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How to install portable Damn Small Linux in USB drive?

Damn Small Linux, as its name says, is an extremely small linux distribution.It will take around 51MB disk space.We can port the DSL just like that in a pen drive.Also we can store the worked files in the usb pen drive itself. It is just like we have a fuly installed computer in hand in […]

Debian Lenny on an old Dell Inspiron 1505E

With the laptop finally showing its age I decided to go with Debian, first Etch but soon enough Lenny was released so I upgraded to it and installing some additional software and such.

Xubuntu 9.04 vs Debian 5.0.1 Xfce

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.

On Debian and Mono

Lately, the typical flamewars that consume the Debian mailing lists have spilled over into the Linux subreddit. Like a moth to a flame, I am attracted to such flamewars, simply because I find them amusing for brief periods of time. No, they don’t provide information–flamewars are utterly devoid of such things.

Debian Lenny, and tab auto-complete

I’m currently working on rebuilding a server on a project, and went to hit the tab key to auto-complete1, when I was presented a delightful error…

RMS says Debian Mono decision ‘risky’

The founder of the Free Software Foundation, Richard Matthew Stallman, has termed Debian’s decision to include Mono as part of its default desktop task a move that “leads the community in a risky direction.”

Where the Munich Linux (R)evolution is today

“We would do it again,” said the vice director of the Munich project, Florian Schießl. Pictures of penguins, the Linux mascot, adorn the walls of the Munich city IT department. By mid-2012, at the latest, 80 percent of the 14,000 computers in the city administration will be moved to be Linux

Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 updated

Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 updated – The Debian project is pleased to announce the second update of its stable distribution Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 (codename “lenny”). This update mainly adds corrections for security problems to the stable release, along with a few adjustment to serious problems.

Monitor Debian server with monit

Monit is a system monitoring utility which allows an admin to easily monitor files, processes, directories, or devices on your Debian system. It can also be used for automatic maintenance/repairs – by executing particular commands when errors arise.

Running Lighttpd as a static file server for Drupal 6 on a Debian server

There are two main reasons for using a separate server for static files. The first is to offload the main server, e.g. Apache with mod_php, letting it only handle the dynamic requests. The second is to allow browsers to download files in parallel and without the overhead of cookies etc.

Installing Debian Lenny from a USB stick with Windows.

I recently purchased an Acer Aspire REVO for the purposes of a Development server that I can keep running 24/7 without the fear of racking up electricity bills. The trouble is, it has no cd-rom, so I set about looking to install from a USB disk.

Debian GNU

Debian GNU/Linux was first announced in 1993. Its founder, Ian Murdock, envisaged the creation of a completely non-commercial project developed by hundreds of volunteer developers in their spare time. With sceptics far outnumbering optimists at the time, it was destined to disintegrate and collapse, but the reality was very different.

Installing Damn Small Linux To Hard Disk

On this post I will be discussing howto install Damn Small Linux on your Hard Disk, since DSL is meant to be run as live CD you will need to prepare your disk using fdisk or cfdisk before you will be able to install Damn Small Linux now lets begin.

How To Set Up Journaled Quota On Debian Lenny

This tutorial shows how you can set up journaled quota on a Debian Lenny system. With journaled quota, you don’t need to run quotacheck after an unclean shutdown. Journaled quota works on ext3 and ext4 file systems.

Install Ruby Enterprise, Phusion Passenger and El Dorado on Debian Lenny

Read on to learn how to install Ruby Enterprise, Phusion Passenger and El Dorado from scratch in a sort of “one-off” setting where you’ve got one server and you want it to run one site.

Distributed Storage Across Four Storage Nodes With GlusterFS On Debian Lenny

This tutorial shows how to combine four single storage servers (running Debian Lenny) to one large storage server (distributed storage) with GlusterFS.

On the New Maintainer process

So, I decided to raise the topic of our New Maintainer process again. To summarize it, our process is the following….

Building a self-bundling Debian AMI

Given the regular questions appearing on the forum about using Debian/Ubuntu with EC2 I thought it might be a useful exercise to post a complete HOWTO should people wish to roll their own AMI rather than use my public one.

Joy of progeCAD 2009 under Wine in Debian Linux

This article outlines some updated steps to running progeCAD without buying a Windows license (although some free libraries will be needed). Understand that progeCAD is at this time not officially supported on Linux, either using Parallels or WINE emulation layer

Damn Small Linux

DSL was originally developed as an experiment to see how many usable desktop applications can fit inside a 50MB live CD. It was at first just a personal tool/toy.

Setup Approx On A Debian Server

Approx is like the equivalent of Microsoft’s WSUS or SUS on a Debian system. It’s a proxy service that runs on a server to save on bandwidth and time for installing programs and updates.

Setting up GeoDNS for security.debian.org

DSA is currently playing around with a patched version of bind9 (based on a patch we received from kernel.org people) to implement GeoDNS for security.debian.org.

Automatic notification of Debian package updates via cron

Very simple, and hinted at in the Debian APT HOWTO. I think I used to use a different package for this, but I think I like the simplicity of this method better.

Cloning Or Converting Linux VM From VMWare Workstation To ESX Server: ETH0 Gone. ETH1 Available?

I ran into a fun situation yesterday. I downloaded a virtual appliance for the Agilo Trac Plugin (which, if you’re a Trac user and trying to do sprints or iterations with it, you need to get this. It’s free and it rocks.) Turns out this VM is a Debian distribution.

Using an USB-Stick via FritzBox with Linux (Debian)

First you have to configure the FritzBox to allow access via network to the usb storage. This has to be done via the web-interface.

gluck.debian.org (aka oldpeople.d.o) about to be shut down

Hi, we are re-purposing gluck.debian.org (formerly people.debian.org) as a new security mirror to be shipped to Australia. Therefore the gluck.debian.org you have all come to love and depend upon will cease to exist in the near future.

Having Yum for Breakfast

In this wide world of Linux, there are primarily just two package management systems which reign: RPM and Deb. Most binary distributions use one or the other and there has long been tension between the two. So which system performs better?

Adding Microsoft core fonts to Debian

When setting up Ubuntu, I usually add in Microsoft’s core fonts by installing the msttcorefonts package using either Synaptic or apt-get. I am not sure why I didn’t try doing the same thing for Debian until now but it’s equally as feasible.

Comparing MEPIS 8 and Ubuntu 9.04

I first tweeted about Ubutu 9.04 a week ago. Now I know I’m not exactly comparing apples with apples, since MEPIS 8 is based on Debian 5.0 and uses KDE 3.5, whilst Ubuntu 9.04 uses GNOME 2.

Debian/Ubuntu: Updating System V style init script links

There are a number of methods for managing the System V style init script links in Debian and Debian-derived Linux distributions, such as Ubuntu. Using the built-in update-rc.d is perhaps the most common

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