• Mothy



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    • Not to get too much off topic of the thread, but the risk of exploiting the X11 display system on a desktop Linux OS is extremely unlikely. You would have to install some kind of bad application from outside your distro’s software repository that is designed to inject, copy or log information.

      While X11 is an older display protocol/system it is still receiving security updates (my Linux Mint systems received/installed them Oct. 25). Also since X11 has been around a while it’s a very stable system and why many Linux distros still use it. Whereas Wayland is still relatively new and can experience stability issues on some systems and/or applications.

      As to Fedora, each release is only supported for 13 months. So about every 13 months you will need to update your system to the latest version to continue to receive updates. Whereas Linux Mint is a long term support release (LTS) and supported for 5 years.

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    • in reply to: Do you put your computer to sleep? #2600562

      I always leave my two desktop computers powered on for convenience so they can be used at any moment. However their dual screens are set to turn off after 1 hour of inactivity as well as lock the computer. The only time the computers are powered off is to take a system image (via a bootable USB drive) or every two months to open up the computer case and clean out built up dust or when I plan to be away from home for an extended period (ex. vacation). Otherwise I never use sleep or hibernation.

      Since they are always powered on, each desktop is connected to a high capacity (ex. 1375VA) UPS/battery backup surge protector for protection from power blips/minor outages. They are also always connected behind a hardware firewall router for protection from the Internet (blocks all incoming connections).

      Also keeping them always powered on is not for any software updates. Instead, any kind of automatic updates (OS or applications) are always turned off and updates installed manually. I want complete control over my systems to know exactly what has been done to them and when.

    • in reply to: Proton Mail #2594607

      Encryption like theirs where the private keys stay on their end is not secure.  I would never use it.  Just like hushmail and safemail and other honeypots.

      Private keys for encryption are stored on the user’s device(s). Some snippets from Proton below:

      Zero-access encryption is just what it sounds like: a type of encryption for data at rest that renders digital files inaccessible to the service provider. The files can only be decrypted using the user’s private encryption key. Because the server does not have access to the user’s private encryption key, once the files are encrypted with the user’s public encryption key they are no longer accessible to the server or the server’s owner. When the data owner wants to view their data, they request the encrypted files from the server and decrypt them locally on their device, not on the server.

      Most companies do not implement zero-access encryption either because they sell your private information to advertisers (Google, Facebook, etc.) or because the technical challenges of implementing it are too great.

      Instead, they might use regular encryption where they retain control over the encryption keys. This is like storing the key to the lock with the lock itself and creates many vulnerabilities. For example, if servers are ever hacked, your private conversations can be leaked (like in the Yahoo! breach of all 3 billion of its accounts).

      Furthermore, this approach also leaves data open for misuse, either by rogue employees or unscrupulous third parties, such as in the Cambridge Analytica/Facebook scandal. This data can also be made accessible to government surveillance agencies or sold outright to advertisers.

      We drastically reduce these security and privacy vulnerabilities by using zero-access encryption to ensure that we ourselves do not have access to your data. That way, even if somehow Proton Mail servers are breached, the contents of users’ private emails will still be encrypted.

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    • in reply to: Proton Mail #2594603

      I have been using Proton Mail since 2018 to get away from the spying eyes of big tech. I use their Mail Plus paid plan (pay yearly for a discounted rate of $3.99 per month, instead of $4.99 if paying by month) which is required to use their bridge application to sync with a mail client. Initially I used Outlook (on Windows 8.1) then about ten months ago switched to Thunderbird (on Linux Mint). I also use the Android app. Otherwise I do not use/need any of the other included services, ex. Calendar, Drive, VPN and Pass. I have never had an issue with their mail service, it has always worked well for me.

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    • in reply to: October updates – here comes Copilot #2593924

      A clean install AND installing all updates/patches (ex. via Windows Update) can be done within 1 hour or less? Not including the required reboot(s) and “Working on updates… Don’t turn off your computer”. 🙂

    • in reply to: October updates – here comes Copilot #2593833

      As part of a test group at work, installed the October Cumulative Update KB5031356 on my Windows 10 Enterprise 21H2 work PC. The update was downloaded from the Microsoft Catalog as is usually the case when manually installing updates like this, instead of SCCM (System Center Configuration Manager) normally used to push out updates by our IT Dept.

