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Building Inkscape on Debian: Easy as 1, 2, 11 (ish)!

On my brand new, very cool Jolicloud installation, I needed to use Inkscape for some vector work. However, the version of Inkscape in the repositories is 0.46, which does not feature the toolbar menu

Cleaning Lady Attack Possible on Debian and Ubuntu Desktop

We have recently discovered that possibly all screensavers with lock capabilities are prone to a cleaning lady attack. By issuing Alt+SysRq+f you (or a malicious cleaning lady) can make the OOM killer kill your screensaver process

Django, Apache, and X-SendFile in Debian

The idea for this post is to allow downloading files only to restricted users. The only constraint for now is that users are logged in. As I add more code to the Django app, I plan to include the ability to specify which users should have access to which files.

To Build Hanterm-xf 2.0.6 on Debian Linux

Hanterm-xf is a fast and functional X-terminal emulator. Although development of Hanterm-xf ceased long ago, I find hanterm-xf very useful because it has built-in Korean input system and displays Latin, Korean and Unicode well.

Release Early, Release Often, Adopt Slowly

Peter Eisentraut, a software engineer at F-Secure who also works on PostgreSQL and is a Debian Developer, has some good advice for people concerned about the adoption rate of Python 3.

Switching Ruby platforms on Debian

I’ve also been doing quite a bit of Ruby on Rails coding recently and I have grown to love the way it works and how easy it is to get massive amounts of work done. The problems start when you try to use Ruby on Debian

Install .rpm Files in Debian and Ubuntu

Some time you might find some applications are having only .rpm files but you want a .deb package for your debian,Ubuntu and other debian derived ditributions.

Run Debian on N900 or Nokia Internet Tablets

Maemo OS is built mostly on Debian. Hence, it is quite possible to run Debian on Maemo based devices. Here’s how:

How-to build an independant Debian USB-stick (ip).

I’ll just start (again) to write down the steps, how I tried to build an independant bootable USB-stick with Debian for all platforms from i486 to amd64 (slow but true) – so this is a real work in progress that starts NOW and only the positives will be posted – so don’t worry.

Debian/Ubuntu GNU/Linux device driver check

This very useful tool to check Debian GNU/Linux device driver check page.Ubuntu is based on Debian GNU/Linux so let us try this and see the results

Setting Up Transmission-Daemon To Use With Remote GUI In Ubuntu And Debian

In this article, I will cover installing and configuring transmission-daemon in a headless (but should work on a normal Debian / Ubuntu install too) Debian or Ubuntu machine.

Power off problem of Old Computers with Debian

Recently, I installed Debian lenny on it to use it as a downloading server. But I had a problem with it’s power off. Though I have issued the command “poweroff”, it didn’t completely power off itself and continued to display a message saying “System has halted.” on the screen.

Debian Enchilada tutorial

Here you’ll find a set of videos guiding you through an Enchilada installation on Debian.

Installing Debian on a ThinkPad X200

The X200 has no cd/dvd but can boot from USB. On the X200 BIOS settings, the USB disk boot option needed to be raised to be used first. Using F1 at boot gives access to the BIOS.

Aptitude vs apt-get memory usage on Debian

If you are administering small-memory VPS servers it’s very easy to exceed all available memory. Typical memory hogs (apache mpm-prefork, rsyslogd) could be easily replaced by alternatives.

Debian Lenny on New-Old Laptop, etc.

After having issues with X crashing in PCLOS Zen Mini, I decided to find something a bit more stable. For me, that more often than not means Debian, a RedHat clone, Slackware, or one of the BSDs. I opted for Debian Lenny via net install.

iSCSI: Setting up open-iscsi on Debian (under VMware)

I warned that if the virtualization layer enforces the use of encapsulation boundaries that interfere with that abstraction, then virtualization becomes less useful. I put forward the use of a software iSCSI initiator on Debian under XenServer as a case in point.

Compiling a Realtime (PREEMPT RT) Kernel in Debian 5.0/Lenny

OK, let’s just get right to it. We both know why you’re here and you’re probably raring to get JACK and some client apps running in RT mode with low latencies as quickly as possible.

Previewing Easy Debian for the N900

If most users are to use desktop-grade applications on the N900, there needs to be a simple way to install them. Easy Debian will provide just that, but it’s not quite up to the task yet. Advanced users willing to do some beta testing will find it exhilarating even now.

Perfect Debian 5.0 Server – so easy, even a newbie can do it

This brief tuto­r­ial is about installing a per­fect server with the new Debian 5.0 (code­named Lenny) Linux Oper­at­ing Sys­tem. At a later date, we will test drive some of the added fea­tures and how it can be used as a solid busi­ness solu­tion to run crit­i­cal busi­ness applications.

The Five Distros That Changed Linux

Linux’s history can be measured in both releases 2.0, 2.6, and so on, and in its major distributions, which brought these releases to the masses at large. Here’s my list of the top five major Linux distributions that had the most impact in the operating system’s brief history

Dell MD3000 Multipath on Debian

We are in the process of deploying some new infrastructure to store the 150+GB of new content (media only, not including text) uploaded to WordPress.com daily.

SimplyMEPIS 8.5 beta2 Improvements

Warren Woodford has uploaded SimplyMEPIS 8.4.94, the beta2 of MEPIS 8.5. This beta is available from MEPIS and public mirrors. The ISO files for 32 and 64 bit processors are SimplyMEPIS-CD_8.4.94-b2_32.iso and SimplyMEPIS-CD_8.4.94-b2_64.iso.

Two other great Linux distributions: MEPIS & Mint

MEPIS is easily the most obscure of my favorite distributions. Unlike most Linux distributions, it has neither a company nor a community behind it.

support to be removed from Debian Squeeze: call for volunteers

Bastian Blank – which is the person (among others, but mainly him) that is packaging Xen in Debian -, has decided last summer that he doesn’t want to deal with the qemu-dm of Xen, thus removing Xen Qemu and support for HVM in Debian.

Kernel 2.6.32.1-deadlock released for Debian/Ubuntu (Deadlock)

Yesterday, the kernel development team have released kernel version 2.6.32.1. As I was looking at the ChangeLog from kernel.org website, I have noticed that there are not much changes to this kernel, besides tons of fixed for ext4 file system.

Installing and dual-booting Debian GNU/kFreeBSD

Now that Debian GNU/kFreeBSD is an official part of Debian, it is time to play around with the new toy. But in order to do such feat there are several issues that have to be resolved on the path to success.

Install virtual machines with qtemu

There are a few methods of running virtual machines on a Linux host: VirtualBox, VMWare, KVM, and QEMU are four of the most popular. Each method has it’s pros and cons.

oh Debian, how I dislike you

Ok, I will admit it, Im a Redhat guy – I understand it, it makes sense to me. However Id like to think I know my way around a Debian based system, but it seems I dont

Nagios and SSL in Debian

I was doing some work on NRPE (the Nagios Remote Plugin Executor) and I noticed bug report #547092 [1] which concerns the fact that the default configuration uses the same SSL certificate for all Debian servers and provides a patch to fix the problem

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