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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

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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

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

TeamViewer Remote Support

This week I installed TeamViewer on my computers. I use it to to help some friends with their computers.
It’s the only program that doesn’t need special settings like port forwarding, so it’s very user and non tech-savvy people friendly 😉

6 February 2016 Posted by | ICT, Operating Systems, Remote Support, Support, TeamViewer | 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

Resize VirtualBox disk image (.vdi)


After working a few years with my virtual Windows I needed to increase my virtual disk.
To find out the name of the virtual disk type the next command in a terminal :
VBoxManage list hdds

To resize the disk (in this case 50MB) type the next command in a terminal :
VBoxManage modifyhd "Windows 7.vdi" --resize 50000

Source : VirtualBox documentation


Tip : When you create a new virtual machine, don’t use capitals and or spaces, it’s easier without them if you ever want to resize the disk.
If I had named the machine windows7, the command would be :
VBoxManage modifyhd windows7.vdi --resize 50000
After creating a new virtual machine you can change the name to e.g. Windows 7 or whatever you like 😉

21 January 2016 Posted by | Howto, OpenSource, Operating Systems, Software, Virtualbox | Leave a comment

Windows 10 upgrade terror and tracking software Windows 7, Part 2

Microsoft is pushing the Windows 10 upgrade files to your system, again …

Yes indeed, today I received the unwanted “updates” again. Fortunately I have no automatic updates, but I get notified wich updates are available.

The next updates install tracking software (spyware) and the Windows 10 upgrade* on your computer :

KB3035583
KB3068708
KB3075249
KB3080149

* I don’t consider Windows 10 an upgrade, to my opinion it’s a huge downgrade when you’re using Windows 7 or even Vista.

See also this post

13 January 2016 Posted by | Microsoft, Operating Systems, Windows | Leave a comment

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