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LDAP + Samba PDC + PAM/NSS on Debian Lenny HOWTO

This HOWTO will guide you though a basic system setup, including Samba PDC and PAM/NSS with LDAP on Debian Lenny. You can further more extend the use of LDAP to other system/platform with this setup.

Ultimate Debian Database talk at FOSDEM

Of course, I was in Brussels this week-end, for FOSDEM. I gave a talk about Ultimate Debian Database (slides here) in the Debian devroom. The conclusion was “UDD is ready, go play with it!” so you know what you should do now!

SimplyMEPIS 8.0 RC3: Entering the “Waiting for Lenny” Phase

When will SimplyMEPIS be released? MEPIS developer, Warren Woodford, says, “MEPIS 8.0 is in good shape but since MEPIS is meant to have a Debian Stable core, I’d prefer to wait and declare it final when Debian Lenny is released.”

Debian’s ‘lenny’ release expected this Saturday

The successor to ‘etch’, Debian GNU/Linux 5.0, codenamed ‘lenny’, is expected to be made generally available this Saturday.

Debian Project News – February 2nd, 2009

Welcome to this year’s second issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian community. Topics covered in this issue include: * Release update * Debian Summer of Code 08: Where are they now? * Dedicating Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 “Lenny” to Thiemo “ths” Seufer * Open Source study conducted by Heise Open * … and much […]

Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 updated

Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 updated. The Debian project is pleased to announce the seventh update of its stable distribution Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 (codename “etch”). This update mainly adds corrections for security problems to the stable release,along with a few adjustment to serious problems.

New layout and much, much more…

Welcome to the new! There’ll be many new features on the site now and in the weeks to come. First, thanks to László Torma for motivating us to get moving with the update and for helping with the design. After almost 3½ years with the same layout, we’ve switched from Xoops to WordPress and […]

Embedded Computer Runs Linux, Development Tools, and Access Control

U.S. embedded hardware OEM KwikByte demonstrated a display-based, development system running a full Debian environment and applications on a power-conscious, microcontroller. The system is targeted at general purpose computing, test stands, access control systems, and inventory management applications. More here Quote: The board supports smaller configurations like BusyBox and uClibc (top screen shot) as well […]

FOSDEM09 and my Summer of Code at Debian slides

Here are the slides for my talk (Debian and Google Summer of Code 2008: wrap-up and insights) in PDF format: debian-fosdem09-gsoc08. Get them here

Debian Project seeks Hardware Donations

The Debian project is looking for sponsors for two new officialservices: snapshot and data archives. Both services utilize largeamounts of data and therefore require a capable machine with a largedisk array that provides 10 TB of disk space to start, with the abilityto be easily extended. We'd like interested sponsors to ————————————————————————The Debian Project […]

The Unthinkable: Moving From Ubuntu to Debian 5 Lenny

I am thinking the unthinkable…..I am considering changing from Ubuntu 8.10 for my desktop to Debian 5. I have been running the Debian 5 Lenny candidate for awhile and have bee very pleased with the stability and features. Read it here Quote: 2. SecurityBasically the security issue is the same as stability. It is even […]

Damn Small indeed.

I already knew about DSL (damn small linux). I checked online to see what the requirements were. The entire operating system can fit on a 50MB USB drive. “That's perfect,” I thought. More here Quote: I decided to just run the DamnSmallLinux inside of Windows. I started to read up this distrobution of Linux. Apparently […]

Debian on HP 2510p

In August I got a very nice HP 2510p notebook which is now my main system for development. This took a while for two reasons. More here Quote: First of all the system did not resume 100% reliably. This has now been solved, although the final patches needed for that will only be in 2.6.29, […]

Virtualization With Xen On Debian Lenny (AMD64)

This tutorial provides step-by-step instructions on how to install Xen on a Debian Lenny (5.0) system (AMD64). More here Quote: Xen lets you create guest operating systems (*nix operating systems like Linux and FreeBSD), so called “virtual machines” or domUs, under a host operating system (dom0). Using Xen you can separate your applications into different […]

Why Debian release schedules don’t matter

We all love it when things run on time. There are certain things which need to happen when the clock strikes the hour – buses and trains need to arrive, a cron job on your server needs to spark some script or the other to life, your kids need to be at school. Read it […]

Damn Small Linux – An Amazingly Small Linux

An amazing Linux distribution. Just 50MB and you are in business. I got a taste of the wonderful Damn Small Linux (DSL) today as I installed it onto my 1GB flash drive. I followed the simple instructions as listed on their wiki. Read more here Quote: In short, good things do come in small packages. […]

Need a supercomputer? This guy builds them himself

Bruce Allen is perhaps the world's best do-it-yourselfer. When he needed a supercomputer to crunch the results of gravitational-wave research, he built one with his colleagues at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. It isn't mentioned in the article, but he uses Debian and Beowulf

Damn Small Linux – Puppy’s small brother

Damn Small Linux (DSL) is another small, minimal-requirement distro, which aims to deliver solid functionality and ultra-fast performance on very-low-end machines, with as little as just a handful of MB of RAM. Read more here Quote: DSL is a very nice little distro. It is fast and stable. Its modest footprint makes it ideal for […]

Debian Linux is finally – no really! – getting close to release

An open-source truism is: “Nothing is released until it's ready.” Well, sometimes that's true and sometimes you have situations like the one with Debian Linux's next release: Debian 5 “Lenny.” Read the comment here Quote: Somehow, and don't ask me how, Debian has managed to survive yet another internal civil war, and so I expect […]

Debian Founder Murdock Now Sun's Cloud Strategist

Debian Linux founder and former OpenSolaris chief Ian Murdock is taking over the role of chief strategist for cloud computing at Sun Microsystems. Read more here Quote: The result of a restructuring at Sun last November has given Ian Murdock the new role of VP of Cloud Computing Strategy, which Murdock recently announced in a […]

How to grsec + Debian (

After 4 years with Slackware on my laptop I decide to move to Debian. I installed Debian 4.0r6 Etch and then decide to perform some basic hardening. The first thing that you can do is of course to remove some crappy services like RPC portmap. More here

How to: Debian stop MTA start up at boot and other services

I always get this with wireless and MTA when booting Debian due to the way I configure my network card. Read it here Quote: My Wireless card config is setup in /etc/network/interfaces, nameservers in /etc/resolv.conf, but I use /etc/rc.local to issue my ESSID, WEP pass and restart the network which means that MTA (Mail Transfer […]

Debian security motivational posers

I got a kick out of these tounge in cheek Motivational Posters that take at jab at Debian GNU/Linux for their embarrassingly severe low entropy security hole in their implementation of OpenSSH in May 2008. Quite funny, here

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

Welcome back for the last part of the reviews. You may want to look at the previous parts : part 1 and part 2. More here Quote: Aptitude-gtk, usability and GTK+ GUI for the Aptitude package managerPresentation“A GTK+ GUI for Aptitude that will work alongside improved current ncurses and command-line interfaces. This will offer an […]

Release update: deep freeze, planned dates, and remaining bugs

The weekend of February 14th is going to be our tentative target forrelease. We've checked with all the involved teams (which are many!),and the date works for all of them. Hello! Deep freeze=========== As you've probably read by now, the Installer Team has announced [1] theavailability of the second, and hopefully final, release candidate forthe […]

Grub 2 in Debian Etch

The GNU team has released grub 2 which allows us to display grub menu using background images of your taste. Are you thrilled? But I was not happy, because I am using Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 code named “Etch”. Read it here Quote: It doesn't have the grub2 in its repository. Also I don't want another […]

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