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Dependency based boot sequencing release goal completed

The release goal to prepare all init.d scripts for a dependency basedinit.d script system can now be considered complete. 99.8% of allpackages in unstable now have the dependency information (2 packages missing it), and a similar amount in Lenny contain the dependency header. —–BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE—–Hash: SHA1 Here is a new status update following […]

AGPL and Debian

Recently, the Ftpmaster and -team, have been asked about an opinion about the AGPL in Debian. The short summary is: They think that works licensed under the AGPL can go into main. (Provided they don't have any other problems). Read the mail on this list Quote: Reason:The concerns people have expressed with regard to this […]

Smxi on Mepis

I have been running my computer on Mepis for some time now and have recently come across, what I think , is a handy script. It is called smxi Read more here Quote: I had been looking for an easy way to install the latest Nvidia drivers. In the past I seem to have stumbled […]

Visual Debian Installation Walkthrough using Virtual PC

I need to pave a new image so I figured I would just share with the rest of the class setting up a *nix system from scratch using Virtual PC. You can accomplish the same with VMWare, I just happen to be using Virtual PC for this. Read it here Quote: For the OS I […]

Proprietary Firmware and the Pursuit of a Free Kernel

However, the release of the GNewSense distribution a few years ago has complicated the situation, pitting idealists against pragmatists and sending some distributions scrambling for a compromise that is unlikely to satisfy anyone. Read the comment here Quote: One of the more interesting approaches to the problem has been unfolding for the last couple of […]

MEPIS 8: An Early Look At Beta 5

I’ve been using Ubuntu for years now. However, having worked with both Fedora and SUSE as well, I’ve always been very open to the idea of trying out other distributions. I recently stumbled upon MEPIS Linux. Read it here Quote: The installation of MEPIS was very easy. Since I was using a fresh hard drive, […]

Nginx + PHP + PHP-FPM on Debian Etch 4.0

This walktrough is intended for a just provisioned clean Server/Slice/VPS, running Debian 4 Etch. (Ubuntu 7/8 should work as well). We are going to install a complete LEMP stack (Linux, EngineX, MySql, PHP), in order to run one or more wordpress blogs with the minimum memory footprint, and maximum performances. Read more here Quote: NginX […]

Acer Aspire One and Debian

It came with Windows XP, and I'm still getting Debian (not the toy Linux that Acer vends) in place. Read on for discussion of what I've discovered so far. Read it here Quote: The information at was very helpful. You won't have use of the ethernet OR wifi from the latest Debian install disk, […]

Profanity Is Not Professional

Somewhat unsurprisingly, profanity is a lot more common in open source than in closed source software. Also not surprisingly, some people find it offensive while others view it as nothing more than an exercise of free speech. Read it here Quote: Anyway, aside from the abundance of strange names for small Linux distros, the Damn […]

Open source load balancers fail on opening day digital museum

Last week's festive opening of Europeana, a EU funded digital library, was spoiled when its open source web servers crashed after getting three times the amount of requests they had been designed to handle. Read about it here Quote: The digital library is based completely on open source applications. All servers are running the Debian […]

Fun with the iPhone's Debian APT

Debian APT, the Debian package management utility, has a core role on any current iPhone. It's automatically installed as part of the iPhone jailbreak. Read it here Quote: Apt-get allows you to install, update, upgrade and remove packages. Using apt-get becomes second nature after a while. It's often a lot easier to download and install […]

I was wrong: sexism in Debian

Miriam Ruiz: I have said a few times lately, even in some interviews, that I felt that the level of sexism and misogynia in Debian was below the average in the Free Software world, and that I was proud of it. Sadly I have to rectract myself from those words. Read it here Quote: Debian […]

Xbox 360 Debian/Ubuntu Linux – Media (video, music) Streaming

Xbox media streaming uses the DNLA protocol to receive content from a peer on a network. Using ushare, you can setup streaming to your Xbox on any Linux machine quite easily. Read it here Quote: uShare depends on libupnp2 and unfortunately only version 3 is available (at least in sid). Therefore, you’ll need to obtain […]

Debian – quiz

What am I missing here?! I just did the Debian Quiz 2005 and failed with a score of only 19 of 42 (45.2%) right! I guess I’ve become too much of a Red Hat-guy over the years and I have to catch up on Debian, since my new employer is using this Linux-distribution. Read it […]

Updated kernel for MEPIS 8.0

Kernel has been packaged for MEPIS 8.0. This release of the kernel contains all of the recent fixes and security patches Read the short announcement

