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Messages - Mark Greaves (PCNetSpec)

I'm lost why your last command doesn't work if it has to be FEWER than 8 characters (?)
who | grep '[a-zA-Z0-9]\{8\}'
should do <=7 characters (and skip anything with >=8)  .. so what am I missing ?
Internet Connectivity / Re: Broadband speed issue
November 20, 2019, 01:59:32 AM
IIRC, WiCD doesn't support IPv6 .. so maybe all you needed to do was set IPv4 to "Ignored" in network manager (and maybe set a static IP).

That said, if WiCD is doing the job, may as well stick with it ;)
Not having a go at you personally Rich .. just something I felt I had to say about those sites (pet hate of mine I'm afraid) ;)

Mainly it's more about the wording than the content which seems to confuse new users, I get fed up of new users coming to the forum asking "if this stuff is necessary/essential, why isn't it done out of the box?". We don't mind explaining why defaults are chosen, we just wish people weren't being confused in the first place.

This stuff ISN'T necessary/essential, the 'tweaks' will depend on the system and user preference .. and some of which IMHO shouldn't be attempted/done unless the implications are FULLY understood.
(for example - setting a root password instead of using 'sudo' to elevate privileges, which is the default for a reason .. the benefits/drawbacks of each method aren't well explained on the site, with new users just pushed towards the authors preference without explanation)

I just think if someone is going to author such a site with new users as the target audience, the author should use it more as a teaching opportunity rather than an opinion piece (this is the way **I** like my system) with little explanation .. and please, drop the **ESSENTIAL** tags, they are bound to confuse (even scare) new users.
Internet Connectivity / Re: Broadband speed issue
November 19, 2019, 12:36:40 PM
Whats the output from:
lspci -vnn | grep -i net
inxi -Fz
iwlist scan
Sorry Rich J but...

Oh I hate those "10 things to do after installing <insert distro-name>" type websites and/or articles.
(with clickbait subtitles like "1. TEN ESSENTIAL ACTIONS:")

They sound like things that are **ESSENTIAL**, and for the majority of users they are absolutely NOT .. they are just what the site author likes to do on his system and the vast majority are simply opinion and 'preference'.
(at what point did setting the terminal semi-transparent become ESSENTIAL ::))

If the distro developers thought they were **ESSENTIAL**, they'd already be done out of the box .. but for some reason the site/article author thinks he knows better than the distro developers ::)
(so why isn't the author making his own distro?)

In fact the author of a similar (maybe the same?) site originally did one for Peppermint (for clarity I should add here that I'm the team lead at Peppermint), but after I suggested on our forum that some of his suggestions could be considered dangerous unless the user understood them (and people who understood them were likely not the visitors to his website), he went off in a huff and removed the Peppermint page entirely .. which BTW was fine by me, I'd much rather people with questions ask via the official channel (our forum) :)

I'd suggest there are a few things on that site that should be viewed with caution (for example, setting a root password) .. and NONE of it is **ESSENTIAL** unless you choose to make it so.

Sorry TelescopeMirrors for hijacking your topic .. not a great intro to Linux .. but those sites hit a raw nerve, if they used less clickbaity titles such "10 things you MIGHT want to consider after installing <distroname>" or "10 changes I like to make to my system after installing <distroname>", and they explained WHY they make those changes and what they do that would be another matter entirely, but they (most often) don't .. instead we get "TEN ESSENTIAL ACTIONS, rubbish.

As Rich J suggests, Linux Mint would be as good a choice as any (and better than most) for your first foray into Linux .. just stay away from those "10 things to do after installing <distro name>" type websites unless they solve a SPECIFIC problem you're having, don't just take all the changes they suggest as necessary or essential, they are NOT .. and personally I'd trust the distro developers to choose the default settings over some random dudes website.
Give Linux Mint or Peppermint a go :)

BTW welcome to the forum.
Internet Connectivity / Re: Broadband speed issue
November 16, 2019, 06:30:31 PM
what's the output from

and I take it you've tried rebooting both the PC and router ?
(have you tried turning it off and on again ;D)
Linux Support / Re: find backslash on keyboard??
November 14, 2019, 11:00:30 PM
Looks like you have a US (American English) keyboard/layout.

Do the key markings match the key as typed .. or are you accidentally using the en_US layout on an en_GB keyboard ?
Linux Support / Re: EnviromentalError
November 14, 2019, 10:55:47 PM
You'll have to give the command issued and exact error.

BTW, updating python is dangerous and likely to screw up your system.
Jobs Offered / Re: Design Engineer (f/m/d)
November 14, 2019, 10:52:19 PM

Jobs Offered / Re: Design Engineer (f/m/d)
November 13, 2019, 12:22:45 AM
Thanks Mike, but it still would have been helpful if the OP included a link .. maybe it's some kinda critical/lateral thinking test :))
Linux Support / Re: find backslash on keyboard??
November 12, 2019, 08:47:23 PM
The key location on the keyboard can vary (specially on small laptops) .. but on the en_GB keyboard layout it's pretty much always


Dunno if that's different on say en_US layouts
Linux Support / Re: Booting
November 12, 2019, 01:46:59 AM
I'm lost .. you wiped the entire drive including the Windows partition then installed ONLY Mint .. so how do you expect to boot Windows (if it no longer exists) ?


Currently you have 2 menu entries for Windows

One points to /dev/nvme0n1p1 .. which is actually the ESP (UEFI boot) partition .. NOT Windows

and the other points to /dev/sda1 .. which is yet another ESP (UEFI boot) partition .. NOT Windows

There is NO Windows partition .. so maybe you should just remove those UEFI entries.
General Discussion / Re: Folder permission
November 12, 2019, 01:44:42 AM
No, you could only use mkdir in the parent folder if you had elevated privileges (sudo mkdir).

There's no way (that I know of) to allow writing of folders but not files .. you either have write permission or you don't.
General Discussion / Re: New ;)
November 03, 2019, 03:13:05 PM
I do, I use it everywhere .. Windows free for years now :)