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My Debian Adventure, Part 2: Lenny

Now I'm using Debian Lenny and I probably won't go back to using Etch. This article explains why, and describes my Debian Adventure with Lenny. Read it here Quote: My first impression is that Debian Lenny is really snappy! With its default “nv” video driver, Lenny boots to a usable desktop several seconds faster than […]

DSL v4.4RC1

obert Shingledecker has announced that the first release candidate for Damn Small Linux 4.4 is out and ready for testing Read it here Quote: DSL v4.4RC1 is now available in the Release Candidate section. * New Lua/Fltk refactored for enhanced performance.* New Fltk library now available for C/C++ programs.* Update to rsync to v3.0.2* Restored […]

No, not again! (Debian testing)

…Debian testing is continuously screwing the way Firefox (Iceweasel, whatever) is displaying fonts. The usual suspect is Pango, but I don't want to know about details. Read it here Quote: The simple fact that typographical ligatures were invented (nobody remembers why, possibly to spare some lead when this is how the printing was done) doesn't […]

Debian on my NSLU2: The Revenge of the Swirl

After some playing with Unslung on my Linksys NSLU2, I realize it was a “very limited solution” for our needs. We need to share 4 (sometimes 5) NTFS (or others) volumes, where everyone of them is 500GB. Read it here Quote: So, I came back to the Debian/NSLU2 solution. This time, with all the intention […]

The current Debian flavours

While Googling around and forumming around you might notice that people use different Debian flavours, there are 3 different flavours right now – Etch, Sid and Lenny Read it here Quote: Debian Etch: It’s the ”Official version” also known as ‘’stable” Debian Sid: This is the ”unstable” version. A version that will never be officially […]

Debian Language Benchmarks – SumFile

Since someone brought it up the other day on IRC, I figured I'd take a look at some of the Java vs C# benchmarks where Java was claimed to be faster than C#. Read it hee Quote: The SumFile test looked fairly simple and I figured the bottleneck there might be related to something silly […]

Battle of the Minis (The Rematch): DSL vs. Puppy

On your left is the challenger, weighing in at exactly 48.5MB, armed with the latest weapon version, please welcome the totally upgraded DSL 4.2. On your right is the defending champion, now leaner than ever and weighing in at exactly 87.1MB, put your paws together for the newly trained Puppy Linux 4.0. Read it here […]

Debian Project News – May 9th, 2008

While visiting Stefano Zacchiroli the www 2008 conference[1] in china Sir Tim Berners-Lee[2] offered Debian kudos[3] for its well thought-outencapsulation/packaging of libraries. Paul Wise will close[4] his Debianuser[5] and Debian new contributor[6] surveys on June 1st so thatanalysis of the results can begin. —————————————————————————Debian Weekly News Weekly News – May 9th, 2008————————————————————————— Welcome to this […]

Larg's Internet Cluster Howto

A beginner's guide to building an enterprise cluster on a budget. It runs all that web2.0 stuff like wikis and e-commerce stores without breaking. The LIC contains Debian Etch software and second hand hardware. Read the impressive story and how-to here!! Quote: I built a resilient enterprise cluster in my shed. The way I did […]

I've finally got my home Debian Lenny installation where I want it

It's been a year and a half since I started using Linux (or GNU/Linux, if you prefer) for much of my day-to-day computing, but the past week or so marks the first time I've had to support another user — in this case my wife, Ilene, whose Macintosh iBook G4 is awaiting the end of […]

Installing mod_geoip For Lighttpd On Debian Etch

This guide explains how to set up mod_geoip with lighttpd on a Debian Etch system. mod_geoip looks up the IP address of the client end user. Read it at HowtoForge Quote: This allows you to redirect or block users based on their country. You can also use this technology for your OpenX (formerly known as […]

A New Update of antiX 7.0

Built using the MEPIS Linux 7.0 core including the MEPIS 2.6.22 kernel and utilities, along with selected additions from Debian Lenny, this lightweight OS is especially appropriate for older hardware and users who like a very fast functional system. From the announcement Quote: Applications used in antiX-M7.2From antiXJump to: navigation, searchantiX-M7.2 “VETËVENDOSJE!” comes with a […]

Bits from the DPL

Steve McIntyre: Phew, it's been a busy time lately. It's time I gave you an update on what I've been up to. Hey folks, Phew, it's been a busy time lately. It's time I gave you an update onwhat I've been up to. Interviews———-I've spoken to quite a few journalists in the lastmonth. You've probably […]

Maintainer input on key rollovers

Maintainers of packages creating or using keys potentially affectedby the recent openssl vulnerability are encouraged to write upinformation, whether their packages are affected….. —–BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE—–Hash: SHA1 Maintainers of packages creating or using keys potentially affectedby the recent openssl vulnerability are encouraged to write upinformation, whether their packages are affected and how userscan re-generate […]

How to select fastest APT server in Debian

Question: I want to select APT repository server/mirror that is fastest for my location. How can I do it in Debian? Read it here Quote: You can use application named as “netselect-apt” to get new sources.list file with fastest APT mirror.

