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GNU/Linux Discussion / Re: Ubuntu projected path
« on: February 23, 2019, 07:32:44 am »
this is the opinion of a single individual, so do not panic immediately is the message ;)

That's another way of putting it. After all, it's not like the little snippet about considering switching to Snaps instead of Apt is official. Until it is, it's a rumor.
I totally agree. However, for the future, there is a real possibility of snaps replacing  "apt". Fedora is experimenting with something similar to silverblue (all your software is flatpack, only system "stuff", such as kernel, is updated with something like "dnf").

Considering that Fedora has a history of setting new standards (packagekit and systemd for example), there's a chance that silverblue will become the main edition in the future. I sincerely hope not.

And, to be fair, that doesn't mean that the more traditional edition will be retired or that others will follow.

General Discussion / Re: Just some info on flatpak...
« on: February 13, 2019, 10:38:43 am »
If it is so obviously dangerous... why is it that "everyone" is supporting it?

Ubuntu, Red Hat, Suse, Arch, Debian, Gentoo, Mageia, Solus, Alpine, Clear, NixOS, Void...

I mean, I know there are security concerns (with software in general), but if something is that dangerously nasty and so easy to exploit... why is that there's so much support and there's no news about attacks going on?

General Discussion / Re: Scary Stuff if you are in the UK
« on: February 13, 2019, 08:22:43 am »
OMG! Scary indeed!

This means that, technically, anyone who clicked on a link to such material could be caught by the law – and rights groups are concerned about the potential for abuse

Aren't we supposed to be free? Will that include an e-book about terrorism? BTW, a quick search on the books section of amazon =  1-16 of over 40,000 results for "terrorism"

I'm not in UK and I'm not a citizen, but that is really scary. IMO is like accusing someone to be a satanist just because that person is reading Dante's Inferno. How's anyone supposed to perform an historical research like that?

Fantastic article!

The tech giants laid down all the basic infrastructure for our data to be trafficked. They got us to put our information into public profiles, to carry tracking devices in our pockets, and to download apps to those tracking devices that secretly siphon data from them.

“Are America’s technology companies serving as instruments of freedom or instruments of control?”

We think we're in control, but we're not. Even if you avoid the "big 5” with religious fanatical willpower, you'll never control what others share about you online.

Taking another look at the article, I wonder how much more difficult that challenge would be by sticking strictly to the FSF guidelines, exclusively using free software all the way.

Development / Re: ICE with Falkon or Midori?
« on: February 03, 2019, 01:38:11 am »
Gallon is a great browser. Indeed, it's qt and aimed for KDE Plasma desktop. It could probably be the default browser for Lubuntu or any other LXQT desktop aimed distro.

It's in the Ubuntu repositories for 18.10, so for 18.04 LTS you'd have to use snaps or flatpaks.

It would be another great addition to ICE. Just saying... [emoji14]

Software & Applications / Re: Snapd (Ubuntu Snaps) taking my whole HD!
« on: January 29, 2019, 02:54:21 pm »
First of all clear your package cache to gain some working room
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sudo apt-get cleannow what's the output from
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sudo du -cha --max-depth=1 / | grep -E "M|G"
As usual, you were right... it was not snapd that was taking my HDD space (although it takes a lot of space). It was actually a VM that I've completely forgotten. It was taking about 16 GB. Got rid of it and now I have my HDD back to normal. Thank you very much!

Software & Applications / Re: Snapd (Ubuntu Snaps) taking my whole HD!
« on: January 29, 2019, 12:21:40 pm »
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sudo snap remove core --revision 6034and
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sudo snap remove core --revision 6130did that help ?

If not, it's unlikely it's snap core that's taking up your HDD space .. in fact I doubt it is.

Just because the loop device states 100% usage it doesn't  equate to disk space.

I did just that, followed by:

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sudo apt purge snapd
However, I still have all my HDD used... How can I further investigate this issue?

I'm not sure this is the right place for this thread, but here it goes.

A while ago I've decided to test some Snap package in Peppermint, so I've installed the snapd package. After completing my tests (and deciding against using that particular snap package), I've removed it, but I've kept the snapd package installed.

