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What to Do After Installing Debian 11 Bullseye

Tuesday 21st of September 2021 07:21:00 AM

This article recommends Debian 11 users after-installation tips and tricks including simple guide to get additional useful applications. For new Debian users, this article is for you. Let's check it out.

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Gestures and Networking

Touchpad got reversed? Make it normal: open Settings → Touchpad → disable Natural Scrolling → close.

Wifi not working? First aid is to use USB tethering: pick up your phone → connect it to laptop via USB cable → go to phone's Settings → enable USB tethering → laptop connected to the internet.

Terminal felt hard to open? Create a custom shortcut key: Settings → Keyboard Shortcuts → click Plus button to bottom → give it name Terminal → give it command 'gnome-terminal' without quotes → click Shortcut button > press Ctrl and Alt and T keys simultaneously → OK → Apply. 


Privacy and Browser

Debian 11 includes Firefox ESR web browser thus you can start adding privacy addons and switch to a better search engine. The addons are uBlock Origin (ad blocker) and HTTPS Everywhere (automatically secure your browsing). The search engine is either DuckDuckGo or StartPage.

Want more privacy? Open Settings → Privacy → you can adjust various options like disabling Location Service, Camera and Microphone with exceptions you can control and more.

Dislike how your browser look? Revert it back: right-click browser window to the top → Customize... → enable Title Bar to the bottom → Done. This will bring back normal title bar so you can easily work with browser window as usual.

Multimedia Stuffs

Debian 11 can play MP3 and MP4 already therefore no additional video audio codecs need to be installed. However, if you want to start audio visual production: 

Audacity: sudo apt-get install audacity

The audio editor you can use to cut and join digital recordings.  

OpenShot: sudo apt-get install openshot

To video editor that is simple to use similar to Windows Movie Maker.

Email and Communication Stuffs

To configure your email app: open Evolution →  Welcome to Evolution! → click next buttons to the email username and IMAP settings → enter your email address and name → let it automatically setup them for you → it asks for your email's password → type it → OK → system will ask about keyring passwords > just click OK → finished. Once setup properly, Evolution will display your email inbox.

To get multiple choices of messaging apps:

XMPP: is our recommendation, the web based client everyone everywhere can use.

Matrix: is our recommendation, the web based client all can use.

Telegram: is our recommendation, simply download → extract → run the desktop client → login, where voice and video calls can be used.


Dualboot with Windows Setup

Your fonts: in Debian there are replacements as the following:

  • Liberation Serif = Times New Roman
  • Liberation Sans = Arial or Calibri
  • Liberation Mono = Courier New

However, if you are forced to use Windows fonts mentioned, consider to copy the files with .ttf extensions from C: partition under Fonts folder and paste them to your Debian's Home in the .fonts folder.

Screen Management

Switch resolution: open System Settings → Displays → Resolution → click to switch the resolution → Apply → Keep Changes → resolution switched.

Enlarge fonts: System Settings → Accessibility → click Large Fonts → text fonts enlarged on screen. This setup could be useful a lot for elderly people.

Revert to Xorg: Debian 11 uses Wayland tech. by default. If you wish to switch back to Xorg (X11) tech., simply logout → change Wayland to X11 by the gear button → login → you use Xorg. 


Good luck!

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Delta Chat, Overview and Installation

Monday 20th of September 2021 07:01:00 AM

The email messenger, Delta Chat, is a Germany communication app which everyone can use and just works friends and family even without them using the same application. This article overviews it and give installation guide for Ubuntu and Android users. Let's chat!

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What is Delta Chat?

Delta Chat is secure email-based instant messenger from Germany available in many languages and for all platforms. No server, no data collection, and no phone number required. In 2020, Russian Government requested the users' data and Delta Chat replied that they do not have user's data at all.

Features Your May Find Excellent
  • No registration, no phone number required.
  • No ads, no users' data business.
  • Does not have Terms of Service.
  • Chat and group chat.
  • Modern, fancy, WhatsApp-like user interface.
  • Can message people who do not use Delta Chat.
  • Video and voice call with Jitsi.
  • Automatic encryption with E2EE. 
  • For users, no need to selfhost. 
  • For selfhosters, you can use Delta with your IMAP servers.

Comparison to Other Messengers
  • Other ones cannot chat unless users use same messenger, Delta Chat can.
  • WhatsApp and alike require phone number, Delta does not.  
  • Skype and alike depend on central servers, Delta doesn't.
  • Facebook and alike store users' data, Delta is not.
  • Google and alike could read users data, Delta could not.
  • Apple and alike could be forced to give users' data to government, Delta could not be, because it does not have users' data.
  • However, Delta Chat does not have web version yet.
  • It is decentralized and federated already because it is based on email.

Download Delta Chat

Delta Chat can be downloaded at the official website. For Ubuntu, download the AppImage. For Android, you can download from either Play Store or F-Droid.


Ubuntu Installation
  • See the AppImage file you downloaded.
  • Right-click it > Properties > Permissions > Executable = checked > OK. 
  • Double-click file.
  • Delta Chat runs.
  • Use Alacarte application to put it on menu.

Android Installation

If you want to install Delta Chat from alternative app store F-Droid:

  • Run your F-Droid on phone.
  • Search and find Delta Chat. 
  • Tap INSTALL.
  • Run Delta Chat.


People's Opinions

This might be interesting to you. At the time I write this article (September 2021) many influential resources have not recognized nor recommended Delta Chat including FSF Directory, FSF Privacy Pack, SecureMessagingApps, PrivacyToolsIO, PrismBreak, and DroidBreak. On the other hand, Kuketz from Germany published a comparison table that includes Delta available here.


Further Readings

About Delta Chat

Frequently Asked Question

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What To Do After Installing elementary OS 6

Sunday 19th of September 2021 09:50:00 AM
This is a recommendation for new elementary OS users who just had version 6 codenamed Odin. It includes apps, settings, and some enhancements you would and might need. Enjoy elementary OS experience!
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Apps Management Stuffs

There are work apps not included in elementary OS which we need to install ourselves for example LibreOffice, multimedia tools like Kdenlive, and games like TuxMath and 0 A.D. Follow this guide to get what you need: Guide to Install 20 Standard Apps on elementary OS.

We recommend Synaptic to help you manage standard apps:

$ sudo apt-get install synaptic apt-xapian-index software-properties-gtk

File Searching

Do you search often? Files does not have complete searching functionality thus you can add Catfish searching utility to help yourself. Once installed, open Files. To search files normally, right-click blank space in the folder you want to do search, open with Catfish, and search. That's it. 

To install Catfish:

$ sudo apt-get install catfish


Multimedia Stuffs

Failed playing MP4? Install codecs:

$ sudo apt-get install libavcodec-extra gstreamer1.0-libav

Desktop Theme Stuffs 

Enable Dark Mode: open System Settings > Desktop > Appearance > switch from Default to Dark Mode choice > close. Note: you can also schedule when your computer switches automatically to dark mode in that settings.

Screen and Accessibility

Shrink Resolution: open System Settings > Displays > click gear button > switch resolution to one you wish > Apply > Keep This Configuration > close.

Enlarge Fonts: open System Settings > Accessibility > enable Show in Panel (to bottom left) > the accessibility button will show on top panel > click it > click plus to increase screen's font size > click minus to decrease it.

 (Standard display resolution 1360x768 with text size made larger by 125%)


Hand Gesture Stuffs

For example, on one hand 6.0 introduces new shortcuts and on the other hand Terminal cannot be opened by our standard Ctrl+Alt+T so we can custom it.

Learn shortcut keys: hold Windows key to open the shortcuts list on screen.

Set custom shortcut: for example, to set one to Terminal, open System Settings > Keyboard > Shortcuts > change Windows+T to Ctrl+Alt+T > close.

Touchpad handling: go to System Settings > Mouse & Touchpad > Touchpad > enable Tap to click > disable Natural scrolling is good for most laptop users. 

Congratulations and thank you to elementary OS developers team for making version 6 great computing for people!

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Missing Standard Apps on elementary OS and Guide To Install Them

Saturday 18th of September 2021 02:27:00 PM

elementary OS is a fast replacement to Windows or macOS. It comes with basic apps you need without ones you don't. Because of that, several standard apps like LibreOffice not included by default. This article presents you the apps and guide to install them to help you every time you have new elementary OS. We hope this would be useful to you!

