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    Quote Originally Posted by mrjimphelps View Post
    Try Linux Mint 18.2. I've had good success all around with it, except for one thing: I can't get it to update. Even if I run the update commands manually. I don't believe it is out of support at this point; there must be some issue on my end.
    18.2 is a Long term support release (LTS) and is supported until April 2021.

    Have you tried in a terminal the following:

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    sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade
    The reason I ask is because there's a nasty out (See Nasty security bug found and fixed in Linux apt) and we'll need to patch as soon as one's released for Linux Mint.

    Hope this helps...

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    Okay! Mystery solved. That makes me feel a lot better. Thank you very much Rick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CEScott View Post
    Okay! Mystery solved. That makes me feel a lot better. Thank you very much Rick.
    Once installed, just be aware that your installation is not yet up-to-date. Whilst I try to avoid Linux's commandline, the first thing I do after a fresh Linux install is to connect to the internet, open Terminal then use the command I suggested to @mrjimphelps in post #61, i.e.:

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    sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade
    Once you've entered your password you'll see a flurry of activity as your laptop's install is compared to the latest repositories. You'll be given a summary and a Y/N choice whether to install all the identified recommended updates for both the OS and any installed apps.

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    It will finish up by writing a log then return you to the prompt.

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    You can then close the Terminal window and reboot.

    I find this easier and faster than using the Update Manager GUI which, weirdly, doesn't refresh itself automatically when it's opened. YMMV

    Hope this helps...

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    Just thought I'd follow up on what's happening. I installed Linux Mint Cinnamon 19.1 on a new Samsung 250 GB 860 EVO SSD that really made the Sony laptop quiet and fast! The Linux runs great and I did have to download VLC and all the codecs. Checking the "install third party software" made that easy.

    There are loads of #2 security updates; do I need to get them all? There's even a #1 security update - Chrome browser! I'm happy with Firefox so I ignored it. I did get the updates for FF, Adobe Flash Player, and some others. Not sure if I need to get all the #2 security updates but maybe so? Anyway, I'm very happy with how things have turned out.

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    I only check the updates for my Mint machines when I feel like it and let them all install except, like you, not Chrome. So far its been no harm no foul.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Corbett View Post
    18.2 is a Long term support release (LTS) and is supported until April 2021.

    Have you tried in a terminal the following:

    Code:
    sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade
    The reason I ask is because there's a nasty out (See Nasty security bug found and fixed in Linux apt) and we'll need to patch as soon as one's released for Linux Mint.

    Hope this helps...
    Rick:

    I tried running the update command you suggested, and I get the following error:

    "E: The package libobasis6.0-core needs to be reinstalled, but I can't find an archive for it."

    I've looked everywhere for libobasis6.0-core, but I can't find it. I do believe it is part of Libre Office.

    Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrjimphelps View Post
    I've looked everywhere for libobasis6.0-core, but I can't find it. I do believe it is part of Libre Office.
    Hi Jim,

    From what I can find, it's one of LibreOffice's core components so, to prevent any possibility of dependency issues, it's probably best to just uninstall LibreOffice then re-install completely.

    Hope this helps...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Corbett View Post
    Hi Jim,

    From what I can find, it's one of LibreOffice's core components so, to prevent any possibility of dependency issues, it's probably best to just uninstall LibreOffice then re-install completely.

    Hope this helps...
    I found it mentioned at https://petermoulding.com/libreoffice_60
    This is the log from the installation of LibreOffice 6.0 on Linux Mint 18.3 using the downloaded LibreOffice_6.0.4.2_Linux_x86-64_deb.tar.gz file expanded out into the Downloads directory.

    $ cd Downloads
    ~/Downloads $ cd LibreOffice_6.0.4.2_Linux_x86-64_deb
    ~/Downloads/LibreOffice_6.0.4.2_Linux_x86-64_deb $ cd DEBS
    ~/Downloads/LibreOffice_6.0.4.2_Linux_x86-64_deb/DEBS $ sudo dpkg -i *.deb
    [sudo] password:
    Selecting previously unselected package libobasis6.0-base.
    (Reading database ... 338392 files and directories currently installed.)
    Preparing to unpack libobasis6.0-base_6.0.4.2-2_amd64.deb ...
    Unpacking libobasis6.0-base (6.0.4.2-2) ...
    Selecting previously unselected package libobasis6.0-calc.
    Preparing to unpack libobasis6.0-calc_6.0.4.2-2_amd64.deb ...
    Unpacking libobasis6.0-calc (6.0.4.2-2) ...
    Selecting previously unselected package libobasis6.0-core.
    Preparing to unpack libobasis6.0-core_6.0.4.2-2_amd64.deb ...
    Unpacking libobasis6.0-core (6.0.4.2-2) ...
    Selecting previously unselected package libobasis6.0-draw.
    Preparing to unpack libobasis6.0-draw_6.0.4.2-2_amd64.deb ...
    Unpacking libobasis6.0-draw (6.0.4.2-2) ...
    The latest LibreOffice I have is 6.1.
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    @Berton - Good find!

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    The subject of SSD Trim has been discussed on this site a few times and I did a search here and on Google to find out what I could. What I've seen over again for Linux Mint is sudo fstrim -v / . Is this correct to use on Samsung 860 EVO? Also, some examples show using sudo and some don't. Getting a result of zero means it's running. Am I on the right track?

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    Just an extra note to say that I have not tried any Trim commands so far. I've saved a few sites and this one gives me the commands I'm thinking to use: http://man7.org/linux/man-pages/man8/fstrim.8.html (Don't add an s to the http).

    Also Samsung Magician would be nice to have, if they made a version for Linux that is.

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    ext4 supports SSDs and has TRIM built-in, so no need to run external commands. What you might want to do is disable journalling, although SSDs don't really have lifespan issues.
    What is doesn't seem to have is defragmentation, but that isn't really an issue in ext4.
    https://www.addictivetips.com/ubuntu...tems-on-linux/

    cheers, Paul

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    Thanks Paul, I do have the ext4 and Mint 19.1 does have Trim (fstrim). There's nothing I've been able to find that tells me whether or not the Trim is running on a schedule. But I'm okay just running the command in Terminal once a week. I'll look into the disabling of journalling next.

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    Wow, this journal disabling is controversial. It also requires really knowing what you're doing. I had no idea that SSD's needed so much coddling.

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    SSDs do not need coddling IMO, their lifespan far exceeds normal PC lifespans.

    To test TRIM is working try this answer, and the script below it.
    https://unix.stackexchange.com/quest...pt/85880#85880

    cheers, Paul

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