System76 answering questions on a Sunday about my Galago UltraPro. Emma ROCKS!

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OK Mint users, am I not understanding this? I installed Mint 18.3 on one of my machines to test until Ubuntu 18.04LTS comes out. I don't want the updater to notify me of level 4 and 5 updates, so I unchecked the boxes in the attached image. However, the tray notification shows updates and specifically a Level 4 update. I also tried setting the update policy to "Just keep my computer safe", but I'm still getting the notification. It would be nice if the tray notification wouldn't show that I have an update that I don't plan on installing. Anyone else try this or having the same issue?

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Schizophrenic Computing
In my early Linux days I learned the hard way that going outside the official repo for updates or other distro-centric applications could have unforseen negatives. An advantage I find in Mint's conservative distribution model is it ensures I get to work, instead of work on my computer.

But LibreOffice strongly recommended users update for security reasons to either 6.01 or 5.45. 6.01 being available in a flatpak, and having read flatpak apps can be run beside other versions without interference, I gave that a try. What I ended up with was a system with two competing versions of Libre, and no easy way I discovered to choose.

Removed the flatpak. That was fairly straightforward. Thought installing the .deb of 5.45 would replace 5.1+

Back where I was with flatpak. Will figure it out. There's a handy local help in 5.45, and one for 6.01 that wouldn't install and for some reason isn't embedded in the flatpak.

There's three competing sandboxing bundle package formats. Wish our "leaders" could agree to support one.

Link to an overview.

Disabling IPv6.

Mint was taking forever for apt-get update.

Door to Door Geek .... said he disabled it completely.

Now my web pages load like lightning fast.

Thanks Door !

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Remote Desktop
Scary Warning

"Please note that using Remote Desktop across the Internet is EXTREMELY insecure. With many remote control applications, your password us is completely unencrypted, so your transmission could easily be intercepted, and the remote computer could easily attacked and taken over! "

So since this warning was on the X2Go explanation (good job!), is it a warning about X2Go, or others?

Since you recommend TeamViewer, I presume you're as satisfied as you can be with its security, given it is at least part proprietary?

Any idea about whether the "Great Goog in the Sky" monitors Chrome Remote Desktop Connections? That was our fallback after realizing that LogMeIn, which requires a proprietary program but uses a browser, filled the browser with tracking cookies.

Ah, for the "good old days." Apple's iChat with paid MobileMe service provided SSL certificates and encrypted chat, video, audio, and remote control. Simple. Could administer remote Macs anywhere while talking to their users over iChat.

I do note the X2Go has a Mac "client," but apparently not a Mac server, meaning it apparently isn't a tool I can use to manage remote Macs from my Linux Desktop. Chrome Remote Desktop that's "free" - or TeamViewer subscription?

TeamViewer looks a lot easier to setup over the Internet than the much geekier X2Go, even if your "scary warning" doesn't apply to X2Go in particular.

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Thanks for this basic info, and emphasizing my holding the power button down to accomplish the objective isn't good for my system.

How to restart X Server in Gnomish World. Ctrl+Alt+Bksp

Have one system running xUbunutu (xfce) and there's lots of instructions which depend on using the Terminal to type commands, but, well, if the desktop is "frozen," that's not much good.

Any Ctrl+Alt+Bksp equivalent from the keyboard to give xfce a kick in the . . .

Hi everyone, I have a question.
I am currently running Ubuntu 16.04LTS.
Am I better running this release or should I go to 17.10.
If I do want to upgrade to 17 can I just upgrade without losing everything?

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Feedback for ep#337

In regards to Craig about web filtering I can recommend .
Setup is easy and you can set up blocking by categories , or even to block or white-list specific web pages (limited number of web pages). You can even specify to which device (IP on your network) blocking does not apply.
I did noticed that Youtube app on handhold devices is not getting blocked due to being hard coded with Google dns. Maybe blocking static routes would fix that , but did not go that far.
Other good way that I have found is to use Firefox add-on Redirector you just redirect unwonted page to safe one.
I hope that this will help someone to keep your children safer on the web.

Hi Larry and Bill - and GL Community
I have a Philips B250 bluetooth speaker I'd love to connect to my T400 laptop running LM 17.3 via BlueMan - to send audio to the speaker from the laptop. I've tried multiple times with no success. Forums suggest a bug in BlumMan - in setup when I select "A2DP Sink (send audio)" the dialog box appears "Device added, but failed to connect" - no audio transfer at all. It is an easy setup for Android phone.
This should be a routine bluetooth connection in LM.
I wish I could get that connection, but I don't know how to get this done. Looks like I will have to give up on this.

Hi there everyone, first let me say a big thank you to Larry & Bill for the BEST Linux podcast out there.
That said I am after some information.
I am a ham radio operator and have my rig connected to my 27inch iMac running Linux mint(I fully removed the mac os)I use a USB to UART Bridge Controller to connect the rig to the computer. To get this to work I was told to type this into the terminal
sudo dmesg | grep tty
this works but I want to know why? what am I telling the computer, Thanks

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