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Meetings / Re: Move PLUG MUGs to Thursdays at Whistle Stop Cafe?
« on: Yesterday at 12:49:55 pm »
No one was there, I had to eat my pulled pork poutine all alone. :(

Sorry to hear that, Scott. Bob hadn't made a decision on it yet. The MUG this week was on Monday as is the one for next week. Always check the announcement to make sure there a change to when we meet before dropping by so you won't have to eat alone again :) Or if you're out and about and looking for company, text us. My number is on my Facebook page but for those without Facebook, just message me here and I'll give it to you.

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Distributions / Re: Ubuntu upgrade from 17.04 to 17.10
« on: Yesterday at 12:45:40 pm »
Glad it worked for out for you, Mike, well, at least mostly. SimpleNote looks interesting. I hadn't seen it before. I've been steadily working on my Java course and thinking I need a better app for taking notes. Had been using Xed in Cinnamon Mate which is super basic but recently migrated to using Notepadqq which is a Notepad++ clone for Linux because of the feature where it restores the files you last had open. But starting to realize that plain text doesn't leave a lot of room for emphasis. I'm going to take a look at SimpleNote.

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Support / Re: Forced convert to Linux Mint on a high dpi iMac
« on: October 17, 2017, 12:56:03 pm »
It's certainly worth a try since what you're experiencing is definitely related to the driver. It may be that Mint is using an open source Radeon driver whereas 16.10 doesn't see it? Maybe they dropped support for it? System info in either distribution might tell you what driver you're using. Also thinking that Mint probably is still using X.org while the much newer Ubuntu 17.10 is probably using the newer display server (can't recall the name of it right now). So they very likely have at least a slightly different list of available drivers. But honestly, I haven't had to get into video idriver nards in a long time to fix anything but you might have to get optimal performance in Linux. Wish I could help more but I'm out of my league here :)

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Meetings / Re: Move PLUG MUGs to Thursdays at Whistle Stop Cafe?
« on: October 17, 2017, 10:21:20 am »
Bob should probably make a decision on this soon. I'm chatting with him on Thursday so I'll bring it up again then.

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Meetings / PLUG MUG: Monday, October 23, 2017: Sign-up list
« on: October 17, 2017, 10:18:56 am »
Each MONDAY evening, except the first Monday of the month, beginning at about 7 pm, everyone is welcome to hang out with other PLUGgers at Tim Horton's Coffee & Donuts on Monaghan Road just north of Lansdowne Street. We call these nights PLUG MUGs. There is free wireless internet and no agenda; just friends hanging out and talking about everything from Linux to X-rays.

If you're planning on attending this MUG, please POST BELOW. It helps people coming from out of town to know if anybody is coming. By the way, you don't have to be there right at 7 pm, that's just a suggested time. We fully expect people to show up at different times. If you're not coming at 7-8 pm though, let us know roughly when you're coming so we can wait for you.

Synchronize your watches!! <^8# See you there!

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Security / Re: Severe flaw in WPA2
« on: October 17, 2017, 08:26:15 am »
1 Minimal: No impact on the system or other applications.
2 Normal: Default level. Usually low impact on the system.

This would definitely have would have an impact on the system, at least potentially. Remember levels aren't priority levels. They're impact levels. It's also new, so they probably don't know if it will have unforeseen impacts yet.

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Meetings / Re: Move PLUG MUGs to Thursdays at Whistle Stop Cafe?
« on: October 16, 2017, 04:16:17 pm »
So what's happening this week - MUG tonight at Tim's or Thursday at the Whistlestop?

http://forums.plugintolinux.ca/index.php/topic,320.0.html

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Security / Re: Severe flaw in WPA2
« on: October 16, 2017, 10:35:04 am »
Been thinking about this more. The biggest concern is really going to be with mobile devices. If you're using wireless at home, an attacker will need to be in range to attack you. Probably an unlikely scenario for most people unless wardriving becomes a thing again.