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This article mentions each application name followed by command to install it. To install an app from this article, for example:

  • Run your elementary OS computer.
  • Open this article on Web.
  • Open Terminal.
  • Copy a command from this article. 
  • Paste it into Terminal.
  • For example, copy sudo apt-get install libreoffice, and paste it on Terminal, accept the questions and let it do everything for you. 
  • Finally, find the app on Applications Menu. 


All other operating systems include LibreOffice so to install it:

LibreOffice: sudo apt-get install libreoffice

Writer is word processor, Calc is spreadsheet, and Impress is presentation. Good luck!

Alternative Browser

Cannot use Web? Use its alternative:

Firefox: sudo apt-get install firefox

Tips: you can install uBlock Origin and HTTPS Everywhere addons to block ads and secure your browsing.

Useful Utilities

elementary OS does not include standard utilities like archive manager, disk tools, system monitor etc. 

Archive Manager: installed

Like WinRAR, a tool to open compressed archive files. Type archive manager on Applications Menu to show it. 

System Monitor: sudo apt-get install gnome-system-monitor

Like Task Manager, a utility to show CPU/RAM loads and list of running programs. 

Disk Manager: sudo apt-get install gnome-disk-utility

Like Disk Management, a utility to display your hard disk and storages including ability to format, backup and restore too.

Disk Analyzer: sudo apt-get install baobab

A utility to rank folders in your storage based on MB capacity use which one of the purposes is so that you can delete whichever unnecessary files safely.


Digikam: sudo apt-get install digikam

Like ACDSee, a full featured camera and photo manager.

Darktable: sudo apt-get install darktable

Like Adobe Lightroom, a full featured digital dark room and raw photo procesor.

For more photography software, PIXLS.US is our recommendation.

Image Editors

Designers, painters and layout artists can use apps namely:

GIMP: sudo apt-get install gimp

Like Photoshop, a professional photo editor.

Inkscape: sudo apt-get install inkscape

Like CorelDRAW, a professional illustrator.

Krita: sudo apt-get install krita

Like Paint Tools SAI, a professional digital painting and 2D animation tool.

Scribus: sudo apt-get install scribus

Like PageMaker, a professional desktop publishing and page layout program.

Multimedia Productions

Audacity: sudo apt-get install audacity

Audio editor.

OpenShot: sudo apt-get install openshot

Like Windows Movie Maker, a simple video editor.

Kdenlive: sudo apt-get install kdenlive

Like Adobe Premiere, a nice video editor.

Blender 3D: sudo apt-get install blender

Like 3DSMax, a professional 3D animation maker.

For more audio visual software, LibreAV is our recommendation.

Download Managers

The standard and the bittorrent ones missing on elementary OS so to install them:

Persepolis: sudo apt-get install persepolis

Like IDM, a general purpose download accelerator.

Transmission: sudo apt-get install transmission-gtk

The bittorrent app all Ubuntu users know of. 

Password Manager

Have accounts? Everyone should have a password manager to ease their life.

KeePassXC: sudo apt-get install keepassxc


Have messenger? 


Download the program, you got a tar.xz file, extract it and double-click the Telegram file inside and installation finished. 


Once Firefox installed, go to this website, create your own room, share the link with friends, and start voice or video call or conference.


Once you have Signal Mobile, go to that website to download and install Signal Desktop.


No need to install anything, go to that website with Web to start chatting with friends, family and community. It is the Matrix based messenger.


No need to install anything, simply login with Web and start chatting. It is the XMPP based messenger as well as social media and blogging platform.

Note: Element's and Movim's video call will not work with Web.


There are some games of our recommendation:

Frozen Bubble: sudo apt-get install frozen-bubble
Kids love to play this cute game.

Tux Math: sudo apt-get install tuxmathplay with your kids funnily and smartly.

Super Tux Kart: sudo apt-get install supertuxkart2P racing which introduces Free Software to kids.

0AD: sudo apt-get install 0adbuild a country then battle with another. 

Flare: sudo apt-get install flareadventure RPG to defeat monsters and level up.

OpenArena: sudo apt-get install openarenaRuning and shooting enemies with multiple weapons. 

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10 Useful F-Droid Apps Recommendation

Wednesday 15th of September 2021 07:25:00 AM

This is our FLOSS apps recommendation for Android users who use F-Droid alternative play store. You will find many of these apps similar to what we Ubuntu users already benefit from for years. Enjoy!

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Web browser: 

In F-Droid you do not find Firefox. We recommend Fennec, it is the Firefox Mobile for Android with ability to use Firefox add-ons and got proprietary software stuffs removed.


File Manager: 

We recommend File Manager by axet described as the File Manager with root browser as it is a fast and full featured Android file manager which is actively developed, than can replace the proprietary built-in one.

NewPipe, Your Tube App:

We also recommend NewPipe, a free and fast alternative that you might say better than official YouTube app. It features search, download, playlist, shuffle and repeat, and queue with privacy (meaning, without Google recording your life). Using this, you can play videos online and offline too. You can store the files in MP4, M4A, WEBM, and OPUS format.

Video player: 

VLC is everyone's tool to watch movies, listen to musics, and play any of these kinds. It features playlist, repeat and shuffle, and quick gestures. It is able to play anything including MP4 and MP3 as well as WEBM and OGG.



Games are available in F-Droid and we recommend Apple Flinger: it is an Angry Birds-like game with many levels and challenges to play with one or two players. You use tap and swipe to shoot the apple. Play this with your kids!


Document Viewer: 

We recommend Document Viewer: it is just works PDF reader for Android. It presents your books in a shelf and simply tap to read each one without further configurations needed. It works with multiple formats including pdf, djvu, epub, and cbz.

Email App: 

We recommend K-9 Mail, with this great email client, you can access Gmail, Yahoo or any other email services right within your phone and read emails offline. You can read your inbox, send emails, join email groups, search and archive mails, even further use encryption with it.  

Social media:

For Facebook and Twitter: Frost and TwidereX are actively developed FLOSS apps you can use enjoy these two social networks respectively for you who need them. For Mastodon: Tusky is a Mastodon app, you can experience great Fediverse social media interactions with it.


There are multiple ways to communicate online at these modern era. F-Droid provide all kinds of them including the popular ones you might already use. Below we listed cross platform choices. 

Telegram FOSS: fast messenger your family and friends can use.
: all in one messenger, based on Matrix tech, your family can use.
Conversations: XMPP messenger that is very user friendly and recommended by many.
Jami: modern peer-to-peer messenger part of GNU OS with video call. 



DiskUsage: a utility everyone should have, it is your disk usage analyzer for Android. This is similar to Disk Usage Utility (Baobab) on your Ubuntu. This scans your storages to present you ranking of folders which use most free space. This helps a lot to maintain your filesystem off of unused folders and files.  

KDE Connect: for Kubuntu users, this app pairs with KDE Connect preinstalled on your computer to help you transfer files, remote controlling, and more. For example, you can further use your phone as remote of your presentation in front of your colleagues.

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An Overview of PostmarketOS, Ubuntu Touch and Plasma Mobile

Thursday 9th of September 2021 04:34:00 PM

This article is for you who wants to know about libre mobile phone. Continuing the previous overview, this article now briefly overviews the central technologies of this topic, namely Ubuntu Touch, and PostmarketOS, and Plasma Mobile. These are all GNU/Linux family and not Android. By discussing these software pieces we will understand and introduce ourselves to practical secure, private communication with software freedom.

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See also our Libre Software Phones.

What is Ubuntu Touch?

(Picture source)
Historically, Ubuntu Touch operating system was born in 2011 in the hands of Canonical, the U.K. company who founded Ubuntu. It features convergence, that is, ability to chameleon itself as desktop if connected to a monitor. In short, by 2017, Canonical officially discontinued the OS and shortly after then the community took it over. Today, Ubuntu Touch is developed under the lead of UBPorts with the great help of Hong Kong based hardware manufacturer Pine64 that successfully made Ubuntu Phone a reality. All convergence OSes existed after it, like Librem 5's one, simply followed Ubuntu Touch's ideas.

