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Julian Andres Klode: I am a Debian Developer now!

14 months after applying for the NM process, I’m a Debian Developer. Read it here

Knoppix slims down Linux Live CD

The Knoppix project will start releasing two editions of its Linux Live CD from next summer. Read it here Quote: “We will split the mainstream edition of Knoppix into two versions: a 'maximum' DVD edition with a complete Debian installation, and a 'light' edition on CD that contains the most popular desktop and server software […]

Bits from the Debian Eee PC team, autumn 2008

Here are some brief highlights of the last three months of Debian Eee PC development. Also posted as http://syn.theti.ca/2008/10/13/ Some brief highlights of the last three months of Debian Eee PC development. Thermal and ACPI breakage resolved in 2.6.26-7 We're pleased to see that in the upload to Sid of linux-image-2.6.26-1-686 version 2.6.26-7, the pair […]

Official OLPC OS is bootstrapped with Debian!?

I was just looking through the contents of the olpcrd.img file on my XO build update.1 708, and it seems that the initrd is a minature installation of Debian. Read the arguments here Quote: Package: debian-installerStatus: install ok installedVersion: olpc-20071227-05:33Description: debian installation image

Upgrading my VPS to Debian Etch

So far I ran every website on Debian Sarge, and though it’s stable they choose to no longer developer for it nor support it. So it was time to move to a newer version. Wich I did yesterday. Read it here Quote: I was lucky that my hosting provider offers an easy way to upgrade […]

Installing Debian from a USB Stick

My quest for installation via an USB stick started, but most of the information I found on how to create one was geared towards users that already have Debian or any other Linux distribution already installed. Read it here Quote: After fiddling with WinImage a bit, I was still unable to properly create a bootable […]

APNIC Box – Linux on a Mikrotik 532a, Part 1 -Part 4

I put this device together for fun sometime around the start of 2007. The ideas that spawned this was using OpenWRT on a Linksys WRT54G access point. A surprisingly powerful and full linux distro with all kinds of advanced capabilities running on a Linksys wireless router which I’d previously thought to be a reasonably dumb […]

The 10 Best Linux Distributions

I've had several people ask me what I think the best, top, most user friendly, ultimate, and so on distribution is–so now I'm publishing my Top 10 Linux Distributions in reverse order of preference. Read more here Quote: 5. Knoppix – Knoppix is the original Live Linux CD and is still the force to be […]

Appfrica Labs: Building an Army With Thumb Drives

Solution: I’m installing Damn Small Linux and LAMP on USB Thumb Drives and giving them to the kids I work with, to allow them to work from anywhere, as long as a computer is available. Impressive! Read more here Quote: The Problems: Most East African students lack credit cards (because they aren’t available to the […]

From PCLinuxOS to Mepis: Painful, but worth it!

If you've installed PCLinuxOS with an advanced partitioning, prepare for a painful surprise. SimplyMEPIS (up to 8.0 beta 2) doesn't let you install /usr, /var and /tmp into the partitions of your preference. Read more here Quote: Which means that once you've logged in, you need to enter the console (through ctrl-f1), mount the other […]

Debian Lenny: Stable not in Sept. '08, maybe in June '09

The Debian Project neither sets nor adheres to defined release dates for its GNU/Linux distribution. Basically, they have the “we'll release when ready” philosophy, and given that a version of Debian that has been designated as Stable actually does mean something to users, I'm fine to wait. Read more here Quote: I've been using Debian […]

Debian Linux needs your help

Debian, for all that it's a very popular and important community Linux has a problem with hitting deadlines. I mean it's not like how Microsoft can miss its deadlines by years, but still Debian has had its troubles. Read it here Quote: However, Reichle-Schmehl continued, “Even as a “simple user” (aren't we all just users?) […]

Lenny might be late

Debian project leader Steve McIntyre has dismissed claims that the next stable version of Debian – codename Lenny – could be delayed until June 2009. Read it here Quote: Based on the number of outstanding release-critical bugs and the time it has taken to fix them on previous releases, Debian developer Bastian Venthur estimated it […]

Simply Mepis Linux and My Office – Part Two

If you have read my Linux posts, you know Simply Mepis happens to be my preference out of the hundreds available. I have been happily using Mepis for many years, and have no plans to go elsewhere. It’s easy to install, maintain and customize. That’s a great combination. Read more here Quote: As I mentioned […]

Installing Debian from a USB Stick

I'm setting up a new web server for a client of mine, and was supposed to start installing it this evening. After unpacking it I realized that this new HP ProLiant DL 120 came without a cd-rom and thus the Debian ISO netinstall image I had downloaded was useless. Read it here Quote: My quest […]

Installing PECL Filter on Debian Linux (AMD64)

