As you probably know, John, I have done what you suggest in the deleted part of this quote, and have a largely working ubuntu MATE16.04 LST. Now I wonder if one of the problems I have, namely not being able to open devices such as USB sticks or CF CARD or earlier installs of MATE and 12.04 ("You do not have permission") might be because I haven't created a proper ADMIN user account. Google hasn't really helped much. I see a lot about the danger of, or the impossibility of, messing with ROOT, but nothing that suggests to me what I should do.jdupuis wrote:... Don't forget after Mate install, create your ADMIN user account with your name and password then you can delete the AMIGAONE user account! Hope this helps.
I did change the "Authorization" password from "amigaone" to my normal one. I confess I don't even remember how I did that at the moment, but it worked. I wonder if that is when my attempts to open devices from the desktop started being met with "no permission" instead of "not a folder." Will setting up a proper ADMIN get me back to that "not a folder" excuse for not opening devices?
Anyway, I'd like to try, if you can give me another hint.
Of course, I can open whatever I want from Terminal, but it involves typing in long /media addresses and is no fun at all, and there is much I need to copy from the old installs to the new one.