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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

Ubuntu 15.10 MATE beta

Just installed this version in Virtualbox. Although it’s a beta, it’s already very stable.

The reason I installed it is because this is the last version before 16.04, the next Ubuntu LTS, which will be the base for Linux Mint 18 LTS.

Ubuntu 16.04 will be available in april 2016, Linux Mint as usual about 1 month later.

I’ll keep this version running until the first alpha of 16.04 so I can see how it develops.

Some screenshots :

Login Screen

Login screen

Welcome Screen

Welcome Screen

Main Menu

Main Menu

25 September 2015 Posted by | Desktop Environment, FOSS, Linux, Linux Mint, MATE, OpenSource, Operating Systems, Ubuntu | Leave a comment

Switching from Debian GNU/Linux to Linux Mint 17.2 LTS

Yes I’m switching from Debian GNU/Linux to Linux Mint 17.2 LTS. Although Debian GNU/Linux is still my favorite, Linux Mint has at the moment 1 big advantage for me :

I can easily switch between English and Spanish, something that I can’t manage in Debian, maybe I’m overlooking something 😉

Why is that important? I’m studying Spanish and Linux System Administration, so it’s very handy when my computers can easily switch between those languages 😉

One thing that doesn’t change is the desktop, I’ll stick to MATE.

How long will I stay with Linux Mint? Well that’s hard to say, both studies are going to take some time. As long as I’m studying I’ll stick to Mint, or in the mean time it must be possible to switch easily languages in Debian GNU/Linux.

23 September 2015 Posted by | Debian GNU/Linux, Desktop Environment, FOSS, Linux, Linux Mint, LPI, MATE, OpenSource, Operating Systems, Spanish, Study | Leave a comment

My virtual machines

After I quit with Windows 10 I reinstalled my other virtual machines, except Windows 7. From the top :

Debian testing : This will be the next stable version of Debian GNU/Linux. I like to see what is going to happen and how the development goes on. [GNOME desktop}

Huayra : It’s an Argentine Linux, based on Debian stable, made for education in Argentina. By default everything is in Spanish, but if you know the root password you can add any language you want 😉 [MATE desktop]

Linux Mint Debian Edition : As the name says, Based on Debian stable instead of Ubuntu. A bit more difficult then the main edition, but easier to install and config then Debian. [Cinnamon desktop]

Linux Mint LTS : The main edition, based on Ubuntu LTS. Very well finished and easy to install for beginners. [Xfce desktop]

Ubuntu LTS : Ubuntu LTS = Long Term Support. LTS versions get 5 years security updates. Although it’s not very important for personnel use (every 2 year a LTS version is released), for businesses it’s important. Based on Debian, it’s a robust and user friendly Linux. [MATE desktop]

openSUSE : A very solid Linux version. Instead of the Debian package management system (.deb) it uses the Red Hat package management system (.rpm). I only use this version for study, so I can work with both package systems. [GNOME desktop]

Windows 7 : Unfortanately I need sometimes Windows, for example to DeDRM an Ebook. Although I don’t like Windows, this one is the best you can get at the moment.

17 September 2015 Posted by | Cinnamon, Debian GNU/Linux, FOSS, GNOME, Huayra, Linux, Linux Mint, Linux Mint Debian Edition, MATE, OpenSource, openSUSE, Operating Systems, Ubuntu, Windows, Xfce | Leave a comment

Goodbye Microsoft

I’m really glad I don’t need MS Office or Windows. Everything* I need to do I can do with Linux / LibreOffice.

Microsoft dumps Windows10 installation files on your PC whether you like it or not
and
Office 2016 will force you to install updates

* In the rare occasion I need to de-DRM an ebook I use Windows7 in VirtualBox


If you want to try Linux, take a look at Linux Mint, it’s the perfect Linux for starters.

12 September 2015 Posted by | FOSS, ICT, LibreOffice, Linux, Microsoft, MS Office, OpenSource, Operating Systems, Windows | Leave a comment

New printer

Finally bought me a new printer,a Brother HL-1110, the old one broke down 2 years ago.
It is the cheapest Linux friendly laser printer i could find 😉

As usual, installing the Brother Linux printer drivers was a piece of cake 😉

20 August 2015 Posted by | Brother, Debian GNU/Linux, FOSS, Hardware, Linux, OpenSource, Operating Systems | Leave a comment

Happy birthday Debian GNU/Linux

The Debian Project was officially founded by Ian Murdock on August 16th, 1993. The Debian Community celebrates it’s birthday, Debian Day, on this day each year. (It has also been called Debian Appreciation Day.)

16 August 2015 Posted by | Anniversary, Debian GNU/Linux, FOSS, Linux, OpenSource, Operating Systems | Leave a comment

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