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News and Events / Hell finally freezes over ...
« on: September 23, 2020, 01:26:48 am »
As of October 2020, apparently Microsoft will be releasing a native Linux version of their Edge browser.

Hands up everyone running Linux who wants to install Microsoft software on their machine?
(Edge seems to be based on Google's Chromium browser engine, although Wikipedia lists the browser itself as having a Proprietary license)

Hi Guys,

My understanding is that Kali is designed and built explicitly for penetration testing, which is a real requirement for large software projects. i.e. to find out if the project you are about to deploy have any predictable security flaws that could be exploited by third parties. I'm not sure it's designed to be treated as a generic distribution for general use. If you're not a penetration tester by trade, starting with Mint, Ubuntu or KUbuntu might be a better bet.



News and Events / Linux.UK
« on: September 16, 2020, 12:38:08 pm »
Hi, we're about to launch a new website at (not available just yet) and are looking for more content .. specifically if anyone has an article they've written (or would like to write) about their experiences with Linux or getting started with Linux, please message me .. :)

Hi, I've been using XFCE (XUbuntu) for quite some time, GNome for me just leaks memory like a sieve. Although I still run XFCE on my laptop as it's a little low on RAM, memory is now so cheap ... I upgraded workstation a few months ago to 32Gb and switched to Plasma desktop on KUbuntu .. have to say, it is pretty smooth and I've not had any problems with it .. not thinking of switching to anything else based on it's current performance ...

Also (!) I'm not one to plug specific products (!) however, I stuck one of these in my machine too for around 60 quid;

WD Blue SN550 500GB, M.2 Pcie NVMe SSD

Now sixty quid for a 500G SSD seems pretty reasonable anyway, but this thing delivers 2G/sec read and 1G/sec write.
- mind-blowing performance, love to hear if there are any other devices out there with similar price/performance .. ?

Hardware Compatibility / Re: Motherboard and Buster
« on: June 15, 2020, 09:52:44 pm »
If it helps I've recently upgraded to a 3rd Gen Ryzen 5 2600 using a ASUS ROG Strix B450-F motherboard, indeed I've upgraded two boxes, one with 16Gb and other other 32. Both have been running well with Ubuntu 19.10, one XUbuntu and the other KUbuntu - not had any problems with either of them. Also using a WD Blue SN550 500GB High-Performance M.2 Pcie NVMe SSD, which is a bit of an eye opener .. I've not seen an SSD hit 2G/sec before (!)

General Help & Advice / Re: How do I update Chrome browser?
« on: April 03, 2020, 12:13:15 pm »
To get chrome and keep it up-to-date with the rest of your system, you could try this;
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wget -q -O - | sudo apt-key add -
sudo sh -c 'echo "deb [arch=amd64] stable main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google.list'
sudo apt update
sudo apt install google-chrome-stable
After this Google Chrome should be included whenever you do a system update, either via the GUI or via "apt update && apt upgrade"
What this does;
1. Add the Google public key to your machine so your machine will validate software from this source
2. Add Google as a valid download location
3. Bring in all possible updates from all sources (including new ones, i.e. Google)
4. Install new software (i.e. Chrome) from available sources (that now include Google)

Hardware Compatibility / Refurbishing your Linux box ...
« on: March 14, 2020, 06:21:12 pm »
So I just had a box that started throwing both memory errors and disk errors (SSD) so I decided to try something new. The box dates back to 2011, an ASUS ATX motherboard, Phenom II 4-core 3GHz CPU and 8G RAM with a 30 quid NVidia fanless graphics card. Nothing special, but a nice quiet workstation.

In an attempt to replace that, for the first time in 9 years I bought a new CPU and motherboard.
Just for reference, this combination worked first time for me;
  • ASUS ROG Strix B450-F Gaming ATX Motherboard, AMD Socket AM4, Ryzen 3000 Ready (£109)
  • AMD Ryzen 5 2600 Processor with Wraith Stealth Cooler (£109)
  • Corsair CMK16GX4M2B3200C16 Vengeance LPX 16 GB (£75)
  • Kingston A400 SSD SA400M8/120G - Internal Solid State Drive M.2 (£28)
(Total of £321)

Thus far very happy, the M2 unbuffered is doing between 500M and 1G/sec, CPU has 12 (yes 12!) cores. I was a little worried I'd "get the wrong stuff" after not buying kit for a while, but this lot seemed happy on the first pass .. not seeing any incompatibilities. Thrown a bit by the lack of PATA interface so I had to swap the DVD for a unit with a USB interface, but apart from that .. 2W sleep and ~ 55W idle with a 3-disk RAID added.

I've a few more boxes to do over the coming months (well a few more boxes the same age), if anyone has any alternative working combinations I'd be interesting in comparing notes ... :)

News and Events / Re: FORUM MODERATORS
« on: March 14, 2020, 06:08:28 pm »
Replies via DM .. :)

News and Events / Re: FORUM MODERATORS
« on: March 11, 2020, 02:35:06 pm »

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News and Events / FORUM MODERATORS
« on: March 07, 2020, 02:53:41 pm »
Hi, Unfortunately these forums don't moderate themselves, so I'm in search of one or more individuals who can take-over some of the work that Mark has been doing these past years. It's not something I have time for at the moment so unless someone out there has time on their hands the forums will probably go Read-Only shortly, at least for a little while. Anyone interested, please get in touch here or via madpenguin at ...  :)
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General Discussion / Memorial Fund for Mark Greaves
« on: February 06, 2020, 01:57:29 pm »
For anyone who would like to contribute, Mark's family have set up a Memorial fund here;

The Peppermint forum announcement is here;,9283.0.html

General Discussion / Re: Newest Member
« on: February 01, 2020, 10:57:55 pm »
Hi Harald, check this out, hopefully it's what you are looking for;

General Discussion / Re: Mdadm RAID assembly query
« on: January 26, 2020, 07:05:34 pm »
Mmm, typically if you lose 2 disks on a RAID5 you're out of luck. The fact that the replacement was "nearly" finished doesn't necessarily get you that far as it will be incomplete, i.e. there will likely have been "some" unique data on the second failed drive that won't have made it to the new drive .. whereas a forced assemble "might" work, it would (imho) be "pot luck". The trick with these things is to replace the disks when they start to show signs of wear, typically by looking at the SMART output. Once you get a complete failure on one drive then unfortunately, you're sort of playing with fire, especially if all the disks are the same age ... assuming you don't have backups (?), you could try a specialised data recovery company, but this would likely be very expensive and come with no guarantees. (it is possible, for example, depending on the fault, that they could fix the drive enough to complete the resync)

General Help & Advice / Re: Mint 19.3 Disappointment - [SOLVED]
« on: January 26, 2020, 06:46:43 pm »
Hi, Ubuntu / Gnome in general has a tendency to bloat a little (or a lot) depending on the version. Personally I switched to XUbuntu many years ago and have not looked back. It is lightweight (relatively low memory usage, and fast), maybe a little more windows-like in appearance, and does not leak (as far as I can tell). Every now and again I try something Gnome-shell based just to see what they're up to, but it never lasts long.

General Discussion / Re: Mark Greaves (PC Netspec) - Passing Away
« on: January 15, 2020, 09:05:03 pm »
I'm afraid I'm almost at a loss for words, Mark was one of the most of the likeable and helpful people I know and has done a massive amount for the community and in particular people who frequent these forums where he's answered everyone's questions and kept the peace for the these last 10 years. There's more on the Peppermint forums here;,9283.0.html
Mark - you will be sorely missed. R.I.P

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