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Why Debian's Still a Great Distro Choice

Every year or so, there's a new Linux distro darling. Last year's was Ubuntu, and I've lost track of what this year's favorite penguin might be. Read it here Quote: Another old distro that many new users simply ignore because it's got too much of a geek stigma is Debian. This is one of the […]

Debian Linux On The Internet Tablet Made Simple

Following closely behind the Android simple install earlier this month, users over at Internet Tablet Talk have setup an easy way to install Debian Linux – the full desktop – on the Nokia Internet Tablet. Not to miss out on the fun, I decided to give the Debian a go on my Nokia N810. Read […]

Pimp your N810 with Debian!

Why would you want to have Debian running on your N800/N810? Because it gives you access to countless applications and especially to OpenOffice, Gimp, Abiword and Firefox 3! Read it here Quote: Right after the install, you’ll have OpenOffice, Firefox3, Abiword and IceWM waiting for you in your “Extras” menu. To install more applications, launch […]

Have Damn Small Linux, will travel

I had a look around at the state of the art in Linuxes that boot from USB and I come across a little gem: DSL USB Embedded. Read more here Quote: DSL USB Embedded under Vista with IE7 to prove it is Windows. It boots quick quickly too (less than a minute) which is much […]

Why I am Leaning Toward Debian

I am looking at various options for a Linux distribution these days. Some of them I discussed in my previous post on how to choose a Linux distribution. I also discussed CentOS. Here I would like to point out some factors why I am leaning toward Debian. Read the comments here Quote: ConclusionDebian gives you […]

Major fix to DNS vulnerability impacts Windows, Debian

A very serious flaw in the Internet's DNS servers may have been ripe for a significant exploit, though a familiar security researcher might have sounded the alarm just in time. Now, Microsoft and Linux vendors are responding urgently. Read it here Quote: The real vulnerability is not in Windows or Linux but in BIND, the […]

Debian Project News – July 7th, 2008

Welcome to this year's 6th issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debiancommunity. Some of the topics covered in this issue: DebianDay 2008, DPL-initiated teams survey finished, Bits from the testing security team… and much more. —————————————————————————Debian Project Newshttp://www.debian.org/News/weekly/2008/06/Debian Project News – July 7th, 2008————————————————————————— Welcome to this year's 6th issue of DPN, the newsletter […]

Linux Wi-Fi Works With wicd

NetworkManager and KWifiManager do a pretty good job, though you often have to finick and fuss a fair bit. wicd (pronounced “wicked”), the wireless interface connection daemon, tries to do the job better, so we're going to give it a test drive. Read it here Quote: KWifiManager is happy on both machines and with all […]

Finally, Debian for everyone!

This package, when installed, will give you OpenOffice.org, AbiWord, the IceWM window manager, Firefox 3.0 (called Iceweasel in Debian) with Java support, printing support, and access to thousands and thousands of applications that can be easily browsed and downloaded. Read more here Quote: You need 1.3 GB free on one of your memory cards (this […]

How To Block Spammers/Hackers With mod_defensible On Apache2 (Debian Etch)

mod_defensible is an Apache 2.x module intended to block spammers/hackers/script kiddies using DNSBL servers. It will look at the client IP and check it in one or several DNSBL servers and return a 403 Forbidden page to the client. This guide shows how to install and use it with Apache 2 on a Debian Etch […]

How-To: Install Codecs and DVD Support in Debian Lenny

This is a classic how-to intended for beginners and it describes how to install video codecs and DVD support on Debian Lenny in several easy-to-follow steps. Read it here Quote: 1. Add debian-multimedia.org repository to your sources.list fileTo edit the /etc/apt/sources.list file, type as root: nano /etc/apt/sources.list Next, add the following two lines: deb http://debian-multimedia.org/ […]

OpenLDAP + Samba Domain Controller on Debian or Ubuntu

Today Samba project goes beyond emulating Windows shares and can be used as Primary Domain Controller in Windows network. Read more here Quote: To help people who are under installing/configuring Samba as a DC in their network I published here several links which helped me with this task. First of all, be ready for long […]

Convert NRG to ISO in Debian Lenny

There is a simple command line tool which converts NRG Nero CD images into ISO images. The tool is called nrg2iso and it's included in the repositories, so to install it type as root: Read it here Quote: Another handy tool is iat, which allows to convert many image formats to ISO. According to the […]

