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    • in reply to: Warpinator? #2560454

      This link to the Warpinator Github may help to identify changes made for the version shown in your Update Manager: https://github.com/linuxmint/warpinator/commits/master

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    • in reply to: How much you lose in speed using Wi-Fi vs Ethernet #2560103

      Below is from the linked article and can often be why wired (ethernet) is faster as well as more reliable (and more secure):

      “Median Wi-Fi performance as measured by Speedtest will tend to lag behind median ethernet performance, depending on distance of the end-user device from the router, including any obstacles and signal interference the Wi-Fi signal needs to traverse to reach the device.

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    • Completely agree and why I moved to Linux Mint on two Dell desktop PC’s almost five months ago now. No issues at all in applying updates over that time most of which do not even require a reboot (typically only kernel updates do). Best of all, nothing unexpected ever happens on the system and the configuration never changes unless I specifically make a change myself. Also a lot less worries about any kind of malware such as this BlackLotus. However still need to stay vigilant as the person sitting behind the keyboard is one of the most important layers of security. But the overall peace of mind now is priceless to no longer have to deal with Microsoft’s shenanigans and their lack of respect for the user!

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    • in reply to: Do you touch your screen? #2559071

      I briefly tried/used touch with Windows years ago on a Surface Pro 3 that had Windows 8.1 (Pro). It was terrible to use as a tablet with touch and was much better and more productive to use it like a laptop with the type cover keyboard, especially once I discovered Classic/Open Shell to replace that horrible Metro interface. But even on a traditional laptop or desktop I have always preferred to use the keyboard in order to take advantage of various keyboard shortcuts that can increase productivity. But also because I have always disliked the glossy display that is often used for touch systems, I prefer a matte display instead.

      As to smartphones I’ve been using the Samsung Note series since 2012 (currently a S22 Ultra) and use its S Pen 95% of the time instead of touch as it’s not only more precise but also helps to keep the screen clean of fingerprints/smudges.

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    • in reply to: It’s May updating time! #2557786

      Thanks, the wording in the article is confusing as June 13, 2023 corresponds to end of service for only Home and Pro versions.

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    • in reply to: It’s May updating time! #2557771

      “as June 13, 2023 is the last time Windows 10 Enterprise and Education, Windows 10 IoT Enterprise, and Windows 10 Enterprise multi-session will get an update.”

      Shouldn’t that be Windows 10 Home, Pro, Pro Education and Pro for Workstations? Otherwise the aforementioned versions of 21H2 will still receive updates another year to June 11, 2024 per the Windows 10 release information here: https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/release-health/release-information

    • in reply to: Tutorial : How to try Linux Mint #2554445

      I think the best tutorial (and source) for how to install Linux Mint is their own installation guide (link below). It also includes information where to find help if needed.

      https://linuxmint-installation-guide.readthedocs.io/en/latest/

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    • in reply to: Problem Installing Linux #2554213

      You may want to watch this video before continuing any further with the distro.

      Proprietary Distro “LinuxFX” Has User Database Compromised: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6q8iy7yq6_E

      Windowsfx is also known as Linuxfx. Each website URL below use the same IP address, the only difference between the two are the name and icon used.

      https://www.linuxfx.org/

      https://www.windowsfx.org/

      Edit: follow up video to the one above – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqZc3JykCuc

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    • in reply to: Microsoft… I’m not in the mood for this #2552297

      Just another consequence of “Windows as a service” and Microsoft’s rules of the game where they constantly move the goal posts and change whatever they want with little to no regard for the end user who is only looked at as just something to monetize.

      Not much you can do about it other than to stop playing their game and switch to a different OS that does not use such a controlling service model and where the end user is still respected and allowed full control over the operating system.

      Otherwise expect more of the same in the future as Microsoft has truly lost the plot of what an operating system is supposed to be.

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    • in reply to: Why use Firefox ESR? #2551337

      ESR can be used by anyone and is for those who prefer to receive major updates less often which can provide for more stability. Whereas the rapid release version receives major updates much more frequently which can introduce bugs and instability that require another update to fix. That’s why there are often numerous small point releases each month on the rapid release channel, whereas the ESR channel typically only has one.

