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General Discussion / Re: Real novice with linux. Please help
« on: May 29, 2020, 03:07:29 pm »
Did you follow the instructions on the Linux Artists' site?
If you did and it didn't work, you might have got a bad product — they give a contact on that page to report problems.

You could try fbzx:
I've used the Fedora version of that on CentOS, so an Ubuntu or Debian version should work on Mint.

Printers and Scanners / Re: What printers work best on Linux?
« on: May 29, 2020, 02:55:39 pm »
I agree wholeheartedly, but Melissa is talking about Ebay.  There are many fine businesses operating there but also some not so good and there's no way of knowing which is which until something goes wrong.  After all, a guarantee is worth nowt if you can't get a response from the vendor......  Just saying...
You look at the customer feedback! Also, many items come with ebay's own money back guarantee.

Printers and Scanners / Re: What printers work best on Linux?
« on: May 28, 2020, 04:16:05 pm »
A second-hand printer may be ok but will doubtless come with no guarantee so a new printer may be more cost-effective in the long run.
If it's professionally refurbished there should be a guarantee. The example I chose at random was guaranteed for 6 months — if it's faulty it should show within that time.

On the subject of inkjets clogging, that can be a serious problem if you are not a frequent user. Laser printers are dearer, but they don't mind being left unused for weeks. Also, even the initial ink supply is far larger than you get with an inkjet: my Samsung died after 8 years and I'd never had to replace the ink!

Printers and Scanners / Re: What printers work best on Linux?
« on: May 27, 2020, 04:33:29 pm »
I currently have an  HP (my second) and I've also used Samsung. Most of the big names work, but the secret is to check on-line before buying. So, a quick trip to ebay revealed a refurbished HP Envy 5530 at £25. A search for "hp envy 5530 linux" came up with a manual and driver to download and instructions for installation on Ubuntu — in other words, it's OK. It's also worth looking on Amazon to see the reviews. Of course, there's always some-one who's been unlucky, but the consensus will be reliable.

General Help & Advice / Re: Debian Buster compatibility
« on: May 21, 2020, 05:29:37 pm »
The desktop will be used for office work, not for gaming. I am deciding between the Ryzen 3 3300X and Ryzen 5 3600 and between the MSI B450-A PRO and the MSI B450 TOMAHAWK.
What sort of office work are we talking about? It would take some very heavy-duty tasks to need a Ryzen 5.,5643.html
Personally, I've just had a new desktop built with an AMD A6-9500.

General Help & Advice / Re: Debian Buster compatibility
« on: May 10, 2020, 04:51:15 pm »
I should think so:

The best way to answer questions about compatibility is to do what I've just done: I searched for "debian buster amd ryzen 5" and got that query. If there were any problems, I'd have got a lot of complaints showing up.

Peppermint / Re: file suffices
« on: May 08, 2020, 04:37:36 pm »
I don't know what you get in Peppermint, but some file managers are quite clever — if the format doesn't match the suffix, they'll tell you and ask what to do with it when you click on it. The file types are identified by their magic number:

General Help & Advice / Re: Looking for new email client
« on: May 05, 2020, 04:00:52 pm »
I use claws-mail, which I find very reliable. It does spell-checking and has some plug-ins, but not translation.

General Discussion / Re: Ubuntu 20.04 LTs
« on: April 30, 2020, 04:28:06 pm »
Firstly, you need to create the installation disk or usb from the .iso file you downloaded. If you are going to use a dvd, then Windows has the resources to do that. If you are going to use a usb, then upi need to install Rufus and follow these instructions

Then you can boot up from the medium and try Ubuntu before committing yourself to installing. If you decide to go ahead, you need free up some space on the hard drive using Windows, and then run the installer. This page gives you a good idea:

General Help & Advice / Re: Debian Buster compatibility
« on: April 28, 2020, 04:34:52 pm »
Ryzen did initially have some problems with Linux, but the latest reports all come from 2018 — the problems seem to have been fixed. Basically, a widely-used distro like Debian will have been tested with almost everything, so provided the version is newer than the hardware, all should be well.

General Help & Advice / Re: Linux desktops/workstations
« on: April 12, 2020, 03:42:34 pm »
I bought a computer from here at Christmas
They allow you to customise the product. They won't install Linux (other than the commercial version of Red Hat) but they will supply without an OS, and installing Debian is easy.

Another possibility is
They will certainly fit 4 drives for you but they too only offer a choice of Windows or no OS. They say they supply to a budget from £310 to £20,000!

General Help & Advice / Re: installed applications
« on: April 08, 2020, 04:18:26 pm »
What version of Linux are you using and how are you installing software? If you use your distro's software installer, everything is taken care of. When you say that other things need to be downloaded for Avidemux, that's normal behaviour in Linux — the installer is just warning you that there's more downloading than you expected, in case you're half-way up a mountain with no broadband. Similarly, you say you downloaded Openshot. Does that mean that you got it from a web-site? Always get software from your distribution: anything other method is for experienced users only.

Hardware Compatibility / Re: Isthis possible
« on: April 08, 2020, 04:10:58 pm »
If you run the installer, the steps are
Select your language — Connect to the internet — Tick the codecs box — Installation type
At the last stage, you should see two options
Erase disk and install Mint — Do something else
Choose the first and the disk will be reformatted automatically.

General Help & Advice / Re: installed applications
« on: April 07, 2020, 04:16:58 pm »
To see how to use MPlayer and MEncoder, see here:
but, as you can see, MEncoder is for modifying the whole of a video. What you need is a video editor. There are several available, and your distribution should have at least one of them:
I've used Avidemux, admittedly some years ago, and it wasn't too difficult — and you don't have to use the command line!

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