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The only problem I've had with non-compatibility is with Epson printers.  They will work on Linux but can sometimes be a bit difficult (problem finding drivers) - which is a pity because they are really good printers.  HP printers support Linux very well with the HPLIP (HP Linux Imaging and Printing system) although many smaller, cheaper HP printers don't take advantage of all HPLIP's facilities.

My most recent laptop (Dell Latitude E5570, fitted with only an SSD as standard) installed Linux not to drive /dev/sda1 but to /dev/nvme0n1p3 ("nvm" = non-volatile memory) and any USB device I plug in becomes /dev/sda1.  Bizarre, but it works OK.  Linux can cope with just about any hardware these days, so I wouldn't worry too much about non-compatibilities. 

Being of a somewhat parsimonious nature, I always buy second-hand computers, trying it out with a Linux "live USB" before parting with cash, then installing Linux myself.  Much cheaper that way.  It's amazing how many people upgrade to the latest Windows version by buying a new computer!  

Hope this helps a bit.
Hi Gaz.

No, it doesn't count as advertising as you get nothing out of it.  And it's helpful info.

Keith (Moderator)
Linux Support / Re: USB Boot
July 26, 2022, 05:34:13 PM
Hi Muhuf - and welcome to the Forum.

I doubt that you will receive many replies as you have not provided any information about your system on which you are using your pen drive. 
Please read the pages for new members on the home page; in particular A guide for submitting posts and implementing instructions.  This will help you to solve your problem.

General Discussion / Re: Is it me?
June 23, 2022, 05:31:25 PM

I think there might be some confusion here over the use of the term "ISO file" - but I'll skip that.
If you can get your PC connected to the internet why not just transfer the file(s) by email or via Dropbox (or similar cloud file storage such as Mega.nz) and pick them up on another PC? 

General Discussion / Re: Is it me?
June 20, 2022, 04:48:56 PM
Hi Mike.

Xfburn provides four options: 
1. Burn Image
2. New data composition
3. Blank disk (preparing a disk for a new burn)
4. Audio CD
Since your files are not ISO images, I am guessing that you used #2 or #3. 
"New Data" looks like the appropriate one - did you use that? 

You say that Linux can see the files (on the CD?) but Windows can't.  Do they need to be visible in Windows?  Not sure what your problem actually is. 

Linux Support / Re: Can't execute scripts
May 01, 2022, 12:21:26 AM
Hi Brian.

Your commands don't work, surprisingly, although if I go to the directory .bin where the scripts are, that appears to work.
But your suggestion of changing directory permissions worked a treat!  As directory permissions are not generally shown, it didn't even occur to me to try that.   
Many thanks.    

Linux Support / Can't execute scripts [SOLVED]
April 29, 2022, 06:38:08 PM
I've just bought a new laptop - Dell Latitude E5570 - and am still trying to come to terms with its quirks.  Installed Ubuntu 20.04.   

I have all my scripts in a directory /home/keith/.bin and have changed the PATH to include it:
[email protected]:~$ echo $PATH

....and I've made the scripts executable.  But when I type a script name I get a "command not found" error. 

I've not had problems in the past as the process is so simple.  Any ideas what I'm not doing?

Linux Support / Re: Is Debian good for ThinkPads?
April 23, 2022, 10:45:31 PM
Not sure if this is helpful----- I am running Ubuntu 18.04 on a Thinkpad T500 with 2GB RAM and 500GB SSD, and it's absolutely fine. 
Linux Support / Re: Installing new printer
March 26, 2022, 05:33:16 PM
I think Dave intended to writesudo alien Downloads/epson-inkjet-printer-escpr- a try.

Linux Support / Re: Installing new printer
March 26, 2022, 04:43:03 PM
I guess Alien is looking in a default location for the .rpm file (possibly Downloads or Temp). 
Trysudo alien Desktop/epsom-inkjet-printer-escpr- David will know the right answer.

Hi Rincon.

On my UK keyboard, the exclamation mark (!) is on the same key as the numeral "1", near the top left of the keyboard.  You will need to use the Shift key (up-arrow at bottom left of your keyboard). 

Linux Tips & Tricks / Re: Etcher alternative
March 05, 2022, 11:39:11 AM
You link doesn't work, Brian. 

Although specifically for Fedora, this link might be useful: https://fedoramagazine.org/how-to-make-a-live-usb-stick-using-gnome-disks/

Linux Support / Re: Adding a command to run at start-up
February 26, 2022, 10:57:48 AM
Hi Data10 - and welcome to the Forum. 

I am not familiar with Clear Linux but you might find in System Settings something like "Startup Applications" where you can enter applications to be loaded at start-up.

Failing that you might be able to use crontab.  There are many tutorials on-line and details will be found in the man pages:man crontabYou can see what (if any) applications are started in crontab by issuing the following command:crontab -l

Linux Support / Re: MAJOR problems
February 26, 2022, 10:53:27 AM

I'm pleased that you have resolved your immediate problems - even if it is at the cost of a new machine. 
Pleased also that you intend to keep on with Linux with a view to using it in the future.  Familiarity is the key to any OS and I am sure that ultimately you will fall for Linux.  We hope to see you back here. 

As an aside, you may not know that from Windows 10 the Terms & Conditions give the Microsoft the right to monitor users' keystrokes.  For purely technical reasons, of course!   

Sorry to hear that Matilda.  Better luck next time.