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Cute graphic. Do you think that Microsoft's new Linux will help the popularity of our favorite operating system?

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+Larry Bushey +The Smallbox Admin
So my little NUC boots to Linux Mint 18.3 from an m2 SSD. It also has a second SATA SSD I'm using for data.

My home folder on the m2 is encrypted. The entire SATA SSD is encrypted, both ext4.

I use an ext4 encrypted SSD to carry backups out of the office. That drive mounts without issue on my Mint 18.3 laptop and Mint desktop at home.

I had presumed - based on the ability to mount the "traveling" SSD - it would be possible to mount the encrypted internal HDD by entering the unlock password.

Yet when I was experimenting with Kubuntu over the weekend, after re-installing the boot m2 and encrypted data SSD, it was not possible to mount the encrypted SATA drive OR my encrypted "traveling" drive after booting the NUC from Kubuntu 18.04 on a drive that had been used to do an internal install of Kubuntu, then removed, and connected via the StarTech USB 3 > SATA adapter.

Kubuntu asked for my drive passwords, and then denied access.

Part of my presumption in encrypting the SATA internal data drive was that if the computer were stolen, the thief couldn't access my data.

Another part of my presumption had been that if the boot SSD went toes up (the original OEM Micron in my laptop did just that), I could do a fresh install and access the encrypted data drive.

Yeah, I know this is convoluted, and I wonder if it has something to do with UUID?, but ALL my DATA and BACKUP drives are encrypted, and the possibility I could lose access to them is scary. Like scary raid, only worse!

I'm wondering if this is something simple I'm missing, or if I need to re-think what I'm doing before Murphy's Law makes its inevitable appearance - Help?

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From the bleeding edge?
In 2015 when I decided to try replacing Macs at work with Linux, my research into Linux options led me to wanting to run a KDE Distribution, to run the sorta' unique KDE applications. (KMyMony, Skrooge, Kexi)

Did not work. Plasma was a freakin' trainwreck. Ended up on Linux Mint Cinnamon which has been reliable and trouble-free ever since, and painlessly upgraded from 17.1 > 18.3

This weekend, taxes mailed days ago, I was lured back into considering changes. I had a BIOS update from Intel for the NUCs at work, and, I'm sorry, but I decided for safety sake not to run it with the Boot and Data SSDs connected, which meant popping the top removing the drives. Nice to report the BIOS update went flawlessly. But there I was with a nekkid NUC, some time to play, and a spare brand new SSD at hand -

My first thought was to try openSUSE Tumbleweed KDE, a rolling distribution. Then I discovered a little referenced distro, GeckoLinux, adds the missing proprietary codecs for a turnkey install. Uh, maybe so, but it simply would not connect to the openSUSE website to retrieve updates. Was it the website? Was it GeckoLinux changes? Couldn't tell, but da' Goog brought up similar problems recurring over some years with openSUSE itself.

Try again? With the Ubuntu Flavors on glide path to final stable release April 26, decided to give Kubuntu 18.04 Beta 2 a whirl. Installed without incident, but installed reporting it needed 210 updates, and the update manager did absolutely nothing. Was it overwhelmed by the number? Was it just not working, this is a Beta? Managed to free it up by "sudo apt-get dist-update" and "dist-upgrade." Was a Busy Bionic Beaver for a while there.

Plasma no longer seems a trainwreck. Worked smoothly on my dual WHD monitors. As between Cinnamon, with which I live every day, and Plasma, I'll settle for Cinnamon and its "calm" behavior, even though Plasma's real "purty."

Had issues with the system. It is Beta! KDE "Discover" worked a while installing Wine, yet Winde didn't apparently install Nor Winetricks. PlayOnLinux did install, and briefly hinted at connecting to the invisible Wine, but . . . no joy using it.

Anyway, not ready for prime time. But it's a BETA! I happily restored my Mint Boot and Data drive so I can possibly do some work next week. And the Kubuntu SSD I removed from the NUC boots the computer through USB 3 and a StarTech USB to SATA cable.

