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Release Candidate 2 of Debian Installer

The Debian Installer team[1] is pleased to announce the second releasecandidate of the installer for Debian GNU/Linux Lenny. —–BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE—–Hash: SHA1 The Debian Installer team[1] is pleased to announce the second releasecandidate of the installer for Debian GNU/Linux Lenny. Improvements in this release of the installer~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ * Updated Linux kernel (2.6.26-13) and external […]

Saving Your Configuration of Damn Small Linux

I continue to be impressed with Damn Small Linux. Consider, how I've turned an ancient laptop (without a hard drive) into a jukebox just by turning it on with this CD in it. Read more here Quote: The only annoying part of using DSL is that your configuration is lost on a reboot. So, the […]

Adding modules to Damn Small Linux (DSL)

This is not a simple task. Adding or compiling modules is a tricky feat when it comes to 2.4 kernels. It requires you compile the entire kernel yourself before. Read more here Quote: I have used a diskless machine, with an NFS mount as the place where I have kept all persistent data. Mounted it […]

Activate Wireless on IBM x31 on Debian Linux

I’ve tried to search on Google on how I could make my built in Wireless card to work on my Debian 4.0 (etch) installation, however all I found was outdated information. So, I had to find out how to make it work and compile it on my blog for 2009. Read it here

The perils of InnoDB with Debian and startup scripts

Are you running MySQL on Debian or Ubuntu with InnoDB? You might want to disable /etc/mysql/debian-start. When you run /etc/init.d/mysql start it runs this script, which runs mysqlcheck, which can destroy performance. More here Quote: It can happen on a server with MyISAM tables, if there are enough tables, but it is far worse on […]

Debian Summer of Code ‘08 : Where are they now (part 2/3)

Here’s for the second installment of my review of this past year’s Summer of Code at Debian Read more here Quote: If you don’t have old computers lying around to turn into NAS servers, you need to sleep at night without the soothing sound of computer fans or if you actually pay your own electricity […]

Running apt-get through ssh SOCKS proxy using tsocks

I had to update two debian servers behind a firewall which allowed outgoing ssh connections but only allowed http (and ftp) access via a proxy with a username/password I did not have access to. Read it here Quote: This might be a chicken-and-egg problem because in order to install it you may need to download […]

Knoppix 6.0 released

Knoppix 6.0 has now been released with several new features and updates. The last update to Knoppix was in March of 2008 with version 5.3.1. Amazing – a new release of Knoppix! Quote: Version 6.0 of Knoppix is a complete rebuild from scratch and is based on Debian/lenny (draft). It incorporates a new boot procedure […]

Debian Minimal Install

I like to do a minimal install of Debian and then only add the packages I need. I took the Lenny RC1 net install CD and installed from it. When the installer prompts to install software, I uncheck Desktop Envrionment and also the Standard System. Read more here

Mathematical Distribution Links Open Source Software And Literature

Debian Linux – the distribution studied by the ETH Zurich researchers – comprised only 474 packets in 1996, whereas there were already more than 18,000 in 2007. Read more about the study here Quote: Thomas Maillart describes himself as a risk manager. He says that he had already calculated risks as a Civil Engineering student […]

Linux on the HP 2133 Mini-Note, Part 1

It is important to note that the following information is based on my trying various of the publicly available Linux distributions on my new HP 2133 netbook More here Quote: SimplyMEPIS 8.0 RC2: The LiveCD booted just fine, the install was absolutely routine, the same as it was on my other two laptops, and it […]

SimplyMEPIS 8.0 RC2: On the Home Stretch

Warren has uploaded ISO files for RC2 of SimplyMEPIS 8.0 to the MEPIS pools. The files for 32 and 64 bit processors are SimplyMEPIS-CD_7.9.95-rc2_32.iso and SimplyMEPIS-CD_7.9.95-rc2_64.iso. Read the announcement here Quote: SimplyMEPIS developer, Warren Woodford, reports, “I apologize to anyone who was expecting 8.0 to be final by now. It's taking longer than I had […]

HOWTO add user to sudoers list in Debian/Ubuntu

You need to have root access to do that. So the first step to become root with the following command. Read it here

VirtualBox 2.1.0 on Debian Lenny mini-HOWTO

VirtualBox is an x86 virtualization software package, originally created by German software company innotek, now developed by Sun Microsystems as part of its Sun xVM virtualization platform. This mini-HOWTO will guide you though VirtualBox 2.1.0 installation on Debian Lenny/sid. Read it here

Solving Error with bzr in debian etch. PathNotChild Stack Trace

I installed bazaar on my debian box in order to host the 'Leave Status Board' Project on launch pad. Following the instructions to init, add, commit worked fine. But on trying to push to the launchpad account, (had to add the RSA public key to Launchpad first) I got a whole bunch of python errors, […]

