Can only open Libre Office from SUDO command line Attention Avi Greenbury

Pongo A. Pan pongo_pan at
Thu Feb 16 15:44:23 UTC 2012

On Thu, 2012-02-16 at 11:44 +0100, Oliver Grawert wrote:
> hi,
> On Wed, 15 Feb 2012 15:36:16 -0800
> "Pongo A. Pan" <pongo_pan at> wrote:
> > 
> > That said, my wife's family has been using Mint for most purposes in a
> > small business for several years with few problems.  Of course, the
> > principals are elderly people who also keep meticulous paper records
> > in two languages and check all calculations on an abacus. Not exactly
> > General Motors.
> > 
> if you really care for your wifes business, you should actually take a
> look at mint's hacks to update-manager, they suppress nearly every
> important security update to the system that is issued from the ubuntu
> archives (kernel, xorg, dbus, bootloader fixes etc etc), i seriously
> wouldnt build a business on top of it unless you know how to pull in
> ubuntu security updates manually...
Oh, sure.  She's a very savvy retired customer engineer. She does a
great deal of hand-holding;  she subscribes to the Ubuntu security
bulletin list and goes around and manually updates all 10 or so
computers when anything important is released, since many of the users
can't be relied upon to do even normal updates. 

A great many of the kernel and other updates in the last few years have
involved vulnerabilities to local attackers. This is a huge problem for
corporate use; for a small family business, not so much.  She's well
aware of how the Mint updater works and of the trade-offs involved.
They're all still on Mint 9 (the LTS version) and there have been no
security issues that we're aware of.  The crunch will come in a year
when we have to decide whether to introduce Unity, Cinnamon or something
pongo pan
Thu, 16 Feb 2012 07:43:19 -0800
Epicurus up 1 day, 20:31, 2 users, load average: 0.01, 0.04, 0.05
Linux 3.0.0-12-generic
Linux Mint 12 Lisa, GNOME Shell 3.2.1 Cinnamon 1.2.0

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