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I'm getting this warning in the terminal, PCNetSpec:

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perknh@xerus:~$ sudo gedit /usr/share/applications/opera.desktop
[sudo] password for perknh:

(gedit:4363): Gtk-WARNING **: Calling Inhibit failed: GDBus.Error:org.freedesktop.DBus.Error.ServiceUnknown: The name org.gnome.SessionManager was not provided by any .service files

** (gedit:4363): WARNING **: Set document metadata failed: Setting attribute metadata::gedit-spell-enabled not supported

** (gedit:4363): WARNING **: Set document metadata failed: Setting attribute metadata::gedit-encoding not supported

I don't know what to make of it. :-\


After a night's sleep, I got it!

Once I got to the applications folder manually, I ran your command as root through the terminal.  I then logged out and in, closed Opera-beta browser, and then reopened it.  It's now sizing itself as it should. 

Thank you, PCNetSpec! ;)


I have to say it's easier tweaking applications in Peppermint (Xfce) than in Ubuntu (Unity).

Hi PCNetSpec,

I'm trying to take the command I learned in Peppermint for resizing Opera and bring it to the launcher in Ubuntu 16,04,3 so that Opera browser size itself correctly.  I've tried playing with Gedit and Create launcher using this source, but I've had no luck.

Here's the command I'm trying to convert from Peppermint 8 Respin to Ubuntu Unity 16.04.3:

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opera-beta  --window-size=1600,850  %U 

Any help or pointers figuring this out would be greatly appreciated.       

Thank you,


Oh!  I never knew that.  No, you're right, I haven't been using it.

I'll, again, marked the topic as solved.  ;)

Thank you, PCNetSpec.

Hi PCNetSpec,

I ended up installing Unity again, and this time, when I ran the commands you showed me from Peppermint forum, I had a big surprise.  I can longer find  Yes, there's a Pepperflash folder in Google Chrome, but when I open it, it's empty!  There no to be found. 

Can we come up with another workaround, or is what I posted over at Peppermint from Google's Blog coming true now?  It's almost December; maybe support for Flash really is being "de-dmphasized" in Chrome. :o

Whatever the reason, I can't get Flash from Chrome to work for me any longer in Chromium.  Of course, I can download Adobe Flash from Adobe itself, but that's no fun having to agree to Adobe's licence agreement,   

Thank you,


Hey, no problem.  I learned the difference between pluma and nemo by installing Yandex through the terminal over in Peppermint.  Also, I don't remember having to log out and in with Peppermint, but Flash didn't show up here for me until I logged out, and then in, to Ubuntu.   Also, it's good to know that one can swap out pluma, or nemo, for gedit too.  That little trick will come in handy someday.  ;) 

Thank you, PCNetSpec.  It's all good.  :)

Hello PCNetSpec,

I'll try it.  I was anticipating that the gedit part of the process would throw me for a loop.  But I'll give it a whirl, and I'll report back with the results.


I had to change pluma to nano, use CTRL 0 and CTRL X, press ENTER, Log Out and In, and now I'm running the up-to-date version of Google Chrome's Flash within Chromium.

Thank you, PCNetSpec. Yes, it worked!  ;)

Hello Linux in the UK:

I discovered a clever little trick in Peppermint's forum that allows one to run Adobe Flash in Chromium Browser by using the builtin Flash of Google Chrome if Chrome is already installed in the distribution.  With a little help, I'd like to be able to do this for my Chromium browser in Ubuntu 16.04 also.  I have already installed Google Chrome.

Here's the link from Peppermint forum where PCNetSpec showed us how to do this in Peppermint 7.,4475.msg46329.html#msg46329

I'm not certain what I need to change here in order to do the same in Ubuntu.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.  ;)

Thank you,


Here's the inxi -Fz for my computer if this is of any help at all:

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General Discussion / Re: Linux Mint: Mate vs XFCE
« on: November 27, 2015, 01:47:06 pm »
For disclosure - I help make Peppermint 6, so obviously it'll fit closest with what *I* consider to be "best" (otherwise I'd change it), this doesn't make it "best" for everyone .. drawing your own conclusions is really the only way forward, so try as many distros as you can.

