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MEPIS fixes HP driver issues (again)

Here we have the third announcement of a fix for the HP printer issue, MEPIS has been troubled with. Read the sort of announcement Quote: The problem has been solved, at least for us. And other problems had already been solved. Now every printer we have, works with every computer we have.

GR: Declassification of debian-private, Final call for votes

Last call for voting on the declassification of debian-private! Hi, Last call. BTW, the most common cause of a rejected ballot is people forgetting to sign it. This close to the deadline, those of you who haven't yet voted can't afford to take chances. Sign the ballot!. Votinge period starts 00:00:01 UTC on December 18th, […]

My desktop OS: SimplyMEPIS

Kristine Joy Carpio at Newsforge has used SimplyMEPIS for some time now and enjoys it immensely! Read it yourself here. Quote: I've been using SimplyMEPIS happily for six months. I've never had big problems with it. Sometimes applications crash, but it's very rare and it has never ruined my files. I guess SimplyMEPIS just suits […]

Install Steps VHCS in Debian 3.1

Here's yet another guide at HowtoForge in collaboration with! Learn how to do it at They start without any foreplay:Quote: Install Steps VHCS in Debian 3.1 base install On install of Debian, select no packages to be installed, allow it to connect to the internet and let it download anything it needs, […]

The first full year at Debian-Administration

Steve Kemp at Debian-Administration have had a look at his favourites from the past year at the site. Read the article at their page Quote: Despite that we managed to have just under 70 articles published in 2004, a reasonable achievement in only four months. In 2005 many more articles were posted both by myself […]

An Evening with Jeff Waugh

Linux Journal has spent an evening interviewing Jeff Waugh about Ubuntu, Gnome, different utilities and the meaning of life. Read the long interview here.Quote: Jeff said that with Ubuntu there is no sandpit, “we build, ship, support together” and “there is no enterprise glass ceiling”. So, you can get involved in the Ubuntu community as […]

Debian Weekly News 52/2005

This years last DWN is here: Package Backports for Sarge, Status of Debian unstable and Next Release Architecture amongst the subjects covered. —————————————————————————Debian Weekly News Weekly News – December 27th, 2005————————————————————————— Welcome to this 52nd and thus last issue of this year of DWN, theweekly newsletter for the Debian community. Merry Christmas to thosereaders who […]

kernel-package hooks transition

Manoj Srivastava announces that people shoulc be fixing their postinst scripts not to scribble to stdout. Hi, In the recent 10.X series, kernel package has started producing image packages whose maintainer scripts use debconf for user interaction. Unfortunately, this meant that any hook scripts called in the maintainer scripts for the image package (update-grub comes […]

Release candidate architecture requalification results; amd64 is RC

Steve Langasek brings some post-Christmas news from the Debian Project. Happy Holidays from the release team! The two-month architecture requalification period set by the releaseteam in September[1] is over. Although no updates were sent to d-d-aduring this time about the progress of the requalifications, we had avery fruitful discussion with porters during our arranged IRCsession[2], […]

Merry Christmas

I'm off for a few days vacation, so I hope you'll enjoy Christmas too with your friends and families. The team from wishes you a merry Christmas. We're back on the 27th, so there'll be a short break in the newsflow. If you're looking for me, you'll find me at the Alter Meierhof Wellness […]

Introduction to bash completion

I'll end here before Christmas with referring you to Debian-Administration's introduction to bash completion. Enjoy. You can find Part 1 here. You can find Part 2 here. Quote: One of the nicest facilities of the modern shell is the built in “completion” support. These facilities allow you to complete commands and their arguments easily

SimplyMEPIS 3.4-2 RC 2 Progress Update

We're still waiting! It's still in the works! SimplyMEPIS 3.4-2 RC 2 still delayed. Check the update status here. Quote: What is the reason for the delay? This is what I like to call the “snowball effect.” Something gets changed, and then something else needs to change, and, well, you get the idea. Here's that […]

Mozillaquest gift idea: Knoppix! suggests that you give a Knoppix DVD as Christmas gift I think they're serious – look here. Quote: You can think of your Knoppix live DVD as a portable computer on a disc and USB key– and for less than $30 plus whatever you paid for the USB key.

Using a liveCD as your Desktop

DesktopLinux has written a piece about using a LiveCD as your Linux Desktop – and enjoys Damn Small Linux. The 4-star LiveCD's are mentioned here. Quote: Damn Small Linux – a small (~50MB) distro developed by John Andrews and Robert Shingledecker. DSL's backup/restore methods are unique in that the user can specify the files or […]

Tuxmachines top distros of 2005

Tuxmachines has posted their top of 2005 – Damn Small Linux makes it to the list, but no mention of Debian, Ubuntu, Knoppix or MEPIS! Read the opinion here Quote: Damn Small Linux….….Not only is it highly functional with great original utilities, the developers still make sure to address the need for eyecandy. Despite still […]

How DebianHelp moved to another server

Our friends at has written a small piece about their recent server move and how they handled it. Read the sweet story here. Quote: A while ago I moved the debianHELP site to another server and was faced with the prospect of building the box from scratch. To me, handling Apache or MySQL is […]

Shuttleworth in the comics?

