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Bits from the Release Team: What should go into squeeze?

Dear fellow developers, we all want to get out squeeze as soon as possible. Currently we are still at 400 bugs concerning the next stable release, with 300 of them not yet fixed in unstable.

New cdbuilder server improves Debian infrastructure

New cdbuilder server improves Debian infrastructure. Today, the Debian project administrators are activating a new cdbuilder server. The server computes the official Debian ISO images once all software packages are ready for a new Debian release.

Highly Available NFS Server Using DRBD And Heartbeat On Debian 5.0 (Lenny)

This HowTo explains how I set up a highly available NFS server using Debian 5 (Lenny) and drbd8 with heartbeat. I did this setup a few days ago. Just for fun. So I thought, it’s a good idea to document this.

Python script to backup mysql databases on Debian

Here’s a short python script I must have knocked up some time ago – and totally forgotten – hopefully it’ll be of some use to others….Purpose: backup all MySQL databases, one in each file with a timestamp on the end

Debconf 10: Call for Contributions!

Calling all potential contributors to Debconf 10! The Debconf team is excited to announce that we are now accepting proposals for contributions to this year’s Debian conference! We invite you to submit proposals for how you would contribute until the deadline: May 1st, 2010, 23h59 UTC.

Switched to good ole’ Debian Lenny

Last night in my zombified state I migrated from RHEL 5 to Debian Lenny as I need to brush up on my Debian skillz. This was alot easier than expected thanks to my good friend rsync.

Installing Python 2.6 from Source on Debian Lenny (AMD64)

Nothing different about AMD64. Note that before doing sudo make install, you may wish to remove /usr/local/lib/python2.6/site-packages directory especially if you have a previous installation of Python 32-bit system.

Debian Project Leader Elections 2010

The nomination period for the Debian Project Leader Elections 2010 is over and we have 4 candidates this year:

Bits from an FTP Master: New team member, need more volunteers, (kind of) todo list

Hello everyone, I thought it was time again to send a mail to d-d-a, and looking for an excuse, I found the ftpteam.

install specific version of debian package with apt

Let’s say you have multiple version of a package that are available and you want to install a specific one.

Installing SNMPD (with remote access) on Debian 5/Lenny

Today we’re installing snmpd so that we can query our debian server from another remote server that will use snmp in alert scripts and pretty graphing software.

DPL Elections 2010: Last call for nominations

Hi, The nomination period for the DPL election is almost over. At the time of this writing, there is still about 29 hours left. The nomination period ends on Thursday, March 11th, 2010 at 23:59:59 UTC.

Report from this years CeBIT, Linux New Media Award nearly won ;)

Hi! We were again given the opportunity to represent the Debian Project at this years’ CeBIT, one of biggest IT-related exhibitions, which took place last week in Hanover, Germany.

Install FreeSWITCH on Debian

Installing FreeSWITCH is fairly easy if you follow the FreeSWITCH Download & Installation Guide. But the instructions are not step-by-step. Following is an attempt to rectify this.

Debian Linux and the PostgreSQL Database For Options To Build Library Information System-Based Open Source

We have two databases open source environment that is very reliable, namely PostgreSQL and MySQL. Both these databases have some significant differences either, PostgreSQL is an Object Relational Database Management System (ORDBMB). While MySQL is RDMS.

How to Install Debian Linux on an Embedded System (PPC440EPx)

In this article, I will describe how to bring up Debian Linux on an Embedded System. 
The hardware chosen for the embedded system is a PowerPC 440EPxX.

Virtual Hosting With vsftpd And MySQL On Debian Lenny

Vsftpd is one of the most secure and fastest FTP servers for Linux. Usually vsftpd is configured to work with system users. This document describes how to install a vsftpd server that uses virtual users from a MySQL database instead of real system users.

Installing wxPython 2.8 on Debian Lenny

Actually Debian has the python-wxgtk2.8 package which you can simply apt-get if you wish to have it installed as part of Python 2.5 which is the stable version for Lenny. I’m adding wxPython 2.8 to Python 2.6, which I installed from source.

WebDAV + SSL on Debian

I was looking for a way to easily share documents between machines, since WebDAV shares can be accessed by Windows, Linux or Mac machines out of the box, I choose WebDAV over SSL

Installing VirtualBox under Debian Lenny

After a fresh installation of Debian Lenny, I wanted to use a quite very recent version of VirtualBox. One solution is the Debian backports : Here are the VirtualBox packages available

Riak Install on Debian Lenny

I’m doing some comparative analysis of various distributed non-relational databases and consequently wrestled with the installation of Riak on a server running Debian Lenny.

How to convert RPM software packages to Debian (.deb)

Maybe you had this problem already: you use Debian or Ubuntu Linux and a software package that you like to install is only available in RPM format. The solution is a handy tool called alien, which converts .rpm files to .deb. Installing alien:

Debian Project Leader Elections 2010: Call for nominations

Hi, According to the constitution (5.2. Appointment), project leader elections should begin “six weeks before the leadership post becomes vacant, or (if it is too late already) immediately.”

CeBIT 2010: Debian with BSD Kernel

Debian developer Alexander Reichle-Schmehl presented Debian GNU/kFreeBSD at the Open Source Forum at CeBIT. The FreeBSD port should become an official part of the upcoming Debian version 6.0 free distro.

How to authenticate Apache 2 with Radius on Debian

This short guide shows how to authenticate Apache 2 with Radius on Debian

How to Watch Internet TV in Ubuntu / Debian Linux with Miro

A great Utility for Ubuntu / Debian Users. Miro is a free, open source, video player and podcast client It can play almost any video file and offers over 6,000 free internet TV shows and video podcasts.

Ubuntu donates the exploiter to Debian

In view of the fact that the Debian community members put the blame on this situation in Ubuntu, Mark Shuttleworth decide to adopt the measure, lets some Canonical Corporation employees is the Debian work.

Debian fails

Generalizations are fun, they always are because they tend to offend people and offended people by stupid shit is usually lots of fun.

Dedo Does Debian – Review

Debian is one of the more important Linux distributions. Without Debian, we would probably not have Ubuntu or APT and Linux desktop would still be a dream. And it just happens that I never gave it a proper review, until now.

Clean up your system with Bleachbit

You never know what is dirtying up your Linux system. Your Bash history, temporary files, usage history, clipboard, free disk space…there’s always a chance something is there that you don’t want. But how do you go through it all

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