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Learn Linux, 101: Debian package management

Learn how to install, upgrade, and manage packages on your Linux® system. This article focuses on the Advanced Packaging Tool, or APT, which is the package management system used by Debian and distributions derived from Debian, such as Ubuntu.

New DMUP version 1.1.2

Hi, the Debian System Debian Administration Team hereby announces an updated version of the Debian Machine Usage Policies (DMUP). It will become effective on July 04th, 2010 and is then the binding version.

Working with Debian Packages

Most software packages for Linux are distributed in one of two special file formats: Red Hat Package Manager (RPM) files or Debian (DEB) files. While the previous month focused on working with RPM files, this one spotlights the format and tools used with DEB files.

Bits from the NM process: advocacy messages

Hello, after some recent debian-newmaint and IRC conversation, it makes sense to post a quick note about advocacy messages.

Parallellizing the boot in Debian Squeeze – ready for wider testing

These days, the init.d script dependencies in Squeeze are quite complete, so complete that it is actually possible to run all the init.d scripts in parallell based on these dependencies

Upgrading single packages on Debian

This method here worked for a few years and I expect it to work for the next few years, too. The trick is to get one unstable package and its dependencies compiled on your stable Debian installation.

KDE 4.4.3 reached Debian Sid, and its awesome

Today, the 3rd of May 2010, KDE SC 4.4.3 has been uploaded to Debian Sid (Unstable). This is the first of the 4.4.x series that Debian has had (outside of the Experimental repository and an unofficial repository), and so far the whole of it is awesome.

Release update: transitions status and freeze, RC-bugs

Hi, This is the next in a (hopefully more frequent) series of updates from the Release Team.

Getting all installed software, and their versions, on Debian/Ubuntu pt 2: Now with Threads!

I decided to use the original code as an excuse to learn multi-threading programming in PERL and see if it might improve the performance of the original code.

How To Compile rTorrent From SVN In Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx / Debian 5 Lenny With Coloured Interface

rTorrent is a popular command line based bittorrent client. It provides very powerful features yet it is very light on the system – contrary to other bittorrent clients like Vuze.

PostgreSQL startup Debian logging failure

I ran into issues with debugging why a fresh PostgreSQL replica wasn’t starting on Debian. This was with a highly-customized postgresql.conf file with custom logging location, data_directory, etc. set.

Ubuntu and Debian Security Applications Review

Securing servers from potential attacks is of utmost importance in today’s economic climate. This article is a personal review of some of the best applications I have reviewed recently to secure my own server as well as others.

Creating Dummy Packages On Debian

Apt is a great tool as long as you aren’t building packages from source (and not making debs out of them). I have packaged a whole bunch of debs, but sometimes it just isn’t necessary.

Debconf10 needs your help!

We are getting closer and closer to this year’s Debconf. Debconf is a very important event for the Debian project, where developers, all sorts of contributors, and interested people can meet in person to learn and work together.

Debian Project News – May 3rd, 2010

Welcome to this year’s second issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian community. Topics covered in this issue include: * New Debian Project Leader * Special funding for DebConf Newbies * Debian welcomes Google Summer of Code students * … and much more.

Have Debian Forks Hurt Debian?

Some of those frustrated Ubuntu users go the other way – to Mepis, Mint, or PCLinuxOS. But many turn to Debian and they bring some great talent, enthusiasm, support, and ideas with them.

Debian gets ported to the Ben NanoNote

Thanks to our friends and great supporters at we can announce the availability of a Debian compatible kernel and two different Debian ubi rootfs files.

Nouveau, Gallium3D, and Compiz on Debian

A week or two ago I figured it was about time that I took the plung and tried out the latest nouveau drivers from experimental on my laptop.

Debian on a Lenovo IdeaPad S10

I recently acquired a Lenovo IdeaPad S10 netbook for my more basic mobile computing needs – For things my iPod Touch is too small and my iBook is too big (and the iPad is too expensive).

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