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Old 10-02-2011, 08:16 PM   #16
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I have been using sudo routinely whenever anyone tells me I need to be in root. Also, some of these commands I've been using change the title bar of the xterm, such as to "root@localhost.... I have no idea what is going on with that, trying to get a fix on how it works still.
 
Old 10-02-2011, 08:21 PM   #17
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If you are using a Live CD, do you actually see the unetbootin-linux-555 file in the /mnt/home directory, or is it in the /mnt/home/user directory (replace user with whatever user name you actually use.

Well, first off, no, I am not using a Live CD. No CD drive. But do you mean to say "or is it in the /home/user directory" I'm not sure about what you're getting at so it's hard to know for sure you're saying what you mean to say. I tend to take experts such as yourself at their word, but sometimes an error can happen.
 
Old 10-02-2011, 08:26 PM   #18
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That mnt directory was involved with my earlier debacle in which unetbootin put mint os there instead of onto the stick. When I then took a fool's approach and just deleted it, I lost my entire home directory. Have a back-up.
 
Old 10-02-2011, 09:36 PM   #19
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Preparing for a trip to FedEx Office, I copied mint onto a flash drive but it was the wrong one so I deleted it. It went into the trash and that's a lot of space wasted. How can I empty my trash bin?
 
Old 10-02-2011, 09:40 PM   #20
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sudo is used primarily by Ubuntu and its derivatives (Of which Linux Mint is one). sudo is available on pretty much all Linux distributions as far as I know and you should be able to configure it and use it if you want. It is mostly the Ubuntus that use it be default. Other distributions use su, which depending upon what you read can mean different things. Super User, switch user, administrator, You can switch from root user to user bob in a terminal with: su bob . Generally, if you are logged in as a normal user you can switch to root/administrator mode with su or su - (space and dash after the su) There are many other options available also.

The /mnt directory is usually where flash or usb drives or other partitions are mounted (mounting basically makes things accessible from the OS you are working on). Some make flash/usb drives available in the /media directory, Ubuntu 10.10 is one.

When you are in whatever file manager you use and go to the directory where you can see the icon for unetbootin, you should be able to either single or double-click it (varies with distribution) to open it. You should then get a prompt asking for your root/administrator password, enter it, hit the enter key and open unetbootin.

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do you actually see the unetbootin-linux-555 file in the /mnt/home directory, or is it in the /mnt/home/user directory
What i meant by the above is, when you open your file manager and navigate to the /mnt/home directory, do you see a unetbootin icon?
Or, is it in the /home/glenellynboy directory - if that's the username?

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change the title bar of the xterm, such as to "root@localhost
That means you are root. In a terminal, if you see a hash mark (#) at the end of the prompt, you are logged in as root. It should also say root in the prompt somewhere. Another thing that seems to often confuse new Linux users, if you log in to a terminal as root then open a file manager, you are NOT logged in as root in the file manager only in the terminal.

I think the basic problem here is Linpus. It's a pretty limited distribution, I don't know what kind of support it has or what repositories it uses for software. I understand it is based on a version of Fedora that is no longer supported. Some of the errors you reported earlier indicate that you do not have software installed which will run unetbootin and you probably won't be able to install it.

I don't know about using a FedEX computer. Wouldn't hurt to check.You should be able to buy Linux on a flash. I've seen some sites which have quite a selection, different distros, different Desktops, etc. Here's a link to one, never use if so...

http://www.osdisc.com/cgi-bin/view.c...inux/linuxmint

You might go to the Linux Mint site, I would expect they sell them also. Well, maybe not. Just went to their site and didn't find any single OS flash drives. Might have missed it? I'm sure they sell CD/DVDs.
 
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Old 10-02-2011, 09:52 PM   #21
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When I go to FedEx Office, I am wondering if I should first try to run unetbootin from the flash drive instead of trying to copy it to the computer hard drive, and if I should try to browse within setting up unetbootin for the mint file on the flash drive too.

Maybe I should just try it and see. On the other hand, it may screw up the computer somehow and I sure don't want to do that.
 
Old 10-02-2011, 10:02 PM   #22
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I went to the site you linked me to for buying a flash drive with mint 11 on it. I looked for an LXDE version but there wasn't one. There was a KDE version--any opinion on it versus LXDE?
 
Old 10-02-2011, 10:32 PM   #23
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Another point: I don't see any Live versions and I like the idea of testing the os out before installing it, so this worries me.
 
Old 10-03-2011, 09:43 AM   #24
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How can I empty my trash bin?
Does clicking on the file and selecting delete not work, in your Trash file. If not there is a hidden file in your /home/user directory called .local. If you open the file manager, you should be able to select Show Hidden Files under the View tab, then navigate to your /home/user directory and delete the files in .local/share/Trash. Usually have two folders, files and info and you should see the files you sent to the Trash there. If that doesn't work, open the files folder click the edit tab to select all, hold down the shift key and hit the delete key on the keyboard to delete. If you don't want to delete them all, select files individually to delete.

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When I go to FedEx Office, I am wondering if I should first try to run unetbootin from the flash drive instead of trying to copy it to the computer hard drive
Do you mean to put the unetbootin program on the flash with the Mint iso? Aren't they already there? I expect if you go to FedEx or somewhere else to use their computers, they will be running windows and I think there are different versions of unetbootin to use on Linux vs windows. Probably should check that out first.

I hadn't really looked at the site but, I didn't see any with LXDE either on a flash or Live use. I don't really know what they have on the flash drive, if it is the Live/Install CD or if it is just an installed system. I've been using KDE for years and am used to it. LXDE is lighter and doesn't use the resources KDE does.
 
Old 10-03-2011, 01:16 PM   #25
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Do you think KDE is too heavy for my 8 GB machine? What about plain Mint 11--would that be better on the 8 GB machine than KDE? Or is neither of them going to work for me?

There is a slot on my machine for storage expansion. Does that enter into the picture? I don't know what size addition it would provide, or what conditions it would require to use.
 
Old 10-03-2011, 01:29 PM   #26
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During the deletion, the window said "moving file to trash..." and afterward, when I expected to see 800 MB more hard drive space, there was no change.

Wouldn't moving the file to trash just put it back where it came from?
 
Old 10-03-2011, 01:31 PM   #27
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I'm going to just not deal with the trash problem and when I install a new os it will go away.
 
Old 10-03-2011, 01:39 PM   #28
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KDE is larger (in MB) when installed. Has more eye candy.

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There is a slot on my machine for storage expansion.
You might check this site out for info on that:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acer_Aspire_One

I have an Acer Aspire One D250 but it has a 160GB hard drive.

With the drive you have, a smaller distribution might be better. Up to you.
 
Old 10-03-2011, 02:20 PM   #29
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What about mint 11, no suffix. Is it lighter than KDE?
 
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I'm going to just not deal with the trash problem and when I install a new os it will go away.
Good idea. When I used that method on Ubuntu from the .local/share/Trash, it asked if I wanted to "delete", said OK and it deleted. Usually if I am in the /home directory it just gives the option to move to Trash. Different methods work on different systems, don't know why?

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What about mint 11, no suffix. Is it lighter than KDE?
I don't know what you mean? Mint has usually used the Gnome Desktop. I think everything is lighter/smaller than KDE. The most recent release of Ubunut (which Mint is based on) uses the Unity Desktop so I don't know what the default is for Mint 11.
 
  


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