PopOS

What Linux Should I Put On an HP Stream Laptop?

HP Stream Laptop

Episode 1799

Paul from Lansing, MI

Paul has an HP Stream, and he can't update Windows 10. Leo says that's because there's no real storage on it, with a 32GB hard drive. They want to compete with Chromebooks, but people can't do anything with them. As such, you can't really update them. You could install Linux on it. Leo recommends Linux MINT; it uses Ubuntu. There's also PopOS by System76 and Manjaro. 

How Can I Learn More About Linux?

pop os

Episode 1796

Joey from San Diego, CA

Joey has a PC running PopOS Linux but he wants to learn more about the secrets of the system. Leo says that there are books, but generally, it's through communities that you learn. REDDIT has many good subreddits. Reddit.com/r/linux is the definitive subreddit for it. Also, the Pop_OS subreddit would be good. Reddit.com/r/pop_os. There are also Linux and PopOS communities on Discord. That would be good too. 

Why Does My Linux Laptop Have Video Glitches?

Linux

Episode 1770

Quincy from Las Vegas, NV

Quincy likes using MINT Linux on his old Dell Latitude laptop because it looks a lot like Windows. But the video has been glitching. Leo says that Mint may have chosen the wrong driver when he installed it. Linux uses video drivers made mostly by enthusiasts, and relying on the motherboard graphics is the easiest to get drivers for. But he may want to check the video card manufacturer to see if they have a Linux driver available. Try googling the model laptop with Linux and see what drivers pop up, and who has solved that issue.

Is an Open Source Linux From China Secure?

China

Episode 1717

Doug from San Francisco, CA

Doug wants to know how safe an open-source distro of Linux is from China. Leo says the key is that it's open-source and that likely means it's secure. HOWEVER, Leo stopped using Ubuntu because they added the capability to phone home back to Ubuntu. So he stays away from proprietary distros now in favor of community developed flavors like Debian or Manjaro Arch.

What's the best Linux distro to try?

PopOS

Episode 1712

Dave from Los Angeles, CA

Dave doesn't want to be beholding to Microsoft or Apple for his operating system. He'd like to use Linux. Leo says that currently, a Chromebook is ideal for those who aren't their own support. But if you like Linux, then Leo likes PopOS by System76. What about Ubuntu? Leo isn't really a fan of Ubuntu any longer because of changes made by the developers. But it's base Debian flavor is pretty good.

How Do I Install Linux Without Secure Boot On PC?

Episode 1697

Ken from LA, CA

Ken has an old PC that he wants to boot Linux into. But he can't because he doesn't have secure boot on that machine. Leo says that at 12 years old, it wouldn't have secure boot built into it. So he'd have to have another option. Leo recommends downloading Rufus.ie, which will make a bootable USB key. Then install PopOS Linux using Rufus and run that from the USB on the old PC. 

Can I Boot Into Linux From a USB Key?

Episode 1697

Larry from Texas

Larry is trying to boot up Linux from his USB key. Leo says that you can go to xtraPC.com and get one for about $36. It's got Linux on a bootable USB. It won't work on every computer, but will on those models that enable USB booting. You just have to change the boot order in your BIOS settings to check the USB drive. But you can make your own. Go to System76.com/pop and download PopOS ISO file. They also have instructions on how to create your bootable USB.

Does PopOS work on a 32 bit computer?

Xubuntu

Episode 1692

Bob from New Jersey

Bob went to download PopOS and it says it will only run on a 64-bit system. His old PC is a 32-bit system. Options? Leo says unless it's really old, it may be 64 bit compatible, even if it had a 32 bit OS installed. Most Intel processors are 64 bit and it's still worth trying. Boot up from a USB key and see if it runs. You can run it without installing it. If everything works, then your good and can move to install it. So give that a go. If it doesn't, there are other Linux versions designed to work on 32-bit machines.

Why won't my Thinkpad work with PopOS?

Lenovo X1 Carbon

Episode 1692

Myron from Bernsville, MN

Myron has an OwlCam and his LTE is still working. Leo says that he couldn't get his to work because OwlCam has closed down their service. So if it's still working now, it'll likely stop working soon. Maybe after his subscription runs out for the month.

Myron has also installed PopOS on his Thinkpad and it won't work. Leo says to turn off secure boot in the BIOS/Setup. It's designed to make sure you've installed a legitimate copy of Windows. Select F1 during boot up. Go to the security tab. Disable Secure Boot. That should fix it.

How can I get into voiceover work?

popOS

Episode 1690

Naomi from Denver, CO

Naomi wants to know if it's worth paying a service to get her voiceover work. Leo says no, he recommends avoiding people who promise to get you work if you pay them. The exception would be taking a voiceover class. Voices.com is a great place to get started, as is VoiceBunny.com, voice123.com. You signup, upload a sample and then wait for an opportunity. It's those first few gigs that will be the hardest to get. But once you get them under your belt, you get more jobs. Leo also recommends being versatile with voices and put them on your reel.