It's me again, the LM Noob having some difficulties, again. For those that don't know or for those that have forgotten my Linux PC is:
Linux Mint 18.2 (Sarah) W/ Cinnamon desktop.
Please advise if more info is needed.
Since I just occasionally use this PC, I didn't think much of this issue until now. I guess I thought, just maybe, the problem would just go away & fix itself, but for the past few months this problem keeps occurring & hasn't let up.
OK, that's pretty much the background. Here's what's happening:
Evidently, for some unknown reason I Can't install any new software on my PC. I've tried to install a few games, a few Back up utils and all of these end up with the same result; LM will not install it. I usually get the message "the package 'whatever' can't be installed" or "such & such is in use, please check…" Once I even got "check your internet connection"! Duh, isn't the Software Repository DB online??
This is what I'm doing:
- On my LM desktop (after initial boot) the Welcome window pops up with many options.
- From there, I click on <apps>
- This takes me to another window where I can pick a category.
- After browsing the category, I double click on a selection.
- This takes me to another window where I can view the details, comments, etc. of my selection.
- From that window I can see that the package has not been installed.
- If I decide I want the package, I click on <install>.
- After a few seconds, I get the usual "can't install package" window.
Can anyone tell me what the deal is here?
A few hours later…
Well, it seems, that I've 'fixed' my own issue…
Just before posting the above, I decided to browse a few topics here on BC. I came across a post by cat1092 which nicely explained the importance of entering 'sudo ufw enable'. I thought to myself that "I don't need to do that" since I did that long ago in my previous version of LM. Then it dawned on me, I probably need to enter it again in the upgraded version of LM that I'm using now. Lo & behold!! It all works now !!! I can select software packages & they install!
I wish I'd found this out much sooner! Yes, LM is wonderful! I love it, but it STILL has a long way to go before it becomes common, IMO.
To me, this is a prime example…
Can anyone offer their opinion or weigh-in?