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  • I did not lose very much data really. I have a large external drive with all the stuff that is truly important. I lost a few music albums that was on the drive. Mostly I was looking at repairing the install and subsequently salvaging the data files in a learning fashion. I am pretty sure my encryption files got whacked. So lesson learned, encryption can be your best friend or your worst enemy.
    When the going gets weird... The weird turn pro!


    • Here's some info on Ubuntu 20.04LTS?
      You can either leave it on 20.04, or upgrade it to 20.10.
      By upgrading vs new install, the upgrade process keeps all settings and files, as is.
      The 20.10 runs the new 5.8 kernel, and uses the new 3.38 Gnome version.
      I wanted the new kernel and newer version Gnome desktop, so I upgraded.
      By going to 20.10 you lose the long term 5 year support, but can upgrade to the newer software version, every 6 months.
      I will leave my wife's laptop on 20.04LTS, but will keep my laptops on the newer versions each 6 months, when they become available.
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      Last edited by big_teee; 11-17-2020, 06:07 PM.

      "If Wishes Were Horses, Beggars Would Ride!" Scottish Proverb 1600s


      • Uefi/Secureboot Info for Linux.
        Through the last 8 years or so, I've done a lot of experimenting with different linux distributions, on many different laptops.
        One issue you run into is uefi and secureboot.
        Windows 8 and 10 computers, come with uefi and secure boot enabled.
        Most Linux will work with uefi, but very few will work with secure boot enabled.
        Ubuntu is one of the very few linux distro's that meets the secure boot requirement.
        Fedora, and most others do not.(not sure about mint)
        Here is the Ubuntu statement on uefi/secureboot.

        How UEFI Secure Boot works on Ubuntu
        On Ubuntu, all pre-built binaries intended to be loaded as part of the boot process, with the exception of the initrd image,
        are signed by Canonical's UEFI certificate, which itself is implicitly trusted by being embedded in the shim loader, itself signed by Microsoft.

        I currently have Uefi/Secureboot both enabled on my 3 laptops.
        I have to disable secureboot in the bios, to boot into fedora.
        Last edited by big_teee; 11-28-2020, 07:56 PM.

        "If Wishes Were Horses, Beggars Would Ride!" Scottish Proverb 1600s


        • If you want to try a different Linux, and tired of the same old Ubuntu, Mint, Fedora, etc?
          I suggest giving Mageia 8 a try.
          8 is still in the Beta stage, but has lots of possibilities.
          Mageia 8 is kind of a cross between the old Mandriva, Fedora, and Ubuntu.
          It is still RPM based, Uses the Urpmi, and also the DNF package managers.
          But has lots of programs and apps on the Mageia repository.
          It is available for download in KDE, XFCE, or Gnome.
          You can get it here.

          I've been running it for a couple weeks on my linux test computer, and so far I really like it.
          I look forward to the issuing of the final Stable version.
          Here's a couple of screen shots of my Gnome desktop version.

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          Last edited by big_teee; 12-23-2020, 08:10 PM.

          "If Wishes Were Horses, Beggars Would Ride!" Scottish Proverb 1600s


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