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Personally I'd purge anything to do with libreoffice
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sudo apt-get remove --purge libobasis6.1-libreofficekit-data libobasis6.2-libreofficekit-data libreoffice-avmedia-backend-gstreamer libreoffice-base libreoffice-base-core libreoffice-base-drivers libreoffice-calc libreoffice-common libreoffice-core libreoffice-draw libreoffice-gnome libreoffice-gtk libreoffice-impress libreoffice-java-common libreoffice-math libreoffice-ogltrans libreoffice-pdfimport libreoffice-sdbc-firebird libreoffice-sdbc-hsqldb libreoffice-style-mint libreoffice-writer libreoffice6.1 libreoffice6.1-base libreoffice6.1-calc libreoffice6.1-debian-menus libreoffice6.1-dict-en libreoffice6.1-dict-es libreoffice6.1-dict-fr libreoffice6.1-draw libreoffice6.1-en-us libreoffice6.1-impress libreoffice6.1-math libreoffice6.1-ure libreoffice6.1-writer libreoffice6.2 libreoffice6.2-base libreoffice6.2-calc libreoffice6.2-debian-menus libreoffice6.2-dict-en libreoffice6.2-dict-es libreoffice6.2-dict-fr libreoffice6.2-draw libreoffice6.2-en-us libreoffice6.2-impress libreoffice6.2-math libreoffice6.2-ure libreoffice6.2-writer
Then add the libreoffice PPA
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sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/ppa
then update your package cache
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sudo apt-get update
then run a system update
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sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
As you're on Mint 18 which is based on xenial (16.04), you should now be on LibreOffice 6.2.8

and your system should automagically update if/when updates are added to the PPA .. not that I'd expect many (if any) updates to LO for xenial in the future, I mean LO is now on 6.3.3 in the same PPA for later versions of Ubuntu/Mint.

How did you install version 6.2.5 ?

and what's the output from:
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dpkg -l | grep libreoffice

what's the contents of
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gedit /etc/hostname
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gedit /etc/hosts

See here:
for how to use hostnamectl set-hostname to change the hostname.

or here:
for how to edit /etc/hostname manually.

General Help & Advice / Re: Update problem
« on: December 09, 2019, 08:03:50 pm »
it's a bit cavalier in my view. Almost like having a referendum and then blatently ignoring the result...  :o

You're not kidding...

General Discussion / Re: SSD (Solved)
« on: December 05, 2019, 12:23:42 pm »
Yep, that'll do the trick Tony :)

General Discussion / Re: SSD
« on: December 03, 2019, 10:07:19 pm »
Well I have no idea which idiot you talked to at Crucial but he needs to be sent back to his previous floor mopping job at McDonald's .. If your Satellite Pro L850 is the same as the one in this video (?):-

then it most certainly CAN take an SATA3 SSD

as confirmed in this video

in fact it's an easier swap out than most newer laptops.

Just get any SATA3 (sometimes written as SATA-III or similar) SSD .. if unsure, find one you like and post a link back here and I'll tell you if it's compatible.

If you're quick and the Black Friday / Cyber Monday deals are still on, here's as good a place to start as any
just make sure it's an SATA SSD and not M.2 or NVMe.

General Discussion / Re: Which processor
« on: December 03, 2019, 11:27:29 am »
Impossible to answer I'm afraid, but if the system isn't going to be driven hard in any specific use case they're much of a muchness.

i5 may be better in some single threaded workloads (such as a lot of earlier games).

Ryzen 5 may be better in multithreaded workloads (multithreaded apps or doing lots of things at the same time).

So for your use case .. get whichever is the cheaper ;)

'Bang for the buck' tends to be favouring Ryzen at the moment, but that may not strictly be the case .. specially where you may already have a motherboard and memory that will work with an Intel .. it's more than just about the price of the CPU.

Personally at the moment (and price being pretty equal) I'd probably favour Ryzen, simply because they're being less hard hit by performance penalties from the Spectre/Meltdown mitigation patches (which there's likely to be more of).

General Help & Advice / Re: Starting maximised (SOLVED)
« on: December 03, 2019, 11:15:09 am »
Did you actually read the OP ?

Quote from: Zorba61
The first problem i've encounted  is that Opera browser won't open maximised unless I leave it maximised when closing it

so he obviously knew that, he then continued...

Quote from: Zorba61
I know it can be done but being a complete novice I need to be talked through the whole process of opening the terminal and inserting/editing command lines.
Can anybody help?