Misc developer news (#13)

In this issue: + Security support for new testing (squeeze) delayed + New whohas tool displays other distributions that have your package + Documentation for python-apt + sbuild and wanna-build status update + Kernel pseudo-package removed The news are collected on's your duty to share news about your work/plans/subproject. In this issue: + Security […]

Setting Up A Local W3C Markup Validator

Fortunately, the W3C freely distributes the source code for its validation tools. In this tutorial, we're going to use the Debian GNU/Linux operating system to set up a standalone markup validation server. Read it here Quote: An unused older computer may be used as a server in this case; Debian has minimal system requirements and […]

Experience with cabal-debian

So, after receiving several pointers to seereason’s cabal-debian tool I thought I’d take it for a spin. After about 30 minutes of browsing through HackageDB and seereason’s source repos, building and installing, I had finally satisfied all dependencies and the build of cabal-debian succeeded. Read it here Quote: The result was fairly good. It seems […]

Bugs, Bugs, Bugs and a nice speed improvement

This all started when a DSA (Debian SysAdmin (those with root rights on all machines)) wanted to upgrade the kernel running on our ftp-master host. It was shortly before dinstall, but hey, there it went, and the machine rebooted into a 2.6.28. Besides murphy taking his share making the machine fsck its huge filesystem […]

How to install Debian on Lemote Yeeloong

Finally, thanks to a lot of help from Derrick Sobodash, a user of the Beijing GNU/Linux user group I managed to install Debian into the Lemote Yeeloong. Read it here Quote: 0. Download the debian loongson image: 1. Use gparted to format a partition on a USB disk to ext3. 2. Mount it, change […]

'dab' Debian/Ubuntu Appliance Builder released!

Creating high quality appliances is a difficult task and requires deep knowledge of the underlying operating system. So we created the 'Debian Appliance Builder' to simplify that task. 'dab' is a script to automate the creation of OpenVZ appliances. The press release contains more

Google portable devices runs Debian Linux

Presumably, the T-Mobile G1 contains an ARM EABI architecture which is supported by Debian. So a group of people (hackers) set out to install Debian on their T-Mobile G1 Android phone. More here Quote: The portable device I am talking about is the T-Mobile G1 Android cellphone. Android is a software stack for mobile devices […]

Building Debian packages of (cabalised) Haskell packages

I’ve just spent the last hour or so ironing out the details required to automate the building of cabalised Haskell packages for Debian. At the same time I also built Debian packages for 5 Haskell packages (test-framework and its dependencies). Read more here

Debian Summer of Code ‘08 : Where are they now (part 1/3)

It’s been a while now since the 2008 Summer of Code ended. This year, twelve (?) projects were selected. That’s twelve students working full time on a Debian-related project during the summer. Read more here Quote: I am going to give a talk about this at FOSDEM (go to FOSDEM!) so I’m giving you a […]

Bits from the Policy Team, call for volunteers

Debian Policy work has largely been on hold for the past few months,partly due to the release freeze but mostly due to lack of time andresources. General Status============== Debian Policy work has largely been on hold for the past few months,partly due to the release freeze but mostly due to lack of time andresources. Policy […]

Installing PowerDNS (With MySQL Backend) And Poweradmin On Debian Etch

This article shows how you can install the PowerDNS nameserver (with MySQL backend) and the Poweradmin control panel for PowerDNS on a Debian Etch system. More here Quote: PowerDNS is a high-performance, authoritative-only nameserver – in the setup described here it will read the DNS records from a MySQL database (similar to MyDNS), although other […]

Privative nVidia drivers auto install on Debian Sid

This is a little script that I’ve done to auto-install the evil nvidia drivers on my Debian Sid, downloading the latest packages from experimental. Given the continuous enhancements, driven by unhappy KDE4 compositing users, and as a KDE 4.2 tester myself, I’m doing it quite frequently. I hope it helps someone else… Read it here

How to really build a nice Debian kernel package in a clean way

There are a lot of manuals around. So why do I want to add another? Because I want to eliminate some not so clever hints and remarks. More here Quote: First and most importantly of all: there is NO step which has to be done as root in the whole kernel package building process (provided […]

Installation of Spamassassin in Exim4 Debian

This guide shows you how to install Spamassassin in Exim4 on Debian. Read it here

Upgrading Xen on Debian: Etch to Lenny

For the sake of future googlers, if you are running a Xen server on Debian Etch and want to upgrade to Lenny..First, you don't need linux-image-2.6.26-1-vserver-686. Read more here Quote: The howto I read for Lenny had me run the vserver as Dom0, but that is no longer necessary: both dom0 and domUs can use […]

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