Signal Foundation

We’re glad those are the choices we’ve made. Today, we are launching the Signal Foundation, an emerging 501(c)(3) nonprofit created and made possible by Brian Acton, the co-founder of WhatsApp, to support, accelerate, and broaden Signal’s mission of making private communication accessible and ubiquitous. In case you missed it, Brian left WhatsApp and Facebook last year, and has been thinking about how to best focus his future time and energy on building nonprofit technology for public good.

Signal Blog

“Our plan is to pioneer a new model of technology nonprofit focused on privacy and data protection for everyone, everywhere,” Acton wrote in a blog post announcing the move along with Moxie Marlinspike, the cypherpunk programmer who first created Signal and founded Open Whisper Systems, the non-profit organization that has run Signal until now. “Moxie and his team have built something very special in Signal Messenger and I am thrilled to join their effort to provide the most trusted communications experience on the planet.”

WIRED

“As more and more of our lives happen online, data protection and privacy are critical,” Acton wrote in the post. “Everyone deserves to be protected. We created the Signal Foundation in response to this global need. Our plan is to pioneer a new model of technology nonprofit focused on privacy and data protection for everyone, everywhere.”

CNET

This looks good to me. Now we just have to wait and see if Signal stays a secure messenger.

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Automatic Delivery Status Notification with Thunderbird

Thunderbird has an option to request for a Delivery Status Notification. But you have to check that option for every single mail.
If you want it automated you have to change some settings that are not in the regular menus.
Goto :
Edit -> Preferences -> Advanced -> General -> Config Editor.
Now you get a warning :

Click “I accept the risk!”
You have to make 2 changes :
mail.dsn.always_request_on false
mail.identity.default.use_custom_prefs false

Change them to :
mail.dsn.always_request_on true
mail.identity.default.use_custom_prefs true

Source : Mozilla Forum

Data Privacy Day

Data Privacy Day is an international effort held annually on Jan. 28 to create awareness about the importance of respecting privacy, safeguarding data and enabling trust.

Data Privacy Day began in the United States and Canada in January 2008 as an extension of the Data Protection Day celebration in Europe. Data Protection Day commemorates the Jan. 28, 1981, signing of Convention 108, the first legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection. Data Privacy Day is observed annually on Jan. 28.

More about Data Privacy Day at Stay Safe Online and Wikipedia

Linux Mint 18.3 LTS “Sylvia” Xfce & KDE released

Today Linux Mint 18.3 LTS Xfce and KDE are released.

Linux Mint 18.3 is a long term support release which will be supported until April 2021. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use.

Upgrade from Linux Mint 18, 18.1 and 18.2 is possible

Sources :
Linux Mint 18.3 “Sylvia” Xfce released!
Linux Mint 18.3 “Sylvia” KDE released!

Feliz Navidad y un próspero 2018

Feliz Navidad y un próspero 2018

Feliz Natal e um próspero 2018

Hyvää Joulua ja vauras 2018

Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2018

Prettige Kerstdagen en een voorspoedig 2018


Around and around, all has nearly turned full circle
The warm lazy days of sunshine and brown rivers winding through the meadows are a tale of yesterday

The pilgrim sighs and draws his mantle close about him in the smoky evening

He watches the leaves wither and fall
Frost has rimmed the pools with ice and hung diamonds in the spider’s web

For this is the turning of the year, the final scene before the curtain falls
And now beside the road there stands the pilgrim of the year to be

Linux Mint 18.3 Beta Xfce & KDE Editions Available to Download

The Linux Mint development team has uploaded today the Linux Mint 18.3 Beta release to the official download mirror, with 64-bit and 32-bit live ISO images of both Xfce and KDE editions of the operating system.

Linux Mint 18.3 LTS is based on Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS

Sources :
Linux Mint 18.3 “Sylvia” Xfce – BETA Release
Linux Mint 18.3 “Sylvia” KDE – BETA Release