Recently I've been experiencing a nasty lag when the "save" dialog appeared in Firefox. It seems that snapd is taking over my Peppermint install completely:

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christian@christian-pepper9 ~> df
Filesystem     1K-blocks     Used Available Use% Mounted on
udev             4014648        0   4014648   0% /dev
tmpfs             809484     2980    806504   1% /run
/dev/sda1       28718708 27119560    117240 100% /
tmpfs            4047408    93848   3953560   3% /dev/shm
tmpfs               5120        4      5116   1% /run/lock
tmpfs            4047408        0   4047408   0% /sys/fs/cgroup
/dev/loop0         93312    93312         0 100% /snap/core/6259
/dev/loop1         91648    91648         0 100% /snap/core/6130
/dev/loop2         91648    91648         0 100% /snap/core/6034
/dev/sda4      100581432 32352500  63076628  34% /files
tmpfs             809480        8    809472   1% /run/user/1000

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christian@christian-pepper9 ~> snap list --all
Name  Version    Rev   Tracking  Publisher   Notes
core  16-2.36.2  6034  stable    canonical✓  core,disabled
core  16-2.36.3  6130  stable    canonical✓  core,disabled
core  16-2.37    6259  stable    canonical✓  core

According to the Snap documentation, revisions of a Snap Package ( should be removed automatically:

Manually keeping track of which snap revisions available is generally unnecessary. A single revision will only ever be in use at a time, and snapd will remove old revisions automatically.

However, this automatic removal is either not happening or it just won't care for how much disk space it's using.

I'm removing snapd for now, but I'd like to know if someone knows how to keep it installed but to a limited size.

General Discussion / Re: Change.... Not me
« on: January 07, 2019, 08:28:55 am »
While I really like KDE Plasma and the Gnome desktops (among others), overall, Peppermint is the best choice. That's because it offers something unique, an effort that's very appreciated.

However I do add Synapse to my desktop and sometimes I miss KDE Connect (the current available version is a hefty snap download).

Software & Applications / Re: How to uninstall Colibri web browser
« on: December 14, 2018, 07:42:14 am »
It's a little bit off topic, but I have an exclusive email address that I only use for this kind of situation. Yes, it gets tons of spam and I don't even care to sort it out. From time to time, I delete everything.

With Gmail, I know you can also use
Not exactly the use case, but it helps to filter incoming email.

Software & Applications / Re: How to uninstall Colibri web browser
« on: December 12, 2018, 10:54:15 am »
It's more likely a snap package.


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sudo snap list

See if it appears. If it does, it's a snap package and it can be removed using the Ubuntu Software Center (if you have it installed) or using the command line

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sudo snap remove name-of-the-app-to-remove
If it doesn't appear on the first command, we need to know how you've installed it. Can you reproduce the steps or commands you've used to install it?

GNU/Linux Discussion / Re: can we prevent recommending Linux Mint?
« on: November 01, 2018, 08:46:31 am »
Do you realize that the difference between the different BSD's is bigger than the difference between all the linux distros that you have listed above?
Actually, you could throw Arch together with the ones you like. All, except Gentoo, use systemd as the init/supervision daemon.

Have you tried all of the BSD's? Otherwise, you shouldn't say that they are not your cup of tea. Did you know that Nvidia support is better on FreeBSD than on Linux? While it doesn't even exist on OpenBSD??

Thank you for pointing that out pin! As a matter of fact, my use was always restricted to the desktop and, to be fair, I've only used FreeBSD a while ago. I can't say anything about Nvidea support... I do remember not having too much trouble with drivers (except wifi drivers back in the day). 

GNU/Linux Discussion / Re: can we prevent recommending Linux Mint?
« on: November 01, 2018, 06:59:35 am »
I'm a distrohopper and I have no shame in admitting it.

But I do have a few picks that never change. Peppermint is the first one, it's the one I really can depend on. It's always working. Fedora is my second stop. I've been using it since Fedora 7. Nowadays I'm also having a great time using Kde Neon. Hey PCNetSpec, give Neon a try. Kde is surprisingly fast and lean with an awesome look (to a point that LXQt doesn't make much sense).

I've also used OpenSuse for a while and opposing to our friend opinion, I actually had a great time with Yast. It is so much more powerful for managing packages, especially when solving bad dependencies. Mageia is another one that I keep constantly trying, albeit I can't use it for long for having a harder time to set up everything I need for my work (some packages are note in the repos - but this is also changing with the possibility to use Fedora Copr and Suse's OBS).

Arch, Gentoo, BSD's, not my cup of tea...

I'm curious with the future of Fedora.  Fedora Silverblue will soon become the default. I understand it should make the system safer, but it's starting to look a lot like Windows...

General Discussion / Re: Send a Fax
« on: October 31, 2018, 09:55:05 am »
Hi alynur.

I think you actually need to hook your computer to a telephone land-line. I'm not sure, but I have the impression you can't send a fax using the internet (or a mobile phone). There are some webservices that may provide that function for you.

Software & Applications / Re: ICE SSB and Firefox containers
« on: October 24, 2018, 07:14:37 am »
Thank you very much for the fast replies!

Firefox is really improving a lot lately.

Anyway, from your explanation (having each ICE app isolated), I believe that selecting a container, while useful, would not be as necessary as I was thinking. Thanks again!

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