      The install completed without error, but it took just over 1 hour to complete despite nothing else being done on the PC. Noticed in Task Manager, the Windows Modules Installer was using a constant 30-40% CPU the entire time along with frequent disk activity on the SSD. Then the required reboot was longer than past months. Not sure why it took so long this time as previous cumulative updates would complete in 30 minutes or less. Nothing has changed on the PC and it’s always kept highly optimized to run at peak performance. At least the October Cumulative Update for .NET Framework 3.5, 4.8 and 4.8.1 KB5031223 completed within a few minutes followed by a normal reboot.

      However after the whole process I couldn’t help but think how bloated Windows seems to be and the underlying architecture needs an overhaul so updates never take so long. As a comparison, for the same amount of time (or less) that this process took just to update Windows, I could have done a complete clean install of Linux Mint as well as installed all needed updates/patches for it.

    • in reply to: Why aren’t you using Edge? #2593331

      Linux Lite includes Google Chrome now as their default web browser in an attempt to appeal to Windows users that also use Chrome. But I think it’s rather silly and defeats the purpose of switching to an open source operating system to then use a closed source web browser. Better to use one of many other Linux distributions that stick to open source software as well as try to protect your privacy from the spying eyes of big tech.

    • in reply to: Why aren’t you using Edge? #2593324

      I consider Microsoft Edge spyware if not malware (ex. Webview2) and even avoid using it at work where it’s installed by our IT department (on Windows 10 Enterprise).

      Otherwise on my personal systems with Linux Mint, I only use Firefox ESR and Ungoogled Chromium as a secondary web browser (it removes all Google web service dependencies/connections for added privacy from Google’s spying too). But I rarely ever use it as Firefox ESR has worked well for most websites I use/need. On the rare occasion a website complains about Firefox I either change the user agent to look like Chrome (on Windows 10) or use Ungoogled Chromium.

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    • in reply to: MS-DEFCON 1: Pushing off Copilot #2591600

      A web browser’s built-in update mechanism is often a day or two behind from when an update is actually first available. So it’s not the quickest method to ensure a web browser is updated, instead it’s more so of a fail-safe method that the web browser will eventually receive the update.

      So whether Linux or Windows, if you want to ensure your web browser is always updated to the latest version ASAP there is always the option to download and install it yourself. There is no need to rely on the web browser’s update mechanism at all.

      This is what I do with Firefox (ESR) with Linux Mint on my personal systems and with Windows 10 at work where the latest version is available for download from the Mozilla FTP site a day or two before it shows up in the web browser’s update mechanism. Also at work I use a similar method to update Google Chrome myself. So all my web browsers are often updated days before either their built-in update mechanism or our IT Department’s deployment tools can push out any updates.

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    • in reply to: MS-DEFCON 1: Pushing off Copilot #2591557

      Thank you for the great info on what needs to be done to neuter Copilot and take back some control and privacy over one’s Windows computer. Although it goes without saying it’s a daunting task for most to even consider but is an option if one chooses to pursue.

      Another option if one can do it, would be to forgo Windows all together and take back complete control of your hardware from Microsoft by installing/using something like Linux Mint instead. Then there is no need to remove unwanted “features” like this or take any kind of extensive measures to try to control your computer or worry about what information is collected from you and your system or about future updates breaking something because Microsoft is always changing things to constantly attempt to monetize you. Instead as stated on the Linux Mint website:

      “Home rule

      It’s your computer, your rules. This is a key principle at Linux Mint. We don’t collect data, we don’t work against you. You’re the boss. Your operating system is designed to do what you want without getting in your way.”

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    • in reply to: Finally updated to Thunderbird 115 #2591225

      I have always thought the Thunderbird UI looked old and dated. It was one of many reasons I never considered using it when I was on Windows and used Outlook instead (always had access to a licensed version via my employer). Then when I switched to Linux Mint and actually started using Thunderbird it was even more apparent how it not only looked old but also operated like old software in particular the calendar. So I welcomed their efforts to rebuild and modernize the UI and installed 115 when it was first available and then used most of the steps in the guide below to enable the new Supernova UI. Of course backed up my profile first so I had something to restore/fall back on if needed.


