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Multi-protocol wireless mesh gateway runs Debian

Zaragoza, Spain-based Libelium announced an x86-based multi-protocol mesh router with a Debian GNU/Linux-based OS and a user-extensible browser-based open source management interface. Read it here Quote: The Meshlium runs the Debian-based Voyage Linux distribution compiled with the 2.6.23 kernel. It comes with open-source “Meshlium Manager System” software made available via a web server on the […]

Fedora rescuecd vs. Debian netinst … with Screenshots

Other than a few obtuse references to some of the features of the Fedora 8 rescuecd, I could not easily figure out how to install Fedora 8 (fc8) in a similar fashion to Debian's netinst installer. Read more here Quote: It looks like the main advantage of a Debian netinst over a Fedora rescuecd is […]

Damn Small Linux 4.3 — quick first impressions

It took me a few tries to get a good burn on Damn Small Linux 4.3. Once I did, it worked great on my Dell Optiplex GX 520. It also performed flawlessly on my VIA C3 test box. Read more here Quote: DSL 4.3 did load and run on the Compaq, but for some reason […]

The story so far (2): Success with Debian 4.0?

Finally re-installed Debian 4.0 “etch” on the Toshiba Satellite Pro M10. It’s a dual-boot installation with Windows XP. I installed from a CD (I only used CD 1, .iso image available on the Debian website. Read the experiences here

Installing an all-in-one printer device in Debian

Being in a reasonably small home I was eager to save on desk-space, and so decided to upgrade my ageing inkjet printer at the same time. Having looked around I eventually went for an HP Photosmart C5180 device. Read it here Quote: The C5180 is a scanner/ink jet printer with six-ink photo quality printout and […]

Linux Shootout: 7 Desktop Distros Compared

We tested openSUSE, Ubuntu 8.04, PCLinuxOS, Mandriva Linux One, Fedora, SimplyMEPIS, and CentOS 5.1. All performed well, and each had at least one truly outstanding feature. Read it here: Quote: One of MEPIS's strongest features is a clutch of system-configuration tools called the MEPIS Assistants, which let you change some of the most important options […]

Top 5 Tiny Distros

I was cleaning up my /home partiton when I noticed I had several tiny distros hanging around waiting to be tested. So I thought this might be a good time to write an updated Mini-distro Roundup. Read it here Quote: Damn Small used to be the king of the minis and it is probably the […]

Install ipw3945 – Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG – on debian.

I was always shying away from installing the firmware, building from the source. But when I found no other way, I ventured to get things done with sourceforge.net and here is how. Read it here

New Debian Release Manager

Marc 'HE' Brockschmidt becomes Release Manager for Debian, replacing Andreas Barth. Hi, good news for me that Marc 'HE' Brockschmidt didn't become DPL (though Ithink he would've been a good DPL), so I managed to convince him tobecome Release Manager. Of course, Luk stays Release Manager, and I willalso continue to help releasing Lenny as […]

Universal Plug and Play (uPnP) in Debian

If you are currently using a Linux router on a home network, you should seriously consider uPnP. uPnP allows computers to request ports be opened for them, so applications that require open ports can work without work of the owner of the Linux router. Read it here

Managing Users in Debian Linux

used webmin for most of my user administration in the past just because of the ease of use, however I’ve been trying to move away from webmin and do everything myself from the command line lately so I’ve gotten back into adding users and managing passwords and groups from the command line. Read it here […]

Rootserver 1&1 Upgrading AMD64XL Server To Debian Etch

As of February 2008 1&1 has still only Debian Sarge (3.1) in their standard portfolio for initial installation. But the move to Debian Etch (4.0) is quite easy. See the steps taken here Quote: First you need to make a complete installation of the old Debian Sarge stable 3.1 system 64-bit via your 1&1 ControlCenter […]

Rebuild a Debian Package

If you use Debian, Ubuntu, or some other Debian derived Linux distribution, there may come a time when a packages default configuration options don't meet your needs. Quote: This generally leaves you two options. You can either build from source and no longer have the luxury of the package manager maintaining your package, or you […]

git commit email notification on debian etch

We use git with a single bare repository for our puppet configuration, and each systems administrator has a local git repository clone which they push back to the origin. I wanted to set up email notification on this main repository which lives on a debian etch server. Read what to do here

Mapnik on Debian Etch.

I’ve just been trying to build Mapnik on my stock Debian Etch box. Mapnik’s build system couldn’t find the required Boost libraries on its own, and it wasn’t possible to just tell it where they were… Read about the troubles here Quote: Scons seems to be an immature tool, that simply doesn’t solve half the […]

Linux a pleasant surprise

I had the opportunity recently to test Linux, the freeware operating system, as a standalone, bootable CD. The version I tried was SimplyMEPIS 7.0, a configuration of the Linux OS and many popular open source programs, with a good graphic user interface (GUI). Read it here Quote: So why, you ask, would anyone want to […]

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