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Mepis 8 working well from USB key on EeePC 901

In the end, it really wasn’t that difficult to get Mepis 8.0 installed on a 4 GB Kingston pendrive and booting with ease from the Ubuntu Grub on the mbr.

Useful Wireless Networking Connection Commands – Ubuntu/Debian Linux

Here I am trying to explain some useful Linux commands for wireless networking

Mac and FreeBSD guy trying Debian

Well because I’m such a daredevil I decided to try something new with my new ThinkPad X40 and install Debian with the default Gnome desktop.

Virtual Hosting With Proftpd And MySQL (Incl. Quota) On Debian Lenny

This document describes how to install a Proftpd server that uses virtual users from a MySQL database instead of real system users. This is much more performant and allows to have thousands of ftp users on a single machine. In addition to that I will show the use of quota with this setup.

Review: SimplyMepis 8.0

SimplyMepis, or Mepis for short, is a distribution targeted towards new users that has the intended goal of providing a good distribution that is easy to use. Version 7.0, which was my first experience with Mepis was pretty good. But past success means little if the newer version doesn’t deliver. So let’s see how SimplyMepis […]

Debian-Ubuntu debate: an upstream view

Ever since the release team of the Debian GNU/Linux Project announced that it would be adopting a time-based freeze for future releases, there has been much debate about it on the project’s mailing lists.

DSL revisited

I caught myself endorsing Slitaz over Damn Small Linux the other day, not realizing exactly how long it has been since I used DSL, and whether or not it has improved in the past year or so. Slitaz scooped me up quite easily after relying on DSL for many years — so easily in fact, […]

VBoxHeadless – Running Virtual Machines With VirtualBox 2 On A Headless Debian Lenny Server

This guide explains how you can run virtual machines with Sun xVM VirtualBox 2 on a headless Debian Lenny server. Normally you use the VirtualBox GUI to manage your virtual machines, but a server does not have a desktop environment.

Iptraf Tutorial

IPTraf is an ncurses-based IP LAN monitor that generates various network statistics including TCP info, UDP counts, ICMP and OSPF information, Ethernet load info, node stats, IP checksum errors, and others.

Debian stable(?) on the HP Mini

What about plain old Debian stable (nicknamed Lenny)? Well, when I tried to use the regular .iso through a UNetBootIn’ed USB, I got some error message about the CD-ROM not being detected

Install Mysql 5.1 for SPARC64 under Debian Lenny

If you happen to own a SPARC64 box, you’ll probably already know that even if the kernel is 64bit the userland comes from the normal SPARC Debian port, so it’s 32bit. Mysql is no exception, with all the 32bit limitations – mainly the 4GB RAM per process limit.

Howto Get MPICH2 run on a Linux Debian Lenny Machine

When trying to get MPICH2 working on two Debian Lenny machine, I ran into a problem. Actually, /etc/hosts was misconfigured.

Quran Study Tool for Ubuntu / Debian Linux : Zekr

Quran Study Now Available in Linux, Arabic Quotes and English Translation. It is fully featured with advanced searching, navigation, recitation, and commentary.

Predictable Cadence: Shuttleworth Chimes in on Debian Release Cycle

Controversy over fixed release cycles for Debian is nothing new. Now Ubuntu’s Mark Shuttleworth has entered into the fray.

Free Linux Games

This article presents several free games that are immediately available once you have downloaded and installed Damn Small Linux.

Bits from Debian Pure Blends

Hi, here are some bits from Debian Pure Blends [0]:

Install Dreamweaver CS4 in Ubuntu and Debian

Build world-class websites and applications with one of the industry’s leading web authoring tools. Adobe Dreamweaver CS4 software is ideal for web designers, web developers, and visual designers

BarracudaDrive for Debian

The Debian release is designed for institutions such as schools and universities which typically require a high number of concurrent users. The included BarracudaDrive Debian startup script configures BaracudaDrive to allow up to 2000 simultaneous socket connections,sufficient for most high end users.

Misc developer news (#17)

In this issue: + PTS news: accessibility, piuparts, l10n + (and its webwml repo) moved to Alioth + Git user’s survey 2009 + New source formats + New mailing list debian-user-dutch

Bits o’ Bugs from the BTS

It’s been a really long time since owner@b.d.o has written, so these should most likely be called bytes, but here goes..

Debian Policy released

I’ve just uploaded Debian Policy 3.8.3. The next time you upload a package, please check it against the new version of Policy and update Standards-Version in debian/control accordingly. A new release of Lintian calibrated for this release of Policy will be uploaded shortly.

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).

Shuttleworth Offers Canonical Employees to Debian

If you didn’t already know, Debian had announced a new release schedule; a freeze during December, a release some time in the first half of the following year. After outcries from the Debian community, the December freeze aspect of the plan was reversed. Since most of the ire about this situation seemed to be directed […]

Kernel Mode-Setting (KMS) on Neo FreeRunner + Debian

Forget AMD, Intel, NVIDIA! Thomas White’s incredible work with Neo FreeRunner’s puny graphics dec…accelerator, Smedia Glamo 3362 is starting to bear fruits.

Happy Birthday Debian!

It all started here 16 years ago!

Vacation time!

Sorry folks, there’ll be no updates for the next couple of weeks, as I’ll be trekking in the hills and forests of Germany and not spending much time online.

2009 Annual International Debian Conference finished successfully

About 250 people from over 35 countries attended this year’s Debian conference, DebConf9, which took place from July 24th to 30th in Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain. About 80 of them also attended the Debianworking camp, DebCamp, which preceded the conference from July 16th to23rd. DebCamp is mostly used for face to face meetings by teams withinDebian, […]

How To Log Emails Sent With PHP’s mail() Function To Detect Form Spam

If you are running a webserver you might have faced the problem already: somewhere on your server is a vulnerable contact form or CMS system written in PHP that gets abused by spammers to send emails trough your server. If you have more than a few websites, it is a pain to detect which of […]

Of Debian and Mono

Some time ago, the Debian Developers decided to include Mono in the default Debian installation. This move was controversial, and provoked a discussion. After considering the different opinions, I decided to voice mine.

Debian and Ubuntu: uneasy coexistence continues

Given the increasing corporate use of GNU/Linux, there has been pressure on Debian from various quarters to adhere to some kind of time-based release process. This pressure increased no end after the emergence of Ubuntu, based on the unstable branch of Debian, which has tied its releases to the six-monthly release cycle of the GNOME […]

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