cat, will you point me to your tutorial? and thanks for supplying me with the PDF so that I can keep learning about all this, your time is well appreciated.
pcpunk, that tutorial, or a lot of it, is in links within the Topic where I announced LM 17.1. Buried among these, is where I found the PDF. I don't have my own personal tutorial written, just that one article that has many links within each one (click onto ome link, there will be several, click one of those, there'll be several more). That's how to add a lot without adding a messy string of links.
You're quite welcome!
As to those Level 3 updates with a red exclamation point, I normally examine closely what it's for, if it serves no useful purpose for me, I'll just hide it. If it serves a purpose, like Google Chrome, then I'll accept it, though in all honestly I don't see how they rate Firefox as a #2 Update & Google Chrome a #3, both are safe browsers coming from their Update Manager. The only reasoning I can think of, is that by default, Firefox has lots of Mint material, unless the home page is changed, plus DuckDuckGo (great search engine), and Google Chrome will have none of that, unless added.
Read the next quote very carefully, it's worded as simple as it gets, and comes for where Linux Mint is developed, in Belgium.
Level 4 and 5 updates are not recommended unless they bring solutions to issues you’re facing. Level 3 updates should be applied selectively and with precautions.
Source with lots of other information.
This isn't a new release to me, I was running 17.1 RC nearly a month ago, got word of it the day of release. The RC was just as stable as what we have now, at least on my end, no system hangups or crashes took place, but just as in the docs, I wouldn't recommend it for those who are running a place of business, for school, or any mission critical purpose, and it shouldn't be the only OS available for any user. 17.1 RC was installed the old fashioned way, using an SD card to create media, and performed a "fresh upgrade", by now many probably know what that means.
That's keeping one's /home & Swap partitions intact, and formatting the main (/) partition clean, actually how I prefer it. Come the next RC, will do the same on another one, though it's been stated that 17.1 is going to hold us over until 2016. Information on this is at the bottom of this page, the New Features page, where Compiz related details are, though I'm not impressed with it, other distros that's come & gone had similar windows managers. I'll stick with the proven Marco.
Finally, and this has been discussed prior, we cannot take the word for every Linux Mint 17.1/Ubuntu 14.10 "Speed Me Up" tips like they're cast into stone. Some of the tips are indeed good, others can break one's system & cause one's Mint 17.1 system not run properly. I'm referring to the link that the OP provided in the opening words of this Topic.
When Linux Mint 17 was released, I made the mistake of following a tutorial on enabling TRIM, when it was already enabled by default, so likely broke the native SSD support by adding lines of code that was unnecessary. These articles are focused primarily on one thing, making money for the writer, if you're running an adblocker, it'll be noticed & the reader with the adblocker will receive a notice.
This website is being sponsored by Google Ads.
Are you using an ad blocker? Then you're also blocking my earnings from advertisements....
That's the top information at the right of the page. This is #1 an ad page, designed to generate revenue for both Google & the author, and #2, some tips & tricks, not all proven to be 100% safe, Such as this one.
Solid State Drive (SSD): optimize it for Ubuntu 14.04, Linux Mint 17.1 and Debian
There is no point in wasting the time to read this, if one managed to install to SSD, and as long as one used GParted prior to install to create partitions to ensure alignment, there's nothing to optimize. For MInt 13 (still supported) yes it is, same with unsupported 14, 15 & 16, which no one should be running anyway, unsupported is just that, be it XP or Linux Mint, there's no support. Worse for many Mint distros, one cannot even get all of the original updates to download, if any. Something that MS should consider doing to prevent fresh installs of unsupported releases, and how Mint is handling this the right way.
Yes, they'll run, but w/out updates, what good are these unsupported releases? At least 5 versions of Firefox, their main browser, has been released, and as many versions of most optional browsers, such as Google Chrome.
I'm not saying all of these articles are w/out merit, but they have their own agenda to push first, and that's ad income. Assisting us is the backburner priority, and we must be careful of what we enable, add or remove. This same author has recommended to remove Brasero & install a optical media app that's designed for Xfce editions on MATE & Cinnamon in Xfburn, think about that for a minute, what's the first two letters of the name of the app, what does that imply? Xf=Xfce.
Xfburn is the default burning application provided by the Xfce desktop environment.
Ah, there we go! So, what purpose does it have being on a full featured edition of Linux Mint 17.1, namely the MATE & Cinnamon editions? Mint 17.1 has a nice burning app in Brasero, that in probably over a hundred times has never failed me, while it may tomorrow, it hasn't yet, and until it does, am sticking with what works. Why does the author suggest changing, again, fixing what isn't broken?
That's why it's best to get the information that one needs from their distro (whichever it may be) site, the devs of each knows what's safe for their distros, what works & doesn't, and what's risky. While those who wants bleeding edge will take maximum risk, this represents a small minority of users. Most wants a stable, predictable computer that just works as should & doesn't care to fixing this & that day after day because we decide to install high risk updates, as though the warnings weren't there.
Like I stated, I did break a Mint 13 install by installing a bundle of Level 4 & 5 updates.
It won't happen again. That choice belongs to every user, and those who chooses to live by the sword also takes the risk of dying by it. One whom does this should backup their personal data often, as only a total clean install will purge the system of these, some can cause changes to settings in the /home directory, and a clean upgrade won't cut it. I clean installed the entire Mint 13 partitions, after copying my virtual machine folder over to an external. One or more Level 5 updates caused not only the browsers not to work, but also my Broadcom network card.
Oh, and this same author recommends in the detailed SSD tutorial (TRIM management) it's "not very useful" to have a /home partition.
When you have more mounted EXT4 partitions, you'll have to adapt the command line accordingly. For example, if you have a separate home partition (although that's not very useful), then the command is:
fstrim -v /home
Edited by cat1092, 15 December 2014 - 01:36 AM.