- Ubuntu-based, Ubuntu user experience
- Convergence
- Lomiri user interface
- Canonical legacy
- Promised privacy and security
- Supported by Pine64 as well as Volla hardware manufacturers
- KLIK (.klik) package file format
- A lot of apps available at OpenStore App Center
- UBPorts Installer, desktop app to help user installs Ubuntu Touch to mobile phones


What is PostmarketOS?

(Picture source)
A mobile OS with full GNU/Linux Desktop user experience based on Alpine. Just like our distros, postmarketOS can be used on our phone with choices, yes, choices of user interface, available between Plasma Mobile (KDE-like), Phosh (GNOME-like), and Sxmo (Openbox-like) and keep increasing! It supports hundreds of devices, far more than Replicant if you want comparison, so that you can install it to your Zenfone, Galaxy, or Xperia if you have one just like everyone installs Android. Technology-wise, postmarketOS is a very important yet revolutionary project everybody is admiring today in the mobile phone field. 


- Based on secure, small, simple Alpine Linux OS
- Promised security and privacy
- Available for a lot of mobile devices
- Mass produced (PinePhone)
- Friendly to GNU/Linux enthusiasts
- GNOME-like, KDE-like, and Openbox-like experiences
- APK (.apk) package file format


What is Plasma Mobile?

(Picture source)

A user interface choice for mobile OSes that is mostly found with postmarketOS and Manjaro Mobile today. Thus, it is not an OS but a UI. Another choice is Phosh by Librem 5's company (that is not covered here) which both, thus, are similar to KDE and GNOME choices to us GNU/Linux users.

- Equal experience with Plasma Desktop
- Fully free/libre open source software
- Can be installed to either postmarketOS or Manjaro ARM
- Created with Qt and Kirigami
- Promised privacy and security
- Native applications available (akin to KDE Apps to KDE)
- Widgets


Afterwords and Further Readings

That's all the overview of the three. From this, we find postmarketOS Plasma, a combination other than postmarketOS Phosh, aside from the monolith Ubuntu Touch with Lomiri user interface. Both OSes can be installed to a lot of mobile devices you might have one or simply purchased from either Pine64 or Volla as of today. Finally, to learn more or join the development, you can read these readings:

- Ubuntu Touch FAQ
- postmarketOS FAQ
- Plasma Mobile FAQ

I hope you'd enjoy this all!

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Selfhosting Made Simple

Wednesday 8th of September 2021 05:10:00 PM

This article is a list of several stuffs that can help you selfhosting simple, quick and easy so that even your family and parents would be able to use. Selfhosting means making your own online services at home rather than borrowing someone else's server, for example, you can build your personal website, search, video broadcasting, even email, social media network and file sharing too. This list includes all-in-one hardware and software solutions, like Freedombox and Yunohost, and excludes individual components like RaspberryPi and Apache. All tools mentioned here are free libre open source software explained at the end. These technologies hopefully can save you time and resources to setup to achieve just work as close as possible. Finally, you are hoped to have the basic knowledge in server computing. Enjoy! 

Freedombox, fastest way to selfhosting

Freedombox is the hardware and the software and here we meant the hardware: it is a portable computer bundled with complete software packages to create your own online facilities at home. It allows to create your own internet services, either it is like Search (Searx), Blogger (WordPress), Ngrok (PageKite), YouTube (PeerTube), Hangouts (Jitsi), Meet / Slack (Matrix or XMPP) or else. It features a beautiful control panel so you can also add more applications to your Freedombox. The operating system is Debian GNU/Linux modified in a certain way to suit selfhosting.

Mail In A Box, email selfhosting

"Mail-in-a-Box lets you become your own mail service provider in a few easy steps. It’s sort of like making your own gmail, but one you control from top to bottom." That's the crystal clear explanation from its website. Please note, according to them, email system is complex so (unless for limited use) you cannot make a home email server otherwise other email servers will often consider mails from you as spam. Alternatively, there are another FLOSS selfhosting mail tool namely iRedMail, Mailcow. and Modoboa.

Yunohost, all-in-one selfhosting software

Why you do no selfhosting? That's Yunohost spirit, it is a complete software suite based on Debian GNU/Linu that once installed to a machine it became a server of choice for the user no matter whether it is an email, website, broadcasting, video conferencing or file sharing server, even social media network (Mastodon) or beyond. By this view, Yunohost is pretty suitable to knowledgeable users with ability to setup the system. However, today Yunohost is software only and we cannot buy one device preinstalled with it unlike Freedombox.


Libre server suite able to replace Google Cloud (Calendar, Contacts, Drive, Docs, Meet). Create your own online storage under your full control in your personal or corporate custody. To have a Nextcloud at home, you may want to buy a Nextcloud Device explained next section or install it yourself with Yunohost.

- online storage
- file sharing
- video conference
- desktop sync
- phone sync
- calendar
- add-ons

Nextcloud Devices

Purchasable portable computers with Nextcloud preinstalled. This is one of the quickest ways to selfhost Nextcloud at home or your company.

Awesome Directory 

A searchable information directory all about selfhosting. 

Awesome List

An awesome is a big list of useful things and this one is a big list of selfhosting software, services, and hardware curated by the community. When you find this article is too short, you can always refer to awesome. Hint: use Ctrl+F to find what you want there. 



Yes, there is a podcast for selfhosting people! It is called Self-Hosted and part of Jupiter Broadcasting, same network that publishes the legendary popular podcast Linux Unplugged, hosted by Chris and Alex. Want recommendation? You can start listening their 36. Google Docs Replacement.

Choice of Technology

This list mentions Yunohost not Cloudron because the former is libre software and the latter is proprietary software. We choose and prefer software that is free rather than proprietary. To understand the difference, one can read Free Software Definition.

Further Links

This article is based upon my Self-Hosting Resources Made Simple.

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Libre Software Phones

Tuesday 7th of September 2021 03:05:00 PM

This article is for you who want to know about free software phones. They are mobile devices with GNU/Linux or Android family operating systems inside with more libre software, less proprietary ones and made safer from surveillance. Today, talking about these also involves talking about the software systems inside. This article lists out several the top of them namely Librem 5, Ubuntu Phones, /e/ Fairphone, PinePhone, NitroPhone and mentions also several related software projects like microG. I write this in twenty twenty one so in the future we would certainly see changes going in and out in the world and this article might become obsolete quick. Nevertheless, I hope you would enjoy this!

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See also our Ubuntu Phone Recap 2020.


About Privacy

For most people, PrivacyToolsIO is a good read to know the background behind today's rising of worldwide privacy awareness in form of creation of secure, privacy hardware and software like pioneered by Purism and Ubuntu Touch. In short, privacy is important and currently Libre Software Community is building the solutions everyone can adopt it in real life.


Librem 5

The shining luxurious brand of GNU/Linux phone from a U.S. community crowdfunded company who develop their own hardware as well as software. Librem Five is one family to other privacy-branded products by Purism namely laptop, PC, server, and PureOS. Librem 5 is for you who want an alternative to Apple or Samsung but with strong privacy coupled with your favorite libre OS instead. [Specifications] [Shop]


Branded as "a true Linux phone", they are cheap, usable and hackable. It promotes user privacy to the hardware pieces. PinePhone manufacturer cooperated with many software projects to make available phones with more than 10 GNU/Linux distros and 5 desktop environment today (and still increasing). They ship Manjaro Phone, Ubuntu Touch, as well as postmarketOS and many other choices. You can own one for under $200 -- interesting, right? [Website] [Shop]

Manjaro Phone, a mobile phone with the green rolling release OS everyone knows. It is available with Plasma Mobile user interface by default. [Website]

Ubuntu Phone, in the past (and perhaps will in the future once again) Pinephone shipped their mobile devices with Ubuntu Touch OS. See our past review.

postmarketOS, the original OS of Pinephone, based on Alpine Linux, that runs on really a lot of different mobile devices (600 today and still increasing) and successfully allowed other excellent mobile technology like Plasma Mobile to function. To be clear, it is a non-Android GNU/Linux-like OS, so you can run your normal desktop apps like Gimp and LibreOffice on it. This OS runs on PinePhone itself and Librem 5, as well as devices from Acer, ASUS, even Google (Pixel), Samsung, Sony, Volla and Xiaomi. As a user, you can install postmarketOS on your phone if it is supported.


