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General Discussion / Re: Liux Mint Photoprint. SOLVED
« on: Yesterday at 01:27:13 pm »
Many thanks, Goalie - we'll see you later.


General Discussion / Re: Liux Mint Photoprint.
« on: Yesterday at 10:28:04 am »
Thanks, Goalie - and good luck with progress.

By the way:  if you add [SOLVED] to the title of your first post in this topic, it will appear in the title on the Forum page so everyone can see it. 


General Discussion / Re: Liux Mint Photoprint.
« on: January 16, 2021, 07:25:34 pm »
Probably not very helpful;  but I installed photoprint_0.4.2-pre2 about a year ago on Ubuntu 18.04 and it's working well. 
I can't remember where I installed it from, but the fact that it's working gives cause for hope, although perhaps it's only good on the full Ubuntu installation. 


Netbooks / Re: Operating system not found - DVD Issue
« on: January 09, 2021, 08:53:53 pm »
I believe you are right, Matt:  depending on the age of a computer, the BIOS may show boot orders for floppy-disc, USB-stick, CD/DVD and HDD even if floppy/USB/DVD drives don't exist. 

Netbooks / Re: Operating system not found - DVD Issue
« on: January 08, 2021, 11:09:45 pm »
Hi Matt.

Excuse me being a bit slow, but it's not quite clear whether you are always using the term DVD to mean the DVD reader is not working or the machine is not booting from a Live DVD or you simply can't read a conventional DVD disc.  Or perhaps all three.  Let us know and someone will have a go at helping. 


Printers and Scanners / Re: Scangearmp2 SOLVED.
« on: January 02, 2021, 03:26:30 pm »
My pleasure, Goalie.  8)

General Discussion / Re: Secure build for a newbie
« on: January 02, 2021, 03:25:23 pm »
Hello Nilo - and welcome to the Forum.

Is the Asus UX32 so old?  I found the spec of the Asus UX32A which looks very good.  Or are you looking for a desktop?

There are Linux-preinstalled machines available but you are right - they can be rather expensive. 
If you want to build a desktop, this can be done considerably cheaper then buying ready-built and you might like to look at

As for security:
1. No computer is intrinsically secure unless you encrypt sensitive directories - which is a good idea. 
2. Using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) will prevent Google/Facebook et al tracking you.  Not all VPNs (even paid-for ones) are wholly trustworth so I use which is free and ultra secure. 

Secure mail:
There are very few free and guaranteed secure email services, and it depends on whether you want to use client email software such as Thunderbird (which is very configurable) or are happy with webmail.
For webmail, I thoroughly recommend which offers several paid-for versions and a free version of reduced functionality.  The service is totally encrypted end-to-end and if you lose your password not even Protonmail can retrieve your data.  Aliases are not available for the free account. also has a free, reduced-service offering that is just as secure and easy to use as Protonmail.

For use with Thunderbird email client, I use  This a paid-for service only but the cheapest (Micro) offering costs about £1/month.  Again, the servers are encrypted but your data can be retrieved with a lot of hassle if you lose your password - and you will need already to have listed a second email address to your account so they can communicate with you.  The Runbox Micro account allows up to 100 aliases which you should use in preference to your base address. 

The service I receive from Protonmail and Runbox is excellent.

I hope that helps a bit - feel free to ask more questions.

Printers and Scanners / Re: Scangearmp2
« on: January 02, 2021, 02:42:57 pm »
And a Happy New Year to you, also, Goalie.

This is good news indeed. 

It's true that although Linux is very good at coping with almost any printer one throws at it, sometimes it's not up to the job. 
As you are using HP now I do recommend that you install the HP Linux & Imaging Printing system (HPLIP) available here:  It might even come pre-installed with Mint.  HP is one of the few manufacturers that supports Linux well. 

Best regards,

(Yes; please do mark your topic as solved)

General Help & Advice / Re: Zerofree Utility
« on: January 02, 2021, 09:16:48 am »
For readers as easily confused as I am, the following links may help to understand the various mystical initials used here:
VDI: "Virtual Desktop Infrastructure" -
VM: "Virtual Machine" -
VB: "VirtualBox" -

General Help & Advice / Re: Linux Lite v1
« on: January 01, 2021, 10:15:45 pm »
What's VB, Matt?

I really don't know.  But I do have problems with my cursor jumping suddenly to random places in my typing.  In my case it's due to my sleeve moving over the mouse pad of my laptop, and raising the sleeve seems to fix it. 
As for multiple pastes:  that's weird and I really don't have any idea. 


General Help & Advice / Re: Zerofree Utility
« on: January 01, 2021, 10:08:03 pm »
Perhaps there was nothing to compress?  And I read somewhere that zerofree is for image files rather than installed OSs - or have I misunderstood?


General Help & Advice / Re: Zerofree Utility
« on: January 01, 2021, 08:09:03 pm »
Good idea, Tony.  How about it, Matt?

Mind you, I'm still not sure of the value of Zerofree.


General Help & Advice / Re: Zerofree Utility
« on: January 01, 2021, 07:52:10 pm »
Hi Wishbone.  Many thanks for your input.
Yes; you are right but I deliberately didn't suggest it as I wasn't sure it would automatically be appropriate.  Just over cautious I guess. 
Specifically, there wasn't an Ubuntu 19 listed to match Matt's Mint 19, and the versions usually match, I think.  Which one would you suggest - 18 or 20?

@Matt: I see now where you got the "Alpine" from.  Definitely not recommended!


General Help & Advice / Re: Zerofree Utility
« on: January 01, 2021, 07:14:37 pm »
Excellent news - do report later.

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