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KMID- KDE Midi playback on Mepis/Debian

I holded a instant of inspiration last dark conceiving about driving games and this afternoon during tiffin I determined to attempt to happen the MIDIs for Rad Racer

Mepis on pendrive: some improvement, some dead-ends

Once again I spent the day using Mepis 8 on the 4GB pendrive on my EeePC 901. Quite honestly, it lacks very little for normal day-2-day use although it might just be very marginally slower.

Simply Mepis 8 is a nice little Debian-based Linux distro

I am now running the latest version of Simply Mepis 8, one of many offshoots of Debian Linux and therefore a cousin of the venerable Ubuntu. I am taken back a couple of years to the simpler days of the KDE 3.5 interface.

My Day of Terror — Compiling Erlang on Lenny

Much encouraged by kind wizards (see Erlang — One Step Forward; Two Back; August 28, 2009; comments) I I set off this morning to compile Erlang on Reliance, my Debian Lenny workstation.

HowTo recompile Debian packages

This article will show how you can rebuild any debian package. You might need to rebuild a package for various reasons: add/remove some compilation options, make some changes to the sources, or compile a newer version from testing/sid into stable, etc.

7 Reasons to Use Debian

Any application needs time to be used and tested enough time in order to make it stable. One of the greatest goals of Debian is stability. It’s released when it’s ready and applications included in the repositories have enough time to be tested through.

Changes to Debian Maintainers handling

Hi, during DebConf9 the Debian Keyring Maintainers, the “Debian Maintainer Keyring Team” and FTPMaster discussed the maintenance of the extra debian-maintainers keyring. The conclusion was that the maintenance of the keyring is handed over to the Debian Keyring maintainers, while the policy (add/remove/change) is kept with the DM Keyring team.

Mini-DebConf Taiwan 2009

Hi, The “Software Liberty Association of Taiwan”(SLAT) is featuring a mini-DebConf during ICOS 2009 – International Conference on Open Source in Taipei in September, 2009.

Debian 64 Bit Linux Overview

I wanted to see Linux in action in 64 bits. It seems there are only a few choices, Ubuntu and Debian were the only distributions I found using 64 bit software. I thought I would give Debian a go first planning on installing Ubuntu afterwards.

how to use encrypted loop files with a gpg passphrase in Debian

Fast howto (mostly a note for personal use) on what’s needed on Debian to use an encrypted loop:

Configuring fail2ban With SquirrelMail On Debian Lenny 5.0/ISPConfig 3

In this article I will show how to prevent brute force attacks with Fail2ban against your SquirrelMail Web login using the Squirrel Logger plugin.

Many Changes for SimplyMEPIS 8.0.10

MEPIS LLC has released SimplyMEPIS 8.0.10, an update to the community edition of MEPIS 8.0. The ISO files for 32 and 64 bit processors are SimplyMEPIS-CD_8.0.10-rel_32.iso and SimplyMEPIS-CD_8.0.10-rel_64.iso.

Mepis 8.0 on pendrive bites the dust

I already posted about booting to Mepis 8 on my EeePC 901 from a 4 GB pendrive and it worked very well if maybe just a little slower than if it had been on one of the internal SSDs.

Running ASP.NET Applications in Debian and Ubuntu

Mono is an open-source project providing the necessary software to develop and run .NET client and server applications on Linux, Solaris, Mac OS X, Windows, and Unix. Monodevelop is probably the best IDE for developing .NET applications on Linux. In order to install and use it for development, you will also need the Mono .NET […]

SimplyMEPIS 8 Update Released

SimplyMEPIS 8.0.10 has been released, and it is as usual very good. I’ve been pleased and impressed with MEPIS for quite some time now, and despite a few small problems on my various computers, I continue to feel that way.

Using KernelCheck on Debian Lenny

KernelCheck compares your running kernel with the latest kernel from, compares the latest kernel with that posted in the Master Kernel Thread, and (optionally) builds the latest kernel automatically.

Bits from the release team: Release goals, schedule, state of the union

Heya, This mail should be the first in a row of roughly monthly mails informing the project about the state of the release. Please don’t hesitate to contact us on whenever you have questions.

Removing Unnecessary Packages on Debian Systems

The command deborphan can be used to check for unnecessary (orphaned) packages. By default deborphan searches for orphaned libraries, but you can have it search for other types of packages also: data packages, dev packages, etc. by specifying one of its many –guess-* command line options.

Debian vs. Shuttleworth

Which came first? The Debian or the Shuttleworth. Much has been made of Mark Shuttleworth’s efforts to get Debian to ‘release on time’ vs. ‘release when ready’. According to Mark this would make things easier for the derivative folks like Ubuntu and upstream developers.

Hacking .deb files

Rather than having to go through a failed installation, editing the postinst script then re-installing, here is an alternative method where the package is downloaded, unpacked, the script edited then the package rebuilt and installed in the normal way using apt-get.

SimplyMEPIS Linux 8.0

Certain distributions tend to get more press than others. SimplyMEPIS isn’t one of the ones that gets drooled over by the media the way that Linux Mint, Ubuntu and others do.

Debian Etch and Ubuntu Feisty: a comparison

If Ubuntu is based on Testing or is a snapshot of Debian unstable then it should be fine not to actually provide any software other then what is in Ubuntu main and then just have people pull directly from Debian repositories.

Debian: contempt for “end user” values has to stop!

Three recent problems with packages in the last stable release of Debian GNU/Linux (“Lenny”), brought me face-to-face with what is still a major obstacle for acceptance of free software on the desktop: contempt for the values of the people who use it. Despite all the accusations of unfair trade practices or other excuses, this remains […]

Upgrade Debian Etch to Debian Lenny

I started upgrading some of our Etch boxes to Lenny and this is how i did it. First make sure you have installed all updates for the current debian version you are running in our case debian etch.

Compile and Install Latest VLC in Debian Lenny

This tutorial will show how to compile and install the latest VLC from source in Debian Lenny in several steps. The current version at the time of writing is VLC 1.0.1, so the tutorial should work successfully for it.

Use Multiple Debian Versions At the Same Time

However, it can be really useful to grab packages from upstream when needed without necessarily upgrading your whole system to testing. This is quite straightforward to do with apt, but it isn’t all that well-documented.

Monitoring Multiple Log Files At A Time With MultiTail On Debian Lenny

MultiTail lets you view one or multiple files like the original tail program. The difference is that it creates multiple windows on your console (with ncurses). It can also monitor wildcards: if another file matching the wildcard has a more recent modification date, it will automatically switch to that file. That way you can, for […]

How-To: Compile and Install Wine 1.1.28 in Debian Lenny

Wine 1.1.28 was released on August 21 and it comes with new features and improvements like support for IRDA protocol, faster wineprefix creation, more image formats in WindowsCodecs and various other bug fixes.

How-To: Install OpenOffice 3.1 in Debian 5.0 Lenny

Debian Lenny comes by default with OpenOffice 2.6.4, but in the meantime OpenOffice 3.1 was released. You can easily install it on your Debian box by using the Debian Lenny backports repository, which is a repository including newer versions of applications than the ones which come by default with Lenny

Updating Debian with Ubuntu

I wanted to install Ubuntu 9.04 (jaunty) instead of Debian (Etch) because Debian (Etch) became «old stable», cannot be updated via regular Gnome Update Manager and most of my friends used Ubuntu.

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