Volla Phone

Volla Phone is a German company who produces Ubuntu Phones (GNU/Linux based) in collaboration with UBPorts as well as ships its own Volla OS (Android based). Like Purism, Volla also built their products with community crowdfunding however it's done in Indiegogo. Like PinePhone, Volla also cooperates with many parties including Manjaro Project and Pine64 themselves. [Website] [Shop]

Fairphone and /e/

The /e/ Fairphones are the European privacy-branded fully degoogled mobile devices coming from Fairphone and /e/ Foundation cooperation. The great thing comes first from the OS, called /e/ (what a unique name in my opinion) founded by Mandriva's founding father, that is a heavily free-from-Google Android-based system with microG technology inside. The second greatness comes from hardware, that is Fairphone, the environment friendly and hackable phone from Netherlands. [Fairphone] [/e/] [Shop]



NitroPhone is a new Android-family phone from German manufacturer of secure devices and laptops, Nitrokey. Its operating system is known as GrapheneOS, formerly CopperheadOS. It is first launched September 2021. [Specifications] [OS Details] [Shop]


The Software Systems

A software system here means either a user interface (UI) alone or a complete operating system (OS) as we have both. Uniquely, there is also a subsystem (set of important components inside the OS), not UI, not OS either, like microG. As such, Plasma Mobile and Phosh are UIs, not OSes, where Ubuntu Touch and postmarketOS are OSes, not UIs, not phone devices either.

(Screenshoted from postmarketOS Wiki)

Plasma Mobile (UI), the KDE desktop for phone, you can imagine Kubuntu users find it enjoyable to find their mobile phone has the same experience as their desktop. To try it out, you can download postmarketOS/Plasma.

Phosh (UI), the GNOME desktop for phone developed by Librem 5 manufacturer, with successful convergence feature. To try it out, you can grab postmarketOS/Phosh.

Ubuntu Touch (OS), the convergence Ubuntu OS for mobile phone originally developed by Canonical currently continued by UBPorts. For Ubuntu users, it looks a lot like Unity with Compiz 3D we ever loved but without Snap as its own package format is Klik.

postmarketOS (OS), the Alpine Linux based OS developed solely for mobile phone with excellent success in cooperation with PinePhone making Ubuntu Phone, KDE Phone and Manjaro Phone a reality people can purchase and enjoy. Its website and wiki have excellent amount of information about Libre Software Mobile you can see this for example.

LineageOS (OS), the more-free Android distro which is a base of another OSes including Replicant, /e/ and Android-x86 as well.

/e/ (OS), the without-Google Android distro with microG technology.

GrapheneOS (OS), the security oriented Android distro now shipped by NitroPhone.

Replicant (OS), the fully free software mobile phone OS with few (and increasing) hardware devices supported and can be purchased. Replicant is what Trisquel to Ubuntu is. It is based on LineageOS with all proprietary software removed and Google connection removed. Replicant Phones are considerably older and few in numbers and can be purchased online. [Shop]

microG (subsystem), Android without Google, that's what Reddit describes it with. microG is a set of software internal to Android-like OS that is libre that can replace Google's proprietary software components in Android. Example system that uses microG is /e/.


Related Projects

F-Droid - alternative play store that is completely Free software.

Interesting Links

List of open source mobile phones, Wikipedia

Free Your Android, a valuable article by FSF Europe

DROID-BREAK, High-Quality Privacy Apps for Android

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Android-x86, F-Droid and Laptop for Everyone

Thursday 2nd of September 2021 06:32:00 AM
Do you know Android-x86? It is a version of Android OS that runs on your PC and laptop rather than phone. It is a Free, Open Source Software of its kind that is actively developed. You might find it very similar to Ubuntu thanks to its LiveCD feature although it is not a GNU/Linux. This article introduces you to it by downloading, running, and trying it out on a real computer as well as a virtual machine. We will take benefit of it to run completely Free Software apps by adding F-Droid, an alternative play store. To give you the bigger picture, we will try running web browser, video player, YouTube downloader and other apps on it with software freedom. Finally, I hope someday we could enjoy a Replicant-x86 perhaps by someone reading this article. Now let's try!
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Android-x86 is an operating system from Android family developed ("ported") to run on x86 32-bit and 64-bit computers rather than its original ARM architecture smartphones. It is a source code available, open source project, published under Free Software Apache License, however, it contains several non-open source non-free software components namely Google Chrome and Play Store. Its website is

F-Droid is an alternative to Google Play Store that offers Free Libre Open Source Software apps safe from malwares and without ads or user trackings. Many GNU/Linux users use F-Droid to get high quality useful apps like KDE Connect, Telegram FOSS and VLC and amusing games like Apple Flinger. It is available to download and install at

Download Android-x86 from their download central Features
  • Easy to use as Android.
  • Fast to boot, admittedly faster than Ubuntu. 
  • Fast installation, far more faster than Ubuntu.
  • Runs on PCs and laptops and can empower the older ones (32-bit).
  • Gratis to download, free to share.
  • Source code available, open source project, and licensed under a Free Software license (there is possibility to make a derivative that is fully free like Replicant).
  • Touchscreen support.
  • Can be used offline.
  • Can be used without Google Accounts, Play Store, and Services.
  • No Proprietary Software Agreement at the startup, unlike Phoenix nor RemixOS.

Before continuing, you have the right to know it has features you might not like for example Google Privacy Policy agreement at startup, inclusion of proprietary software, and Google Search by default.

Related Projects
Other than Android-x86, there are several similar OS projects in the Android family:
- Replicant, the fully free software Android for phone and is actively developed. No desktop version.
- LineageOS, formerly Cyanogenmod, the mostly free software Android for phone and is actively developed. No desktop version.
- PhoenixOS, proprietary software Android for desktop. Similar to Android-x86 but nonfree and seems discontinued.
- RemixOS, proprietary software Android for desktop. It is not free libre open source software and discontinued.
- BlissOS, the mostly free software Android for desktop and is actively developed. Derived from Android-x86 and seems to be more free.
- MicroG, not an OS but a libre software replacement to the proprietary software components inside of Android family OS.
- /e/, the mostly free software Android for phone created by the founder of Mandriva, mass produced by Fairphone and uses MicroG.

Android-x86 initially started in 2009 and released versions below:
  • Release 9
  • Release 8.1
  • Release 7.1
  • Release 6
  • Release 5.1
  • Release 4.4
  • Release 4
  • Release 2.2
  • Release 1.6r2
  • Release 1.6

Android-x86 version 9 contains several components listed below. Several are nonfree software and tied to Google Online Services.
  • Google Chrome
  • Play Store
  • Google Play Service (software)
  • Google Services Framework (software)
  • Bluetooth
  • Calculator
  • Calibration
  • Camera
  • Clock
  • Calendar
  • Contacts
  • Email
  • Files
  • Gallery
  • Music (LineageOS Eleven)
  • Notepad
  • Taskbar
  • Default Print Service
  • Terminal Emulator (termoneplus)
 Alternative Components F-Droid offers apps licensed under Free Software licenses below:
  • F-Droid, replacing Play Store
  • File Manager by Axet, replacing the stock one
  • Camera Roll, replacing Gallery / Image Viewer
  • DuckDuckGo Browser, replacing Chrome
  • K-9, replacing email client (software)
  • NewPipe, replacing YouTube (software)
  • Document Viewer, to read pdf and ebook
  • Apple Flinger, game similar to Angry Bird
  • Telegram FOSS, the fast messenger used by millions
  • Jitsi Meet, replacing Zoom 
  • Gasflow, download speed indicator like on Redmi
These are just a tip of an iceberg -- as there are many many more available!
 How To Download Go to download page above and simply download the ISO image file version 8. If you have more internet access, you can download as many ISOs as you wish.  How To Make Bootable You can make a USB bootable of Android-x86 the same way you make it for Ubuntu and other GNU/Linuxes. Follow this tutorial using Disk Utility or this tutorial using Rufus/Unetbootin program to do so. 
 How To Run the OS You can run Android-x86 the same way you run Ubuntu from the USB. Insert the flash drive to your computer, boot it up to USB, and you should see Android-x86 bootloader. Once again, this bootloader is just the same as Ubuntu's bootloader, that is, GNU GRUB.
(The bootloader of Android-x86)

