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General Discussion / Re: external HD
« on: Today at 12:25:02 am »
Yes it'd be easy to format it with a Linux file system .. but then no Windows PC would be able to read it.

When you say "as a backup drive", what do you mean ? .. do you mean doing actual backups of Linux, or just more as a "storage" drive where you save say docs/pics/videos/music to ?

If the latter, I'd probably format it as NTFS .. that way it'll be useable on both Linux and Windows PC's



Or you could do as I've done and partition it in half .. first partition as NTFS (so readable by both Windows and Linux, used for file storage), and the other formatted as EXT4 so can be used for Linux backups that preserve permissions and symlinks.

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Easiest way to create a Peppermint 9 LiveUSB ..

a) In Peppermint 8 download the Peppermint 9 ISO image.

b) Insert your USB stick

c) Right-click the Peppermint 9 ISO file you downloaded, and select "Make bootable USB stick"

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General Help & Advice / Re: Gradio quick question
« on: September 21, 2018, 06:05:03 pm »
Yes, go into the GRadio settings, and turn off "Background Playback".

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General Discussion / Re: What Tablet and or Mobile?
« on: September 19, 2018, 12:26:32 pm »
I also guess an Android fan might point out because of Androids open source nature the availability of things like LineageOS/CyanogenMod (and other Android phone firmware options) if you wanna cut (to an extent) the Google strings.

iOS devices on the other hand are much more locked down and limited in this respect.

As I suggested, there are MANY more options with Android .. but as an "out of the box" experience, I **personally** prefer iPhone/iOS .. but is a very personal thing, YMMV, so it would be quite wrong for anyone to suggest there's a 'one size fits all' winner here, and anybody that does is simply playing the fanboy game. ;)

There are other alternatives though
https://www.plasma-mobile.org/
or maybe Tizen on a Samsung Z4

or if you're rich, the Librem 5 by Purism
https://puri.sm/shop/librem-5/

or others
https://itsfoss.com/open-source-alternatives-android/
.

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General Discussion / Re: What Tablet and or Mobile?
« on: September 19, 2018, 12:21:02 pm »
Personally I wouldn't touch a Windows phone .. they're stillborn from the get-go with limited software availability.

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The problem I have with Android is that you're then tied (more or less) into the Google world

I suppose an Android fan would counter "The problem I have with iOS is that you're then tied (more or less) into the Apple world" ;)

Neither are perfect, neither are inherently "better" .. they are what they are, so just pick whichever feels right and fits your requirements.

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General Discussion / Re: What Tablet and or Mobile?
« on: September 19, 2018, 12:05:02 pm »
Hi Gordonbp, and welcome to the forum :)

I'd suspect most people are going to say Android, simply because:-

a) Market Share
b) It's Linux under the hood
c) Connectivity options.

But myself, well I have an iPhone .. the reasons

1) I 'inherited' it from my youngest son (who's an Apple fan, my oldest swears by Android) .. so it was free.
2) Connection issues (such as the lack of iTunes under Linux) don't bother me .. the only thing I'd ever need to do is transfer photos, which you can do.
3) To me, iOS seems much more cohesive and intuitive than Android
4) iPhones ALL receive regular updates for the life of the phone, irrespective of carrier, not just the premium models for the first few years, and if your carrier can be bothered.

Now don't get me wrong, I'm the last person you'd call an Apple fan .. I think their PC's are overpriced (all glitter) rubbish .. but in its stock form iOS just feels like a better experience to me as a 'device' OS.

One of the main issues I have with Android is the way updates are rolled out .. because most carriers modify stock Android, updates are down to them, and they have no incentive to roll out updates for older models as Google release them. iPhones on the other hand get iOS updates directly from Apple immediately and (pretty much) indefinitely.

That said, if I had a need for connectivity software I'd probably go Android.



In short:-

Android has more options, and is less locked down.

iOS is (IMHO) a smoother experience, and receives regular updates .. but is more locked down, and has limited connectivity options particularly with a Linux PC

So it really depends on what you expect from the device and its connectivity option .. take your pick :)

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General Help & Advice / Re: Update red cross
« on: September 19, 2018, 11:41:30 am »
No problem :)

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General Discussion / Re: Libre Calc.
« on: September 19, 2018, 11:26:57 am »
Would you like to try LibreOffice 6 ?

