Klaus on Tilde Town

Is this the lightest modern Operating System ever created?

Minimalist computing enthusiasts, what was the lightest and fastest distribution you have ever used? Puppy Linux? SliTaz? Perhaps Alpine Linux? Whatever it was, did it fit in 8MB of RAM?

I bet not, and you might be thinking, could anything fit into this little RAM? Believe it or not, apparently Kolibri OS can. According to its own website:

KolibriOS is a tiny yet incredibly powerful and fast operating system. This power requires only a few megabyte disk space and 8MB of RAM to run. Kolibri features a rich set of applications that include word processor, image viewer, graphical editor, web browser and well over 30 exciting games. Full FAT12/16/32 support is implemented, as well as read-only support for NTFS, ISO9660 and Ext2/3/4. Drivers are written for popular sound, network and graphics cards.

Pretty hard to believe at a glance, especially when even a web browser is involved (take that, Firefox!), but if true, this is pretty damn impressive. Props to the developers for working on almost exclusively in assembly language!

Have you ever tried this OS? I wonder if it's x86_64 compatible, then I'd try it in a VM!

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Privacywashing: the marketing threat to software freedom

After seeing an ad at the train station I usually commute through that said Privacy: that's iPhone, I couldn't help but feel triggered, given Apple gave users' data to the NSA and has been using forms of telemetry for a while, the latest of which probably being the newest release of OS X that required an internet connection to "authenticate" apps before you could use them.

In the meantime, it looks like every big tech company out there has taken to embrace an "I <3 Privacy" approach and point their fingers mainly at Google to make themselves look good and try to win back consumer trust.

I don't buy it - I know better. In fact, if you use Free Software and you're reading this post right now, you probably know too. But what about the close people that I care about? I'm wondering what's the best way to explain the issue to them. How would you explain this the most concise way possible? Let me know!

Link for the episode on Peertube

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Starting to get a hang of digital artwork

So over the last week I got a hold of a drawing tablet while dumpster diving and decided to try my hand on it with good ol' GIMP, just to see how would it be.

The result: a week's worth of some wobbly artwork, with some Free Software jokes and puns to go with it. Here's some:

What's the magic word?


Freedom Dealer

I'm quite enjoying the process of learning how to use this tool, and would like to try to deepend my skill to produce some more sophisticated artwork someday. In the meantime, though, I'm thinking about establishing my own webcomic of sorts. Just need to think about where I could host it - pixelfed, perhaps? Alternatively, I could open a new section here to hold that series. That could be a fun practice, I guess!

I will try to post every three days or so in the beginning, more to exercise my skills in the beginning.

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More statuses

Welcome to my part of Town!


I'm Klaus Zimmermann, the friendly hacker formerly very active on Quitter.se and GNUSocial in general. Although my social time has been diminishing quite a lot recently, I've discovered a new home (and an entire new world!) here in Tilde Town.

I'll share some of my thoughts, Linux and Infosec tutorials and other stuff here. Be sure to check back! I develop some scripts for fun and write python as a hobby, which I plan to share here as well. You can also look under /home/kzimmermann/ via ssh for more information.

Also, see my Random collection of thoughts. It's like a microblog, a twitter feed or something minus the tracking and bloat!

Elsewhere on the web

I used to have a Quitter.se account where I was quite active until about 2018 when it went under. I had alternative accounts named kzimmermann2 but kind of gave up when quitter went under.

I still have a Diaspora account where you can find a trove of my old posts, and currently I'm trying to revive the hacker social media spirit in my account in Mastodon (changed on October 8th 2020), though I'm still a little slow to get posting there again. Who knows, I might get back to it now that Tilde Town revived that spirit in me!

I hold a figurative account at Github, though my real software projects remain in the community-oriented Notabug.org. I feel I should mirror them back into Github for safety some time.


The best way to contact me is through my town email address. You can easily find me once you sign up for an account. There you can also request my PGP key so we can exchange internet-wide email or IM. DM me in mastodon as well, I always watching those.

If you Tox (which you should!), my ID is: 91B0216E0D873D163D125458E6EE1B3EA0BC80D3BA2B54452269BCD2DF80584D78F6CD29767D

In the meantime, check out some articles I wrote!

See you around!