How To Start
First startup will ask you in several steps:Step 1. Choose language.Step 2. Choose SKIP under wifi connection. Step 3. Create your username.Step 4. Disable all choices and accept Terms of Services.Step 5. Enter the desktop.  (Initial screen we will always see right after entering LIVE or finished the installation)
Enter Android Desktop
Welcome to Android Desktop! This is how it would look like. It is from a LiveCD session and no different after it installed to the computer.  
Open Start Menu
This is the full screen start menu of Android-x86. 
 How To Enable Internet
In Android-x86:Step 1. Click top panel, as usually you did on phone. Step 2. A drop down menu appears, as usual too. Step 3. Click Wifi (Network) button.Step 4. Network Settings will open. Step 5. Click the wifi or network available to enable it.Step 6. Internet access enabled.  (Network Settings on Android-x86 showing the ON/OFF toggle button at top and VirtWifi enabled as the internet access)

How To Install F-DroidIn Android-x86:1. Open web browser.
2. Go to 3. Download the APK.4. Install the APK (as usual from the top panel).5. Accept every permission request.6. F-Droid installed. 7. Run F-Droid. IMPORTANT: at the first time, unfortunately it cannot be helped to use Chrome (it is proprietary software) as it is the only web browser. But once F-Droid installed, you can later install free software browser as replacement.
(F-Droid running on Android-x86 showing several apps like AuthPass, Linwood, and LibreHealth)
 How To Install Applications
Firstly, we will install a web browser and here we choose DuckDuckGo Privacy Browser:1. Open F-Droid.2. Search for "web browser" keyword.3. Results will show and one of them is DuckDuckGo Browser. 4. Click Install and accept everything else after. 5. Application installed.6. Run the application.7. Make it default browser. 

 Second, we can install any other application and here we choose NewPipe, the best YouTube replacement today:1. On F-Droid, search for "newpipe".2. Click Install on Lightweight YouTube Frontend. 3. App installed. 4. Run NewPipe and try to play some videos.5. You can also download every video. Enjoy!  Third, to complete this example we will install File Manager (by Axet):1. On F-Droid, search for "file manager". 2. Click Install on the one by Axet.3. App installed. 4. Run File Manager. 

How To Virtualize You can run Android-x86 on AQEMU, VirtualBox, or similar virtual machine software. Why? Of course, because it is x86, the same architecture to Windows and Ubuntu systems you have.  1. Create a new "Linux" virtual machine. 2. Create for it a 2 cpu, a 2GB memory, and a 20GB disk.3. Add the Android-x86 image file.4. Power on the virtual machine. 5. Android-x86 runs in the VM.
(Android-x86 operating system running inside AQEMU virtual machine under my Ubuntu host computer)

 See Also- Fairphone, Google-Free Android Phones  - /e/, Google-Free Android Phones with MicroG
- BlissOS, another desktop distro of Android-x86 
- Ubuntu Touch, The Ubuntu OS for Phones- Volla, The Real Ubuntu Phone- Librem, The Real GNU/Linux Phones 
- PinePhone, Real Phone with GNU/Linux OSes Further Readings Do you want to know more? You can start by reading these:
- Android and Users' Freedom 
- Mission Impossible, Hardening Android Security- microG, Android without Google- Android-x86 Official Website 
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How To Install elementary OS 6 with Dualboot, UEFI and External Disk Instructions

Wednesday 1st of September 2021 02:52:00 AM
This tutorial explains the steps to install elementary OS 6 to your computer. This offers you several modes you might want to choose, including dualbooting with Windows, dealing with either UEFI or BIOS Legacy, and even installing it to a blank USB flash disk drive. For your information, in this version we meet the brand new installer and is divided into two stages will be explained below. Time to install!
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A >= 8GB USB flash drive as the bootable media,
A >= 16GB USB flash drive as the storage (if you want external drive install) or
A >= 20GB hard disk drive free space (if you want normal install instead),

Where bootable media is equal to installer CD/DVD or floppy disk in the past; normal install is the way most people would install OS with; external install is installation by using external disk like USB flash drive as storage instead of computer's internal HDD. 

Note: beginners would find external install as the safest, easiest, and cheapest way in most situation and we strongly recommend it by using a newly purchased USB flash drive. It is one of the clearest ways to avoid deleting hard disk data when installing.

  • For BIOS computer, the storage must be MBR.
  • For UEFI computer, the storage must be GPT.
  • For hard disk, the file system is EXT4.
  • For USB or SSD storage, the file system is EXT2.
  • For normal install, you only need a bootable USB.
  • For external install, you need a USB as bootable and another USB as storage.
  • Your computer must be 64-bit otherwise you cannot install elementary OS 6.

Download elementary OS 6
Click here to download elementary OS 6. Note: you might also want to purchase elementary OS PC or laptop now shipping worldwide.

Making Bootable USB
You can make bootable USB with Disk Utility (from GNU/Linux) and click here to learn it with Rufus or Unetbootin program (from Windows or MacOS).

Step 1. Start First step is to prepare language and keyboard input. Under Select a Language, choose English and continue.

Under Select Keyboard Layout section, select English (US) and continue.

Step 2. Disk Partitioning
Second step is disk partitioning. This is the most important part and you must pay attention closely.
For empty computer installation (single boot UEFI):
You should create three partitions which are smallest - middle - biggest in the disk storage.1. Select the disk (it should be empty since the beginning).2. Create new partition. 3. Create smallest partition, by size: 300MB, by type: EFI System Partition, OK. 4. Create middle partition, by size: 1000MB, by type: SWAP, OK. 5. Create biggest partition, by size: let it as is, by type EXT4 Filesystem, by mount point: slash character ( / ), OK. 6. Correct partitioning will look like picture below.  
For dualboot installation (UEFI):Same as empty installation above but do that in the empty partition in the disk that has been prepared beforehand and do not delete nor use the Windows partition.
For external disk installation (UEFI):Same as empty installation but do that in the external disk drive (USB flash drive) and not the internal one. 
For BIOS legacy installation (non-UEFI):Same as empty installation above but with only two last partitions without the smallest aka EFI System Partition, and simply use the internal disk for internal installation or use the external disk (USB flash drive, external HDD) for external install.

Once finished partitioning, click Erase and Install.
Step 3. Installation Process and Reboot
Third step is waiting for the installation process and then restart to go to the second installation stage. This process should be no more than 15 minutes with a healthy, normal HDD or USB flash drive and should be even more faster with an SSD.

Step 4. Username Password Creation

Fourth step is the second stage, that is, creating your username and password and Continue.

Step 5. Finish

Congratulations, you have installed elementary OS 6 onto your computer!

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Email Encryption Made Easy for Gmail and Thunderbird Users

Saturday 28th of August 2021 09:41:00 AM

This is a continuation to Email Encryption Made Easy with a hope to be more straightforward and useful. Here we will learn how to encrypt Gmail, the mail service used by millions today, in our computer with Thunderbird mail client. The purpose of encryption is security so that your mails can only be read by your recipients and vice versa by disabling other parties, including Google company, ability to read them.

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About This Tutorial

This article is a rewrite to the Made Easy because of three reasons, first because BitMessage Mail service is discontinued, second because Gmail is used by nearly all people in the world (that means you and me), and third because Thunderbird now has its own encryption system without Enigmail anymore. This tutorial uses Thunderbird version 78 and security-wise you should please update your version first before continuing. We strongly recommend you to not practice this alone but do with at least one friend of yours using the same Thunderbird so you can completely practice sending as well as receiving encrypted emails.


Get Thunderbird

Thunderbird is a mail client program that is free-libre-open-source-software (FLOSS) and also cross-platform.

- Ubuntu users can run Thunderbird from start menu. 

- Windows users can download it from Thunderbird Download.

- MacOS users can download it from Thunderbird Download.

Step 1. Setup Gmail

First step is to get Gmail inbox into Thunderbird. The result is you can read mails offline and send mails with encryption. More specifically, this is important to keep your data in your own custody and keep copies at Google's server at minimum.

1. Open Thunderbird. 

2. Menu > New > Existing Mail Account > email setup will open.

3. Type your full name, your email address, and the email's password.

4. Click Continue > a web browser will open Gmail access > accept it.

5. Your email setup finished.


Step 2. Create and Save Keys

Second step is to make your Gmail keys -- in order to secure your emails, you first must have keys (security experts call them GPG keys) consisted of public key and private key. Public key for other person to mail you, private key to read email sent to you (public is okay to share, private must be kept safely in your computer).

