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And argument for using Git…from Debian

Out of Debian packages which self-identify as using a version control system, git is the most popular distributed source control system. Caveats apply of course, but this is interesting in that that preference is somewhat organic in nature, as Debian offers its package maintainers a choice as to which vcs to use. Read more here […]

HOWTO: Play music with XMMS2 in Debian (Lenny) Linux

Have you been addicted to XMMS to play your music files on your Linux system? If you are and looking to continue to do that you might be well prepared for a change in the way you have been using XMMS. XMMS2, the new version of XMMS, is completely re-written from scratch to support the […]

Xen on Debian Etch

I’ve been testing out a few virtualization systems and am sofar very pleased with Xen. Installing on Debian Etch couldn’t be easier and it worked straight out the box – I had my first virtual server running in under 15 minutes flat! More here

Three SMALL Linux Distributions

The first thing you need to do when you start considering small Linux distributions is decide what your priorities are – what do you need it for and what are you planning to do with it? Read more at ZDNet Quote: As I said, I ended up really liking, and respecting, DSL for what it […]

Giving life back to an OLD laptop

This is an Toshiba Satellite Sro 435CDS built around 12 years ago. Specs? Pentium 120, 32 MB ram, 4 GB Hard. Yes this laptop has been upgrade a few years ago to highest supported specs. Impressive! Read it right here Quote: With the help of my linux guru Irix (his weblog in Persian) we started […]

Clean Debian Lenny KDE Install

I can’t even remember the last time I tried KDE, but I do recall that whatever box I was running it on did not have half the hardware I needed to run it, and it was far too much software for the poor little thing Read here and here for part 2 Quote: Over the […]

Debian on Android installer released.

I have created and installer and bootloader (download below) for getting Debian running on your Android (G1 at the moment) device, the whole install process will take you about 10 mins, and leaves you with access to the full plethora of programs available in Debian and let's you continue using your phone as it was […]

Install Python 2.6 on Debian Etch

Debian doesn’t yet have any Python 2.6 packages. But creating them on your own is very easy. Read it here

Debian Purity, iMacs & the usbserial problem

Since it is PowerPC based with only 384 MB RAM, my Linux choices are restricted. Happily (I thought), Debian would do the trick. One of Debian's virtues is that they provide Linux for many less common machine architectures. Read it here Quote: Cut to the chase: The Keyspan usbserial driver for my device has been […]

About Debian

The success of Debian GNU/Linux can be illustrated by the following numbers. It is developed by over 1,000 volunteer developers, its software repositories contain more than 20,000 packages (compiled for 11 processor architectures), and it is responsible for inspiring over 120 Debian-based distributions and live CDs. Read a bit about Debian here

Why Ubuntu users should care about Debian

Although Ubuntu is relatively new, it builds on the rich history and deep roots of the venerable Debian project, one of the oldest and most influential Linux distributions. The fate of the two popular flavors of Linux is as inextricably bound as their respective histories. Read more here Quote: Ubuntu still depends heavily on upstream […]

Ted Ts'o: Debian Can Learn from Ubuntu

ewly appointed CTO of the Linux Foundation and kernel developer Ted Ts'o is appealing to the Debian project to adopt a more pragmatic attitude about its Linux distro. The provocation for his advice is the current controversy over Debian's next 5.0 “Lenny” release. More here Quote: Particularly offensive to some Debian developers might be Ts'o's […]

A diagram of the apt system

There's a lot of folklore in the Debian community about how apt works. Unfortunately, a lot of it is also just plain wrong. For instance, I often hear people confidently say things like aptitude is a frontend to apt-get (it isn't). More here Quote: In the interest of clearing up some of this confusion, I've […]

Adding XCache support to PHP5 (Ubuntu/Debian)

XCache is a fast, stable PHP opcode cacher that has been tested and is now running on production servers under high load. Read more here

Debian Lenny: 64-bit Pain

Debian has a different approach to 64-bit hardware. The entire system is 64-bit, and the only way you can run anything 32-bit is in a “jail” — a sort of security sandbox isolated from the system itself. I suppose this adds some measure of security, but it also offers a unique experience in pure 64-bit […]

The Secret Lives of Ubuntu and Debian Users

Using free and open source software (FOSS), advocates like to say, is not a popularity contest. It's about doing what's right. However, the Debian and Ubuntu Popularity Contest projects might disagree. Read more here Quote: Popularity-contest reports four main statistics for each package: The number of installations, the number of hosts on which the program […]

