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General Discussion / Re: Secure build for a newbie
« on: January 02, 2021, 04:58:28 pm »
Most security breaches happen between the chair and the keyboard! Simply avoiding getting caught by phishing would have saved most people who've have a security breach. And don't forget that serious hackers would not be interested you, but in companies with a lot of money changing hands.

That said, Linux does offer a higher lever of security out of the box. Put the /home directory on a separate partition and encrypt it and you will be pretty safe.

I bought a new computer a year ago from these people — they assemble to your specification and can do anything from a office machine (mine cost under £250) to a top-class gaming one — and I've been very satisfied.
I chose an AMD processor and no separate video card, since I'm not a gamer.

Linux Support / Re: Advice needed on new PC
« on: December 10, 2020, 04:57:32 pm »
The Gigabyte page includes the following note:
1. Due to different Linux support condition provided by chipset vendors, please download Linux driver from chipset vendors' website or 3rd party website.
That's interesting, because my Gigabyte GA-A320M-S2H doesn't come with that warning, although they both use an AMD chipset. That's the sort of thing that made me decide to just buy ready-to-run this time.

Linux Support / Re: Canon Pixma Tr8550 printer
« on: December 03, 2020, 04:44:46 pm »
The program ScanGear MP2 installs the printer driver, so you only need to run it once, which is probably why it doesn't get put it in the menu. The link given by Rich seems to tell you all you need to install the printer.

Linux Support / Re: Linux Live Boot
« on: November 18, 2020, 05:22:58 pm »
When you boot a Linux installer, you should get the opportunity to edit the boot command. Try adding this to the end of the line and see if it helps:
Code: [Select]

General Discussion / Re: Yet another newbie!
« on: November 12, 2020, 05:48:22 pm »
Firstly, you need to be clear about what you've got. Pine64 produce a lot of devices — which one is yours? Manjaro ARM comes with the Gnome, Xfce, or KDE destops — again, which are you using?

Geary suggest Gnome, but obviously I can't be sure. There is a site for this software
What exactly was your problem?

Screen rotation depends on the desktop and the distro. For Gnome, see

There is a certain difficulty when you are using a system that not many people have. I'd never heard of Pine64 or Geary before I looked into your problem! A specialist forum, might be more useful. Pine has an active community:
as does Manjaro

Linux Support / Re: PC Build Advice for Idiots
« on: October 30, 2020, 04:06:02 pm »
I can't recommend a graphics card as I've never wanted one. On the question of Nvidia,
This is, of course, one of the endless series of problems with that manufacturer.

Linux Support / Re: PC Build Advice for Idiots
« on: October 29, 2020, 04:20:05 pm »
I've always been happy with AMD and I've heard that the graphics is rather better. These days you don't need a graphics card unless you are a games player or otherwise need to do very intensive floating-point calculations. If you do want a graphics card, steer clear of Nvidia — those cards have often been a problem and the latest Linux kernel doesn't like them.

Linux Support / Re: Advice needed on new PC
« on: October 29, 2020, 04:12:32 pm »
You aren't restricted to Ubuntu for ARM — after all, they get their software from Debian. ARM is also supported by OpenSUSE, Mageia, Fedora, Slackware, Sabayon, etc.

Linux Support / Re: USB mount
« on: October 27, 2020, 04:17:49 pm »
The noauto option applies to booting up — it's to prevent the start-up trying to mount a device that hasn't been plugged in. It won't stop the device being mounted automatically when you do plug it in, as that's done independently.

Linux Support / Re: Advice needed on new PC
« on: October 26, 2020, 05:29:11 pm »
My 2005 home-made computer died last Christmas and I got a new one from CCL of Bradford:
They did me a basic business-type box for £250 including delivery! AMD A6, 4 GB RAM, 120 GB SSD, DVD drive — just what I'd have built, save that I wouldn't have bothered with the optical drive.

Linux Support / Re: Opera browser not working
« on: October 02, 2020, 04:06:47 pm »
Everything is rather out of date!

You won't get any updates from Debian, as Jessie (8) ceased to be supported in July. The current version is Buster (10). You can't update directly from 8 to 10 — you'd have to update from 8 to 9 and then 9 to 10, so it's probably safer to download 10 and re-install.

As for Opera, the current version is 71. You could un-install your version and get the latest directly from Opera, but how happy that version would be with your old OS I don't know.

General Discussion / Re: Advice in getting a Linux system.
« on: September 29, 2020, 05:06:05 pm »
This site will help you find alternatives to Windows software
and this will enable you to check what can run under Wine if really necessary

One thing about Linux is that you get to choose your GUI, and it's generally best to use the one that a distribution supplies as the default — more users, so better checking. Good choices are
Linux Mint with the Mate desktop. Excellent documentaion on the Mint site and an environment that's not to far from what you are used to.
Ubuntu (get the long-term support version) with Gnome. A GUI that looks more like a phone than a traditional computer, so you either love it or loath it.
OpenSUSE with KDE. The king of bling — all the eye-candy the heart could desire.

A couple of tips.
  • If you are going to install yourself, make sure that you have a separate partition for the /home directory. Linux keeps your configuration data with your personal files, so if you have it all on a separate partition you can always do a clean re-install of the OS without altering your choices
  • Try running it from the installation USB before installing, just to make sure you like it.
  • Always get extra software from your distribution. That way it will be updated when necessary.

A couple of things you might like to read

General Discussion / Re: Yet another newbie!
« on: September 09, 2020, 04:47:50 pm »
Try the Gimp before deciding that you must have Photoshop. There's a lot of documentation, like
Some versions of Photoshop can be run using Wine:
If you only own Photoshop Elements, that's not so Wine-friendly, but Gimp is more powerful anyway.

For suggestions on useful programs and replacements for Windows software, look here:
Don't forget to get them from the Mint repository — that means you'll get the bug fixes automatically.

General Discussion / Re: Newbie
« on: August 29, 2020, 04:59:57 pm »
Any Linux is quite secure. The system doesn't allow programs to run without being given permission, whether by the installer or you — just clicking on them in the file manager will do nothing if that hasn't been done. You might find this useful:

With a touch-screen tablet, it might be a good idea to consider Ubuntu. It uses the Gnome GUI, which is particularly good with such hardware. Get the long-term-support version and that's good for 5 years' of updates. You can make a live USB that you can boot from and make sure that you're happy.
  • Download the Ubuntu iso file
  • Install bash on Windows so that you can check the download's integrity by calculating its checksum
  • Install Rufus on Windows so that you can create a bootable USB stick.
Read all about it:

Linux Support / Re: Firefox 6 on Acer Aspire One very slow or crashing
« on: August 27, 2020, 05:00:37 pm »
The only suggestion that comes to mind is "give up" but I doubt that it will be welcome!

There were a number of versions of the Acer Aspire One, but the range was discontinued in 2013. Linpus is also obsolete — the last version came out in 2014. As for Firefox, the current version is 80!

If you have to keep using this thing, the only realistic solution is to install another distro. AntiX is the lightest you can find and should work, even if you have the original model with the Atom N270. It won't be fast, but it will be less like a wounded snail.

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