1. Right-click your email address > Settings > End to End Encryption.

2.  Click add key > Create a new OpenPGP key > Continue > Generate > follow everything else accordingly.

3. You get a pair of keys.

4. You are ready to receive encrypted mails sent to you

Still in second step, you should save public key of your friend (who are willing to mailing securely) in order to send secure mail to him/her. 

1. Receive an email with public key attached from him/her.

2. Click OpenPGP button > Import Key > accept everything accordingly > his/her key imported. 

Or alternatively, download the attached public key > save to a folder > saved as a plain text .asc file.

Go to menubar Tools > OpenPGP Key Manager > File > Import Public Key from File > select that .asc file > his/her key imported.  

3. You are ready to send encrypted email to him/her.

Step 3. Send Email

Third step is to send email. Here we have not yet encrypted our mail. To start your new life, share your public key to your friends who are willing to mailing securely with you. In this exercise, send a copy of public key to your friend.

  1. Create a new email, 
  2. type the recipient's email address, 
  3. type the subject, 
  4. type the content, 
  5. attach your public key file (.asc)
  6. send it to him/her,
  7. recipient will save your key.

Step 4. Receive Email

Fourth step is to receive email. Here we also have not yet encrypted our mail. To complete your new life, ask your friend to send his/her public key to you -- otherwise you cannot send encrypted email to him/her. Once received, follow step 2 to save his/her public key. Later, you should ask more friends to send you their public keys too.

An unencrypted email will show Message Is Not Encrypted sign under the OpenPGP button without any green color.

Step 5. Send Encrypted Email

Fifth step is to send encrypted email. It means you use recipient's public key to send email to him/her. This process is automatic in Thunderbird once you saved his/her public key.

  1. Create a new email,
  2. select Security to be OpenPGP,
  3. enable Require Encryption,
  4. type recipient's address, subject, and mail content as usual,
  5. send,
  6. recipient can read your email (after decrypting it with his/her private key; and this process is also automatic in Thunderbird).

To verify this step, your friend should be able to read your secure mail in Thunderbird but not in Gmail in web browser, and that means your encryption is successful.

Step 6. Receive Encrypted Email

Sixth step is to receive encrypted email. It means your friend uses your public key to send email to you -- then, only you can open it.

  1. Ask you friend to send encrypted email to you,
  2. he/she should follow step 5 above,
  3. you receive the mail,
  4. you read the mail.

To verify this step, you should be able to read it in Thunderbird but should not be able to read it in Gmail web browser, and that means our encryption is successfully achieved. An encrypted email will show Message Is Encrypted sign below the OpenPGP green check mark.


Step 7. Invite Friends to Secure Emails

If you reached this step, congratulations! You managed to secure your Gmail. Now you can share this article to your friends so they can follow you to secure their Gmail too (as well as other emails if they have, like Yahoo! or MSN, if they are willing to). If you are a school teacher, please consider teaching this to your students. More people willing to means more "herd security" we will have for our emails and --not less important-- more accustomed we are to email security. Lastly, we all need chances and exercises to make ourselves familiar with email encryption. I hope this article really makes it easier for you to encrypt emails. 

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Download Zorin OS 16 with Mirrors, Torrents and Checksums

Thursday 26th of August 2021 02:33:00 AM

Zorin OS, the computer operating system from Ireland, released version 16 at Tuesday, August 17th, 2021. Currently available as Pro and Core, with Lite and Education Editions to come, it is the successor to the last year version 15.3. This GNU/Linux system is suitable for most computer users, organizations, schools and offices. Below you will find the download links, mirrors, a torrent, checksums, and how to proceed further to the installation. Finally, we congratulate Zorin OS official for nearly 3 million downloads since two years ago and it's our time to celebrate. Now let's download Zorin OS!



Purchase Zorin Laptop

Want Zorin OS? You can simply purchase a laptop or desktop with Zorin OS preinstalled. Fortunately, these computers are already available (just like Windows and MacOS boxes). Currently, everyone can order from two shops, namely LaptopWithLinux and StarLabs, shipping from Netherland and United Kingdom respectively. They already ship computers with Zorin OS 16!

Download Pro Edition

We respect the decision of Zorin GNU/Linux to make one edition a paid product. You can purchase Pro Edition (Ultimate) for $39. Alternatively, you can just order a laptop with Pro Edition preinstalled from store mentioned above. We wish you success, Zorin OS.

Download Core Edition



Download Lite Edition 

Currently in development, please wait the information at Zorin Downloads.

Download Education Edition

Currently in development, please wait the information at Zorin Downloads


Below are several alternative download links of Zorin OS 16 Core Edition.

North America, by Ibiblio, North Carolina.

South America, by Universidad De La Frontera, Chile.

Asia, by Truenetwork, Russia.

Asia, by Kakao, South Korea.

Europe, by IRCAM, France.

Europe, by 23media, Germany.


Official Zorin OS does not publish torrents. However, unofficial torrents are made available (currently Core Edition only with previous 15.3 versions also available) by FossTorrents


Your downloaded file should be verified and checked the checksum to match its original checksum from Zorin OS so then you can safely use it -- otherwise your file copy is broken and corrupted. You can follow this tutorial to do this verification.

Zorin OS 16 Core 64-bit eabd2a222175f3556f277a0722664af1f11230285c4ce6bf69984ac40c48b1c3
Zorin OS 16 Pro 64-bit 1addffb6100a5ba340266b709b367ded7094aa563143dd98ba577aaf00498590


How To Make Zorin OS Bootable

You can use either Disk Utility or Unetbootin or Rufus program to burn the image file to a USB to make a Zorin OS bootable media. Follow Disk Utility tutorial or Unetbootin/Rufus one to do it. This media later can be used to install it to your computer. 

How To Install Zorin OS

You can follow Ubuntu Installation Guide to install Zorin OS 16 as the walkthrough is basically the same. This guide can result in either normal or dualboot, either for UEFI or BIOS Legacy installation, and either on internal or external storage (an empty USB flash drive for example) for you.

Further Readings

Official Announcement

Switch Your Organization to Zorin OS

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How To Install Debian 11 Bullseye with GNOME Desktop

Monday 23rd of August 2021 08:47:00 AM

This tutorial explains Debian 11 installation procedures. This tutorial is suitable for everyone who wants either dualboot, UEFI or BIOS Legacy, normal or external storage method in installing Debian 11. The result expected from this installation is a ready to use Debian 11 with GNOME user interface, LibreOffice, Firefox and other daily software packages and you can have it stored not in internal hard disk in computer but a USB flash drive instead.


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  • An empty >= 8GB usb flash disk drive as bootable.
  • An empty >= 16GB usb flash disk drive, or,
  • An empty >= 20GB hard disk with GPT technology, or,
  • An empty >= 20GB hard disk with MBR technology as the storage.
  • A PC or laptop with at least Intel Pentium 4 (or equal) and 2GB RAM.
  • Patience, as the installation requires time, effort and electricity.

If you have no idea on above requirements, contact a nearby person with good OS installation knowledge & experience to help you with this installation.

Download Debian 11

Click here to download Debian 11 DVD for 32 bit and 64 bit.

Make Debian Bootable

Use Disk Utility (GNU/Linux) or Unetbootin (Windows and MacOS) program to write Debian into a USB flash drive by at minimum 8GB capacity. Click respective links to learn how to do it.

Boot The Installer

1. Plug your Debian bootable USB in.

2. Power on the computer. 

3. Debian 11 displayed on screen like picture below. 

4. If not, reboot and immediately enter BIOS.

5. Setup the BIOS so the computer boots first to USB.

6. Press F10 (Save) and reboot.

7. Press Enter to Graphical Install choice.

8. Debian 11 installation mode started, continue to the next section.

1. Boot

Select Graphical Install option by pressing Enter.

2. Select a language

Choose English US, then click continue.

3. Select your location

Choose United States, for example, then continue.

4. Select your keyboard

Choose English US then let it prepare everything for a moment.

5. Select network choice

Choose No ethernet card, then continue. 

The point is, don't connect to the internet. This will result in "No network interfaces were found" or similar message. Next step will appear on screen.

