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SFTP on Ubuntu and Debian in 9 easy steps

In this post, I’ll show you how to set up secure ftp (SFTP) access to your Ubuntu server. (Instructions for Debian are very similar: leave out the sudo part and follow these steps as root:)

How to install the APC PHP Cache on Debian (Lenny)

The APC cache can significantly improve your PHP script performance, just by installing it, which basically takes 5 minutes! (Plus, it’s actually supported by the core PHP developers and will probably be integrated into PHP6…)

How-to build and install QGIS from SVN on Debian in a bandwidth-friendly way.

You can find many unofficial binary packages around the web, however they are likely to fail on some unmatched runtime dependency … QGIS people made it simple for us to build packages on our own by providing a convenient “debian/” directory in the source tree.

Debian Lenny, Lighttpd, PHP5 (php5-apc) and MySQL spikes

On a clean server I installed Lenny, I used aptitude to install Lighttpd (1.4.19 a bit old, I know), Mysql, php5-cgi (with php5-apc).

Getting GRUB2 to dual boot Debian and FreeBSD

Just installed FreeBSD 8 on a spare partition of my computer. Was planning to use the Debian-installed GRUB to boot it, but when I went to edit GRUB config files they had changed beyond recognition. GRUB 2, it seems, is very different to GRUB 1

gccgo Debian Package

As building gccgo was a success, I am going to try making a debian package for gccgo…

Putting new version on Debian stable (lenny)

Of course, there is a catch – new computers have graphic cards that lenny simply cannot cope with anymore. And if you want new drivers, you need new xorg version

Ubuntu and Debian Installation Fun

The Debian 5.0.3 server install for my Dell 2850 proved to be less frustrating – but not without hiccups.


Hello World, Those of you who’ve been reading the -events-eu mailinglist will alreadyknow this, but for those of you who don’t: Debian (or any other Linux distribution, for that matter) will not receive a devroom at the next FOSDEM.

Bits from the NM people

Hello world, during this weekend FD/DAM had a meeting in Essen to discuss various things and issues around the New Maintainer process.

UNP a Universal File Unpacking Utility for Ubuntu / Debian

Unp is a small perl script which makes extraction of any archive files in easy way. It support several compressors and archiver programs, chooses the right one(s) automatically and extracts one or more files using a single command. It supports rar, zip, tar.gz, deb, tar.gz2, rpm etc..

Setting up Hudson on port 80 on a Debian or Ubuntu machine

I wanted to configure hudson to be visible on my server at myserver/hudson, instead of myserver:8080, for a project I’m in. That turned out to be quite a bit more complicated, but I got it done in the end and documented the process here for others and my own future reference.

How To Install VirtualBox Guest Additions in Linux

VirtualBox Guest Additions, similar to Virtual Machine Additions for Virtual PC (VPC), is an application that installs into guest operating system running in virtual machine

Compiling nginx on debian lenny

When I first looked at how old the nginx package in the debian repo was I thought that I should compile nginx. However, I eventually managed to find a more recent repo which I will post later.

Local Debian Repository

The below steps are to set up a local Debian repository which would be available through APT with the following lines in /etc/apt/sources.list:….

Debian looking at development freeze by March

The Debian GNU/Linux project is looking at a development freeze in March next year for its next release, Squeeze, the project leader Steve McIntyre says

The market has rejected Linux desktops. Get over it.

In the decade since it was first proclaimed as the “Windows killer,” Linux on the desktop has made virtually no progress in real adoption numbers.

MEPIS Birthday Surprise: SimplyMEPIS 8.5 alpha Release

November 21 was the seventh anniversary of MEPIS Linux, so it seems fitting that Warren Woodford has uploaded SimplyMEPIS 8.4.80, the alpha release of MEPIS 8.5.

How to Install Adobe Flash in Debian Etch/Lenny/Sid

If you run Etch you will want to use

Purchase music from Amazon on your Linux machine

But in order to take advantage of this service, you MUST have the MP3 downloader installed. That’s where this tutorial comes into play. Here you will see how to install and use the Amazon MP3 Downloader on your Linux box.

Debian Testing Build Script

For those who were interested in my previous Debian Testing build notes, I’ve now simplified the process somewhat into an install script that will do most of the work for you.

GNOME on Debian GNU/kFreeBSD

Since today for kfreebsd-amd64, and probably tomorrow for kfreebsd-i386 too, the gnome metapackage is installable on Debian GNU/kFreeBSD.

Backporting new code to Debian packages

If you are willing to do a little bit of work you can shoehorn the latest code into a package yourself without needing any special knowledge of how to create packages. Note this will only work with programs that already have been packaged since it re-uses the old packaging info with the new code.

Debian Sid/Unstable VirtualBox 3 Guest

I realize it is pretty straight forward but I think it might help other who are having trouble. VirtualBox is still not perfect in the linux guest arena but its gotten a lot better over the past year since Sun apparently threw a bunch of money into it.

Knoppix Live CD distro rev’d

Klaus Knopper has released version 6.2 of his Debian-based live-CD Linux distro. Based on Debian 5.0 (“Lenny”), the new version uses the lightweight LXDE as the default desktop, and includes a new version of the ADRIANE talking menu system for vision-impaired users.

Upgrade Debian 3.1(sarge) to 4.0(etch)

It look like that to upgrade from Debian 3.1 to 4.0 should be fairly easy; however, the truth is that you will somehow trap by “libc6” loop. Here is a note to solve the problem.

Knoppix 6.2 arrives

Knoppix 6.2 features version of the Linux kernel, 7.4 and version 1.2 of ADRIANE (Audio Desktop Reference Implementation and Networking Environment). ADRIANE is a “a talking menu system, which is supposed to make work and internet access easier for computer beginners, even if they have no sight contact to the computers monitor.”

Debian – The Universal Operating System

The claim from the Debian project that it is “The Universal Operating System” is spot on, and I hope this post shows you really how universal it truly is.

The Debian Installer – The Most Flexible Linux Installer

I used to think that the openSUSE installer was the most flexible Linux installer, with Anaconda running a close second, but I think I’m going to at least put the Debian installer in a 2-way tie for first with openSUSE.

How To Enable Networking In Xen Guests On Hetzner’s DS Servers (Debian Etch)

This tutorial shows how you can enable networking in Xen guests (domU) on Hetzner’s DS servers. With the DS servers, you can get a subnet of eight additional IPs (or more) – usually that subnet is different from the subnet that the server’s main IP is from.

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