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Windows Vista End Of Life

On April 11 support for Windows Vista will end.

That means you will no longer get updates for your OS

I advise you to switch to a user friendly Linux version.

Suggested versions :

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

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.

1 February 2017 Posted by | Linux, Linux Mint, Lubuntu, Peppermint OS, Support, Ubuntu, Ubuntu MATE, Windows, Xubuntu | 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

Windows Vista reaches End Of Life

Windows Vista is in about 1 year End Of Live.

It might be a good idea to install a Linux distribution besides your Vista, so you can get used to it 😉

Some great alternatives for Windows Vista are :

Debian GNU/Linux
Linux Mint LTS / Linux Mint Debian Edition
Lubuntu LTS
Ubuntu MATE LTS
Xubuntu LTS

6 February 2016 Posted by | Debian GNU/Linux, Linux, Linux Mint, Linux Mint Debian Edition, Lubuntu, Microsoft, OpenSource, Operating Systems, Ubuntu MATE, Windows, Xubuntu | 1 Comment

Linux Mint 17.3 “Rosa” BETA Cinnamon and MATE released

Today Linux Mint 17.3 BETA Cinnamon and MATE versions were released.

Just like 17.0 / 17.1 and 17.2 this is a LTS version based on Ubuntu 14.0x LTS, with newer versions of Cinnamon and MATE desktop environment.

You can read the official announcements here :
Linux Mint 17.3 BETA Cinnamon
Linux Mint 17.3 BETA MATE

The final versions can be expected by the end of the month.

18 November 2015 Posted by | Cinnamon, Desktop Environment, Linux, Linux Mint, MATE, 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

Still using Linux Mint 14, 15, or 16? Upgrade to 17 asap!

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This is an end of support announcement for users of Linux Mint 14, 15 and 16. Please upgrade to Linux Mint 17 as soon as possible!

Linux Mint 16 has reached end of support today, July 17th. If you are still on Linux Mint 14 or 15, those have reached end of support on May 16th and January 27th this year respectively (Linux Mint 15 had half the support period of Linux Mint 14). Linux Mint 17 is supported till April 2019; please upgrade to it as soon as possible.

FAQ

What about Linux Mint 13?
If you are still on Linux Mint 13, you’re fine as it is supported till April 2017 (however, new versions of Linux Mint developed software like Cinnamon, MATE, and the Mint tools will not be available on Linux Mint 13. For the remainder of its support period, Linux Mint 13 only receives updates for security issues.

What does “end of support” mean for me?

End of support means that you will no longer receive updates for security issues on your installed software (be that your operating system or programs you use). Most critical this means you will not receive updates to your web browser (and haven’t received them in quite some time for Linux Mint 14 and 15), which as time goes by makes it increasingly risky and unwise to use it for anything serious like online banking. Your web browser is the weakest link on your computer.

Users of Linux Mint 14 and 15 may already also be noticing problems while updating or trying to install new software; the servers from which updates and new software is installed are being shut down. This will result in errors in Update Manager and Software Manager. While you can take steps to remove these errors, the fact remains that you will never be getting updates for Linux Mint 14, 15, and 16 again.

How do I upgrade to Linux Mint 17?

The recommended way is to do a clean installation, as described in this tutorial: http://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/view/2. You can install Linux Mint 17 from DVD or from a USB thumb drive (for USB thumb drives, see this tutorial: http://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/view/744).

You can download Linux Mint 17 from here: http://www.linuxmint.com/download.php

When should I upgrade, right now?

The intent of this announcement is not to make you rush recklessly into upgrading 🙂 Take your time to prepare the steps, make sure you have backed up your important personal files and settings, but try and plan to do the upgrade shortly — say before end of July or early August.

For Linux Mint 14 and 15 you’ll understand there is some more urgency to upgrade, or at least be extra careful on the Internet as you’re using an outdated browser that has known security issues.

Will I have to upgrade again in 6 months?

Linux Mint 17 is supported till April 2019, so no you don’t have to upgrade again in 6 months. For the entire support period of Linux Mint 17 you’ll receive updates for security issues.

Between now and the release of Linux Mint 18, which you can expect mid 2016, releases of Linux Mint (17.1, 17.2, and so on) will all based on Linux Mint 17. Those releases will give you new versions of Linux Mint developed software like Cinnamon, MATE, and the Mint tools, and new versions of other popular software as well as enablement of drivers for newer hardware. You’ll have the option to upgrade in-place to those releases without needing to do a clean installation.

Source : xenopeek at Forums Linux Mint

17 July 2014 Posted by | Linux, Linux Mint, Operating Systems, Support | 1 Comment

Linux Mint 16 Petra End Of Life

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Support for Linux Mint 16 Petra ends this month.

Install Linux Mint 17 LTS (Long Term Support), supported until april 2019 or Linux Mint 13 LTS, supported until april 2017 for older computers
Download Linux Mint 17 and Linux Mint 13

Booting Linux Mint 17 with non-PAE CPUs :

To boot Linux Mint 17 on non-PAE CPUs, please append “forcepae” to your boot arguments. At the boot menu of the live DVD/USB, press Tab to edit the boot arguments and add “forcepae” at the end of the line.
Source : Linux Mint 17 release notes

1 July 2014 Posted by | Linux, Linux Mint, Operating Systems | Leave a comment

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