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Running Debian from a flash disk

The harddisk of my terminal was another source of despair. First my plan was to run the terminal as a standalone computer off a flash disk. After trying out several different Linux distributions, I decided for a different solution. I installed a minimal Debian on the flash disk that provides the boot loader and the […]

mika’s advent calendar – day 11: FAI

FAI is an automated installation tool to install or deploy Debian GNU/Linux and other distributions on a bunch of different hosts or a Cluster. It’s more flexible than other tools like kickstart for Red Hat, autoyast and alice for SuSE or Jumpstart for SUN Solaris. Read it here Quote: Whereas preseeding d-i (Debian-Installer) is one […]

Debian Lenny (5.0) Release Date

If you are wondering, like me, what happened to the Debian’s upcoming release a.k.a Lenny/5.0, here is a short story for you curious types. Read more here Quote: Debian Lenny was slotted to release earlier this September 2008 as per the release goals. However due to a large number of RC (Release Critical) bugs which […]

Installing VirtualBox 2.0x non free in MEPIS 8

Read this short guide for instrutions in installing VirtualBox 2.0x non free in MEPIS 8 Read them here

Debian Linux apt-get package management cheat sheet

Both Debian and Ubuntu Linux provides a number of package management tools. This article summaries package management command along with it usage and examples for you. Read the cheats here

Lenny’s release date III

I don’t know what the current “official” release target for Lenny is, but I still think we’re heading towards Spring/Summer 2009. Read more here and a comment here From the article:Quote: It doesn’t bother me too much, that we release late. What bothers me is that we don’t correct our estimated release dates even when […]

Debian on a Dell E4300

I received a new laptop, a Dell Latitude E4300. I installed lenny on it, as I usually run testing+APT pinning. What I’m describing here is what is unsupported in lenny out of the box. More here Quote: Wireless:Needs a 2.6.27 kernel (iwlagn driver), Lenny only has 2.6.26. Downloaded from the kernel team’s unofficial repo. Firmware […]

Hackers Successfully Install Linux on a Potato

Not sure if this is real….Hackers from the Web site successfully installed Linux on a potato. It's the first time the operating system has been successfully installed on a root vegetable. More here Quote: The LOA group is a part of a growing group of hackers attempting to get Linux loaded on anything. It […]

A Gentoo User Gives Debian a Go Around

A few weeks ago, I installed Debian for the first time on the desktop. Once, a friend and I installed a console-only version on another desktop and we connected remotely to his hosted game server which also ran Debian, so I hoped I should be a bit familiar with it. More here Quote: So, what […]

HowTo upgrade from Debian Etch to Lenny

Debian Lenny’s release is getting closer and closer and many people will want to upgrade their Etch servers to Lenny, maybe even before Lenny is declared stable (at RC1 at this time). Even people that don’t want to upgrade to lenny might find some useful information in this post . Read it here Quote: One […]

Debian Setting up a Postfix and Dovecot mail server

Over the weekend I spent some time to finally set up my personal mail server on the VPS system I have. I had been planning this for some time, and made several unsuccessful attempts. But this weekend after spending some hard time on it I finally got it working. More here

CUPS failing at startup on Debian Lenny (cupsmodprobe ??)

So today out of the blue (says the client), CUPS just stopped printing. When trying to manually start the service we got these errors and then CUPSD would just hang. Read it here Quote: A client has a Debian box, running mostly Debian Etch but there is CUPS from Lenny and perhaps some other things […]

Using 32-bit applications in 64-bit Debian with chroot

Some time ago I switched to 64-bit Debian on my desktop. I used to be scared off by the fact that certain, important applications were not yet available in 32 bit, such as Adobe's flash player. Read more here

SimplyMEPIS 8.0 Moves Closer to Final Release with Beta 6

In beta 6, the kernel has been updated to upstream version and the extra drivers have been rebuilt for the new kernel. This kernel release fixes an error in the last release that resulted in the tg3 driver being disabled. Read the announcement here

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 […]

Damn Small Linux 4.4.10 review

Unsurprisingly, that's one of the key assets of Damn Small Linux, and version 4.4.10 continues the tradition. It weighs in at a 50MB ISO file that can be written directly to a disc or flash drive. Read it here Quote: As part of a survival toolkit, Damn Small Linux could be something of a saviour. […]