But if you're using free wifi hotspots, you would be a lot more susceptible since they can hack clients (the biggest problem) such as your phone. Though every device is potentially vulnerable it appears Linux and Android devices are the most problematic. Since we can't control routers on the outside even if we patch our client devices, I'd recommend making sure that you're using https when you log into any websites. Note that the injection means a compromised network can re-direct websites to use HTTP only (those that have the login possibility) so doublecheck you're using a secure connection.

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Security / Re: Severe flaw in WPA2
« on: October 16, 2017, 07:01:38 am »
One of the comments mentions that if you're careful about only putting data only over HTTPS, your data is still safe since it's encrypted that way. Good reason to install and use HTTPS Everywhere (it's a plugin).

Think I'm going to just use the mobile network for my phone when I'm away from home now especially with that info about VPNs although at least one was found to be good.

Free wireless access points are probably all going to be scary now because the likelihood they will patch is small. And home routers, ugh, even less likely to be patched unless they're new or expensive. Sigh. Really considering using a Raspberry PI as a router. It's better than cheap routers, I'm sure, and at least you know it's going to continue to be patched.

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Support / Re: Forced convert to Linux Mint on a high dpi iMac
« on: October 16, 2017, 06:47:29 am »
Actually, I don't think Mint did because when I looked at drivers, it didn't register anything other than Intel Microcode. At any rate, assuming I found the appropriate one and downloaded it, how would I use it? Is this something I can deal with on the installer or something I have to add after a distro is installed?

You'd have to add it after installation. If your network isn't working though, I doubt a video driver will be much use to you except that maybe it would help in troubleshooting your network problem.

I just did a quick search and found that there were Linux drivers for that card. They were just for Fedora, openSUSE and Ubuntu and older versions at that, but there were installation instructions with the download. I just searched "Radeon R9 M395 linux", I believe. Other than that, I know no more than you do.

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Just checked the trailer. Looks really good though that doesn't always mean much so thanks for sharing that you liked it. Did you see it with your wife, Bill? :)

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Support / Re: Forced convert to Linux Mint on a high dpi iMac
« on: October 15, 2017, 04:57:47 pm »
Probably not that helpful but there are Linux Radeon drivers you can download. With a resolution that high, default drivers probably won't cut it. You may have been lucky enough in Linux Mint that it picked up and installed an appropriate Radeon driver but I'm not sure.

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Meetings / Re: PLUG MUG: Monday, October 16, 2017: Sign-up list
« on: October 14, 2017, 07:56:07 am »
I'm either going to be attending the City Council meeting tomorrow or watching it online so I don't expect I'll be attending. Have fun, guys. I'll message Bob who is usually there to see if anybody is left when the meeting ends or if I get too bored to watch it anymore.

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Meetings / PLUG MUG: Monday, October 16, 2017: Sign-up list
« on: October 14, 2017, 07:52:27 am »
Each MONDAY evening, except the first Monday of the month, beginning at about 7 pm, everyone is welcome to hang out with other PLUGgers at Tim Horton's Coffee & Donuts on Monaghan Road just north of Lansdowne Street. We call these nights PLUG MUGs. There is free wireless internet and no agenda; just friends hanging out and talking about everything from Linux to X-rays.

If you're planning on attending this MUG, please POST BELOW. It helps people coming from out of town to know if anybody is coming. By the way, you don't have to be there right at 7 pm, that's just a suggested time. We fully expect people to show up at different times. If you're not coming at 7-8 pm though, let us know roughly when you're coming so we can wait for you.

Synchronize your watches!! <^8# See you there!

Sorry for the late posting. Forgot this is my job now :)

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Distributions / Re: Ubuntu 17.10
« on: October 12, 2017, 12:45:31 pm »
Just installed it in a VM. Haven't played with it much yet, though. Interesting that you can still install Unity but then I realized 16.04 was an LTS and will have it for quite some time yet so it'll still be in the repositories until 16.04 is no longer supported.

Happened to see this suggested review in the news on my phone. Looks interesting:

https://www.linuxinsider.com/story/84866.html

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