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Happy Birthday Ubuntu

Today Ubuntu turns 13.

The first release was Ubuntu 4.10 Each Ubuntu release has a version number that consists of the year and month number of the release. For example, the first release was Ubuntu 4.10 as it was released on 20 October 2004.

I’ve been using Ubuntu since version 5.04 (not always, I regularly switch between Debian GNU/Linux, Linux Mint and Ubuntu).

Source : OMG! Ubuntu!

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20 October 2017 Posted by | Operating Systems, Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Debian GNU/Linux, Linux, Linux Mint Debian Edition, FOSS, OpenSource, Anniversary | Leave a comment

Ubuntu 17.10 released

Today Ubuntu 17.10 and the official variants are released.

This is a intermediate version with only 9 months of support, therefore it’s not recommended for daily use.

If you need / want help with installing or upgrading leave a reply or send me a message.

Dutch support

19 October 2017 Posted by | Operating Systems, Ubuntu, Linux, FOSS, OpenSource, Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu MATE, Edubuntu, Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu server, ubuntu Studio | Leave a comment

Phatch broken in Linux

After installing Linux Mint 18.2 LTS MATE, I noticed that Phatch could not start.

Searching the forums I found a solution, unfortunately it didn’t work for me.

Fortunately there is a newer version in the Ubuntu repositories, so I downloaded and installed the artfull version (Ubuntu 17.10).

14 October 2017 Posted by | Debian GNU/Linux, FOSS, Linux, Linux Mint, OpenSource, Ubuntu | Leave a comment

Happy b-day Linux

Today it is 26 years ago that a Finnish student Linus Torvalds posted a message on usenet group comp.os.minix

Hello everybody out there using minix –
I’m doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won’t be big and professional like gnu) for 386(486) AT clones. This has been brewing since april, and is starting to get ready.

Today Linux runs on servers, desktops, laptops, netbooks, smartphones, TVsets, NAS and maybe a lot more

25 August 2017 Posted by | Anniversary, FOSS, GNU, Linux, OpenSource, Operating Systems | Leave a comment

Happy b-day Debian GNU/Linux


Today it’s 24 years ago that the Debian Project was officially founded by Ian Murdock.

The Debian Community celebrates it’s birthday, Debian Day, on this day each year. (It has also been called Debian Appreciation Day.)




Debian is one of the most popular Linux distributions, and many other distributions have been created from the Debian codebase, including Ubuntu and Knoppix. As of 2016, DistroWatch lists 126 active Debian derivatives. The Debian project provides its derivatives with guidelines for best practices and encourages derivatives to merge their work back into Debian.

16 August 2017 Posted by | Anniversary, Debian GNU/Linux, FOSS, Linux, OpenSource, Operating Systems | Leave a comment

Linux Mint 18.2 LTS released

July 2 Linux Mint 18.2 LTS was released.
Linux Mint 18.2 is based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and is supported until April 2021.

You can find the official announcements here :

Linux Mint 18.2 LTS Cinnamon

Linux Mint 18.2 LTS MATE

Linux Mint 18.2 LTS Xfce

Linux Mint 18.2 LTS KDE

How to upgrade to Linux Mint 18.2 LTS

Upgrade from Linux Mint 17.3 LTS to Linux Mint 18 LTS by Clement Lefebvre, project leader of Linux Mint.

Linux Mint 17 LTS (based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS) is supported until April 2019.
If you need help with upgrading or installing just send me a message.

3 July 2017 Posted by | Cinnamon, FOSS, KDE, Linux, Linux Mint, MATE, OpenSource, Operating Systems, Ubuntu, Xfce | 3 Comments

Conversations XMPP client

Finally I found a messenger that I really like : Conversations, it uses the XMMP (formerly known as Jabber) protocol. It has not only encryption but it respects my privacy, I don’t need a phone number or e-mail adress to register an account at a XMPP server*. Encryption is done by OMEO, OTR (Off The Record) or OpenPGP.

Conversations is an Android app, you can download it in the PlayStore, but then you have to pay. If you install the F-droid app on your Android device you can download it legally for free
You can find more clients here

* Signal and WhatsApp have good encryption, but you need your phone number to register AND you have to give your number to people otherwise they can’t call or send you messages. An other problem of WhatsApp is the spying by Facebook.
Telegram needs a phonenumber to register, but you can use a nickname so your number stays private.
Wire don’t need a phonenumber, it uses only a nickname.

7 February 2017 Posted by | Android, Conversations IM, Encryption, FOSS, Messaging, OMEMO, OpenPGP, OpenSource, OTR, Personal, Privacy, Signal, Telegram, WhatsApp, Wire, XMPP | Leave a comment

Resumed Linux support

January 7 I resumed Linux support due to the demand for support because of the End Of Life of Linux Mint 13 LTS, Ubuntu LTS versions 12.04 and Windows Vista.

The service is still free if you come to my place.
I don’t have transportation, so I can only visit you if it’s not to far by public transport, and you pay the expences.

If necessary I can give remote support by mail, messenger service or phone.

See also the old support page in Dutch, and in English (Google Translate)

7 January 2017 Posted by | FOSS, Linux, Linux Mint, Linux Mint Debian Edition, Linux Steunpunt, Linux Support, Lubuntu, OpenSource, Operating Systems, Remote Support, Tux ICT, Ubuntu, Ubuntu MATE, Xubuntu | Leave a comment

End Of Life Linux Mint 13 and Ubuntu 12.04.* derivatives

April 28, 2017 Linux Mint 13 and Ubuntu 12.04 based Operating Systems are End Of Life.
That means you will no longer get updates for your OS

I advise you to upgrade to supported versions.

Supported Linux Mint LTS versions :
Linux Mint 17.x 18.x and Linux Mint Debian Edition 2
You can download them here

Supported Ubuntu (derivatives) are (there are more, but I prefer this) :
Ubuntu LTS 16.04.x
Ubuntu-MATE LTS 16.04.x
Xubuntu LTS 16.04.x
Lubuntu LTS 16.04.x
PeppermintOS (based on Ubuntu 16.04)

If you need help to switch or want more advise about the different versions, just fill in the contact form or leave a reply.

15 December 2016 Posted by | Cinnamon, FOSS, ICT, Linux, Linux Mint, Lubuntu, Lxde, MATE, OpenSource, Operating Systems, Ubuntu, Ubuntu MATE, Unity, Xfce, Xubuntu | Leave a comment

Debian 6.0 Long Term Support reaching end-of-life

The Debian Long Term Support (LTS) Team hereby announces that Debian 6.0 (“squeeze”) support will reach its end-of-life on February 29, 2016, five years after its initial release on February 6, 2011.

There will be no further security support for Debian 6.0.

The LTS Team will prepare the transition to Debian 7 (“wheezy”), which is the current oldstable release. The LTS team will take over support from the Security Team on April 26, 2016.

Debian 7 will also receive Long Term Support for five years after its initial release with support ending in May 2018.

Debian and its LTS Team would like to thank all contributing users, developers and sponsors who are making it possible to extend the life of previous stable releases, and who have made this LTS a success.

If you rely on Debian LTS, please consider joining the team, providing patches, testing or funding the efforts.

About Debian

The Debian Project was founded in 1993 by Ian Murdock to be a truly free community project. Since then the project has grown to be one of the largest and most influential open source projects. Thousands of volunteers from all over the world work together to create and maintain Debian software. Available in 70 languages, and supporting a huge range of computer types, Debian calls itself the “universal operating system”.

Source : Debian News

13 February 2016 Posted by | Debian GNU/Linux, FOSS, Linux, OpenSource, Operating Systems | Leave a comment

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