      The ONLY item I really didn’t like was putting the search option in the title bar, something that Microsoft also has done recently in Outlook 365 that I have to use at work. But unlike Microsoft, Thunderbird allowed me to easily change/modify it to remove search from the title bar, along with numerous other options to customize the Thunderbird UI to my liking/taste including dark mode that blends perfectly with dark mode of Linux Mint. Also really like the changes to calendar, it looks and operates a lot better.

      Granted Supernova is still a work in progress, as the Thunderbird development team has made clear from the start. But to me, the new UI not only looks better but overall is more functional. So I look forward to see what they do going forward. Below is taken from the blog post that I linked to above on the rebuild/redesign.

      “Improvements to the UI and UX will continue for the next 2 years, with the objective of creating an interface that can adapt to everyone’s needs. A UI that looks and feels modern is getting initially implemented with version 115 in July, aiming at offering a simple and clean interface for “new” users, as well as the implementation of more customizable options with a flexible and adaptable interface to allow veteran users to maintain that familiarity they love.

      A renewed attention to usability and accessibility is now part of our daily development process, guaranteeing easy discoverability of all the powerful features, as well as full compatibility with assistive technologies to make Thunderbird usable by everyone.

      And yes, absolutely: the constant addition of new features that some of our competitors have had for years, as well as the creation of some amazing and innovative solutions that will improve everyone’s experience.”

    • in reply to: Microsoft Backup triggers help-desk calls and confusion #2591147

      I think it will only get worse as Microsoft management is either incompetent and/or they just don’t care. Their only interest any more is using their Windows as a service (WaaS) model or Application as a service (ex. Office 365) to try to monetize the end user as much as possible.

      I feel bad for their software programmers/engineers, many of which are most likely very talented but are forced to create and put all these unwanted “things” into Windows (and other Microsoft applications) at the behest of their incompetent management.

    • in reply to: Finally updated to Thunderbird 115 #2591131

      I guess it depends on your use case. For years, I have turned off the menu bar in many applications, especially Thunderbird and Firefox (ESR) as I prefer to have the additional screen real estate for displaying content (thus Firefox is always in full screen mode). But it’s also because I use keyboard shortcuts a lot instead of the mouse that can bring up the menu bar or functions on it when needed. Examples: pressing the Alt key shows the menu bar, then use arrow keys to navigate. Or Alt+letter of menu function (ex. Alt+F for File, Alt+V for View, etc.) then arrow keys to navigate.

      Also see this Thunderbird blog post and video for information for the major rebuild/redesign:


    • in reply to: Windows 11, Surface, and Windows Copilot #2590016

      I’m relatively new to the Linux world having switched to Linux Mint on my personal systems 9 months ago. But from what I have seen and learned so far, I would be very surprised that the FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) community would integrate any kind of AI into a Linux distro. There would most likely be a massive uproar and backlash against it.

      With that said though, lets say that perhaps Ubuntu may attempt it. But that does not mean distros that use it as their base such as Linux Mint would accept it. Instead they would most likely strip it out like they do with various other things (ex. Snap package system, any kind of telemetry, etc.) or they could switch to LMDE (Linux Mint Debian Edition), their distro based on Debian in the event something were to happen to Ubuntu or it becomes too burdensome to continue to strip out unwanted things from the Ubuntu base.

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    • Below is more info on what was seen when visiting the ghacks website:


      I rarely go there anymore and was not aware of the issue (long ago deleted my browser bookmark for it) since after it was sold to Softonic the quality of the content started to drop dramatically and many new authors were added where most of their articles read like they were created by AI. There was also the issue with the comments section frequently getting messed up and showing old comments from previous or other unrelated articles, not to mention the annoying cookie consent that would always overlay the entire screen and had to be acknowledged (or deny all cookies which took more effort) before able to see the site.

      So this is just one more reason not to visit the site anymore. It’s rather sad as it used to be one of the top tech websites.

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