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Three scripts for package management on Debian and Ubuntu systems

Five of the top 10 most downloaded distributions on Distrowatch use the Debian package system. It has developed a rich infrastructure of utilities — not just the core commands apt-get and dpkg, but also such less well-known commands as apt-cache, apt-spy, and apt-listbugs. Read it here Quote: These scripts join a host of graphical front […]

HOWTO: install Ruby on Rails on Debian or Ubuntu Linux easily

But on I moved into the world of MySQL/PHP front end sites via great apps like Drupal and WordPress, fast forward, Ruby on Rails is a mature platform now, and I am evaluating webapps at work, so I needed to install Rails on Debian GNU/Linux Read it here Quote: In the early days of this […]

Debian Wiki Survey

I'm studying the Debian wiki as well as the francophone Ubuntu Wiki and the Quebec project in Wikipedia. After some interviews in DebConf8, Mar del plata, Argentina, and after talking with developpers there, I realised there were very different views of the wiki within the Debian Community. Take the surveyhere

Searching for package information on Debian and Ubuntu systems

You're likely to need additional information about applications because of the limitations of the resources installed by default. Debian's dpkg and dpkg-query commands give detailed information about the packages and associated files on your system, but are of limited use with other packages. Read it here Quote: The main disadvantage of the Debian and Ubuntu […]

Adding Java to Debian Etch

I've already repeated myself enough about the Flashplugin-nonfree being taken out of Debian Etch and relegated to Debian Backports. and I've decided NOT to install it for the time Read more here Quote: But I do need Java. Since Java is not a totally free program, you must agree to the licensing terms before the […]

Faces behind Popular Linux Distros

Have you ever wondered who are the people behind Ubuntu, Debian, Slackware,..? Stop wondering and have a look at faces behind popular Linux Distros. Debian, Ubuntu and MEPIS are covered

SimplyMEPIS 8.0 Beta 4 Adds New Broadcom Support

In this release the kernel has been updated to upstream version and the Broadcom wl driver is now avilable for wireless N cards. The MEPIS Network Assistant has been updated to address the incompatibility between the open source b4x drivers and the wl or ndiswrapper drivers. Read the rest of the announcement

5 Interesting Linux Distro Names

Debian was first announced on 16 August 1993, by Ian Murdock. He formed the name “Debian” as a combination of the first name of his girlfriend (later wife, now ex-wife) Debra and his own first name. A nice way to name something. Take note all new Linux ditro makers. And they also mention Mepis: Quote: […]

5 Simple APT Tricks for Debian and Ubuntu

Here are five simple tricks for APT, the Advanced Packaging Tool used on Debian and Debian-based distributions like Ubuntu. Read it here Quote: List files which get installed by a package-L is a handy parameter to dpkg which will show you what files a package will install. dpkg -L package_name For example: dpkg -L amarok […]

Install Debian Etch PV DomU with VNC at Solaris Nevada (build 98) Dom0

This posting utilizes same image file for loading HVM and PV Debian Etch DomUs at SNV_98 Dom0. Due to ongoing issue with “rge” driver Solaris Nevada (98) causes faillure to run “apt-get install” at Debian PV DomUs, until checksums offloading at DomU will get disabled via “ethtool”. Read more about it here Quote: It also […]

Simple and secure password protected archives

Many popular commercial applications offer the possibility to protect an archive with a password. Is there something similar for Gnu/Linux? Read it here Quote: So, what should one do? The answer is simple: just use tar + gpg which are respectively the best for archiving and the best for encrypting? This article briefly explains how […]

Battle of the Thumb Drive Linux Systems

Today we're detailing four no-install distributions—Damn Small Linux, Puppy Linux, Xubuntu, and Fedora—and helping you decide which might work for that spare thumb drive you've got lying around, or as just a part of your multi-gig monster stick. Read on for a four-way faceoff of bootable Linux systems. Read it here Quote: Damn Small Linux […]

Preventing MySQL Injection Attacks With GreenSQL On Debian Etch

GreenSQL (or greensql-fw) is a firewall for MySQL databases that filters SQL injection attacks. It works as a reverse proxy, i.e., it takes the SQL queries, checks them, passes them on to the MySQL database and delivers back the result from the MySQL database. Read it at howtoforge Quote: It comes with a web interface […]

LightScribe on Debian – burn your cd/dvd labels!