It might fix whatever is broken in your LO 5.

If so, follow the instructions below....



Open a terminal and run the following commands in sequence
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sudo apt-get remove --purge libreoffice*
then
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mv ~/.config/libreoffice ~/.config/libreoffice-old
then
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sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/ppa
then
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sudo apt-get update
then
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sudo apt-get install libreoffice

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General Discussion / Re: external HD
« on: September 19, 2018, 11:19:23 am »
Sure you can install Peppermint to it, that's another beauty about Linux .. it's happy to boot/run from an external drive :)

And if connected to a USB3.0 port you'll not notice too much of a performance hit either.

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General Discussion / Re: external HD
« on: September 18, 2018, 10:59:12 pm »
Yeah any of the Seagate "Expansion" models should work.

Now I can't say for sure how reliable they are, you hear different things from different people (a lot of which seems biased by a bunch of different model drives Seagate made some years ago being known to be short lived) .. but they will work.

I personally haven't had any problems with my 3.5" "Expansion" models .. but then they don't get heavy use, so that's no guarantee.

Your call, but they should work fine, and I'd personally have no qualms about getting one .. or indeed ANOTHER one to add to the 3 I already have :)

Oh and BTW, when connected to a USB3.0 port transfers are stupid quick (at least they are on the 3.5" ones).



The ONLY negative on the 3.5" models is you cannot remove the HDD from the case and expect to use it as an internal HDD .. the USB3.0 port is actually part of the drives PCB, in other words it's not a SATA drive in a case with a SATA to USB3.0 adapter board .. dunno if the 2.5" are the same, but if it's to remain external this is irrelevant anyway.

The only time this would really become a problem is if you bought one of these thinking you'd rip out the drive and use it as an internal HDD in your laptop/desktop (you can't) .. a lot of people fell into this trap because there were some VERY attractive deals on these things that often made them cheaper than an equivalent capacity internal HDD (specially during the HDD shortage a while back).

It does however highlight the need to look after the USB port on the drive .. if you damage that, you're not going to be able to rip out the drive and put it in another case to recover the data .. but be careful when inserting the USB cable, and don't stress the connector/port and it should be fine.
(personally I just leave the USB cable inserted permanently, so I'm not continually wearing the connectors)

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General Help & Advice / Re: Update red cross
« on: September 18, 2018, 11:36:13 am »
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Is the a way to filter updates to only the ones relevent for Mint.

That's not what's happening here, Mint draws the vast majority (98% ish as a guess) of its packages directly from the upstream Ubuntu repos so the vast majority of updates will have "ubuntu' in their version numbers.

To me it looks like that [X] box is just telling you the upgrade is selected to be installed automatically unless for some reason you don't want it, then you can remove the X by clicking on it.

Just accept the update (which is the correct version for Ubuntu 18.04 and therefore Mint 19).

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General Discussion / Re: external HD
« on: September 18, 2018, 11:32:23 am »
It should be fine as long as it doesn't use some weird kind of windows only encryption.

Can you give us the exact model ?

I mean I have 3 of these of differing capacities
https://www.ebuyer.com/709705-seagate-expansion-2tb-usb-3-0-desktop-external-hard-drive-steb2000200
and they all work fine .. as should any other basic USB HDD as long as it doesn't have some weird hardware encryption that requires a Windows only app to read .. basic USB HDD's should be fine.

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General Discussion / Re: Libre Calc.
« on: September 18, 2018, 11:16:23 am »
What's the output from:
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soffice --version

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General Discussion / Re: Libre Calc.
« on: September 16, 2018, 01:29:41 am »
You're copying and pasting these commands right ?

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Test Pep9 with a LiveUSB first .. in case that has the same audio problem .. if it does, we should get to the bottom of it before doing anything else.

It'd still be handy to know if headphones work (in the headphone socket) .. even if they're just ear buds.

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