* Posts by Mike_R

80 publicly visible posts • joined 2 Oct 2015


After delay due to xz, Ubuntu 24.04 'Noble Numbat' belatedly hits beta


Re: "it's sad to see them hit the end of their useful lives"

And 20.04 with ESM is supported to 2030

as my grandmother used to say "...I should live so long." see icon --->

Microsoft squashes SmartScreen security bypass bug exploited in the wild


Re: The bigger question:

Or, (as a home user) see icon --->

Linus Torvalds declares Linux 6.8 is probably back on track for a regular release cycle


On yet another hand

“I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.”

Thomas Watson, president of IBM, 1943

Closure of Windows 10 upgrade path still catching users by surprise


Oh, come on...

See icon


You're not imagining things – USB memory sticks are getting worse


Re: ValiDrive

For Linux try f3 (lowercase)

F3 (Fight Flash Fraud or Fight Fake Flash) tests the full capacity of a

flash card (flash drive, flash disk, pendrive).

F3 writes to the card and then checks if can read it. It will assure you

have not been bought a card with a smaller capacity than stated. Note that

the main goal of F3 is not to fix your removable media. However, there

are resources to mark the invalid areas.

GNOME developer proposes removing the X11 session


Re: This is what you get...

"strong-arming people into adopting Wayland"

Why does systemd come to mind...

USENET, the OG social network, rises again like a text-only phoenix


Re: Latest Thunderbird has wrecked access to Usenet News

Dunno 'bout that; just checked TB 115 to read risks.comp, worked fine.

antiX 23: Anarchic for sure, but 'design by committee' isn't always the best for Linux


Re: KDE or GNOME hard-depends on systemd?

Data point:

Currently running MX-23, no systemd, no SNAP, and GNOME (with gnome-session-flashback, no less)

HW: HP ProDesk, Intel i5

Upgraded from MX-21 about a week ago, no problems before and none since

Arm wrestles assembly language guru's domains away citing trademark issues


What about

Might I call your attention to:


Want tech cred? Learn how to email like a pro


Minor nitpick


Email is older than you might expect; for instance, it predates the internet. CTSS users at the MIT Computation Center were emailing each other via the MAILBOX system in 1965. In 1971, Ray Tomlinson extended TENEX's SENDMSG to send from one computer to another, separating the person and the computer's names with an @ symbol.


IIRC using MAIL on RSTS/E, and later on VMS in the mid-60's- 70's (that's the previous century, for you whipper-snappers)

Way before the Internet, way before virii, there were even Mail-bombs that would blank or otherwise frazzle your VT-100 screen.

... back to my rocking chair. This place really needs a "Grumpy old geezer" icom.

Western Digital sued over claims of data-trashing SanDisk, My Passport SSDs


Re: I lost 3 years worth of music and photography

So simply restore your latest full backup. Oh...

Will Flatpak and Snap replace desktop Linux native apps?


Will Flatpak and Snap replace desktop Linux native apps?

This is where we recall Betteridge's law

See e.g. https://www.techtarget.com/whatis/definition/Betteridges-law-of-headlines

'nuff said.


Re: Using Snap comes at a cost

From experience on Ubuntu 20.04, to disable and/or purge snap Google (or DuckDuck..) "Linux nosnap"

e.g. https://winaero.com/enable-or-disable-snap-in-linux-mint-20/#To_Disable_Span_in_Linux_Mint_20 (works on Ubuntu, also)

Getting rid of systemd is more complicated, you would probably have to switch distro (see mxlinux etc.)

When it comes to Linux distros, one person's molehill is another's mountain


Re: SNAP ---Grrrrr

When Canonical started to force snap and systemd is when I started shopping distros

For almost a year now having switched from Ubuntu 22.04 to mxlinux wildflower, really minimal bumps, and some advantages, backup using built-in image creator -- on Ubuntu it was Remastersys, until that disappeared

Still use (runs and hides) GNOME, because that's what my fingers are used to, and I'm very attached to my fingers.

Because of personal history (RSTS --> VMS --> early Minix --> Ubuntu, sometimes two or three in parallel) my personal preferences tend to CLI.

So, different strokes for different folks.

My antagonism to systemd stems from it's ignoring the "Do one thing, and do it well" maxim. Removing systemd has an added bonus too - no snaps.