First call for votes: GR: Project membership procedures

So, without further ado: This is the first call for votes for vote_002: General Resolution: Project membership procedures. Note that voting isn't quite open yet. Apologies for the delay in the start of this vote, it's the first timethat devotee has been used by a different user, and some last minutebugs appeared. So, without further […]

Our guide to building your own online distro

To create your custom distro, click on the Designer link on the Instalinux homepage and select your base distro. You currently have a choice of CentOS 4 or 5, Debian Etch, Fedora up to version 8, OpenSUSE up to 10.3, Scientific Linux up to 5.0, SUSE 9.3 or Ubuntu up to Hardy Heron. Read more […]

Installing Fluxbox in Debian Etch

Fluxbox is a fast and lightweight window manager for X, fluxbox was derived from blackbox and it is capable of launching applications, configuring keyboard shortcuts and background images, as well as displaying information with the slit Read about installation here

lighthttpd and PHP – Debian Etch

This article will explain how to install and configure lighthttpd with PHP5 and MySQL. lighthttd is a web server designed to be fast, secure, flexible and standards-complient while being optimized for speed-critical environments. More here Quote: Its low memory footprint, light CPU load and speed make it the perfect web server for an environment such […]

Using Oracle XE on your Mac (part 1): Debian installation

I choose to use Debian Linux, it’s free and without the graphical user interface it has a very low memory footprint. The rest of this post I will describe how I set up Debian with Sun’s Virtual Box. In the next post I will describe how to install Oracle XE on the Debian server. More […]

Install Sinhala In Debian

Some of my friends started tweet and sending emails in Sinhala. Problem I had was, I couldn't read them since I dind't install Sinhala in my laptop (Which runs Debian lenny of course). I found some really helpful websites which helped me to install Sinhala Read it here

mysql gem on debian

This post will show you how to install the mysql ruby gem on Debian Sarge. Read more here Quote: We're almost done, the final step is to install the gem telling the compiler where to find the mysql_config file, it should be under the /usr/bin/ directory (check it!) ok, finally let's install the gem!

Ada Webserver AWS Hello World Example on Debian 4.0 Etch and Ubuntu 8.10

The easiest way to get AWS up and running is to use Debian or Ubuntu Server and there may be other distributions out there that work fine as well but these two I did my testing on. Read it here Quote: I wanted to experiment with the Ada Webserver called “AWS” and I faced several […]

Debian Takes AGPL Software into Main

The FTP team at the Debian project have decided that the Affero GPL version 3 licensing (AGPLv3) is consistent enough with the guidelines of the Linux distro that software with the licensing can go into Debian's main archive. Read more here

HOWTO: disable IPv6 networking in Debian

Tonight I did ran netstat (`netstat -plunt`) on my Debian server and saw that I had some ports listening via IPv6. It’s a shame IPv6 hasn’t caught on as it’s better than IPv4 in virtually every way, and it should, especially since TCP/IPv4 was standardized in ARPANET RFC’s… in 1981! Read it here

Debian floppy install fails

I thought I had hit upon a sure-fire winner for my ancient laptop when I remembered that Debian can do a net-based installation off floppies. Read more here Quote: But it’s a shame, really. I was curious to see how it would go, and what it could do. I’ll think about it for another day […]

Playing Starcraft on Debian using Wine

Here's a quick HOWTO for using Wine to play Starcraft on a Linux machine. Read more here Quote: The winecfg (graphical) utility will setup some config file defaults in your ~/.wine directory. Click on Graphics and activate Allow DirectX apps to stop the mouse leaving their window. Also, click on Audio (a dialog will pop […]

Misc developer news (#11)

In this issue: + CD/DVD images for Lenny + License AGPL v3.0 is suitable for main + Building CD/DVD images made easier + Mono 2.0 transition in progress + SOAP interface to the PTS + Tracking GCC 4.4 related build errors + Mirror of git repositories on Alioth The news are collected on's your […]

Debian Project News – December 2nd, 2008

Welcome to this year's 16th issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debiancommunity. Topics covered in this issue include * “Etch-and-a-half” installation images updated * GNU Affero General Public License suitable for Debian “main” * Security Teams Meeting in Essen * … and much more. —————————————————————————Debian Project News Project News – December 2nd, 2008————————————————————————— Welcome […]

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