How to: Install a Debian package (.deb) cache server – apt-cacher

If you have more than one PC using Debian or Ubuntu, you know that upgrading them makes most of the time download the same files more than once, and that is not good for your bandwidth. Read it here Quote: I usually forward my requests to my Squid (in my office) and to my Personal […]

Lightweight Linux Throwdown

I’ve used Damn Small Linux (DSL) quite a bit in the past. Before getting my laptop I used to use it to be able to get a Linux desktop at my in-laws’ house. I decided I wanted to try out some of these other lightweight Linux distros that everyone is always talking about. Read the […]

Debian fixes serious crypto bug

Debian has warned of a vulnerability in its cryptographic functions that could leave systems open to attack. UPDATE – many, many sites reporting on the issue. Read more here Quote: Debian said the flaw arises for a change it alone made in the OpenSSL package, suggesting that Linux distributions not derived from Debian are free […]

Installing Debian Etch

You can learn Linux with Ubuntu, or Red Hat, or SuSE, Gentoo, Mandriva, or Slackware, but my introduction to Linux and it’s use will be with Debian. Read it here Quote: Many of you who’ve looked a Linux seriously for a bit might be wondering why I’m not suggesting Ubuntu. To be truthful, Ubuntu is […]

Preventing Debian Package Upgrades

The simple mechanism Debian has for performing package upgrades, apt-get, is often touted as a good thing and indeed it is. But sometimes you will have a package installed that you absolutely do not want to be upgraded. Read it here Quote: If you have a locally modified package which you don’t want to upgrade […]

Connect a Motorola cellular phone to Linux

I own a Motorola L6 phone, I have been trying to connect it to my Linux (Debian Lenny) to upload some .mp3 files to be used as ringtones. Read more here Quote: As I am running Debian it is really easy to install sudo aptitude install moto4lin The same should work for Ubuntu.

debian infrastructure ssh key logins disabled, passwords reset

Due to the weakness in our openssl's random number generator (see theDebian Security Advisory #1571 from a few minutes ago) that affectsamong other things ssh keys we have disabled public key auth on allproject systems until further notice. Hi, this email contains several important points. Please read all of itcarefully. Due to the weakness in […]

Debian Lenny beats Ubuntu Hardy

OK, here's the situation: Ilene and our little girl need to use the $0 Laptop. So you figure, “new users, go for Ubuntu.” Well, after having them on Ubuntu for a week, I've switched them over to Debian Lenny, which I dual-boot on this Gateway Solo 1450. Read why here

Debian Weekly News – May 9th, 2008

Welcome to this year's 2nd issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian community. While visiting Stefano Zacchiroli the www 2008 conference in china Sir Tim Berners-Lee offered Debian kudos for its well thought-out encapsulation/packaging of libraries. Read it here Quote: Other news Lior Kaplan reported, that he finished triage of oover 300 bugs reported […]

Debian GNU/Linux SuiteTelecentro: millions of users every day

The Brazilian Debian GNU / Linux SuiteTelecentro is a custom solution which is currently being deployed in the Digital Inclusion Program of Banco do Brasil. SuiteTelecentro is used in approximately 2000 telecentres and computer rooms. Read more at Debian Times

How to create menus for TWM, OpenBox, FluxBox, etc

The Debian menu systems really saves you a lot of time, when you are trying to find a new installed software. Read it here Quote: Yes you can run the applications from the command line, as I was doing these days on my Laptop with Fluxbox, but if you are using Debian or Ubuntu you […]

Installing Debian Testing on a Lenovo X61s Thinkpad

So far it seems like everything’s working. Network and harddisk were found and the installer is just preparing it for an encrypted LVM, so I’m pretty confident everything will work out alright. After some troubles, he got there:Quote: After spending two days in frustraion I finally managed to get the Debian Netinstall working from a […]

Senior Debian developer quits core teams

A senior Debian developer, Australian Anthony Towns, has left some core teams of the project and gone quiet in the last couple of weeks, according to project sources Read about it here

Manipulate Audio Files Using CLI Tools in Debian

This is a tutorial about using CLI (Command Line Interface) tools in Ubuntu and Debian to manipulate, encode and decode various audio formats, like FLAC or OGG Vorbis. Read it here Quote: Command line tools such as oggenc or flac can be used for example to convert FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) files or WAV […]

Linux in Under 5 Minutes

Knoppix is a free, widely-used Live Linux CD distribution, based on Debian GNU/Linux. It bills itself as “from zero to Linux in five minutes,” Read it here Quote: As is true for many Linux distributions, the Knoppix community contributes to documentation for it. You can find lots of help at the Knoppix wiki. Knoppix has […]

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