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10 Reasons to Love Debian

I only tried a few other distros, and most of them were Debian-based. Here are the top 10 reasons for which I enjoy using Debian: Read it here Quote: 2. CommunityCommunity is great, and I'm talking about both the forums at and the official #debian channel on OFTC. Debian still has a channel on […]

Damn Small Linux 4.4 RC1 under the microscope

I wasn't able to boot Damn Small Linux 4.4 RC1 on the machine I really need it to run on — the $15 Laptop (aka Compaq Armada 7770dmt) — so I booted it on my VIA C3 Samuel test box, the machine that ran my two Puppy Linux torture tests. Read it here Quote: But […]

Debian contemplates patch management

Clearly, some shortcomings in how Debian handles patches to the programs it ships have been revealed; now the project would like to face those problems and make things work better in the future. The resulting discussion shows Debian at its introspective best, and may well have results that other distributors will want to pay attention […]

Debian GNU/Linux top 34 supercomputer

The massive computing effort is done at the ATLAS Debian GNU / Linux 1342 nodes cluster, achieving measured performance in terms of linpack of 32.8 TFlops, with a theoretical peak of about 50 TFlops, using 10+ TB RAM, approximately 1.3 PB storage Read more here and here in German: Quote: According to Dr. Grunewald, […]

Bits from the ftp team

In an effort to increase our visibility (besides those pesky REJECTsFrom NEW) we decided to post a little mail in the style of the famous“Bits from whoever” you all seem to love. Hi everyone, in an effort to increase our visibility (besides those pesky REJECTsFrom NEW) we decided to post a little mail in the […]

So long Debian servers, welcome Ubuntu

I’ve been assessing the possibility of switching GNU/Linux Matters‘ servers (which are all powered by Debian) to Ubuntu, and I have finally decided to go for it. Read more here

Installing And Configuring ProFTPd with OpenSSL on Debian Etch

FTP has been the standard way to do this for as long as I can remember so to make my server as useful as possible Installing an FTP server is a very important program. For the purpose of my server I will be using ProFTPD. Read it here Quote: You should now have a working […]

dm_multipath and open-iscsi on debian etch

So I got open-iscsi working on debian, in so much that I had four disks, two to the ‘preferred controller’ were good but the two to the second controller weren’t. Switching the preferred controller Read more here Quote: After installing multipath-tools I started looking at dmsetup but the target types listed in the man page: […]

Debian flaw exposes communications breakdown

The recent discovery of a potentially serious Secure Socket Layer (SSL) flaw affecting a popular Linux distribution should act as a wake up call to the open source community, experts warn. Read it here Quote: John Pescatore, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner, called for open source developers and their vendor counterparts to improve […]

Installing And Using The Unbound Name Server On Debian Etch

Unbound is a validating, recursive, and caching DNS resolver, released under a BSD license. Version 1.0.0 was released on May 20, 2008. This tutorial explains how to install and use it on Debian Etch, including the creation of zones for your own domains. Read it at howtoforge

Cutting Down on spam with EXIM4 on Debian Etch

This guide will detail a number of processes I have implemented on my mail server in the hope of reducing Spam coming through to my email boxes. This guide will cut down on spam by ensuring the correct Connection request is done. Read it here Quote: The previous guides on the website have explained how […]

Debian Menu transition status

This is a status update for the Debian Menu transition from Bill Alombert. Dear developers, This is a status update for the Debian Menu transition. 0) /usr/lib/menu-> /usr/share/menuThere are still 48 packages with menu entries in /usr/lib/menu.Please fix them. I will consider such packages NMU candidates. 1) About 60% of menu files had been updated […]

Review: Lightweight Linux distributions

As I mentioned before, not only speed was important, but also the user-friendliness: how easily I can connect the system to a Windows-network (share), what graphical setup-utilities are available, if there's a package manager and how it works,… Read it here Quote: DSL is a really fast distribution, but it has some problems concerning installing […]

Debian Etch with xfce4

I’ve installed a light Linux system on my Asus Pundit P1 PC based on the Debian Etch distribution – the stable branch. Read it here Quote: That is around 200Mb of download (hence the need to have a DHCP detectable broadband internet connection) and takes about 10 minutes to load up. Xorg asked about my […]

Creating Debian packages using SCons

At CamVine we've been using the scons build utility as a replacement for our old make-based system. Sometimes it can be slightly non-intuitive, but we haven't had anything like the depths of confusion that can occur in a big complex system using make Read more here

Debian on a PowerMac G3

Of the options which appealed to me, only Fedora and Debian had official PowerPC support. I ended up going with Debian. Read it here Quote: Yes, Debian had a rather colossal screwup with SSL recently, and yes, it is not as exciting as its progeny Ubuntu. However, one of the things I really appreciate about […]

