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Using iSCSI On Debian Lenny (Initiator And Target)

This guide explains how you can set up an iSCSI target and an iSCSI initiator (client), both running Debian Lenny. The iSCSI protocol is a storage area network (SAN) protocol which allows iSCSI initiators to use storage devices on the (remote) iSCSI target using normal ethernet cabling. To the iSCSI initiator, the remote storage looks […]

McIntyre vs. Zacchiroli in Debian Leadership Battle

Two developers have entered the race for the Debian Project Leadership. New candidate Stephano “Zack” Zacchiroli is challenging current leader Steve McIntyre, who is running for a second term in office.

Debian 5.0 XFCE At A Glance

I’ve had the pleasure of taking a special Debian 5.0 distribution (Debian 5.0 i386 XFCE LXDE) for a recent test drive as a virtual machine in Citrix XenServer 5.0.

DebConf9: Call For Papers

DebConf9 Call for Papers: We invite submissions of proposals for papers, presentations, discussion sessions and tutorials for Debconf9. Submissions will be accepted until April 15th.

Registration for DebConf9 opened

Registration for DebConf9 opened: Registration is now open for DebConf9, which will take place in Cáceres, Extremadura from Friday 24 to Thursday 30 July 2009.

Election campaign kicks off for Debian Project leadership

The second phase of the annual election for the Debian Project leadership has begun, with Steve McIntyre, the incumbent Debian Project Leader, running for a second term. His opponent, Stefano Zacchiroli, is responsible for, among other things, the Package Tracking System, the Vim editor and the Python package

Interview: Steve McIntyre of Debian

Steve McIntyre, Debian Project Leader talks about his work with the free open source Linux distribution

Upgrading Debian Etch to Lenny on a Thinkpad T43p

After having brought my wife’s computer from Etch to Lenny already two weeks ago, which as it ran on an almost stock Etch went quite seamlessly, despite the X drivers needed to be reinstalled manually, I also upgraded my T43p to Lenny.

Google Summer of Code 2009

Hi folks, Google are running their Summer of Code programme again this year, and if we want to take part again we need to apply this week. If we’re accepted again as a mentoring organisation, then students will be able to apply to work with us up until the 3rd April.

Adding Repositories to Synaptic

If you use a Debian-based Linux distribution then you probably use Synaptic. And if you use Synaptic enough you may have come across an application that it can not find.

Debian Project Leader Election 2009

Hi, The nomination period has ended and we’re now in the campaigning period. We have 2 candidates: – Stefano Zacchiroli and Steve McIntyre <>

Bluetooth, GPRS mobile phone with Debian GNU/Linux

This short guide will detail the steps needed to set up Bluetooth on Debian GNU/Linux, make your laptop communicate with your mobile phone, and use the latter as a modem to connect to the Internet.

Debian Lenny Minimal Desktop

After you have read my post on minimal install of Debian, you may want something more than the command line, i.e. a minimal desktop.

Installing Mepis 8

I am writing this tutorial because I have received feedback from people I have recommended Mepis 8 to that the step where partitioning is done or partitions are selected during the install is not clear. Also, I have seen questions about upgrading an existing Mepis installation or reinstalling to fix a broken installation. I will […]

HOWTO: Setup a MediaWiki server on Debian Linux Lenny

In this post we will learn how to setup a mediawiki Wiki server on Debian Lenny. There are lots of Wiki choices available from which you can choose one. I will explain specifically how to setup a MediaWiki server.

Install VMWare Tools on a Debian 5 Guest Virtual Machine

I recently set up a Debian 5 Lenny virtual machine using VMWare Server and installed the VMWare Tools and the process is fairly similar but I had a couple of issues due to it being a base install with no compiler so thought it a good idea to post how to install VMWare Tools on […]

Debian Project Leader Election 2009: Final call for nominations.

Hi, The nomination period for the DPL election is almost over. If you want to nominate yourself as canidate you need to send a signed mail to the list.

How To Run Fully-Virtualized Guests (HVM) With Xen 3.2 On Debian Lenny (x86_64)

This guide explains how you can set up fully-virtualized guests (HVM) with Xen 3.2 on a Debian Lenny x86_64 host system. HVM stands for HardwareVirtualMachine; to set up such guests, you need a CPU that supports hardware virtualization (Intel VT or AMD-V).

Democracy in Action: Electing a Debian Leader

The election of the Project Leader for the Debian Project has become an annual spring rite, conducted in April since 2001 though in other months prior to that. And, like much of the painstaking drive for quality in the development of Debian, the election is one of the most meticulously run democratic exercises you will […]

Things You Need To Know To Become An Apt Guru

Also known as the Advanced Package Tool, APT was first introduced in Debian 2.1 in 1999. APT is not so much a specific program as it is a collection of separate, related packages.

Google Summer of Code 2009 at Debian needs you

The Google Summer of Code (GSoC) is an international program that offers student developers stipends to write code for various open source software projects. Debian has participated since 2006, mentoring dozens of students on Debian projects.

NIC Bonding On Debian Lenny

Ethernet bonding refers to aggregating multiple ethernet channels together to form a single channel. This is primarily used for redundancy in ethernet paths or for load balancing. This page refers in particular to performing ethernet bonding under Linux, and so does not limit itself to discussion of 802.3ad Trunk Aggregation.

How to Install Adobe Flash in Debian Etch/Lenny

Flash Player is a cross-platform browser plug-in that delivers breakthrough Web experiences to over 98% of Internet users.

Xen Cluster Management With Ganeti On Debian Lenny

Ganeti is a cluster virtualization management system based on Xen. In this tutorial I will explain how to create one virtual Xen machine (called an instance) on a cluster of two physical nodes, and how to manage and failover this instance between the two physical nodes.

Misc developer news (#14)

In this issue: + debhelper third-party command option parsing transition + initramfs-tools new Lenny features + bts-link supporting more bugtrackers + Debian Data Export + List of bugs blocking transitions

Warren Woodford on MEPIS kernel, favourite features

Warren Woodford, founder and lead developer of MEPIS Linux, had previously complained that Debian 5.0 “Lenny” didn’t ship with a long-term support Linux kernel, and so the latest release of MEPIS breaks form with Lenny only days after its release by shipping with a newer kernel

Full Debian “Lenny” on an RB433AH board

I have developed a nice technique for transforming an RB433AH board ( into a full blown Debian MIPS system for easy development.

Debian Project Leader Elections 2009: Call for nominations

Hi, According to the constitution (5.2. Appointment), project leader elections should begin “six weeks before the leadership post becomes vacant, or (if it is too late already) immediately.”

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