I have started doing some photography for other people, so decided I should really put some effort into how I present the photos. I thought about buying an inkjet for printing labels, but they weren’t all that cheap and from my experience with inkets in the past the ink dries out and is rather expensive […]

Debian Xen guests without /dev/pts – no SSH

I’ve been playing with Xen on a Debian host machine. I created a couple of guest machines using xen-create-image (set to use debootstrap to automatically install + configure a basic Debian install on the guest), and was unable to SSH to the guests Read it here

Test Firefox 3.1 Beta 1 in Debian Without Changing Your Existing Installation

Debian Lenny comes with Iceweasel 3.0.3, which is actually Firefox with a changed name and a few minor changes. If you have Iceweasel 3.0.3 installed but want to test this new beta without changing anything to your system, just follow the steps below. Read it here Quote: Firefox 3.1 Beta 1 was released on October […]

A nobody’s position on Debian’s position on RubyGems

A presentation of Treetop by its creator, Nathan Sobo, finally won me over. Plus, Treetop is a Ruby gem, thus easy to be installed. Or that’s what one would expect it to be. Not so on Debian. Read it here Quote: Debian’s position on Ruby gems is, essentially, to not support it because it has […]

Moonlight debate gets hot on Debian mailing lists

As published this week on DPN, the debate on whether to accept Moonlight into the Linux world has reached the Debian mailing lists. Read it here Quote: Seeing DDs thoughts and fears regarding this issue validates some my own thoughts.

Commission tailors GNU/Linux server specialised in blogs

The European Commission's IDABC unit responsible for the Open Source Software Observatory and Repository (OSOR) will publish it's own derivative of Debian GNU/Linux to provide organisations with an easy way to create blogs and forums, the unit announced on Friday. Read it here Quote: “Open Source Software can be downloaded and used without the need […]

Setting up dual monitors system-wide with XRandR on Debian Lenny

I dove into XRandR. I wanted this to work for all users, so simply sticking some XRandR commands in the gnome session startup wasn’t going to suffice. At the same time I also got interested in trying a dual-head setup instead of only an external monitor when one was connected. Read it here Quote: When […]

Adding SMF support to your debian package

Services in Nexenta are handled using solaris SMF. This makes it very easy to start and stop services, and you dont have to worry about it’s dependencies on other services, all of which is taken care for your. Read it here Quote: dh_installsmf dh_installsmf is one of Nexenta’s addition to Debian’s debhelper scripts. This makes […]

Google Gadgets for Linux in Debian and Ubuntu

Although I played a little in the past with Google Gadgets and I was not very much impressed, back at version 0.9.x, I decided to try it again, this time using the last release, 0.10.2. Read more here Quote: Compiling Google Gadgets 0.10.12 in Debian and UbuntuHere are a few steps you need to follow […]

Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 updated

The Debian project is pleased to announce the fifth update of its stabledistribution Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 (codename “etch”). This update mainlyadds corrections for security problems to the stable release, along witha few adjustment to serious problems. ————————————————————————The Debian Project GNU/Linux 4.0 updated press@debian.orgOctober 23rd, 2008———————————————————————— Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 updated The Debian project is […]

Minimize Thunderbird to System Tray in Mepis 8

After having recently moved all my mail to Thunderbird from Kmail, I was dismayed to discover that Thunderbird will not “minimize to tray,” meaning that I would get no new mail notifications and no “Lightning” calendar reminders without TB being open on the desktop or minimized to the taskbar. Read more here on what to […]

Simply Mepis 8 Keeps Getting Better

After reading about the new 2.6.27-1 Mepis kernel, I decided to install it this morning. Sometimes there’s problems with this type of upgrade, so after firing up Synaptic and checking a few packages, it was time to hit the “let’s do this” button. Read it here Quote: After only a few minutes the packages were […]

Installing and Configuring Solr on Debian GNU/Linux

After installing and playing around with Solr on my Gentoo box, I had to deploy the same stuff on Debian Lenny/sid. The difference between the two distros wasn't huge but it worth mentioning that Tomcat 6 didn't hit Debian's experimental until the moment I am typing this. Read it here

Debian Lenny Slogan Contest

The Debian Art team is seeking a slogan for the next stable release, Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 “Lenny”. Read it here Quote: The choices are: The Spiral Strikes Back! The Universal Operating System

Netbook runs Debian on China-made CPU

A Chinese vendor of microprocessors and computer systems will reportedly soon ship a low-cost “netbook” with an 8.9-inch display, Debian Linux-based software, and a Chinese-made processor. Read it here Quote: Lemote (formally, “Jiangsu Lemote Tech Co., Ltd.”) is a joint venture between Jiangsu Menglan Group Co., Ltd., and the Institution of Computing Technology (ICT), a […]

Developer Status

Discussions in the past have made it clear that the current definition of “Debian Developer” (AKA someone who is a member of the Debian project) should be modified and made more flexible. There have been attempts in the past to do something similar, notably Debian Maintainers (DM) [GR-DM], and to some extent [D-C], but […]

Debian Lenny with Blu-Ray Images and Live CD

The upcoming version 5.0 of Debian GNU/Linux, codenamed Lenny, provides for the first time not only image downloads for CD and DVD, but also for Blu-ray disks, along with live images. More here Quote: Debian project leader Steve McIntyre, on the developer mailing list, describes the version as including the “biggest change” in recent history. […]

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