6. Create username, password and computer name
  • This will ask you to create machine's name, username, password. 
  • Name your computer with a name
  • Empty the root passwords (this will apply sudo to your system)
  • Fill your full name
  • Name your username
  • Create your password (this will be your sudo's password)

7. Configure the clock

Select your time zone, Eastern for example, then let it prepares the partitioner.

8. Partition disks
  • This step will display choices between guided and manual. 
  • Select MANUAL (it is the last in the list)
  • For usb flash drive installation, select the empty USB flash drive.
  • For Hard Disk installation, select the hard disk, for example, here it is 21.5 GB ATA QEMU HARD DISK, continue.
  • For USB installation, answer YES to create a new partition table, continue.
  • For hard disk installation, answer NO instead, continue. 

For computers manufactured in 2011 up to today, follow 1st-2nd-3rd partition creation below. For computers manufactured before 2011 and 32 bit ones, follow only 2nd-3rd instead. 

Creating first partition:

  • Select FREE SPACE, continue.
  • Select CREATE NEW PARTITION, continue.
  • Type 200 MB by size, continue.
  • Select Beginning, continue.
  • Change Use as to EFI SYSTEM PARTITION, continue.
  • Click Done setting up the partition, continue.

Creating second partition:

  • Select FREE SPACE remaining, continue.
  • Select CREATE NEW PARTITION, continue.
  • Type 1 GB by size, continue.
  • Select BEGINNING, continue.
  • Change use as to SWAP AREA, continue.
  • Click Done setting up the partition, continue.

Creating third partition:

  • Select FREE SPACE remaining, continue.
  • Select CREATE NEW PARTITION, continue.
  • Let the size as is, continue.
  • Select BEGINNING, continue.
  • For USB installation, change use as to EXT2, otherwise
  • For Hard Disk installation, change use as to EXT4
  • Change mount point to slash ( / )
  • Change label to DEBIAN 11 BULLSEYE
  • Click Done setting up the partition, continue.
  • Select Finish partitioning, continue.
  • Answer YES to the question about write changes to disk, continue.
  • Installation process will take place and this needs 30 minutes.

Final partitioning will look like this picture:

Next step will ask you about package manager. 

9. Configure the package manager

  • This will ask you about technical setup that is configurable later.
  • Answer NO to the question about scan media, continue.
  • Answer NO to the question use network mirror, continue.
  • It will scan your installer (bootable USB here).
  • Answer YES to the question about participate package survey, continue.
  • Next step will ask you about software selection.

10. Software selection:

  • This is the setup of your Debian Desktop.
  • Select three choices: 1st is Debian desktop environment, 2nd is GNOME, and 3rd is Standard system utilities (these are the defaults), continue.
  • Installation process will continue progressing.


Installation complete, continue. 

Final bootloader:

This installation will create you an option (to enter which OS) every time you power on your computer that is called a bootloader. 


Finally, here's Debian 11 desktop.

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Let's Download Debian 11 LTS Bullseye

Sunday 15th of August 2021 06:07:00 AM

Debian 11 Bullseye operating system finally released on Saturday, 14 August 2021. This is a Long Term Support release with five years of support and has been developed for two years since the previous release Debian 10. It includes full and complete set of tens of thousands of software packages including the digital tools to help combating COVID-19 for health care professionals. This release following the loss of three honorable Debian developers Robert, Karl, and Rogerio who passed away between these years -- to them we would love to offer condolendes and say thank you for all your contributions to us all.  Bullseye is available for almost all types of computer available in the world and we can download it for desktop and laptop for both 64-bit and 32-bit as detailed below plus further instructions. Let's download Debian!

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About Debian 11

Debian GNU/Linux version 11 is the eleventh stable release of the universal operating system Debian as a successor to 10. It is a computer operating system that is the basic software which the purpose is the same as Microsoft Windows, MacOS, and Android to each respective devices. Its official website is and official download page is Getting Debian. It is available in almost all computer architectures exist in the world namely PC 64-bit, PC 32-bit, ARM32, ARM64, MIPS, PPC, and S390X. In the real world, these architecture supports mean Debian can run on all kinds of computer from Raspberry Pi, smartphone, PC and laptop, to server, mainframe and even supercomputer. However, in this article, only PC 64-bit and 32-bit versions covered.


Debian 10 DVD Full

To download, click one link below and Save.

For 64-bit computers:


For 32-bit computers: 


Debian 10 Live Desktop Flavors 

To download, click one link and Save.

For 64 bit computers:







For 32 bit computers:










Downloading Debian 11 via torrent is very recommended as it is faster and more reliable to the users and also in many ways helping the community. To download a torrent, follow the instructions on the next section.

Torrents for Debian Full DVD:



Torrents for Debian Live 64-bit:








Torrents for Debian Live 32-bit:









You should make sure (verify that) every file you downloaded from the above matched with the official checksums by SHA256SUM below. If the file's checksum matched with the original checksum, then the file is correct and safe to use -- otherwise the file is corrupted and you might need to redownload it. Follow this guide to do verification.

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How To TorrentDownloading with 4MB/s speed

To download Debian 11 via BitTorrent way, an alternative way to download files, you use Transmission, KTorrent, uTorrent or such programs then do these:

- Download a torrent file from the above list.
- You got a small sized file with .iso.torrent extension to its name.
- Double click the file.
- Your torrent program will open.
- Start downloading the actual file of Debian 11 e.g. by 4GB size.

How To Verify Downloaded File

Your downloaded file of Debian 11 should have exactly the same SHA256SUM value with the collection of checksums above. Follow this guide to verify.


How To Make Debian Bootable USB

Once downloaded, you can make bootable a USB flash drive to install Debian 11 to your computer and you can bring it everywhere. Follow this guide to do so. 



In the future, the download links will change and you can read these references to get Debian 11.

- Announcement

- Release Notes

- Download Page (All)

- Download Page (DVD)

- Download Page (Live) 

- Download Page (Torrents)

- Mirrors

This article is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0., An Alternative to Ookla's Speedtest

Thursday 12th of August 2021 02:22:00 AM

Did you use to test your upload download speed? Now you can use instead, a lightweight alternative to it, that just works without Flash and Java. Let's try it and share!

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1. Visit 

2. Click START button.

3. You see the results.

For example, here's my test result between Indonesia and United States by download 18 mbps and upload 18 mbps (or around 2MB/s and 2MB/s) approximately. You may want to do a test several times, or change between destination countries, to get more accurate result.

For Server Administrators

Do you want to publish your own speed test like Ooklas' one? You can do it with Libre Speed Test as it is free libre open source software. The official guide includes a tutorial for Ubuntu Server admins. Follow the guide at its development website.

Happy testing!

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Let's Download elementary OS 6

Wednesday 11th of August 2021 06:05:00 AM

Finally, elementary OS 6 released at 10 August 2021. It is the continuation of elementary OS 5 released three years ago. Here's a very short glimpse of it with the official links, torrents, and how to download it for everyone plus a web store to buy a laptop with elementary OS. We're happy with this release and now let's try it together!

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About elementary OS 6

This is how it looks like on a computer with a wide screen.

Download Link

Officially, elementary OS 6 codenamed Odin is available to download at


Buy elementary Laptop

elementary OS is already mass produced and shipping worldwide! Visit to see the vendors where you can order one. Today, there are already three vendors namely Laptop With Linux (Netherlands), Slimbook (Spain), and Star Labs (United Kingdom). Purchasing from these vendors will help elementary OS development. However, please be patient at the moment as elementary OS 6 laptops might only be available some moments from now on.

How To Download

To download the official way:

- click custom price button

- insert zero dollar price

- click download

- you are downloading it

To download by also giving donation to elementary OS Project:

 - click $10 price, for example, or type any other amount

- click purchase elementary OS

- proceed to the payment with your credit card

- you donated to and is downloading elementary OS 6


This donation will help further elementary OS development.

How To Download via Torrent

Above official link is the normal download way, while this one is the BitTorrent way -- an alternative download way -- which is very recommended thanks to its faster speed. To download via torrent:

- Do the normal download above before clicking download button. 

- Click the magnet button instead i.e. the " U " button beside Download. 

- Your BitTorrent program will open. 

- Start download.   

