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Linux Support / Re: Chrome Update help needed please!
« Last Post by Matilda on Yesterday at 11:53:07 pm »
Thank you fellas. I'll do that Sunday.  Not been using the Macbook the past few days.

I wanted to watch a series on Channel 5 online a couple of days ago and it wouldn't load. I thought my Chromebook must be too out of date, so I tried my Android tablet which is the latest version and it wouldn't work there either.

Then I accidentally got signed up to a free trial for Amazon Prime and accidentally even paid to rent a film, the next day, so what the heck, I thought I'd just watch it, cos it has Dan Stevens in it and my Chromebook seemed too out of date for that  too. I watched it on my Peppermint netbook. But- the shield icon at the bottom told me I had about 300 updates waiting! The updates on Peppermint normally only take 3 or 4 mins. This was quite a bit longer!

I'm not sure if Chrome is needing updating there still because there is a funny message at the top of the task bar which says "paused."

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Thought you all might be interested to read this news. Of course this isn't a new concept to Linux users since we have been re- purposing and customising older laptops for years! Hence me having a Macbook Pro running on Ubuntu, and in the past I had an older HP laptop that Mark Greaves helped me put Peppermint onto.


https://frame.work/

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Linux Support / Re: why dont linux make a search engine
« Last Post by Trenchcoat on Yesterday at 02:10:47 pm »
Laptop and tower computers are more unstable and unreliable than mobile phones, which are Android-based and "owned" by Google and MsN so both are now ethereal and completely ubiquitous, like a public utility. Keith's recent advice to not use either made me wonder why he was saying that. Surely, now it is too late for individuals to start again? What, exactly, is so sinister and evil about them?
The enormous philosophical quandry in regard to this is, obviously, that paedophiles, terrorists and "bad actors" seek out anonymity and freedom from consequences for their online actions.
The government's Online Safety Bill will make Google and MsM responsible for some actions of those who they have access to the personal details of.
I totally see the Online Safety Bill as a Stalinist clampdown on free speech and the government clearly in cahoots with big tech to restrict, refuse and punish and I fully and completely understand the original poster's view that (I, too, noticed that Firefox directed me to Google) safe, private and secure havens are disappearing fast.
Surely, Linux will be affected by the Online Safety Bill?
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Linux Support / Re: Booting Linux mint
« Last Post by Trenchcoat on Yesterday at 01:56:34 pm »
Keith,
I am mystified by your comment on the lack of a "Z" on the Mint onscreen keyboard.
I don't understand "I bet".
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Linux Support / Re: Linux Password Policy
« Last Post by Brian000 on September 17, 2021, 11:46:22 pm »
Hi,

Reading a few things, the error sounds to be due to a config error - is anything reaching the logs?

This page suggest that there are setup differences between DEB and RPM systems (like OL) - so, it may be worth a double check.
https://ostechnix.com/how-to-set-password-policies-in-linux/

But.... if you can undo your changes, and reimplement each in turn, you may be able to identify the cause and also gain confidence in the changes you're making.

Let us know how you get on....
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Linux Support / Re: Booting Linux mint
« Last Post by Keith on September 15, 2021, 08:21:29 pm »
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Much of the confusion is caused by the fact that we cannot interface either online or in person so actual real time problems can be dealt with as they happen and as I report them on here. That is what I need, really.
In the moderation of comments on this platform, is there a time distance between me posting and you publishing what I write? If, for instance, I was to reveal my identity or yours then what would happen? What does "moderation" actually mean?
Any delay between you posting and your post being displayed will be a server issue - moderators have no control over displays of posts, except a member's very first post.  I'm sorry but personal interaction in real time will not happen on the Forum - a local Linux club might be your answer. 

"Moderation" is simply keeping an eye on the content of posts, ensuring that Forum Rules are obeyed (bad language, advertising, etc) and weeding out scam merchants who try to join the Forum. 

Revealing one's full name on the Forum is not forbidden but is discouraged and revelation of personal details might result in being banned. 

If Mint is displaying your full name then you must have entered it at some point during the installation.  This is  not regarded as a security issue unless you give others access to your computer. 
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The onscreen keyboard for Mint very strangely does not seem to include a Z. Why?
I bet it does! 
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I remembered my password last night and was able to log back in.
What can I say!!

The remainder of your post does seem to indicate some serious problems other than Mint being rather large for the machine. 
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It does appear that I am back to square one but with the vital knowledge that Linux can be installed on a USB stick and can function on an old laptop, bringing it back to life for me at no cost.
Yes; this is a valuable function, and a skill that will prove very useful.  You've done well.

Keith

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Linux Support / Re: Booting Linux mint
« Last Post by Trenchcoat on September 15, 2021, 05:56:50 pm »
Keith,
Much of the confusion is caused by the fact that we cannot interface either online or in person so actual real time problems can be dealt with as they happen and as I report them on here. That is what I need, really.
In the moderation of comments on this platform, is there a time distance between me posting and you publishing what I write? If, for instance, I was to reveal my identity or yours then what would happen? What does "moderation" actually mean?
What I noted about Mint was that it carried my full name on the desktop when idle and I found that rather contradictory of the anonymity rule. Why is my full name on there?
The onscreen keyboard for Mint very strangely does not seem to include a Z. Why?
I remembered my password last night and was able to log back in.
I was able to get a You Tube stream up and running, and inputted text on Office Libre on first session and got satisfaction from the fact that I appeared to have got a redundant old machine back in use. Things like SAVING and having more than one window up at one time was desperately ponderous, slow and laboured, especially as I had Windows 10 going on another computer at the same time.
Today, however, keyboard inputting does not appear to be possible (just now, some did while others did not) so I am unable to input my password and use it.
The second session last night was slow and ponderous, indicating to me that 64-bit Mint Cinamon is, indeed, too big to work smoothly on a machine with limited RAM and processor speed.
It does appear that I am back to square one but with the vital knowledge that Linux can be installed on a USB stick and can function on an old laptop, bringing it back to life for me at no cost.
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Linux Support / Re: Log in requested for samba shares in Peppermint
« Last Post by Keith on September 15, 2021, 01:07:49 pm »
Hi Tramlink.

It's been too many years since I did this for me to be able to assist, but it might help other Members to offer advice if you can tell us which sharing system you are using.  e.g. Samba (good for Windows-Linux) or NFS (best for Linux-Linux). 
This might help some people: https://www.wikihow.com/Share-Files-Between-Linux-Computers-Using-NFS

Keith
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Linux Support / Log in requested for samba shares in Peppermint
« Last Post by Tramlink on September 15, 2021, 11:37:15 am »
Hi something strange.

Set up shares on my peppermint laptop with anyone can access.

Can see the shares from my mint 19.3 desktop but when I try to access from the desktop a password is requested.

I tried entering the user name and password for the laptop and for the desktop but can not login.

In the other direction on problems accessing shares on the mint system from peppermint.

Any suggestions would be welcome.
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Linux Support / Re: Linux Password Policy
« Last Post by osama.mansoor on September 15, 2021, 08:06:47 am »
Thanks for your response.

actually, my query is to implement a complete password policy.

Password Policy is implemented but got an error when the user prompt for an error.

login as: user5
[email protected]'s password:
You are required to change your password immediately (password aged)
Last login: Wed Sep 15 11:12:36 2021 from lap-4.csaplho.pk

WARNING: Your password has expired.
You must change your password now and login again!
Changing password for user user5.
Changing password for user5.
(current) UNIX password:
passwd: Authentication token manipulation erro
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