Technologic Systems Debuts ARM9 Touch Panel Computer

7 inch touch panel computer powered by an 200 Mhz ARM9 engine runs Debian Linux 2.6 and Debian Sarge out of the box and is suitable for a wide range of HMI-type and simple GUI applications. Read the short announcement here

Misc developer news (#9)

Raphael Hertzog has collected yet another selection of Debian news items from the developers. The news are collected on http://wiki.debian.org/DeveloperNewsFeel free to contribute. Advice on quilt usage and compatibility with new source format————————————————————– To prepare a future switch to the “3.0 (quilt)” source package format, I tried to convert the whole archive and to rebuild […]

Installing MediaWiki on Debian Sarge

This tutorial is for using the mediawiki packages in Etch on Sarge, using Apache. See Help:Running MediaWiki on Debian GNU/Linux for information on using the latest version of mediawiki. Read more here

Nut launches death threats at Debian women

A poll by new project leader Steve McIntyre into whether people are happy on Debian revealed one female coder had been getting the threats as thanks for her hard work. Finally, another good story for the Register Quote: Turning to Debian, McIntyre told the community: “Many of our developers are used to strong discussions and […]

Install a Brother DCP750CW scanner/printer under Debian amd64

A while ago, I bought a Brother DCP750CW and installed it successfully on my computer, unfortunately, my hard drive crashed … and I had to reinstall my system… Nevermind, this time, I’ll take this chance to write a little tutorial ! Read it here Quote: This tutorial describes: Installation of the scanner connected via ethernet […]

Apache2: Logging To A MySQL Database With mod_log_sql (Debian Etch)

This guide shows how you can write the Apache2 access log to a MySQL database instead of a file. To achieve this, I use the Apache2 module mod_log_sql. I'm using a Debian Etch server in this tutorial. Read it here Quote: Unfortunately libapache2-mod-log-sql-mysql is available as a Debian package only for Debian Lenny (testing) and […]

I start to hate Debian

I have used Debian for many years and there were always some minor annoyance like the holy war against everything that is closed source and the slow release cycle. But it never got in my way and just worked. So what changed? Read it here Quote: I am currently trying to setup Pocoo in my […]

How-To: Compile and Install the QtCurve Style for KDE3 in Debian Lenny

QtCurve is a beautiful and highly configurable style for KDE. It's mature and bug-free, so if you want to give it a try, download the source for KDE 3 from the KDE-Look.org page . Next, install the dependencies: Read more here Quote: The last command as root. Your style should now be installed. To apply […]

Getting nice anti-aliased fonts in Debian

One of the things that annoyed me however, was the default looks of fonts. Some fonts (especially in Firefox) did not look anti-aliased, while those that were, did not look as nice as I'm used to from Mandriva Read it here Quote: Today, things are a bit easier: a Liberation package is now available in […]

A Debian Lenny status report for the $0 Laptop

I've been waiting … and waiting … for Debian to come to its senses and re-add the sound chip — the ESS 1988 Allegro — in my Gateway Solo 1450 back into the Lenny kernel. More here Quote: I imagine there are a lot of ESS/Allegro chips out there. In Linux, as in OpenBSD and […]

conky config (conkyrc) for Debian

If you run a Linux desktop you need to be using conky. It compiles all those shiny gadget you see on other desktops eating system RAM, down to what you need; information on what your system is doing. Read the short howto here

The third strike finally landed. Debbie got hit.

The symptoms remain the same. Samba and SWAT are busted with version and dependency conflicts. I've tried turning them off. It seems I can't un-install them. More in this blog Quote: One of them evidently took out Debbie, the system drive, hda, has been trashed. It manages to get about half way through the boot […]

Install RealPlayer in Debian Lenny

RealPlayer is a video player, native for Linux and based on the Helix engine. To install RealPlayer, you will first need the Debian multimedia repositories enabled. Just edit file /etc/apt/sources.list ….. Read the rest here

DPL teams survey summary summary

As you may remember, back before I started the DPL job I promised torun a survey. Then I pestered a huge number of people to answer a setof questions and get back to me. I've taken longer than I hoped toread through all those responses and summarise them, but finally I'mdone Hey folks, As you […]

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