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I just noticed when opening prior year tax returns a very different behavior in the "PDF Viewer" on Linux Mint 18.3

Where in the past PDFs opened "view-only," they now seemed editable. Good news. They're editable. Bad news, I had previously used OKULAR or Adobe Reader on a Mac to complete IRS "fill-in" PDF forms, and had no concern that opening the completed form in "viewer" could change it, and now it can.

The Xreader application seems to work quite well. Just did a test print to paper, and the result was at least as good as from Reader.

Just have to be careful not to accidentally edit a form that was saved as "fill-in." To be sure that doesn't happen, print the form to disk, or scan the form when printed, and maybe Zip or save editable forms to a separate folder?

I just purchased a logitech usb headset a-0356a on the bay. Unfortunately, the usb headset and mic won't work in LM 17.3 or LM 18.2. I researched online forums and can't seem to find a linux driver for logitech usb headsets. This is the 2nd failure I've had with LM. First, I could not pair an bluetooth speaker and now no response for the usb headset and mic. I thought both would be a simple add in LM. This is not nearly enough for me to go back to Windows (haven't used Windows since XP), but still a little frustrating. No response from a logitech usb headset was a surprise. I use logitech webcam C270 with LM and it works like a charm in discord.
Does anyone have experience with a usb headset and mic in Linux?
Thanks in advance.

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This might be an interesting topic - Gaming on Linux. Haven't head an episode about it, but maybe I've missed it. I would love to get some feedback from the community here too.

I now have the time, and means, to attend a Linux event for the first time. Which one would be the best for a noob to attend? Linuxfest Northwest, SouthEast|LinuxFest or something else?

In the last episode you asked for feedback on the podcatcher AntennaPod. I was a long-term user of it until my phone updated to Oreo last year. Straight away I started experiencing the issue of stuttered playback on certain podcasts. +DoorToDoorGeek recommended the Podcast Addict app on Android App Addicts, I gave it a try and it worked flawlessly. It's not open-source (as far as I know), but it's a great podcatcher. I decided to pay for the ad-free version since it's such a good app.

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So I've been following the discussions surrounding pending releases of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.

Gnome in 3.28 has "removed" the ability to add desktop icons. The stated reason is the team wanted to re-write the entire structure of Nautilus to improve it, and couldn't without removing support for desktop icons.

Confused am I? Because there's some discussion on the 'net that support for desktop icons in Gnome 3.28 will be available in the "Gnome Shell." Haven't tried to dig deeply enough to see what that means.

I happen to like the ability to put icons, folders, and files on my desktop. Helps at work that I have dual 27" monitors, but even on my 13" laptop, I find it useful. Helped in both cases by a folder "ClearDT" into which I scrape files / folders / etc. that I think I don't need on the desktop, but might want to restore. Keeps the desktop somewhat tidy.

By the way, one of the top "Google" hits for Mate desktop is one of the excellent "Going Linux" tutorials: "How to Create Desktop Icons with Ubuntu MATE 17.04"

The other trend which confuses me is seemingly increasing preference for the Mac-style global menu. Ugh. I find the "Universal Menu" much more productive. Returning to a dual screen Mac from a dual screen Mint Cinnamon install is painful, partly because of the time and carpal tunnel inducing mousing necessary to reach that application menu in the upper left display.

Then, Apple somehow seems to set design standards, even when Apple does really dumb stuff. I had a Sony Smartwatch a year before Apple came out with the iWatch. The Sony was a sensible rectangle that looked really geeky, and Android watch makers tried to reject with more traditional round styles. Oops. As soon as the iWatch appeared, my Sony was in fashion. Then there's that stupid ugly notch on the iPhone X. Yep, it's become so fashionable Google is designing Android "P" on the assumption it will become common.

Sign me Luddite!

Managed to talk about Linux as part of an English lesson for foreign students on the topic of technology. The 16 year olds were pleasantly surprised, I think, by how cool desktops and terminal can look.
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