Microsoft pushes users to the Edge in Outlook, Teams


A solution

For enterprise users:


For Home/Individual user:

See icon

Fancy trying the granddaddy of Windows NT for free? Now's your chance


Re: And don't forget TPU and Eve.

TPU had (has?) the LEARN command:

Create a temporary edit macro by demonstration, run it a definable number of times

Useful in 100K-line files for specific (anchored) global edits

TPU also had the option of defining keys, macros e.g. entering text in a right-to-left language, box editing, much fun stuff...

icon ===> show my greybeard


Re: The modern museum

Last December I finally left my last job (aged 79) supporting VMS - the "open" is silent - at the multi-node Charon emulation site of a Local Government department.

There were no young 'uns to be found to support VMS, just a couple of us old fogies. Almost a decade there, and in all that time "it just worked", any problems were on the human side, with several dozen programmers (COBOL) and several hundred users.

Now it's all moved to several Windows machines.

Sic transit gloria mundi

PC tech turns doctor to diagnose PC's constant crashes as a case of arthritis


Re: Don't get me started...

or "remediate" when you could say "remedy", or (horrors) "fixed"

By order of Canonical: Official Ubuntu flavors must stop including Flatpak by default


Re: Automatic updates are the bane of my life

see https://askubuntu.com/questions/1204571/how-to-install-chromium-without-snap

Debian dev to the rescue after proposal to remove Itanium from Linux kernel


Re: Alpha != Itanium

There are still several versions of Alpha emulators available capable of running (on Windows mainly, but IIRC also Linux) and at least until fairly recently a hobby site which provided OpenVMS licenses - of course not relevant for Linux.

Fresh versions of Ubuntu Touch, Mir display server, and Unity arrive


Re: Not coming here

To save you looking up the blog:

You’ve as much empowerment with this as if you were using proprietary software, i.e. none. This is in effect similar to a commercial proprietary solution, but with two major differences: It runs as root, and it installs itself without asking you.


Re: Not coming here

> It's less intrusive than systemd,

So when (if) we remove systemd, as an added benefit we get rid of snap,

together deleting a maze of inter-dependencies, complications, and mount points.

Simplify, Simplify.....

University students recruit AI to write essays for them. Now what?


Re: ChatGPT - Hmm -- and spell checkers

To often I see correct spelling compounded by spell checkers. Prime examples:

confusing "loose" and "lose", "fare" and "fair" - correctly spelled, but contextually confused.

(not to mention spell-checkers confusion between American and English spelling)

icon: Because grumpy old nit-picker

Linux Snap package tool fixes make-me-root bugs


Re: Disable snap for simplicity

Or MX linux (which also does away with systemd, and has a working backup image snapshot system)

Or Devuan

Or c.f.:


Strong support for Snap and Ubuntu Core as Canonical meet IRL


Re: Snap!!! Trash!!! - So remove Snap -- permanently!!

Google (or duck-duck or whatever) is your friend

See e.g.:


To keep snap away permanently (quote from the above):

sudo gedit /etc/apt/preferences.d/nosnap.pref

When the file opens, paste lines below to refuse snapd from any repository:


# To prevent repository packages from triggering the installation of snap,

# this file forbids snapd from being installed by APT.

Package: snapd

Pin: release a=*

Pin-Priority: -10


Version 252 of systemd, as expected, locks down the Linux boot process


This is the best advertisment

for either

Devuan (see https://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=devuan )


MX linux (see https://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=mx )

Been on Ubuntu since Warty, I feel I've been ejected/rejected...


Re: I'm so happy

to read the essay:


Linux Lite 6.2: Latest release from distro with a misleading name


Re: One question

Worked for me:


(currently running without snap on 20.04 and 22.04)

Microsoft's Lennart Poettering proposes tightening up Linux boot process


Re: There are villains in this story but LP is not one of them

Suggestion: Have a look at MX Linux; some faults but two possibly great advantages:

No pottering by Poettering

A very (in my opinion) convenient backup method



Best advertisment for Devuan that I've seen in a long time

Ubuntu 22.10 is out, with an extra remix in the family: Unity


Re: "As usual, there are various other desktops"

Nit pick:


Ubuntu itself got a great hipe


hipe (plural hipes)

(wrestling) A throw in which the wrestler lifts his opponent from the ground, swings him to one side, knocks up his nearer thigh from the back with the knee, and throws him on his back.