Bits from the world

Recent work from Steve McIntyre (current DPL) in coordination with Ryan Murray (wanna-build maintainer and buildd admin for several architectures) has led to the injection of new blood in the world. We thank them both for this opportunity, plus DSA for their help throughout the process. Hi there, Recent work from Steve McIntyre (current […]

I've Got A Penguin in My Briefs

Steven A. Reisler: My system is built around Debian, primarily because it is clean, reliable and because its proponents are dedicated to the principles of FOSS (Free and Open Source Software). Read the thoughts here Quote: In 2004, after practicing law for 23 years in a mid-sized downtown Seattle law firm, I opened my own […]

Enabling SSL in ircd-hybrid on Debian

Due to licensing problems, ircd-hybrid is compiled without SSL support in Debian (i.e. when you grab the .deb package from apt). Compiling it with SSL yourself does not require many steps however, here’s a quick dirty guide how it’s done. Read it here

How to install MintMenu on Debian (lenny, sid)

I really like (and miss) Linux Mint Menu (mintmenu), so I installed it on my Debian Sid box and here is how I managed it. Read more here Quote: Install mintsystem and mintmenu deb packages, either by adding mint repository to yout sources.list file or by downloading them from mint packages or simplier, by grabbing […]

Chronicles of iplist in Debian NSLU2 part 2

Part 2 chronicles my first attempt to build iplist on the Debian NSLU2. I started by using the official packages from the main repository, and the “standard Debian” build method used by iplist. Read it here Quote: I seemed to recall it is possible to use QEMU to set-up a virtual slug on a desktop […]

SimplyMEPIS: The best desktop Linux you haven't tried

Nowadays, everyone uses Ubuntu, most people have used Fedora, and many folks have tried openSUSE. SimplyMEPIS … not so many. That's a shame, because this relatively obscure Debian-based desktop distribution from Morgantown, WV, is an outstanding desktop operating system Read it here Quote: While working with the applications, I found one odd error. While the […]

Debian and Python naming convention conflict and Youtube Cache plugin rebase

After almost a hard work of two hours and proof reading all the files, when I tried to run the plugin, it refused to run with some python traceback. Well, python said that hyphens are not allowed in module names. More here Quote: Now after hours of work, I have a conflict and ignoring any […]

Building Subversion on Debian/Etch

Debian/Etch comes with 1.4.2, lenny (testing) has 1.5.1, and only experimental has 1.5.4, see package search. As I try to avoid pulling in mixed libraries from different suites I prefer to build from source in such cases. Read more here Quote: Don't forget to run make check before make install to be sure that your […]

Debian on NSLU2

So this multi-part article series will help you leave unslung in favor of Debian. And please don't fear the transition, its pretty simple as long as you stay focused! All the parts are here: Part 1Part 2Part 3and Part 4 Have fun!

Debian Project News – November 19th, 2008

Some of the topics covered in this issue include: First release candidate of Debian Installer for Lenny, Debian screenshot service started and “Open Use Logo” relicensed —————————————————————————Debian Project News Project News – November 19th, 2008————————————————————————— Welcome to this year's 15th issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debiancommunity.Some of the topics covered in this issue […]

Compiz + Cairo Dock on Debian

Sorry to say it, but eye candy is about to eclipse Mac OSX. Check out this video to see what I mean…. Read here how to get it on Debian.

Quality of packages not in Debian

While Ubuntu takes most of its packages from Debian, it does contain a few that are not in Debian, for one reason or another. One common reason is simply that someone wanted a package that wasn't in Debian, and packaged it and requested its inclusion. Read it here Quote: The packages that we have in […]

Hardening The Linux Kernel With Grsecurity (Debian)

Security is based on three characteristics: prevention, protection and detection. Grsecurity is a patch for Linux kernel that allows you to increase each of these points. Read it at howtoforge Quote: This howto was performed on a Debian Lenny system. Thus some tools are Debian specific. However, tasks can be performed with other distro specific […]

Debian NSLU2 post-install part 2

My last post about the Linksys NSLU2 was 3 months ago. I have almost everything prepared for “Debian NSLU2 post-install part 2″, but real world intruded. I lost my job due to “corporate restructuring”, and everything else seemed more urgent. Read more here Quote: Here is part 2. Basically, just a bunch of links I […]

Debian sources.list Demystified

I have always had a hard time trying to figure out how to configure sources.list in Debian or its derivatives, like Ubuntu. To learn this thing myself, and to give a basic introduction to all, this post is being written. Read it here Quote: Debian uses dpkg, apt-get, aptitude, and other programs to install and […]

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