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Not sure about which laptops to avoid or what your budget is but two UK companies that provide laptops with Linux pre-installed are Entroware (Ubuntu or Ubuntu mate) and Star Labs (Ubuntu,elementary,Mint,Manjaro,MX and Zorin)



PS hope this does not count as "Deliberate advertising"
Hi Brian000
Your link looks to be broken, I think you were trying to get to here (useful site by the way)

Linux Support / Re: Make a new distribution
April 03, 2022, 01:22:01 PM
Not something I have ever attempted but see the link for three videos that Dan at MIYO Linux made to show how he builds his distro. Should give you some clues as to what is required.

All looks OK to me. It is more difficult to find find the latest posts when just browsing ( star icon not available ) but easy when you have logged in.
Why are you asking the same question here that you have asked and received an answer for on LinuxQuestions.org ?

Linux Tips & Tricks / Etcher alternative
February 17, 2022, 08:11:08 PM
Having read through Helen Pixles post "I made the bootable USB" and the problems encountered with Etcher and Unetbootin plus the fact you have to be very careful if you use the dd command. Could I suggest another option USBImager which I found via the video


Its very light weight, open source, very easy to use and over the last twelve months I have had no problems with it at all.
Where to find it and how to install are all covered in the video.
Linux Support / Re: Can I have some advice please?
February 10, 2022, 07:07:24 PM
Hope I am not going to confuse the issue here by offering more choice (feel free to ignore if that is the case).
But could I suggest Linux Lite which while being ubuntu based will run easily with 4GB of ram (1GB+ recommended minimum) and is set up "to make the transition from Windows to Linux Lite, as smooth as possible." & " A familiar, Windows like Desktop" as they state on there web site.


Plus they have an excellent help manual to aid people new to Linux.

General Discussion / Re: Boot Times & Run Times
January 23, 2022, 06:55:11 PM
Same as you running live in USB just as quick as a full install, even quicker if the the distro loads to ram like puppy linux.
Maybe the "how much faster a system will be once installed to a hard drive" quote goes back a few years to when we had to use CD or DVD to run a live distro?
Linux Support / Re: Debian 11
January 06, 2022, 07:10:36 PM

I have been running Devuan Chimaera which is basically Debian Bullseye (11) without systemd since October 2021 on my main desktop and slightly longer on my old laptop with no stability problems at all. In fact the updates have been very quiet of late.
The upgrade from Devuan Beowulf (Debian 10 Buster) went without a hitch as well but that is a lot more recent than Debian Jessie that you are running.
Although you should note that I do not run any of the software that you list.

[Gazz - thanks for your PM.  I can't change the text from bold to normal either.  I'll look into it.
Hardware Compatibility / Re: Brother Printer problem
January 04, 2022, 11:25:04 AM
Hi Don

Yes probably worth trying a re-install it won't do any harm.
The other problem I have had with Brother printers is that there linux drivers are 32bit so I have had to install the package "lib32z1" to enable them to work on a 64bit system. But as it sound like your printer has worked in the past this must must already have been done.

So many problems with printers over the years you can grow to hate CUPS!
Hardware Compatibility / Re: Brother Printer problem
January 03, 2022, 06:54:31 PM
Hi Don

My Brother HL-1112 printer also stopped working recently when I upgraded to Devuan Chimaera. When I looked at the print settings found that the Enabled box was no longer checked.

Unlikely you have the same error as you have not just upgraded Peppermint but probably worth checking anyway.
Linux Support / Re: Persistent menu how to cancel
November 18, 2021, 10:42:39 AM
Had a similar problem on MIYO linux (Devuan+openbox) which I use on my old laptop and the solution I suggested came from a video by guy who made that.
So although it will work I should have known that Mint would have an easier method ( i.e. Brian000 post ).
Linux Support / Re: Persistent menu how to cancel
November 17, 2021, 06:34:02 PM
First post so I hope this works!
Open your File Manager as root e.g. Open the terminal and type

sudo nemo
Then enter your password (I think your on Linux Mint from a previous post)

Then go to Filesystem root (listed on the LHS) then usr > share > applications
and find the icon you want, click on it with RMB and open with text editor.

Then if you scroll down to where it says Categories and remove Network from the list and save.

Note: I tried this with HexChat on my computer and it worked but not 100% on Teams.

PS. If there is no Categories listed you could try adding
NoDisplay=true  at the bottom of the file.