Debian Weekly News – May 26th, 2008

Steve McIntyre sent a new “Bits from the DPL” mail. A serious issue in Debians OpenSSL package has been fixed recently. Debian is discussing about an archive strucure for huge packages. —————————————————————————Debian Weekly News Weekly News – May 26th, 2008————————————————————————— Welcome to this year's 3rd issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debiancommunity. Steve McIntyre […]

Installing PHP Eaccelerator On Debian Etch

eAccelerator is a free open-source PHP accelerator, optimizer, and dynamic content cache. It increases the performance of PHP scripts by caching them in their compiled state, so that the overhead of compiling is almost completely eliminated. More here Quote: It also optimizes scripts to speed up their execution. eAccelerator typically reduces server load and increases […]

Installing And Customizing Debian Etch On A Rootserver

The following document describes how to install debian etch server on a dedicated 1&1 AMD 64-bit server. Read it here Quote: Install minimal Debian Etch installation via 1&1 fronted. As no SSH control is yet installed, you have to connect via your terminal (e.g. putty, or Mac OS terminal). The string should look somehow like:

DEP1: Clarifying policies and workflows for Non Maintainer Uploads

This document aims at clarifying the policies and workflows used for NMUs inside Debian. Its main goal is to provide a patch to section 5.11 of the Debian Developer's Reference, adressing the current issues regarding NMUs. Hi, This is the second call for comments (long overdue) on DEP1. (DEPs aredescribed in DEP0[0]). This document aims […]

antiX M7.2: Mepis/Debian Linux At The Speed Of Light

In broad terms, antiX M7.2 is a community-driven project to combine a Mepis 7.2 base (kernel is 2.6.22-1-mepis-smp) with the vast Debian package repositories and the Fluxbox and IceWM window managers. Read it here Quote: Would I recommend antiX?Yes, but only for experienced Lxers: It's simply not suitable for Linux newbies, given the slightly esoteric […]

Converting RPM to Debian Package and Vice Versa, Using Alien

In this example we will use RPM package of virtualbox 1.60 (renamed it to test.rpm to make life easier), convert it to debian package and than convert that debian package back to RPM. Read it here

Damn Small Linux does Movable Type

I can hardly believe that I'm composing an entry in Movable Type Open Source 4.1 using Damn Small Linux. Read it here Quote: Now that version 4.3 of the low-spec Linux distribution has added Firefox 2 to its software mix, I can use the browser — here named Bon Echo for reasons that escape me […]

Reporting bugs the Debian way

Following on from my recommendation for apt-buglist—where you can see the reported bugs on a package before installing it—I thought it might be useful to look at the other side of the coin, reporting bugs in Debian. Read it here Quote: Reporting bugs is a very simple way to get involved with the free software […]

Comparing Linux USB flash disk distros

If you don't have an Eee PC, you can still run Linux from a humble USB flash disk, which will hold not only Linux but also your data. Several Linux distributions run from flash; here's how some of them compare. Read it here Quote: Of the two mini distros, I found DSL more useful because […]

Debian's worst nightmare – and how it came about

The Debian GNU/Linux project has just endured what is probably its worst week on the security front in the 15 years of its existence following the disclosure on May 13 of a serious vulnerability in the distribution's OpenSSL package. Read it here and here Quote: While this was achieved, the removal of the second line […]

Installing Pootle on Debian Etch, The Easiest Way

Pootle is a user-friendly web application for online translation of contents. It’s used by organizations like Creative Commons, and GNU/Linux Matters. Read it here Quote: I’m going to show you how to install it the easiest way, from my experience with the GLM Translation Service under Debian 4.0 (this guide might also work under […]

Lessons from the Debian/OpenSSL Fiasco

Many people have had fingers pointed at them, but it is not really interesting who made the mistake: everyone makes mistakes. What's interesting is the situation that encouraged making the mistake and that made it possible not to notice it for almost two years. Read it here Quote: I've spent a lot of the past […]

More adventures with Mepis

Things don't usually go as smoothly as we'd like. I had better luck with my computers. As you know I made the switch to Mepis 7.0 and it just works. Read more here Quote: My second machine, a 32 bitter took a major change, I removed Mepis 7.0 (is this guy fickle or what?) and […]

Find and fix weak OpenSSL/OpenSSH keys: Debian-based Linux vulnerability

The Debian team has provided a tool that can be used to determine if any such weak keys exist on the system, and it can be run by anyone, regardless of whether they use Debian or not. Read it here Quote: A recent vulnerability was found in the OpenSSL package as provided by Debian and […]

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