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Distributions / Re: Mysterious package for Kubuntu/Ubuntu
« Last Post by Jason Wallwork on Today at 01:07:16 am »
Just noting that no upgrade is showing on Mint Cinnamon either.

All in good time.

And there likely won't be for a couple of months after Ubuntu 19.10 is released. Read on for why:

Mint has its own upgrade cycle that is based on Ubuntu LTS releases which come every 2 years. The present version of LM - 19.2 is based on Ubuntu 18.04, the most recent LTS version. Linux Mint 20.x will be based on Ubuntu 20.04.

LM does include point releases that update the various desktop environments and Mint tools. Not sure if these point releases also include software updates but I think that at least select software is updated. Though these are usually released roughly every 6 months, the LM team has made clear that point releases happen when they're ready, not a rigid schedule. There will likely be a 19.3 release in December but it will still be based on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS - it will have little to do with 19.10.

Basically this means the same kernel version (bug fixes will still happen), kernel and base system for 2 years, then a new full version (i.e. 19.x to 20) which will have a new kernel and base system. LM releases, being LTS versions, are supported for 5 years as is Ubuntu LTS.
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Distributions / Re: Mysterious package for Kubuntu/Ubuntu
« Last Post by buster on Yesterday at 07:41:30 pm »
Just noting that no upgrade is showing on Mint Cinnamon either.

All in good time.
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Security / Re: Cell phone fingerprint article - some good information
« Last Post by Jason Wallwork on Yesterday at 02:32:23 pm »
They discuss face-unlocking too, just as bad as fingerprint scanning if not worse.

Insightful articles, Bill, thanks for sharing.
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Support / Re: Testdisk file recovery program not working
« Last Post by Jason Wallwork on Yesterday at 01:55:06 pm »
Ext3 and Ext4 are basically just Ext2 with journalling. You can use an ext2 filesystem driver to read ext3/4.
The journalling is the add-on that means when your computer crashes or you don't shut it down properly you can recover quickly without having to do the dreaded fsck which looks remarkably like the word you used to say when it happened to you. Recent file writes are journaled so that if the worst happens, it can use the journal to recover the file which would have otherwise been corrupted.
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Politics & Society / Re: Trudeau@Evinrude this Thursday evening
« Last Post by Jason Wallwork on Yesterday at 01:50:00 pm »
Right? Buster, you need to get on that.
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Politics & Society / Re: Trudeau@Evinrude this Thursday evening
« Last Post by ssfc72 on Yesterday at 09:51:42 am »
Is there not going to be a PLUG straw pole of the Federal election results? :-)
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Support / Re: Testdisk file recovery program not working
« Last Post by ssfc72 on Yesterday at 09:48:26 am »
Testdisk shows the existing files in the directory, so I don't think there is any problem with ext4.
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Support / Re: Testdisk file recovery program not working
« Last Post by fox on Yesterday at 08:21:05 am »
I just looked up Testdisk in wiki and it states there in the File Recovery section what types of file formats it can recover. Those listed are only FAT, NTFS, exFAT and ext2; not ext4. Might that be the problem?
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Security / Re: Cell phone fingerprint article - some good information
« Last Post by fox on Yesterday at 08:14:03 am »
Wow! Thanks for posting this, Bill. Fortunately I have an “ancient” Galaxy S7 edge and not the latest and greatest.
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Security / Cell phone fingerprint article - some good information
« Last Post by ssfc72 on Yesterday at 04:39:12 am »
https://www.androidauthority.com/fingerprints-insecure-phone-1043477/

This article offers some good pros and cons about the use of a fingerprint to unlock a cell phone, that has this feature.

Also,   https://www.narcity.com/news/ca/samsung-fingerprint-defect-means-anyone-could-access-your-phone
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