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On 24 January 2018 at 19:24, Peter Hillier-Brook <phb at hbsys.plus.com> wrote:

> Thanks, Colin. Unfortunately the machine has left the building: my
> friend has gone home and distance coaching isn't very practical. I've
> left her with a text file on the desktop to guide her through 'sudo apt
> update and upgrade'. That'll probably have to suffice until the flaw is
> rectified.

You shouldn't be using Synaptic for updates. That is what the Update
Manager is for.

It's not even installed by default any more, and hasn't been for
years, *because* it's not a good tool for this.

For browsing apps, use the Software Centre. That's what it's for.

This is not a flaw. Wayland does not permit X.11 apps to run as root.
This is intentional. It closes a large security hole. Yes, it is a
little inconvenient, but it is meant to do that.

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