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3 points · 1 month ago

It disables the PPA but more importantly, it tries to install the normal system versions of the packages.

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2 points · 1 month ago

Agree totally with using ppa-purge to disable PPAs and revert to official packages.

This assumes the ability to administer the system. OP is currently unable to do a GUI or tty login.

Before installing Snap or Flatpak packages, get the system stable first.

  1. Boot into a previously working kernel.

  2. Remove the new kernel that's causing problems and do a reboot to the same older kernel.

  3. Do a ppa-purge and reboot.

  4. Do a apt-get update && apt-get upgrade and reboot.

At this point, you can safely do your release upgrade because you know that you'll have a stable kernel without any PPAs to give you trouble.

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3 points · 2 months ago

You could file a request at to see if they'll branch it to epel 8 and epel 9. It might require more than just that though, I believe it needs psiconv-devel and goffice-devel, which isn't available in Rocky nor in EPEL.

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Op3 points · 2 months ago · edited 2 months ago

You're 100% right. I checked out & tried to build:

Then, I realized that I needed goffice, which isn't in any repo. So I drilled down and checked out:

The whole thing is a nightmare to build. I'm giving up & just using libreoffice calc. Thanks for the pointers though.

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1 point · 2 months ago

So it was working when you first installed. When it was working, did you do a test reboot? I'm wondering if the system did a sleep/hibernate. I always disable any sleep/hibernate junk after installing any Linux. And I've stopped installing any *buntu system.

It's possible that the system did a sleep, hibernate, or simply turned off the display, but was unable to fully restore the Desktop Environment.

Check if you can switch to one of the TTY logins, by pressing the 3-key combinations:
- Ctrl + ALT keys together, then pressing one of: F3, F4, or F5 key.
- You should get a tty "login:" prompt.
- Login, then do a "sudo shutdown -h now" to do a full shudown.
- After the shutdown, restart to the Desktop Environment.
- Login and disable all sleep, hibernate, and turning off of the monitor.

Otherwise, force a hard powerdown by long-pressing the power button until the system shuts off. Turn power back on. The system should be able to recover. Once you're back up, login and disable all sleep, etc as above.

Good luck.

Op1 point · 2 months ago

Well I'm not able to get into the system, it will just try to boot up and just won't, I hard powerdown to stop the thing but turning it back on again doesn't do anything.

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1 point · 2 months ago

Do you get a grub2 menu when you reboot?
How about an HP splash screen?
If not, make sure that your screen brightness isn't turned all the way down.
Also, check your BIOS settings (once you turn on the power, press ESC key repeatedly until you get a menu.)
Last-ditch attempt to see what's going on is to boot into a live USB, check the partitions, and even force grub to boot to your hard drive.

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what's the best way to remote into your Linux PC?

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1 point · 2 months ago · edited 2 months ago

Secure ssh-key based login with X forwarding, using the latest version (at least 8.0), so you can use ed25519 keys. Other key types (rsa1 and esp dsa) are not anymore secure.

Once you have a secure X-enabled ssh session, you can launch additional terminal sessions, GUI apps (editors, file managers, etc). Launch backgrounded so that you don't hold up your command session.

Many times, I don't even need a GUI interface. If I just need to run a few commands or do some quick edit of a config file, I'll just run vi, or vim or emacs in tty mode.

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1 point · 4 months ago

Why is your organization paying for a Windog 11 OS that asks you to pay even more?
Especially for a non-profit, I'm astounded that they haven't switched to Linux.

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1 point · 4 months ago

I think this will work:

Edit the file: ~/.config/kwinrc and remove the translucency effects section and its contents:


Doing so will revert to the system default. ...Unless you made changes to the default. It really sucks that the config files aren't clearly documented.

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11 points · 5 months ago · edited 5 months ago

Great results. I wonder why they/you haven't introduced an uncompressed option so that you don't have to think about multithreaded decompression. E.g. uncompressed zip still provides the integrity checking but it's basically a no-op when it comes to compression. It's a pretty obvious suggestion so there must be a reason it's not there.

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1 point · 5 months ago

u/Lightrush - You, I & many other users are wondering the same. The strategy of using a filesystem that has to be uncompressed on-the-fly is great for mobile phones and devices like iPad, but makes ZERO sense for systems that have lots of disk.

1 point · 5 months ago

Well kinda. Compression provides inherent integrity checking. But in some contexts you could have an archive that provides that but has no actual compression. I don't know if SquashFS supports that. Seems like in any case the default compression might have to be switched to LZO anyways.

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1 point · 4 months ago

Integrity check is required with compression, but can exist (much faster) without it. Regardless of the compression algorithm used, there will always be a performance hit as compared to a native *.deb package install.

Compression is just one of the many problems with snaps. The very idea of a separate snap virtual mount per package is wrong with a capital W. Suppose Canonical were to go whole-hog with snaps and ditch native *.deb packages: The hundreds or even thousands of snapd mounts would be total mayhem, and an organizational abomination. Canonical should admit that it's an ill-conceived money-grab masquerading as a "feature."

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1 point · 5 months ago

What Linux distro and desktop environment are you using?

I use Debian "stable" (Bullseye). I do an update check every other day, and even if there are updates applied, the only time I would need to reboot is when there's a kernel upgrade.

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