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Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 updated

The Debian project is pleased to announce the fourth 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 adjustments for serious problems.

How To Back Up MySQL Databases With mylvmbackup On Debian Lenny

mylvmbackup is a Perl script for quickly creating MySQL backups. It uses LVM’s snapshot feature to do so. To perform a backup, mylvmbackup obtains a read lock on all tables and flushes all server caches to disk, creates a snapshot of the volume containing the MySQL data directory, and unlocks the tables again.

Why debian rocks

It has been quite some time, actually years, since I started using Debian. Earlier I have used various flavors of Linux like SuSE, Red Hat, RHEL, Fedora, Ubuntoo but my experience with Debian has been so far the best.

Hands On with Thinkpad X200s and Debian Squeeze

I have recently been evaluating small laptops, and wound up purchasing the Thinkpad X200s. It arrived a few days ago, so here are some first impressions.

Rounding out a terminal-based Debian system

Provided you’re not going to dedicate the machine to a singular task and imprison it in the closet, this might actually make a machine usable for you, all the way down to around 100Mhz.

Debian adventures

On my laptop (Macbook 4,1) I run Debian testing/experimental which was running quite smoothly since I installed it apart from the couple few weeks.

Panamá MiniDebConf 2010 – March

Hi Everyone, I’m pleased to announce that we will be arranging a MiniDebConf starting on 19/Mar/2010 ending on 21/Mar/2010 on Panamá City[0]

The culture of freedom lies in the details

Here is an interesting blog post by Bradley Kuhn about Ubuntu, Debian, and (warning: my interpretation ahead) the culture of freedom.

How-To: Install Finch 2.6.5 in Debian Lenny

Finch is a powerful text user interface instant messaging client based on libpurple, and it comes included in the Pidgin source, the popular GNOME IM client.

Fedora, Debian, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, OpenSolaris Benchmarks

We have now extended that comparison to put many other operating systems in a direct performance comparison to these Debian GNU/Linux and Debian GNU/kFreeBSD snapshots of 6.0 Squeeze to Fedora 12, FreeBSD 7.2, FreeBSD 8.0, OpenBSD 4.6, and OpenSolaris 2009.06.

Debian translations – EPIC LOL

As a german I’m used to strange translations in computer context. I saw it back when I was using Microsoft products and I regulary stumble upon it on Debian systems. But whats actually kind of funny:Debian is outstanding in that regard.

Debian policy update (

Dear developers, Debian policy has been uploaded today with the following changes…

JBoss 5 GA on Debian linux

This short tutorial describes how to configure JBoss Application Server (Jboss GA 5.1.0) on a debian linux (Debian GNU/Linux 5.x “Lenny” ).

Debian testing blob free

My recent update on Debian squeeze shows some effort is in place to remove non-free blobs from the Debian kernel. These non-free blobs are now place in the non-free repository.

Debian Minimal – Xorg

It has always seemed strange to me that when installing X on a minimal Debian installation that it wants to pull in drivers for ALL the video cards that have ever existed.

Misc developer news (#20)

In this issue: + Notification of failed builds + Integration of experimental, non-free,, debian-edu and volatile into the official autobuilding infrastructure + Unification of buildd software + Browse WNPP bugs based on debtags + Multiple CSS skins disabled on the PTS …

Building Kernel Modules With Module-Assistant On Debian Lenny

module-assistant is a tool for building Debian kernel modules from source, without having to rebuild the whole kernel. It fetches module-source packages that have been prepared for the Debian distribution via apt and produces .deb packages.

A Windows XP-ish Debian at 120Mhz

The novelty in this is not in the desktop arrangement; I’ve been slowly tweaking and adjusting this setup for the better part of a year.

Web Based Ubuntu And Debian Custom Installation / Live CD Creation Service

One of the most mentioned ideas at Ubuntu Brainstorm is creating a custom installation/live cd website-as-service which would allow users to customize their install/live cd, in the spirit of Linux and open-source in general.

How to install OpenVPN on a Debian/Ubuntu VPS instantly

Minor distribution specific changes were made on the previous CentOS script to get it working under Debian and Ubuntu. We might create one single script which will install OpenVPN on most distributions and architectures in future.

Goodbye, Microsoft!

You can live your life free of Microsoft, and free of their thousand and one petty annoyances. And you can save money in the process.

Thailand MiniDebCamp 2010 in March

Dear all, As a follow-up to Taiwan Mini-DebConf 2009 in Taipei, we will be arranging a mini-DebCamp in Khon Kaen, Thailand, during March 13-19, 2010.

Security Support for Debian 4.0 to be terminated

Security Support for Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 to be terminated on February 15th

Scan your Linux machine for viruses with ClamTk

If you’re unsure how to update ClamAV you can do so fairly easily. Let me show you how to update ClamAV in Debian.

How To Set Up An SSL Vhost Under Apache2 On Ubuntu 9.10/Debian Lenny

This article explains how you can set up an SSL vhost under Apache2 on Ubuntu 9.10 and Debian Lenny so that you can access the vhost over HTTPS (port 443).

Hi Debian, welcome to 1904

I was about to curse Debian for no-longer caring about PPC and then it hit me. Check the date of the machine. Yes, sir, it was 3rd January 1904 – as far as Debian was concerned, the keys were well and truly invalid.

Still very cool: Debian floppy install

Say what you like about Debian or Ubuntu, but I think the floppy installation option was the coolest thing ever

Benchmarking Debian’s GNU/kFreeBSD

In essence with this Debian GNU/kFreeBSD project you have the standard Debian package set providing a GNU user-land with a GNU C library, but the FreeBSD kernel is running underneath.

5 Simple APT Tips for Debian and Ubuntu

Several months ago I created an article with 5 APT (Advanced Packaging Tool) tips for both Debian and Ubuntu available here. APT is the package manager in Debian and Debian-based distributions, like Ubuntu. Here’s part two of that article, with 5 more tips and tricks for APT.

Debian in VirtualBox for local web development

Have you ever wanted to develop your web application locally. Using VirtualBox you can develop with a near clone of your production environment. Giving you a personal sandbox where you can go crazy before you commit to your teams development server.

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