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Mepis 8.0 Desktop – A Debian Joyride

This time around I tried the daddy of many desktops, Debian Lenny, and compared it with Mepis 8.0 on my notebook. I am pleased how Debian has made itself easy to install and use – booting from netinstall.iso to a full-blown Debian Desktop was easier than ever.

Simply Mepis 8 is Finally Here

Finally, after months of betas and release candidates, the wait is over. In my opinion, the finest Linux distribution a person could possibly use is ready for download and use.

DRBD 8.3 Third Node Replication With Debian Etch

The recent release of DRBD 8.3 now includes The Third Node feature as a freely available component. This document will cover the basics of setting up a third node on a standard Debian Etch installation.

Debian 5.0 “Lenny” support in progress…

Although most of the Dotdeb packages for the previous release, “Etch”, are compatible with Lenny, it is now time for Dotdeb to have dedicated packages for this new distribution.

Install GNU GCC Compiler and Development Environment

How do I install GNU/GCC compiler tools collection under Debian Linux system using command line options? You need to install package called build-essential package.

Review: Mepis 8.0

I AM a little conflicted about Mepis. It is part of the family of Debian-based Linux distributions which I tend to favour, and it is a distribution I used for quite a lengthy period in the past.

Install Debian Linux from USB drives

Welcome to the part 7 of “Installing Linux on USB” series. In this part we will learn how to create a USB flash drive which can be used as an installation media to install Debian Linux.

Inheriting from Debian

But The more I personally work with Debian and Debian based distributions the clearer I see the big warts Debian has. They get a lot of credit for their package manager apt which was the best one around for a while but since a few years is just as good or bad as the rest.

Debian’s Lenny offers enterprises open-source option

Companies are now increasingly looking to adopt open source said Tom Callway, marketing director of UK open-source supplier, Sirius IT. He added that Debian was proving to be particularly attractive, claiming that Debian was now the Linux distribution with the lowest total cost of ownership

Tiny X86 COM runs Debian, supports IPv6

SSV announced an x86-compatible computer-on-module (COM) that measures 3.2 by 1.1-inches (81 x 28mm), and targets TCP/IPv4-6 embedded networking applications. Attaching to custom I/O boards via “DIL” (dual in line) sockets, the DIL/NetPC DNP/2486 runs an IPv6-ready Debian Linux stack on a 300MHz Vortex86SX system-on-chip (SoC).

DebConf10 to take place in New York City, USA

Hello, world.deb. The DebConf committee decided that DebConf10, the Debian developer conference of 2010, will take place in New York City, USA. The exact dates have yet to be determined. The details may be found on the wiki:

Debian Lenny: Returning Home to the Mothership

For the sake of good order, Carla Schroeder at LinuxToday has switched from (K)ubuntu to Lenny

Hassle free installation of rails stack on debian based system

Want to install rails stack on a machine? Just follow these steps. It will setup a rails stack(Apache + passenger + mysql + ruby + rubygems + common gems + git) on any server(debian based)

How To Configure Debian/Ubuntu Runlevels

Linux uses runlevels to configure startup services. I prefer openSUSE way of doing this. Which is to start system in runlevel 5 with full graphical desktop support. If you need to start system without graphical desktop just switch it to runlevel 3.

Lenny lights up old laptop

DeviceGuru has posted notes from installing Debian’s Lenny distribution on an older ThinkPad notebook with a 600MHz Pentium III processor. The story includes suggestions about tuning Lenny’s default GNOME UI with a custom launcher dock, and “real” versions of Firefox and Thunderbird.

Debian Lenny Based SimplyMEPIS 8.0 is Released

MEPIS LLC has released SimplyMEPIS 8.0, the community edition of MEPIS 8.0. The ISO files for 32 and 64 bit processors are SimplyMEPIS-CD_8.0.00-rel_32.iso and SimplyMEPIS-CD_8.0.00-rel_64.iso.

Five Best Live CDs

Live CDs (and DVDs) are versatile tools, allowing you to boot into an operating system without installing anything to your hard drives. Let’s take a closer look at the five most popular live CDs.

Installing SimplyMEPIS on VMware Workstation

After installing openSUSE 11.1, Debian 5.0, and OpenSolaris 2008.11 on VMware Workstation 6.5, I attempted to do the same for SimplyMEPIS 7.0

Debian, Ubuntu, Mint and More

One of the reasons Newcomers to Linux are scared off is the sheer number of choice-Ubuntu, Fedora, SUSE, Arch, Debian, Mandriva, PCLinuxOS…And all the variants and amateur releases and specialties and on and on…

Bits from the Lintian maintainers

Since the lenny freeze began, we’ve been working on incorporating major changes in preparation for squeeze, including (as previously announced) merging the Google Summer of Code work done by Jordà Polo for finer-grained tag classification.

Watching Hard Drive Activity With iotop On Ubuntu 8.10 And Debian Lenny

This article shows how you can watch your hard drive activity with iotop on Ubuntu 8.10 and Debian Lenny. iotop watches I/O usage information output by the Linux kernel (requires 2.6.20 or later) and displays a table of current I/O usage by processes or threads on the system. iotop displays columns for the I/O bandwidth […]

World’s largest Linux desktop deployment?

Working with the Brazilian government and virtual terminal vendor ThinNetworks, the company has won a contract to deploy 356,800 virtualized “Userful Multiplier” desktops to Brazilian schools.

The Perfect Desktop – Debian Lenny

This tutorial shows how you can set up a Debian Lenny desktop that is a full-fledged replacement for a Windows desktop, i.e. that has all the software that people need to do the things they do on their Windows desktops.

Server Migration From Ubuntu 8.04 To Debian 5.0

Last night, I spent a few hours migrating this production server from Ubuntu 8.04 “Hardy Heron” to Debian 5.0 “Lenny”. Many have asked me online and in person why I would make the switch, especially being a heavy Ubuntu advocate.

Plenty of Debian 5.0 Lenny reviews

This post contains a bunch of media reviews of Debian 5.0 “Lenny”: The Register,, The H open Source, Ars Technica, datamation, Techiemoe, LinuxPlanet, and screenshots at ZDNet

Knoppix: live CD par excellence

While the bigger and better-known Linux distributions tend to get more than their fair share of publicity, there are other bright stars that light up the FOSS firmament and rarely get a mention.

Appointment of new Project Secretary

Hi folks, After some deliberation and some delay, I’d like to announce the appointment of a new Secretary. As required in the constitution, Bdale (as acting Secretary) and I have worked together and decided on which of the volunteers we feel would be best for the position.

A Review of Damn Small Linux 4.4.10

For the first time this week I finally had the pleasure of taking Damn Small Linux (hereafter, DSL) for a test drive. One of the companies that I work for required an easy, lightweight and quick solution to salvage an older project. The

SNMP Software Inventory for Debian and Ubuntu machines

In a recent forum post, user ‘rmk’ came up with a Perl script to expose the software inventory through the SNMP hrSWInstalled OID for Debian and Ubuntu machines. User ‘zarxcky’ wrote up detailed instructions for deploying the solution and getting it to work with Ubuntu.

The Perfect Server – Debian Lenny (Debian 5.0)

This tutorial shows how to set up a Debian Lenny (Debian 5.0) server that offers all services needed by ISPs and hosters: Apache web server (SSL-capable), Postfix mail server with SMTP-AUTH and TLS, BIND DNS server, Proftpd FTP server, MySQL server, Courier POP3/IMAP, Quota, Firewall, etc

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