Een computersysteem upgraden kan een avontuur op zich zijn. De makers van een besturingssysteem streven er uiteraard naar dat het allemaal vlekkeloos verloopt. Meestal is dat ook zo, maar helaas zal de Wet van Murphy altijd een keer toeslaan. Of de gebruiker heeft zelf, bedoeld of niet, al voor problemen gezorgd. Dan geldt deze wetmatigheid: […]
About every fifth year the daily worker on Linux will need a major system upgrade. That is not a minor thing. After many happy years on LinuxMint with a KDE desktop environment I had to make a decision. Starting with LinuxMint 19 ‘Tara’ support for KDE has been dropped by the LinuxMintees. What to do? After […]
Until now I am still with LinuxMint 17.3, based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (‘Trusty’). Although this platform will be supported until 2019, increasingly applications start to get stuck, since newer versions require a newer Ubuntu version. But… upgrading was a major problem. Whatever I tried, I could not get the screen resolutions for my dual […]
All Linux systems have a number of options built into their power management at kernel level. Unwary users – eg. like me – tend to neglect their meaning and use. But they are useful options though. Time to explain. Generally there are three options with varying levels of power saving: shutdown, hibernate and suspend. To […]
Constantly updating your system is a basic requirement if you want to keep things running safely. However, the word ‘patch‘ can give good sysadmins really bad feelings, especially in the common Windows world. And so they wait for the opportune moment – until it is too late and bad feelings turn into bad dreams, as […]
On Linux systems running KDE as desktop manager Kontact is the default application for handling email, address books, calendar, and more. Kontact integrates different applications to work together seamlessly, eg. KMail (email), KAddressbook (contacts) and KOrganizer (calendar). Others can be added, eg. KJots (notes), KTimeTracker (time management), KNode (news reader) or Akregator (RSS feeds). Essentially […]
The other day I wrote about inserting special characters into text documents, advertising the use of KCharSelect for those happy users of the KDE desktop (or CharacterMap, its GNOME equivalent). Let me advertise it a bit further, because it has more in it than meets the – rashly looking – eye.
In the good old LibreOffice days, when versions 3.x or 4.x were all around, I used to have the Quickstarter icon in my system tray. Twas useful to quickly open a (new) document or start from a template. Alas! tis gone in version 5.x. However, there is a tweak to solve this.
Until a week ago I stuck to LinuxMint 13 based on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. That still is a well maintained distro. However, applications increasingly move on to more recent versions, which gradually caused conflicts and annoyances. Over a year ago I already had tried to upgrade to LinuxMint 17. But then I ran into trouble […]
Het had enige voeten in de aarde. Maar inmiddels is de verhuizing compleet naar mijn eigen VPS bij TransIP. Met hartelijke dank aan Sonad voor de professionele hulp daarbij. ‘Verhuizen’ houdt in: een nieuwe Ubuntu server-omgeving inrichten, inclusief de Postfix mailserver (een produkt van Friesland), deze website met WordPress en al overzetten, de oude website […]