I just finished installing the PECL filter extension on my Debian install (AMD64), and by God, it was painful. This process was so brutal with so many ways to screw up. Read more here Quote: Download PCRE – Perl Compatible Regular Expressions from here. Be sure you have g++ installed (not just gcc as I […]

Sidux grows on you

Sidux, a relatively new desktop Linux distribution, is based on Sid, the unstable developmental branch of Debian. The developers strive for an easy-to-install and easy-to-use modern Debian derivative, and pride themselves on remaining true to the principles and values of the Debian project. Read it hereQuote: Sidux comes as a live CD in a few […]

debian dual monitors with nvidia twinview

I recently bought a touch screen off ebay. I hooked it up to my laptop and tested it to make sure it works. It does (only one dead pixel)! The next step was to hook it up to my desktop in a dual head configuration. Read it hereQuote: This wasn’t difficult to do by any […]

Debian Package Maker

A few months ago I got awfully interested in making debian packages for development versions of Inkscape for Ubuntu. I wanted them mainly for myself but thought maybe I could host them. Read more here Quote: Anyway, back to the subject of debian packages. Yesterday I came across a neat helper application called Debian Package […]

Mepis 8: It's a beautiful thing!

So, in my developing desktop, I am using Mepis 8 beta, KDE 3.5.9, and the beautiful Xaphire theme mentioned in my previous post, which satisfies my need for a dark glassy classy look. Perhaps I don't need to hurry in reinstalling KDE 4.1! More joy here Quote: Mepis 8 also provides the tools to help […]

Debian postpones Lenny, calls for help

Debian, the granddaddy of Linux distributions, is in trouble. Its planned September release date for Lenny – its latest release – has come and gone and there is still no sign of the new product. Read it here Quote: In an email to the Debian developer list, and in a post on his blog, Debian […]

Debian Project News – October 8th, 2008

Welcome to this year's 12th issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debiancommunity. Some of the topics covered in this issue include: Bits from the DPL, What you can do for Lenny, 500,000th bug reported… and much more. —————————————————————————Debian Project Newshttp://www.debian.org/News/project/2008/12/Debian Project News – October 8th, 2008————————————————————————— Welcome to this year's 12th issue of DPN, […]

Old Dell + Debian Etch = Instant Development Server

Earlier this year I replaced my desktop PC, a Dell Dimension 4700, with a Mac Mini as part of my effort go 100% Mac for my home computing. OS X is a terrific platform for the desktop power user because it looks great, feels great, is well supported by open source projects. Read it here […]

PHP, MySQL, Apache2 install HOWTO on Debian

Setting up a PHP/MySQL/Apache2 environment on Debian is really easy. I’ll walk through a quick setup and optimization process. I’ve optimized it for a 1.5Gb to 2GB RAM machine with reasonable load. Read it here

What you can do for "Lenny"

You probably noticed by now, that Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 aka “Lenny” hasn't been released in September. Well, that's a shame, but very easy to explain: Too many release critical bugs Hi! You probably noticed by now, that Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 aka “Lenny” hasn'tbeen released in September. Well, that's a shame, but very easy toexplain: Too […]

Why Debian?

It seems to me that the Debian project is not attempting to become a behemoth of a GNU+Linux distribution. It just seems to me to be an honest GNU+Linux distribution. Read it here Quote: Sure, the number of packages available through the Debian repositories is pretty damn large, and, yes, the full Debian distribution takes […]

Horrible Hack to get Python 2.6 on Debian

I wanted to try out the newly-released 2.6 version of our beloved Python, but unfortunately Debian didn't have a package for it yet (and it still doesn't). I wasn't too afraid of screwing up my laptop, as it's probably going to be formatted very soon anyway, and I didn't want to mess around with deb […]

Debian on compact flash

It will boot Debian Etch (aka stable) from a read only CF card, while all downloads and backups are stored on an external SATA drive which I can switch on and off from the commandline (still work in progress though). Read it here Quote: Recently I bought myself a Thintune Micro-PC after my old download […]

Configuring a lightweight Apache / MySQL install on Debian/Ubuntu

I’m going to explain how to setup a lightweight Apache and MySQL to work on a smaller server such as SliceHost’s 256mb VPS. This will work on both Debian and Ubuntu servers. Read it here Quote: You are going to install Apache 2 and MySQL like you normally would. After you install it, we are […]

Simply Mepis Linux and My Office

I do a lot of work on my home computers; one is a desktop, and the other is a laptop. Both of them are running Simply Mepis Linux, and are working very well. The desktop has Simply Mepis 7.0 as its main operating system, while the laptop has both Mepis 7.0 and 7.9.80-beta2 running on […]

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