Then choose Peppermint 6 .. only kidding ;)

I know you're saying this in jest, PCNetSpec, but that ended up being scifidude79's conclusion too -- from over at Peppermint's forum.  scifidude's favorite version of MATE is from Mint; his favorite version of Xfce is Xubuntu, but, pound for pound, the best of them all, according to scifidude79, remains Peppermint 6  --which, to all of us who have tried it agree, is both a jewel, and an LXDE-styled masterpiece, within the world of Linux!* :)

*All of us, that is, except veggie! ;)

General Discussion / Re: Linux Mint: Mate vs XFCE
« on: November 27, 2015, 03:13:26 am »
Hello Alair,

From what I can tell, Xfce is lighter on resources than MATE.  My best guess for resource usage of UIs or DEs --from lightest to heaviest-- would go something like this:

Command line only, Windows Managers (e.g. Openbox, Fluxbox, etc.), an LXDE-style DE (e.g. Peppermint), Xfce (e.g. Xubuntu), MATE (e.g. Ubuntu MATE), GNOME (e.g. Ubuntu GNOME), Ubuntu, KDE (e.g. Kubuntu).

I can personally attest that Xubuntu is as solid as a rock!  MATE is very popular too, and I've never heard anyone complain about it --ever.  Personally, I like Xfce better than MATE.  If you like the menu of MATE, then I would suggest trying Peppermint  --because, in my opinion, the menu is even easier to use than MATE's, and you also get the added benefit of having Peppermint's support forum too.

I don't know where you heard that MATE was on its way out.  Although MATE is based on an older style of GNOME,  MATE seems to be increasing in popularity over time --not decreasing.  I guess going retro is hip these days!  But, lets not forget, Xfce is retro too --twenty years old!  Xfce just isn't getting the press it deserves. :(

For lightness and practicality, I, personally, would either go for Peppermint or Xubuntu.  But, in fairness to Ubuntu MATE, it's supposed to be quite good on resources too, and a lot of people now think it's the best flavor of Ubuntu around.

Alair, why not try all three of these distros for yourself --using either a flash drive or some inexpensive DVD-Rs.  Peppermint, Xubuntu, and Ubuntu MATE are all winners really!  I don't think you can go wrong with any one of them. ;)

Alair, I don't know why there are so many terminal options with Xfce.  I just pick the one that says terminal, or terminal emulator.  I pick the one that looks like a normal terminal, and then I use it and forget about the others.  But your question is still a good one.  But don't let it bug you.  There must be some reason for having two terminals.  These developers really do know what they're doing.  Whatever the reason, it's not accidental. :)


Sorry, PCNetSpec, yes, I can use sudo --but when installing the mini iso, one question asked to me if I ever needed to be "root" and I declined. That's what I was trying to say!  In other words, no "su" for me, only "sudo."

I went into my files through my file manager.  I'll try it through sudo now.

No, I hadn't tried pinging anything.



I'm on!  The first command sudo gedit /etc/network/interfaces took care of the problem! I've also got my browsers back again!!

The answer to your first ping question:

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And, now the answer to your second:

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I don't know if these results are good or bad --no clue!  :-\

PCNetSpec, you are either the actual reincarnation of Sherlock Holmes himself, or you ARE Sherlock Holmes and have taken very, very good care of yourself over the years! (Who cares if he was once a fictitious character, he has now come to life in you!)

What was I lacking?  The pound signs, and DNS entry?

Thank you!


Hi PCNetSpec,

I can't seem to add the #'s (pound signs) or move the words auto and iface where you would like them.  They don't stick.  (This is read only you know.)  But, I do seem to have dns=dnsmasq now.

Sorry, but I seem to be lacking permissions here.  I never allowed myself to be root --ever!

PCNetSpec, I don't want to eat up all your time with this for me, but I'd enjoy hearing what you think the problem is --other than the user himself (which is a given!) ;D  I must be doing something wrong here, but I don't know what it is.

A thousand thanks,


I need the contents of those 2 files in EXACTLY the format they are presented....


# The loopback network interface
   auto lo
   iface lo inet loopback

# The primary network interface
    auto p3p1
    iface p3p1 inet dhcp



No, that's one of the reasons I got into mischief yesterday --that and connecting to my Wi-fi.  No, I can't copy and transfer and paste, but how I wish I could.

I know this sounds crazy, but sometimes it's easier for me to reinstall the OS --but then we'd never get to figure out what is going wrong here.

# The loopback network interface auto lo iface lo inet loopback

# The primary network interface autop3pl iface p3pi inet dhcp  (I hope I copied autop3pl correctly.  It might be autop3pi --but I'm not sure.  I can't copy and paste because I have no browsers that can connect to the Internet.  I'm now writing to you from Peppermint.)

My Ubuntu version is Ubuntu 14.04.3 --using the generic Wily Werewolf kernel.  This is from an Ubuntu Trusty Tahr mini installation.

Hello PCNetSpec,

This is the output from dpkg -l | grep biosdevname:

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Was I wrong not to have added a domain name such as Home during installation?


I am now writing you from Peppermint.  I have lost my access to my browser again to Linux in the UK.  Also, I cannot reinstall biosdevname.  I ran sudo apt-get install biosdevname, but it said I need to update, or fix.  I get this message:

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