From the not-so-serious-department, Mark Shuttleworth is now famous enough to appear in “Everybody loves Raymond” Enjoy a smile here at Quote: Mark Shuttleworth currently lives in space but plans to visit the Earth again someday soon. If you need money or anything, e-mail him and ask.

Henry and Automatix for Ubuntu

Henry, our best superhero recommends different Debian-based distros and then there's a clever tool for Ubuntu out there too… Henry the Adequate recommends Knoppix, Debian, Ubuntu and a soldering iron amongst other things for the ultimate computer toolkit. And Distroreviews reports about Automatix, a tool to install LOTS of tools and programs on Ubuntu. Quote: […]

Ubuntu Lite

Have we seen the light of a new lightweight distro: The idea is to bring the power of Ubuntu to the typical users of Legacy hardware (ie the grandma who gets an old P2 set up for her but does not know how to use it) I found it at LiveDistro But you can check […]

Mod Auth MySQL Under Apache 2 and Debian

HowtoForge has written a tutorial covering Mod Auth MySQL under Apache and Debian. Find it here. Not much more to say, is there?

ZDNet comments Debian upgrade

The recent upgrade of Debian is commented on ZDNet and relates it to the security issues earlier this year. Read the article here. Quote: Today's update comes at the end of a mixed year for Debian in terms of security. The group suffered several setbacks relating to ongoing security support after it ended a three-year […]

Debian Weekly News 51/2005

The DWN is here again, containing Debian on one DVD, Four Years and New apt-get and dpkg Guide + much more. —————————————————————————Debian Weekly News Weekly News – December 20th, 2005————————————————————————— Welcome to this year's 51st issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter forthe Debian community. Mohammed Adnène Trojette summarised the eventsfrom last year and created […]

Ubuntu Asia Business Tour

Mark Shuttleworth plans to lead a team of Ubuntu advocates spanning (so far) 17 major cities across 12 countries in Asia – see the announcement here. Read the release here! Quote: In each location listed below we plan to host a business breakfast/lunch with local companies, and then hold in-depth meetings with selected companies, as […]

Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 updated (r1)

Here we have the first update of Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 (codename `sarge')which mainly adds security updates to the stable release, along with some corrections to serious problems! ————————————————————————The Debian Project GNU/Linux 3.1 updated (r1) press@debian.orgDecember 20th, 2005———————————————————————— Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 updated (r1) This is the first update of Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 (codename `sarge')which […]

Ubuntu 5.10 Linux review

“I am currently looking for Linux for people who don't or can't use Windows” – that's the perspective on this interesting review. Read the blogging review here.Quote: All and all I think that the Linux desktop has come a LONG way. It just isn't quite there yet. Lets hope the next version of Ubuntu fixes […]

How private is debian-private? discuss the recent vote about the opening of the mailing list debian-private. You can read about the voting here, and learn about why/how in the LWN article.Quote: There is a general resolution currently under discussion by Debian Developers (DDs) on whether or not to declassify the archives of the Debian Private Mailing List. “In […]

Ubuntu and GenieOS (aka DebianPure) in DW

This weeks edition of Distrowatch Weekly covers the question of whether Ubuntu is too dumbed down and includes an interview with Robert Tolu of GenieOS, the former DebianPure. Here's about that dumb Ubuntu thingy.Quote: Ubuntu is not just a distro for beginners – it's got enough advanced features to keep experienced Linux geeks happy. Perhaps […]

Debian Qt/KDE Packagers

On, they have interviewed seven Debian developers in their “People behind KDE”-series. Here's the teaser! Here's the interviews! They've interviewed:Adeodato SimóChristopher MartinIsaac ClerenciaPierre HabouzitJosh MetzlerLuk ClaesAchim Bohnet switched to sarge.

Thanks to Joerg Jaspert, dak is up and running, and Debian developers can upload their own backports. Enjoy ! Quote: Backports are recompiled packages from testing (mostly) and unstable (in a few cases only, e.g. security updates), so they will run without new libraries (wherever it is possible) on a stable Debian distribution. I […]

GR: Declassification of debian-private, First call for votes

The following ballot is for voting on a General Resolution to addressprocedures to publish posts from the debian-private mailing list. Votinge period starts 00:00:01 UTC on December 18th, 2005. Votes must be received by 23:59:59 UTC on December 31st, 2005. The following ballot is for voting on a General Resolution to addressprocedures to publish posts […]

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