Bits from the DPL

I've been too quiet about what's been going on lately, and it's time Ifixed that. We've all been busy, and I should update you on DPL-typethings. Hi people, #include I've been too quiet about what's been going on lately, and it's time Ifixed that. We've all been busy, and I should update you on DPL-typethings. […]

DebGem: Ruby Gems for Debian

DebGem is currently in a free public beta period, but the plan is to charge for the service once the packages are of good enough quality. We talked to Hongli Lai and Ninh Bui from Phusion to learn more about how DebGem works More here Quote: Phusion, the company behind the Ruby Enterprise Edition and […]

Ftpteam members

with the recent resignation of one ftpteam member, we felt the need toadd some more. Luckily we did have volunteers and could start a trainee session. Hi with the recent resignation of one ftpteam member, we felt the need toadd some more. Luckily we did have volunteers and could start a traineesession. Everyone please welcome […]

Using Xen With LVM-Based VMs Instead Of Image-Based VMs (Debian Etch)

This guide explains how you can set up LVM-based virtual machines on a Xen host running on Debian Etch instead of virtual machines that use disk images. Virtual machines that use disk images are very slow and heavy on disk IO. Read more here Quote: In this example I'm using a Debian Etch host with […]

Debian Project News – January 12th, 2009

Welcome to this year's 1st issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debiancommunity. This issue is dedicated to Thiemo Seufer, who died on 26 December 2008 in a tragic car accident. —————————————————————————Debian Project News Project News – January 12th, 2009————————————————————————— Welcome to this year's 1st issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debiancommunity. This issue […]

Debian, Philosophy, and People

Given the recent brouhaha in Debian, and General Resolution regarding Lenny’s Release policy as it relates to Firmware and Debian’s Social Contract, which has led to the resignation of Manoj Srivastava from the position of Secretary for the Debian Project, I’m reminded of the following passage from Gordon Dickson’s Tactics of Mistakes Read more here […]

Adding REAL Firefox to Debian Lenny

I realize it’s a touchy subject, but some of us prefer unmodified Firefox — including the standard Firefox icon — to Debian’s Iceweasel alternative. Here’s a three-step way to substitute Firefox for Iceweasel on a fresh Lenny install. More here Quote: This procedure assumes you’ve downloaded and installed the latest Debian Lenny (aka “testing,” currently) […]

Using listadmin to manage mailman

I’m managing a bunch of mailman lists for work and out-of-work activities. The web interface of mailman is great, but sometimes, it is just slow to have to go through the web interface. More here Quote: It is unproductive when you have several pending messages and you have to go through all the queues. Hopefully, […]

Xen + VLAN on Debian

Here’s how I put a Xen DomU on a VLAN in Debian. More here Quote: eth0 is connected to a trunk port on the switch, and the untagged vlan is used for dom0 connectivity. You shoud already know how to do this part. Tagged VLANs are assigned to bridge groups on the dom0. In your […]

Do women matter in FOSS projects?

That's a question that needs to be asked after the Debian GNU/Linux project garnered headlines earlier this month over an offensive mailing list post that had at least two women considering whether they would continue their involvement in the project. More here Quote: In February this year, Debian developer Russell Coker wrote an inoffensive post […]

Installing New Fonts (ttf) in Debian for the your Personal Use

Installing fonts into Debian for a single user is easy. Here it is in 3 steps Read it here

Virtual Host With Apache2 – Debian

Its usually we used http://localhost in our box, how about make a different things with a domain name like in our box?? http://localhost –> (in local box) We can do that.., its called Virtual Host. Read how it's done here

Building GRAILS app on Debian using Maven GRAILS Plugin

We’re now using GRAILS in one of our Maven-ized projects, and have it building using the Maven GRAILS plugin. We needed to roll this integration out to Husdon, our CI server which is running on a Debian box. We ran into a couple of snags. More here Quote: Trying to build again we came across […]

Server upgraded to Debian lenny

This afternoon, I finally decided to upgrade my main server from Debian etch to lenny. Lenny is still testing, but is nearing release. This server is colocated with Core Networks, and I have no physical or console access to it. More here Quote: EXCEPT for the two things that always really bug me: Horde/IMP and […]

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