      Below is from Mozilla regarding the two versions: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/choosing-firefox-update-channel

      “ESR: receives major updates on average every 42 weeks with minor updates such as crash fixes, security fixes and policy updates as needed, but at least every four weeks.

      Rapid Release: receives major updates every four weeks and minor updates such as crash fixes and security fixes as needed during those four weeks.”

      You can install/use both ESR and rapid release on the same system, even nightly, beta or developer versions. Each version just needs to be installed in a different directory. And each installed version uses their own dedicated profile. See this link from Mozilla for more info: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/dedicated-profiles-firefox-installation

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    • in reply to: Beware of Microsoft forcing 21H2 to Windows 11 #2550758

      My worry bin is empty since switching to Linux Mint. Apologies, I couldn’t resist. 😀

      On a serious note regarding the thread topic, I think Microsoft has truly gone to the dark side with the whole “Windows as a service” and simply act like Darth Vader: “I am altering the deal, pray I don’t alter it any further.”. So you never know what to expect from them as they can and will probably change anything at anytime without respect for the end user or even IT departments. I still get to experience it and see it first hand at work with Windows 10 and Office 365. Despite best efforts by the IT department to control some things, they are still ultimately at the mercy of Microsoft. But that’s the game one must play now if you need/want to continue to use their software/systems.

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    • in reply to: Dynamic or Static? Which do you choose? #2550750

      I only use static IP addresses and hardwired connections for two computers (and any virtual machines running on them via VirtualBox) and a NAS (Network attached storage) device. So DHCP is disabled in the router and the Wi-Fi radios are turned off (via a push button on the back of the router) as both are not needed and in order to simplify what is running on the router and to better secure the network. For the computers (physical host or virtual) they use a mapped network drive to the NAS via its IP address.

      I’ve found using static IP addresses provide a much more reliable and stable network connection as there is no waiting to obtain (or renew) a dynamic IP from the router if using DHCP.

    • in reply to: Linux Lite #2548275

      I did not find any mention of Firefox being included on their website (only Chrome). But it appears that’s because back in June 2022 they dropped Firefox and switched to include Chrome as the default web browser instead.

      Per: https://news.itsfoss.com/linux-lite-6-0-release/

      “With Ubuntu moving its Firefox version to a snap app, Linux Lite has completely ditched Firefox for Google Chrome. While I can’t say I’m a fan of this change, it does make sense, especially for a distro targeting Windows users. While you are free to install anything you like, Chrome is a popular option for most users.”

      I also could not find any info on whether they disable Ubuntu’s included telemetry (like Mint does). So between that and including Chrome makes me question the privacy aspect of their distro.

    • in reply to: Linux Lite #2548248

      Interesting, I had not heard of Linux Lite before. It looks to be a lot like Linux Mint Xfce (their “lite” version). Both are based on Ubuntu LTS (Long Term Support) series.

      Only thing of concern about Linux Lite is they include Chrome which I consider spyware. Ungoogled Chromium would be much better for privacy or Firefox (which is included with Mint). But it’s understandable as they are trying to appeal to Windows users many of which use Google Chrome.

    • in reply to: Are you checking your backup tonight? #2548204

      I like to operate by the KISS principle (Keep It Simple, Stupid). So I manually backup my data and create drive images so I know exactly what has been done and when and that it was successful. Also I do not use any type of cloud storage as I don’t trust someone else’s computer. Instead I keep everything local and within my direct control via a NAS (Network Attached Storage) which has two drives that mirror data (RAID or redundant array of independent disks). So if one drive were to fail the data is still on the other drive. Also critical data is backed up to removable media and stored in a fire safe.

      Part of the process to keep it simple is also always highly minimizing the amount of data used/needed in order to keep the overall size small and easy to backup (ex. 500 MB or less). So no data hording allowed. I also only keep two drive images as I’ve found little use or need to restore from anything older.

      Originally I setup reminders in Thunderbird to keep myself on schedule. But I rarely use them anymore as I often remember before a reminder triggers. I like the whole setup and operating this way as it has helped keep my mind/brain active which I’ve found more and more useful as I get older. Use it or lose it as the saying goes. 😀

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