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Thanks, Mike. Was curious about how that was coming along.

I would say that so far, I don't see any improvements in them over the 2016 versions.

Sorry, to clarify, I meant is the conversion any better than LibreOffice or about the same?

Entertainment / Re: Neil Young concert on Chex & CTV Sunday 9 pm
« on: December 09, 2017, 07:46:52 pm »
That's handy, Bill!

Distributions / Re: Q4OS Review in Register
« on: December 09, 2017, 07:45:21 pm »
No problem. It looks like they use their own desktop which was a fork of KDE 3. So those nostalgic for the early days of KDE might really enjoy it. I plan on giving it a spin.

Distributions / Q4OS Review in Register
« on: December 09, 2017, 02:23:09 am »
Reading through some articles saved in Pocket and found this from the end of October about Q4OS.

Has anybody tried this?

Yep, I've been testing it this week. Interface is much nicer than the older version, but like every other MS-compatible Linux office suite, the translations aren't perfect.

Are the translations to/from DOCX format about the same, or better?

Support / Re: Sound problems in my Late 2015 iMac
« on: December 05, 2017, 10:12:47 pm »
Interesting so it's not *just* the new Firefox that's the problem.

Meetings / Re: December 2017: PLUG Meeting Notes
« on: December 05, 2017, 09:20:21 am »
Actually, I think I jumped the gun about only keeping backups from Timeshift on an external drive. It can still be useful to backup locally if you're just looking to fix something that an update broke or an accidentally deleted system file, as long as you can still log in and run it. And as long as the drive is accessible, you could get the files off of it, do a LM reinstall and then use Timeshift to restore.

But if the partition or drive is so borked that you can't even access those files, then obviously an external drive would be better. Remember that Linux installs themselves aren't that huge, you can buy 32/64 GB USB drives quite cheaply now.

As always, if your data doesn't exist in three places, it doesn't exist at all (i.e. you should have more than a single backup always).

Support / Re: Sound problems in my Late 2015 iMac
« on: December 05, 2017, 01:32:30 am »
You might have already tried this (sorry, too lazy to check again), but I notice in the LM 18.3 Cinnamon release notes it says under "Sound and microphone issues":

If you're facing issues with your microphone or your sound output, please install "pavucontrol".

This will add "PulseAudio Volume Control" to your menu. This application has more configuration options than the default volume control.

Meetings / December 2017: PLUG Meeting Notes
« on: December 05, 2017, 01:15:02 am »
I presented on new features of Linux Mint 18.3 Cinnamon tonight. Great turnout tonight where we also shared pizza, chips, cookies, eggnog and pop. Thanks to Bob and Rachelle for arranging a large part of the food including the pizza and to those others that brought snacks.

The new features I presented tonight came directly come from this page on the Linux Mint website. If it interests you enough to upgrade from 18.2 there is an upgrade article in the Linux Mint blog. Of course, it's a good idea to also check the release notes to make know about any known issues with particular hardware.

Note that some of these features are new features to Linux Mint and will also apply to the MATE, Xfce, and KDE versions. You should check the new features page for the other desktop versions to be sure. Note that at present it's just the beta versions of Xfce and KDE that are out right now although the final versions should be out within a month or so.

And for those that are new to Linux or LM entirely, refer to the attached slideshow from the September 2017 meeting.

Updated: Attached slideshow and explanatory text.

Support / Re: Sound problems in my Late 2015 iMac
« on: December 05, 2017, 12:58:23 am »
Sure, and eventually the ESR does catch up with the newest version of Firefox, if for but a short while, I think in March? With any luck, by then they will have fixed this issue.

Support / Re: Sound problems in my Late 2015 iMac
« on: December 04, 2017, 03:56:41 pm »
Sometimes the easiest solution isn't the most elegant but it's easier than continually banging your head against a wall!

Meetings / Re: PLUG presentation ideas for December 2017 meeting?
« on: December 04, 2017, 04:45:09 am »
I see now that Bob posted an announcement earlier on the main page. So it's happening.

Meetings / Re: PLUG presentation ideas for December 2017 meeting?
« on: December 03, 2017, 07:25:03 pm »
That's most likely the plan. Bob just didn't get around to announcing it. Bring money and/or snacks, I guess.

General Linux/Android Discussions / Re: Linux Journal ceases publication
« on: December 03, 2017, 04:38:27 pm »
And they're probably the longest running Linux magazine, as well. I think that the internet is really tearing up the magazine industry, especially technology and has been for a number of years. Print advertising has been lost to internet advertising which pays only pennies on the dollar of print advertising. Let's face it, how many of us actually subscribe to any technology magazine? I know a number of people pick up issues on a regular basis of a magazine or two but publishers can't depend on that, they need subscriptions.

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