1. I understood that while Unity may be the default (as it once was) you can switch it off. My personal choice is gnome-flashback-session, and has been since the first Unity incarnation.

2. Up to and including Ubuntu 22.04 (again, from personal experience) it is possible to purge all snap/snapd and use apt, apt-get etc.

Google is your friend in this case -- or whatever helps you search for "Ubuntu remove snap"

Canonical displays controversial 'ad' in shell update prog


Relax, folks, just get rid of it

Start at:


for several options, some of which worked for me.



Microsoft's problem child, Windows 11, is here. Will you run it? Can you run it? Do you even WANT to run it?


Re: Want to run it?

1) You can run Ubuntu without snap. Google is your friend

2) You can run Mint, which does without snap as a matter of principle


EU proposes regulations for tablet battery life, spare parts


Re: Dippy Cops

The law in Israel on this subject is:

1) You are obliged to carry a spare bulb kit.

2) If stopped by a cop for a missing light *The policeman is obliged to help you repair the missing light*

Being stopped for a missing light-bulb happens very seldom now...

You can never have too many backups. Also, you can never have too many backups


Re: Hardly on topic

Been there, too.

Still have the PDP/70 front panel with the switches, and the labels marking how to boot the system disk (60MB, IIRC) or the 1/2" tape drive.

Doctor gave patients the wrong test results due to 'printer problems'


Re: Photocopier challange - Reverse into parking space

After passing an Army driving test, that stuck with me in civilian life

I love the Linux desktop, but that doesn't mean I don't see its problems all too well


Lies, damn lies and statistics

"Overall, just 1 percent of employees report usage of Linux on their primary laptop used for work. "

On any PC where I have a choice, I run Linux. Unfortunately due to the dictates of my employer, for work usage I have to run (hawk, spit) a laptop running a locked-down installation of Windows 10. For sure I'm not the only user in that situation (check users in government employ, other hide-bound organizations...)

I would prefer even a locked-down distro, but NO!!


I love the Linux desktop... using Flashback

Been on Ub. 20.04 *without snap* since it came out.

Google (hack, cough) is your friend both in getting rid of snap and it's friends, and in finding workarounds for stuff than Canonical tries to insist on installing/updating with snap.

Or use Mint...

Or Devuan...

Firefox kills another tracking cookie workaround


Re: Sounds great ... Time machine

ended Jan 10, 2023 ?

PC shipments sink amid steady waves of supply chain, war disruptions


And you and me will buy them, because we don't really have a choice

First: that's you and I

Second: for choice, see icon

Thinnet cables are no match for director's morning workout


Re: Full names please.......

In CapeTown (S.A.) there used to be - perhaps there still is - a firm of undertakers calle Human and Pitt

Ubuntu 22.04 LTS arrives on everything from a 2GB Pi to AWS Graviton


Re: Aw snap


Anyone tried this?

Dell trials 4-day workweek, massive UK pilot of shortened week begins


Re: 4 days, nah not for me, happy with WFH though

Longer in the tooth... yeah, that's me

In my eighth decade, WFH half-days, four days a week, helping to keep some 30-year-old servers running.

Probably be switched off (the servers, not me) in a few months (They tell me that every year.)

Seems like an excellent compromise, for which I am grateful, mainly brought about by the recent epidemic...

icon: meant to signify old age..

AlmaLinux comes to Windows Subsystem for Linux


Re: Serves a roll

Take an example:

An automobile driver can use a car having *NO* mechanical or engineering aptitude.

But a person with such aptitude/training/knowledge will, in the long run, be a better/safer/more efficient driver.

Similarly a computer user with a certain minimum knowledge of how his/her system works will probably be a more efficient user.

...Based on some decades of experience with users who were trained to use applications, with nothing but the slightest understanding of the underlying system.

Borat RAT: Multiple threat of ransomware, DDoS and spyware


Re: Stupid question?

Phew... relief -------->

How not to attract a WSL (or any) engineer


Re: A fail on both counts

s/touring/Turing/ (note capital T)

Too much trust in your spellchecker?