anything! AAAAAAHHHHHH!  :'(

Added after problem solved. Had to use the outdated Adobe Acrobat Reader (mind some 32 bit dependencies not automatically pulled in a 64bit system).

Software & Applications / Re: Firefox save dialog problem
« on: March 09, 2019, 12:48:53 pm »
Ok, I think it's time for me to file a bug report at Mozilla or ask for help there too. I don't think they will be very interested into investigating this problem, but at least I'll try it. I've been using Linux for a very long time and I've used several different distros along the way. I've never had this behavior before... even in this same computer and using peppermint!

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