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Distributions / Re: Ubuntu upgrade from 17.04 to 17.10
« Last Post by fox on Today at 12:46:00 am »
I think you'll like Simplenote. It's attractive, fast and cross platform. I can see my notes on Linux, android, Mac, iOS and Windows.
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Meetings / Re: Move PLUG MUGs to Thursdays at Whistle Stop Cafe?
« Last Post by Jason Wallwork 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
« Last Post by Jason Wallwork 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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Meetings / Re: Move PLUG MUGs to Thursdays at Whistle Stop Cafe?
« Last Post by Scott on Yesterday at 10:18:47 am »
No one was there, I had to eat my pulled pork poutine all alone. :(
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Distributions / Ubuntu upgrade from 17.04 to 17.10
« Last Post by fox on Yesterday at 10:05:55 am »
I tried this today using an installation on an external drive. The upgrade was uneventful for the most part. Because I had been using a combination of Unity and Gnome with a bunch of extensions, I had to play around a bit to get my desktop back to what I had. Actually, with Unity, I couldn't because, although it still worked, the tweaks like changed icons wouldn't work from Unity Tweak Tool. With Gnome, I got more or less my old settings as default, but certain extensions there didn't work either. I had to play around a bit to get the default Gnome desktop of Ubuntu 17.10 working, but it did and it is nice. Fortunately the top icons I needed (dropbox, insync) showed up and worked on the top bar without the topicons plus extension. There is an update to that extension, but installing it and running it on the Ubuntu theme took away the dropbox icon. Turning off topicons plus and rebooting brought it back.

Upgrading to Ubuntu 17.10 stopped insync from working initially. You have to install sni-qt (in the Ubuntu repository) to get it working.

One other easily solvable problem was that the version of SimpleNote I had installed in 17.04 wouldn't work in 17.10. However, the snap version of SimpleNote does work. Good thing; I've come to depend on it.
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Distributions / Re: Ubuntu 17.10
« Last Post by fox on October 19, 2017, 04:03:49 pm »
Ubuntu 17.10 was released today, along with the other desktop flavours.
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Marketplace / Anyone have a set of surplus stereo computer speakers?
« Last Post by ssfc72 on October 18, 2017, 09:11:18 pm »
My nice, smallish computer speaker system gave out on me.  It was a cheapie set but it had good sound and had a small woofer speaker, as well as the stereo speakers.

So, if anyone has a  a set of surplus computer stereo speakers, that you aren't using, that are in almost like new condition, I would be interested in them.

I cracked open the speaker with the controls and there is a circuit board with 2 IC's and lots of electrolytic capacitors.  It appears the audio signal is not getting passed through the circuit board because I can hear a very soft hum from the speakers, so the speakers are being powered but no audio signal is being received.
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Support / Re: Forced convert to Linux Mint on a high dpi iMac
« Last Post by fox on October 17, 2017, 09:39:51 pm »
Jason, your messages are helpful nevertheless and I will look into the driver issue, though I am happy at the moment with using Mint. Incidentally, the newer display server is Wayland, and it might be relevant on Ubuntu 17.10 since it is the default. But Ubuntu 17.04 was still using Xorg.
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Support / Re: Forced convert to Linux Mint on a high dpi iMac
« Last Post by Jason Wallwork 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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Support / Re: Forced convert to Linux Mint on a high dpi iMac
« Last Post by fox on October 17, 2017, 11:49:13 am »
More progress. I tried a bunch of acpi settings, and besides acpi=off, two other settings work in combination with nomodeset, though they still result in window effects. The two are:
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acpi=noapic nomodeset
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acpi=noapic acpi_backlight=vendor nomodeset
I tried both with a Ubuntu 17.04 installation on an SSD run externally. In both cases, boot-up was fast. In the first case, window movement was slow; you could see the delay effects when dragging or expanding a window. In the second case, window movement wasn't slow, but the animation when moving windows was lost. In other words, when you move or expand a window, you see only an outline until the action ceases; then the change shows instantly. But also in the second case, I lose the ability to change the screen brightness through "settings"; the setting to do so in "brightness and lock" is gone. I suspect that the missing brightness setting can be fixed with software. But I don't know the cure for the lose of real time window dragging effects. This is not a big deal, however, so I now have the possibility of installing Ubuntu on my 5k iMac. But since everything seems to be working in Mint, I'm probably going to stick with it now and continue to see how I can fix the window dragging in Ubuntu. Perhaps by installing the proprietary Radeon video card, as suggested by Jason?
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