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I love Free Software Day 2016

Today February 14th, the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) celebrates the “I Love Free Software” day. I Love Free Software day is a day for Free Software users to appreciate and thank the contributors of their favourite software applications, projects and organisations.

We take this opportunity to say “thank you” to all the Debian upstreams and downstreams, and all the Debian developers and contributors. Thanks for your work and dedication to free software!

In the Free Software society we exchange a lot of criticism. We write bug reports, tell others how they can improve the software, ask them for new features, and generally are not shy about criticising others. There is nothing wrong about that. It helps us to constantly improve. But sometimes we forget to show the hardworking people behind the software our appreciation. We should not underestimate the power of a simple “thank you” to motivate Free Software contributors in their important work for society. The 14th of February (a Sunday this year) is the ideal day to do that.

Read the full articles at Bits from Debian and Free Software Foundation Europe

14 February 2016 Posted by | Debian GNU/Linux, Free Software Foundation | 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 | Operating Systems, Debian GNU/Linux, Linux, FOSS, OpenSource | 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

Debian mourns the passing of Ian Murdock

Wed 30 December 2015 by Ana Guerrero Lopez, Donald Norwood and Paul Tagliamonte :

With a heavy heart Debian mourns the passing of Ian Murdock, stalwart proponent of Free Open Source Software, Father, Son, and the ‘ian’ in Debian.

Ian started the Debian project in August of 1993, releasing the first versions of Debian later that same year. Debian would go on to become the world’s Universal Operating System, running on everything from embedded devices to the space station.

Ian’s sharp focus was on creating a Distribution and community culture that did the right thing, be it ethically, or technically. Releases went out when they were ready, and the project’s staunch stance on Software Freedom are the gold standards in the Free and Open Source world.

Ian’s devotion to the right thing guided his work, both in Debian and in the subsequent years, always working towards the best possible future.

Ian’s dream has lived on, the Debian community remains incredibly active, with thousands of developers working untold hours to bring the world a reliable and secure operating system.

The thoughts of the Debian Community are with Ian’s family in this hard time.

His family has asked for privacy during this difficult time and we very much wish to respect that. Within our Debian and the larger Linux community condolences may be sent to in-memoriam-ian@debian.org where they will be kept and archived.

Source : Bits from Debian

30 December 2015 Posted by | Debian GNU/Linux, In Memoriam | Leave a comment

2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

30 December 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Feliz Navidad y un próspero 2016

Feliz Navidad y un próspero 2016

Feliz Natal e um próspero 2016

Hyvää Joulua ja vauras 2016

Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2016

Prettige Kerstdagen en een voorspoedig 2016


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

15 December 2015 Posted by | Anniversary, X-mas | Leave a 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

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