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Install last version of localhost w3c validator on debian / ubuntu

I tried to install w3c validator locally as explained by w3c site : Problem is, latest available deb is version 7.4, and latest non-deb version is 8.5.1 !!!!

Firebird and Flamerobin news

Firebird 2.1.2 in debian unstable , ubuntu packages soon and Flamerobin 0.9.2 Accepted in Debian

Mutt, Exim4, Debian, Ubuntu and BCC. FAIL [fix included].

Take a default Ubuntu/Debian install using the Mutt mail client (MUA) then switch to exim4. You get the most monumental FAIL – your bcc addresses will be included in the message to everyone else. Dangerous and embarrassing!

remove unneeded configuration files in debian

This will, for an application that has already been removed but had its configuration left behind, purge that configuration from the system.

Debian and Back Again

Yesterday, I finally gave up and decided that Arch was too bleeding-edge for my poor broken laptop. I ended up going back to Debian, the first Linux distro that I ever used.

How to choose the best Linux distro for you

Choice is the best thing about Linux. Without choice, we may as well use an operating system where the developers make those choices for us. As we’ve covered in the past, anyone can create a Linux distribution. There is a flip side to all this choice however, and that’s finding the time to find the […]

TIP: Pretending IceWeasel to be Firefox in Debian Linux

I will show you a trick by which you can make your “IceWeasel” appear as “FireFox” to websites like Alexa.

Installing Debian (ARM) on QEMU

A smart phone has 200MHz ARM CPU and 2GB flash card, which can run a full distribution of Linux. ARM also releases SMP and high speed processors for the Netbook market. Apparently, ARM and Intel architecture are competing on mobile computing market.

T61p/Debian/Gnome/Gsynaptics HOWTO

gsynaptics gives you a nice little GUI in gnome to control the options on your synaptics touchpad, like the one my T61p came with. It’s easy to set up on a default debian install, you just need to add a few stanazas to your xorg.conf

Xubuntu 9.04 vs Debian 5.0.1 Xfce

Yes, it’s Ubuntu release week and yes, we’ll be looking at Ubuntu for our feature article. Instead of a review of what everyone already knows, this week I thought we’d take a look at how the newly released Xubuntu 9.04 compares to Debian Lenny with an Xfce desktop.

Misc developer news (#15)

In this issue: + Updates of major desktop environments + Alioth updated to lenny and FusionForge 4.7 + migrated to MoinMoin 1.7 + Tidbits from the wanna-build team + RFH: Removing spam from the listarchive + Groupware discussion list

Debian and LXDE

So it’s rather puzzling to me I’ve never installed Debian. I honestly don’t know why I haven’t. Maybe I thought stable software was old and boring, and unstable was dangerous and to be avoided.

Faces behind Popular Linux Distros

Have you ever wondered who are the people behind Ubuntu, Debian, Slackware,..? Stop wondering and have a look at faces behind popular Linux Distros.

SimplyMEPIS 8.0.06 Update is Available

The updated components on the SimplyMEPIS ISOs include recent updates from the Debian Lenny pool and also Linux kernel, Firefox 3.0.9, jbidwatcher 2.0.1, and gutenprint 5.2.3. In addition some minor tweaks have been applied to the MEPIS Installer and the MEPIS utilities

How-To: Enable Song Submission in CMus in Debian and Ubuntu

CMus is a very powerful audio player for the console with a ncurses-based interface, support for themes and highly configurable.

Mepis 8

I just recently downloaded and installed Mepis again. I’ll have to say, it has really improved from previous installs I’ve tried. Before it was based on Ubuntu and had the blot inherited from such a blotted upstream distro.

Wine and World of Warcraft on SimplyMEPIS 8.0, x86_64

I had decided that once I get Wrath of the Lich King working in two different distros, I would reformat and repartition my main hard drive to do away with Windows 2000 entirely.

Is Ubuntu Bigger than Debian now?

Debian is the basis for Ubuntu, but in some ways you can argue that Ubuntu has at this point, exceeded Debian. The great ‘failure’ of Debian is also it’s great strength. Debian hasn’t been able to put out releases in a regularly scheduled format in years — something developers will commonly attribute to not making […]

Howto : setting up dns2tcp

I’m not gonna explain what dns2tcp is, just how to get it running in less than 30 minutes.

Debian Kernel Has No Proprietary Firmware

Debian developer Robert Millan is offering an alternative kernel for Debian’s Lenny free Linux distro. Unlike the standard Lenny kernel, it contains no proprietary firmware.

The Debian Adventure, Part 13: Updates, and BUM

Our satellite Internet service has a download cap during “normal” day and evening hours, but downloads are unlimited from midnight to 7 am. So when I was up in the early morning hours, I decided it was time to install all the latest updates to my Debian Lenny desktop.

Linux-libre for Debian Lenny

Hi, As you probably know, back in December last year it was decided [1] that the Linux package shipped with Debian Lenny would include non-free code in it (so-called “blobs” of binary-only firmware).

Damn Small Linux: Install files with .dsl extension

The DamnSmallLinux live CD/USB allows you run DSL in memory. It also allows you to run apps that you download from the MyDSL repository. If you install DSL to HDD/USB then you’ll want to have these apps permanently on your system. You can do this easily.

Bits from the 2nd Debian Groupware Meeting

As last year the Debian Groupware Meeting was held in the LinuxHotel, Essen, Germany[1]. This is a short summary what happened during the weekend:

HowTo: Enemy Territory on Debian Linux

Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory is a free multiplayer FPS that takes place in the World World II pitting two teams (Allies and Axis) against each other for victory. In this post I’ll detail the steps required to install and update Enemy Territory, the ET Pro mod, PunkBuster and XQF on Debian GNU/Linux.

Does Debian still matter?

Debian was one of the first Linux distributions, and it pioneered much of what we take for granted in Linux systems today. But has Debian had its day?

My Days at MEPIS

SimplyMEPIS is the name, and version 8.0 is based around Debian 5 stable, which is more than enough to sell me.

Install Sun Java Runtime Environment (JRE) in Debian

Currently, Debian”Lenny” doesn’t have a Java Runtime Environment (JRE) package avaliable in the repositories that can easily be install with Aptitude (apt-get). There are ways around this, and here’s a way I found to get around it.

Install Debian GNU/Linux under an existing linux

Install Debian GNU/Linux under an existing Unix-like system VIA chroot and debootstrap. I should say the new debian GNU/Linux LENNY is an excellent platform to meet various users’ needs.

How slow can Linux go?

If it has a CPU, you can run Linux on it. Xboxes or iPhones, cars or calculators, Linux can live quite happily on any of these devices. But, when it comes to the desktop or laptop, how much processing power do you need to run a modern Linux desktop?

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