How To Verify 

Finally, your downloaded file of elementary OS 6 should have exactly the same SHA256SUM value from the official source. Follow this guide to verify. 

elementaryos-6.0-stable.20210810.iso 3e978b9c5dfbf8aaa9cd2fa6fc3780d5bdf0eacc1a147572357960b36267bee1
Happy downloading!

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How To Create Playlist on Invidious

Tuesday 10th of August 2021 04:53:00 AM

Remember Invidious? You can watch and download YouTube videos with it without ads and tracking (technically, without JavaScript). There is playlist feature in it and in this tutorial we will discuss how to create one, add videos to it, and play the videos automatically one by one. 


About This Tutorial

This tutorial assumes you are using Invidious (visit and know that everything is applicable to another Invidiouses. In the future, there might be changes and you can use another Invidious (visit for choices).

Register and Login

To make playlists, you should first have an account on Invidious. Signing up to Invidious, unlike YouTube, is anonymous and no email nor phone number required.

1. Click LOGIN.

2. Type a username, type a password, click REGISTER.

3. You are registered. Once registered, if you have not, you have to login first:

4. Click LOGIN.

5. Type your username, your password, login.

6. You are logged in. 

For example I have an account named iloveinvidious and it looks like below. 

Create Playlist

For example, we want to make a playlist of wild life videos like the popular Primitive Technology and similar people are doing. To create playlist:

1. Go to your Invidious. 


3. Click CREATE PLAYLIST, give it a name, make it Private, create, and click plus button.

4. In the search page displayed, search videos you want. In this example, wild life videos, by keywords around "primitive technology" ". 

5. Click plus button on each video of the videos displayed. 

6. Playlist created.

NOTE: you can make it Public playlist by selecting Public instead of Private.

Play the Playlist

1. Go to your Invidious. 

2. Click PLAYLIST. 

3. Your playlist(s) displayed.

4. Click one playlist. In this example, WILD LIFE.

5. Videos inside this playlist displayed. Click the first video. 

6. Video plays.

7. Next video will be automatically play. 

8. This playlist will end automatically at the last video.

Measuring The Fediverse

Sunday 8th of August 2021 03:10:00 PM

Fediverse is what Diaspora, Mastodon, PeerTube and other federated social media altogether being called. These relatively new style of social networking is growing rapidly, as people demand more independence to their own hands, and now everyone of us can overview how large its growth or simply how big one part of it grows with nice statistics and charts. I hope this helps you to find a fediverse you want with either crowded or less crowded population. Let's see!

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This site overviews current statistics, charts, and maps of the whole fediverse including Mastodon and PeerTube. From the statistics served, we know that today the fediverse's top platform is Mastodon by population, and the one with the most users is, a social networking site (SNS) from Japan. From the map server, we know that the US and the EU are two places where most of fediverse platforms originated while in the Asia, Japan is the leading country.


Fediverse Database (Fedidb) is actually a collection of tools for developers and sysadmins of the fediverse platforms, however it also serves nice statistics of them all. The data is presented only in table with choices between All and individual platform and with open registration choice. For example, you can help yourself to find an open registration Pleroma place to signup, with largest population, and start your journey with The Fediverse.


The Federation Info

Four millions of users is the rough number of the whole Fediverse today according to The Federation Info. Furthermore, there are 500 millions posts, 12 millions comments, and 1 million active users (including me) in the past six months. Most of the number goes to Mastodon, followed by Pleroma, then PeerTube. The chart overviews nine things, from number of servers ("nodes") to active user ratio.

Fediverse Party

Prefer to measure them one by one? You can visit this site and click one name, for example Mastodon, and learn the metrics. Click another name to see its metrics, and so on. At the moment, speaking about registered and active users, Mastodon's population is 2 millions and 900 thousands, Friendica's ten and five thousands, and Hubzilla's almost nine and two thousands among the others.


Fediverse Trends

Lastly, @feditrends along with @fedifollows and @feditips are our friends at Mastodon who often share many things about The Fediverse and the first is the one focusing in statistics. You can follow him (he is actually a bot) to see his weekly Fediverse's Top 10 Hashtags like below. For example, at the moment we know that recently #apple is the hottest topic across three thousands Fediverse instances (not only Mastodon) being spoken by three hundreds different users. This is another way to measure The Fediverse.

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How To Get KDE Plasma 5.22 for Your Computer

Monday 2nd of August 2021 07:07:00 AM

KDE Plasma 5.22 with its tagline Stability, Usability, Flexibility released last June is the latest desktop technology of KDE and Free Software Community. It features new looks to the desktop, System Settings and many other improvements. Want it? If you would love to try it or further install it for daily use, here's how to.

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To widen our point of view, above is a wide information of Plasma availability on all GNU/Linux distros. Based on that page, at the moment, several distros like Arch, Rawhide, Tumbleweed already ship with 5.22 while the others like Kubuntu have not yet. With this article, you will have information on having it with the ways Ubuntu users familiar with.

First Choice: KDE Neon


This is the easiest way. Simply download the User Edition, make it USB bootable with a flash drive, then boot it on your computer to test Plasma 5.22 -- and you can use it too as a daily OS by installing it (read how to install Neon). 

Second Choice: Kubuntu with PPA

You do not need to delete your OS then reinstalling a new one if you are already using Kubuntu at least version 21.04 (Hirsute Hippo), by adding a PPA. However, this would require a lot of internet access and time e.g. more than 1GB download by two hours.  Visit the Kubuntu Backports PPA. To do the installation of Plasma:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kubuntu-ppa/backports
$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt full-upgrade

Third Choice: Kubuntu Impish Indri


Next release of Kubuntu is version 21.10 also called Impish Indri and the development version is already containing Plasma 5.22. The differences to Neon is that Kubuntu is full of built-in features with LibreOffice and others included. If you use this, you have the chances to help the development of Plasma by reporting bugs and issues you might find automatically. You can learn here how to make a bootable Kubuntu USB and further installing Kubuntu. This download will exist as long as 21.10 has not been officially released.


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Guides and Snaps Use | Inkscape

Friday 30th of July 2021 08:08:00 AM

This is the sixth part of Inkscape for Students the series. After previously we learn Drawing and Coloring, now we will learn about drawing once again but with guide lines and snapping mainly to help us place objects and make copies of them tidily. Let's exercise!


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Guides, the fine lines to line up your objects either horizontally, or vertically, or diagonally.

Snaps, Shift+5, the automatic snapping of objects either to another object or to guides.


The Basics

Practice these before doing the exercises:

1. Click drag ruler to bottom, you made a horizontal guide. 

2. Click drag ruler to right, you made a vertical guide.

3. Click drag ruler corner, from top-left to bottom-right, you made a diagonal guide.

4. Click Snap button (Shift+5), you enabled / disabled Snapping.

5. Move a rectangle to a guide line, it snaps.

6. Hover cursor to a guide line, Delete to delete it. 

7. Press Shift+Backslash to hide / show guide lines if any. 

8. Create a rectangle, press Shift+G, to create guide lines automatically following its shape and size.


Exercise 1
  • Create two horizontal guides, top and bottom.
  • Create 3 objects with same height side by side between guides.

Exercise 2
  • Write three letters on top of each objects.
  • Create vertical guide on each of three objects.
  • Use SNAP BOUNDING BOXES, enable SNAP MIDPOINTS OF BOUNDING BOX EDGES, fix each vertical guide to fit middle point of each object.
  • Fix the position of each letter to align center of each object.
  • Feel the snapping.

Exercise 3
  • Create two more horizontal guides inside the first two.
  • Shrink each letter's size to follow the new two guides.
  • Feel the snapping. 

Exercise 4
  • Create five rectangles to the left touching exactly each others. 
  • Duplicate them to bottom.
  • Change the forms to circle, triangle, pentagon, and star with the help of vertical and horizontal guides.
  • See example below.

Exercise 5

Create a picture like below with all techniques above and icons you can download below. We will create banners to promote computer applications useful to us namely Inkscape, Firefox, and LibreOffice.

  • First, create the first artwork like this with guides, centering and snapping.

  • Then, duplicate the first artwork, but edit them with another icons and text and colors like below.

  • Finally, export the artwork either as a whole all banners in one or individually per banner with Ctrl+Shift+E. Below is the example of PNG export final result with 96 dpi. 


Download icons below simply right-click each logo and Save Link As.

Download SVG you can edit with Inkscape:


See you next time!

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