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Hardware Compatibility / Re: Isthis possible
« on: April 03, 2020, 04:32:40 pm »
It seems that you can use Zoom with Linux:

I know absolutely nothing about video conferencing, but there does seem to be stuff out there:

Hardware Compatibility / Re: Isthis possible
« on: April 02, 2020, 03:12:14 pm »
I'd say go for the 64-bit version, since that has a long term future. A big desktop environment might be a bit much for 2GB. It would run, but Linux is good at caching things to speed up performance, so the more free memory you have, the more responsive the computer. Mint Mate would be fine. The documentation is better than for the Xfce version, and the distro's chief developer recommends Mate over Cinnamon for beginners. The current version is supported until 2023. You can get the documentation on installation and use here

Hardware Compatibility / Re: Isthis possible
« on: April 01, 2020, 03:24:05 pm »
Linux will be fine on that computer — in some countries, you could actually buy it with Linux installed instead of Windows. The trick is that in Linux the GUI just counts as software, so you get a choice — big ones, small ones, plain ones, fancy ones. Obviously big and fancy is not a good idea on your computer, but it has reasonable power and memory. But the choice is limited, as fewer distros are supporting 32-bit architecture. Peppermint and Mint both currently have 32-bit versions, but they are both based on Ubuntu which will be dropping 32-bit support this year. You might like to consider MX, which is based on Debian, which is not likely to drop 32-bit support any time soon.

No, it is rotatable and obviously I can alter the display. But the whole point of portrait mode is for word-processing, so a word-processor which is a pain to use in that mode (and which seems to have been designed for wide-screen) strikes me as stupid. A lot of today's design seems to divorced from practicality, like the theme with ultra-narrow sliders that I mentioned. Luckily, with Linux there's always a choice — long live Apache Open Office!

PCLinuxOS comes with a good bundle of stuff, but I add
PaleMoon browser
OpenOffice — LibreOffice Writer doesn't work well with a portrait-mode monitor. How stupid is that?
Pysol — my only game!
Wine — for just two programs: Morinus astrology and a QL emulator to run some old custom software
clearlooks-phoenix theme — I can't stand the "modern" ones, dark and gloomy with skinny sliders!

Rich has made various very good points, but I'd add one more. Launch Chrome from the command line — often when there's a problem, you get a useful error message displayed.

Linux Support / Re: HP Envy 7640 detected but won't print
« on: March 25, 2020, 04:18:39 pm »
Have you checked with CUPS? If you've never used CUPS, you access it with a web-browser and the url
There you can look at jobs and often get an error message.

Linux Support / Re: UKTV Play
« on: March 16, 2020, 04:55:32 pm »
Thanks, but the second link is to one of my own posts and the tip in the second doesn't apply — I already have hal installed. As I said at Linux Questions, I can live without this stuff.

Hardware Compatibility / Re: Refurbishing your Linux box ...
« on: March 15, 2020, 03:10:30 pm »
My 2005 home-built desktop died just before Christmas leaving me relying on a 2003 laptop, so I bought a new desktop ready-made from CCL. A considerable contrast:
Gigabyte A320M-S2H motherboard
AMD A6-9500, 2 cores and Radeon R5 internal graphics
4 GB DDR4 RAM, manufacturer unknown
PNY CS900 120 GB SSD
But since I don't use it for videos, music, or games, it works just fine and cost less than £250 including delivery!

Linux Support / Re: New Computer Problems With Mint 19.3
« on: March 12, 2020, 04:37:47 pm »
Fixing the fonts should be simple. Click on the Setting Manager in the menu and the first item displayed is Appearance. Run that and click on the Fonts tab to select a default and size.

The backlit screen is more mysterious, but this may help

Having never heard of Clevo, their motherboard, or their computers, I can't say I'm surprised that there may be problems! Installing drivers in Windows will not do anything for Linux, though.

Linux Support / UKTV Play
« on: February 22, 2020, 04:42:47 pm »
Has anyone managed to access UKTV Play using Linux? Their website says that under Linux only Google Chrome will work, but when I tried it I was repeatedly told to turn off my add-blocker. Obviously, a newly installed browser doesn't have an add-blocker, so I tried relaxing the privacy to enable tracking, but that didn't help. I thought of running a Windows browser with Wine, but they are all rated "garbage" by Winehq. The tool youtube-dl lists UKTV as supported but omits to tell you how to use it.

Welcome Alan! As you see, I'm new to this site but not to Linux, which I've used for 20 years — I've actually never had Windows  8) — and I too am over 70.

One great difference between Linux and Windows or the Mac is that Linux doesn't actually come with a GUI! That's just considered software, so various people have written different ones — big, small, plain, fancy, weird. I always say you first need to pick your GUI, because you will hate some, others will be just too unfamiliar, and some have better support than others. Then get it from a distro that uses it as the default — that way you know that most of the developers worked with it and most other users have downloaded it, so the quality will be good. The four to choose from are

Gnome. Make your computer look like a phone! Some like that, others hate it. Not very configurable. Get it from Ubuntu.
KDE. The king of bling. Full of eye-candy but very powerful and configurable. Get it from OpenSuse or PCLinuxOS.
Mate. Probably more suited to Windows refugees. Get it from Mint, although PCLinuxOS do a good implementation.
Xfce. Also more traditional and the original Linux desktop — the old reliable. Get it from MX Linux., although PCLinuxOS do a good implementation which is more user-friendly.

I've just switched to PCLinuxOS, Xfce version. It's what we call a rolling release, which means that it's continually updated and so you never need to install a new version.

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