So as the title of the topic wasn't specifically about Opera, I answered what was asked.

Where's the problem (specially considering the OP was happy with the result) ?

Hi, I take it you mean this

Can you give us a use case please .. I'm struggling to see what (useful) it does that 'dd' won't ?

The suggests it'll 'shrink' the image .. how, compression ? .. aren't most ISO's compressed anyway (including being quite slow if lz compression is used).

It also suggests it'll expand the partition to fill the drive .. on a LiveUSB I suppose this would give you room to add a persistence file but only up to 4gb (FAT32 file size limitation), what use would the rest of the drive be ?

I'm probably completely missing the point here, which is why I'm asking :)

I'm lost why your last command doesn't work if it has to be FEWER than 8 characters (?)
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who | grep '[a-zA-Z0-9]\{8\}'
should do <=7 characters (and skip anything with >=8)  .. so what am I missing ?

Internet Connectivity / Re: Broadband speed issue
« on: November 20, 2019, 01:59:32 am »
IIRC, WiCD doesn't support IPv6 .. so maybe all you needed to do was set IPv4 to "Ignored" in network manager (and maybe set a static IP).

That said, if WiCD is doing the job, may as well stick with it ;)

Not having a go at you personally Rich .. just something I felt I had to say about those sites (pet hate of mine I'm afraid) ;)

Mainly it's more about the wording than the content which seems to confuse new users, I get fed up of new users coming to the forum asking "if this stuff is necessary/essential, why isn't it done out of the box?". We don't mind explaining why defaults are chosen, we just wish people weren't being confused in the first place.

This stuff ISN'T necessary/essential, the 'tweaks' will depend on the system and user preference .. and some of which IMHO shouldn't be attempted/done unless the implications are FULLY understood.
(for example - setting a root password instead of using 'sudo' to elevate privileges, which is the default for a reason .. the benefits/drawbacks of each method aren't well explained on the site, with new users just pushed towards the authors preference without explanation)

I just think if someone is going to author such a site with new users as the target audience, the author should use it more as a teaching opportunity rather than an opinion piece (this is the way **I** like my system) with little explanation .. and please, drop the **ESSENTIAL** tags, they are bound to confuse (even scare) new users.

Internet Connectivity / Re: Broadband speed issue
« on: November 19, 2019, 12:36:40 pm »
Whats the output from:
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lspci -vnn | grep -i net
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inxi -Fz
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iwlist scan

Sorry Rich J but...

Oh I hate those "10 things to do after installing <insert distro-name>" type websites and/or articles.
(with clickbait subtitles like "1. TEN ESSENTIAL ACTIONS:")

They sound like things that are **ESSENTIAL**, and for the majority of users they are absolutely NOT .. they are just what the site author likes to do on his system and the vast majority are simply opinion and 'preference'.
(at what point did setting the terminal semi-transparent become ESSENTIAL ::))

If the distro developers thought they were **ESSENTIAL**, they'd already be done out of the box .. but for some reason the site/article author thinks he knows better than the distro developers ::)
(so why isn't the author making his own distro?)

In fact the author of a similar (maybe the same?) site originally did one for Peppermint (for clarity I should add here that I'm the team lead at Peppermint), but after I suggested on our forum that some of his suggestions could be considered dangerous unless the user understood them (and people who understood them were likely not the visitors to his website), he went off in a huff and removed the Peppermint page entirely .. which BTW was fine by me, I'd much rather people with questions ask via the official channel (our forum) :)

I'd suggest there are a few things on that site that should be viewed with caution (for example, setting a root password) .. and NONE of it is **ESSENTIAL** unless you choose to make it so.

Sorry TelescopeMirrors for hijacking your topic .. not a great intro to Linux .. but those sites hit a raw nerve, if they used less clickbaity titles such "10 things you MIGHT want to consider after installing <distroname>" or "10 changes I like to make to my system after installing <distroname>", and they explained WHY they make those changes and what they do that would be another matter entirely, but they (most often) don't .. instead we get "TEN ESSENTIAL ACTIONS, rubbish.

As Rich J suggests, Linux Mint would be as good a choice as any (and better than most) for your first foray into Linux .. just stay away from those "10 things to do after installing <distro name>" type websites unless they solve a SPECIFIC problem you're having, don't just take all the changes they suggest as necessary or essential, they are NOT .. and personally I'd trust the distro developers to choose the default settings over some random dudes website.

Give Linux Mint or Peppermint a go :)

BTW welcome to the forum.

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