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General Discussion / Re: Google's Steely Tentacles.
« on: March 18, 2018, 09:29:34 am »
I agree that there is no obvious reason why a customer can not use his own Smart TV until he ticked a box agreeing to a new use of personal data. You have had no choice. This might touch the legal grey area of coercion (but I am sure the company has checked it, so I would not beg my money on it).

The development is frustrating. Is there a chance for the average Joe to proceed against big seller companies, for instance to stop asking the owner of a Smart TV annnoying questions about the usage of his datas? No.  And even if someone proceeds successfully: how to control the ongoing?

I can clearly see a huge interest in making our life as "digital" as possible. Abolishment of hard cash? Excellent to inspect what and where the average Joe is paying for, and so on.

General Discussion / Re: Google's Steely Tentacles.
« on: March 18, 2018, 03:58:51 am »
Please get me right, of course I am annoyed about someone trying to use any personal informations without my permission. But what is within my possibilities to be controlled? Every week we read about ministries with the most skilled IT experts and the latest and greatest technologies being hacked. Therefore I am very pessimistic that my Linux system, my "uncomplicated firewall" (!), my router and some more programs will make my system 100% secure. I feel always a little bit amused when some friends of mine tell me long stories about their nights full of work to configure mountains of software, believing it would create anonymity in the world wide web.

Next problem, reading every single word of these endless license agreements (obviously written with intent to make it endless and unreadable) is time theft.

Long story short, my home is my castle and all private things happen within my rooms. I try to use my computer reasonably. I hope that the public is putting companies like Google under pressure to enhance privacy, and I would like to use the cloud.

General Discussion / Re: Google's Steely Tentacles.
« on: March 17, 2018, 04:58:59 pm »
I would be a happy man if I would know every detail of a world beater company. But I do not. I do believe that Google´s features optimize the performance of this - indeed - great product. I think it is a strong, good sign that thousands of users do care what happens with their datas. On the other hand I have nothing to hide. If anyone has the time and energy to take control of every single piece of my boring life - good luck!

General Discussion / Re: Clickety click
« on: March 11, 2018, 05:51:32 am »
I have tested Plasma 5.12 out of curiosity and I must say that it is a huge step forward. It is snappy, good looking, rich in features and the team has done a splendid job to trim the RAM usage and to boot up the system way faster than before. It starts with just about 360mb and with one tab in Chromium the system consumes another 200mb more. The boot is very fast, just a few seconds more in comparison to XFCE.

It is a matter of taste and I can understand that it is the most popular DE right now. My problem with KDE is that I do not think it is very intuitive. A lot of informations everywhere, a lot to be asked to understand each feature. In my experience it is stable, but other DEs  do offer this as well with less time to be invested to understand the desktop.

At the end it comes to the final two questions: 1. What do I really need? 2. Many, many dependencies and background services - is it ideal for stability purposes?

New Users / Re: Secure boot question
« on: March 09, 2018, 04:05:13 pm »
I will mark this issue as solved. After reading PCNetSpec´s post I have had the feeling that this might become pretty difficult - and it is.

I thought that there must be something that messed up grub. I downloaded openSUSE Tumbleweed, changed my bios to "secureboot enabled" and installed Tumbleweed without any issues. TW boots nicely on this machine, while all Ubuntu installations failed to boot in secureboot enabled right now. Why? No idea.

In my point of view it is a lack of a simple update coming to Ubuntu soon to make this laptop fit.

I have two other machines running on Peppermint 8 nicely. I will wait a few days and the third, running on Tumbleweed right now,  will be changed to Pepp  as well.

Thank you for your help.

New Users / Re: Secure boot question
« on: March 09, 2018, 08:11:39 am »
So even a clean installation with secureboot enabled during the install doesn't work ?

a) were you able to boot the LiveUSB with secureboot enabled ?

b) when does it stall to a black screen .. before or after the GRUB menu ?

Hi there,

a) I could boot the LiveUSB with secureboot enabled. But I cannot boot the installed system with secureboot. Bizarr.
b) I press the start button, something begins (screen is black, but a little bit enlighted) and then nothing happens (secureboot enabled).

Secureboot disabled - all is running well.

New Users / Re: Secure boot question
« on: March 09, 2018, 04:18:44 am »
Hi there,

well, the machine simply does not boot with secure boot enabled, black screen, nothing happens. I have had to shutdown the hard way, start again (directly into the bios settings, where I disable secure boot)  - and all is working fine. I have no explanation. I have reinstalled Pepp 8 three times yesterday to be sure, and then decided to post here.

New Users / Re: Secure boot question
« on: March 09, 2018, 03:14:26 am »
Ups, thank you, Andy, for doing my work. I have forgotten do it.

New Users / Re: Secure boot question
« on: March 09, 2018, 12:10:54 am »
Morning, Sir! That is what I have thought about as well, but I am a noob in fixing it.

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dpkg -l | grep signed
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ii  fwupdate-signed                             1.11.3+0.5-2ubuntu7                                         amd64        Linux Firmware Updater EFI signed binary
ii  grub-efi-amd64-signed                       1.66.17+2.02~beta2-36ubuntu3.17                             amd64        GRand Unified Bootloader, version 2 (EFI-AMD64 version, signed)
ii  linux-signed-generic-hwe-16.04                                                    amd64        Complete Signed Generic Linux kernel and headers
ii  linux-signed-image-4.13.0-32-generic        4.13.0-32.35~16.04.1                                        amd64        Signed kernel image generic
ii  linux-signed-image-4.13.0-36-generic        4.13.0-36.40~16.04.1                                        amd64        Signed kernel image generic
ii  linux-signed-image-generic-hwe-16.04                                                amd64        Signed Generic Linux kernel image
ii  shim                                        13-0ubuntu2                                                 amd64        boot loader to chain-load signed boot loaders under Secure Boot
ii  shim-signed                                 1.33.1~16.04.1+13-0ubuntu2                                  amd64        Secure Boot chain-loading bootloader (Microsoft-signed binary)

New Users / Secure boot question (Solved)
« on: March 08, 2018, 04:06:39 pm »
This is a pretty idiotic question. My system works and boots with secure boot disabled. Now I wanted to switch my bios settings back to secure boot enabled - and my  Pepp 8 did not boot. So I disabled secure boot and everything is fine again. Sorry for this, but there must be something simple to get my secure boot working again.

Smart .. I'd have agreed right up until the OpenSUSE choice ;)

Uuuh, yes, you are right. I have dropped a clanger.  ;)

My intention was to show that some big cities are smart enough to use Linux. They would be even smarter if they would use Peppermint, I guess. :)

I have read that the city of Rome has done the same. All the employees are free to choose between LibreOffice and Word right now, but LibreOffice will be the future there. The systems are running on Linux (openSUSE, if I am right). Smart!

General Discussion / Re: Keeping fit while Pepperminting
« on: February 26, 2018, 11:44:20 am »

General Discussion / Re: Post Meltdown, Spectre and other Intel issues
« on: February 25, 2018, 01:41:05 pm »
In my point of view this issue is solved. 4.13.0-36 is fine, not to forget that a firewall, a router and being careful should be more than enough. By the way, anyone using Ukuu? I am not sure if this enhances security?

General Discussion / Re: Ok......on the Ubtunu Installer tracking subject.
« on: February 21, 2018, 12:56:54 am »
It's the anti-ubuntu train again ..
This is an interesting point.  Why all the hate for Ubuntu I wonder. :-\

This is what I am wondering about as well. Have a look at Distrowatch. While Ubuntu is downrated, all the *Buntus and Ubuntu derivatives get all the love of the users. Irrational exuberance.

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