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delegation for FTP Masters

Dear developers, some changes have been recently going on among FTP masters, which I’m hereby ratifying with a delegation under Constitution §8.

Install LibreOffice on Ubuntu and Debian-based Distros

Want to install the new LibreOffice on Ubuntu or a Debian-based distribution? Although the Document Foundation doesn’t yet offer .deb binaries for these distros, you can use the provided .rpm packages to install LibreOffice on a machine running Ubuntu or Debian

Debian Users Worldmap

How many Debian users are there? What countries do they live in? Haven’t you ever asked yourself? Well I am trying to find the answer, inspired by the Debian Developers Map, collecting a database of exact locations of Debian users

Debian Developers don’t have to be package maintainers

The official Debian developer status is no longer exclusively available only to Debian project members who are active package maintainers. Debian project leader Stefano Zacchiroli has proposed that, in future, the Debian Account Managers should also accept Debian contributors who don’t maintain packages, but contribute to the project in other ways, as official developers.

Installing CPLEX 12.2 on Debian amd64

IBM now gives CPLEX to academics for free; as I am computing LP bounds for quantum codes, I got myself one. However, it refused to install on my amd64 Debian system, saying “ must be installed for pthread_cancel to work”.

Copying Ubuntu Bug No. 1

Debian, Ubuntu’s parent distribution, has set up Debian Bug No. 1 which also reads “Microsoft has a majority market share”. Mandriva, another competing distribution has set up Mandriva Bug No. 1: “Microsoft has a majority market share and Ubuntu has a majority market share on the Linux desktop”. Fedora, Gentoo, Archlinux, Slackware and other distributions […]

New host

Hi there has now been moved to a new hosting company. From my point of view, the site is responding a lot faster than before. Have a nice weekend everyone. Best regards Søren Reinke Webmaster


Sorry for the downtime. Our hosting company just shut down alle my Domains because a single one of them had a PHP script that did go crazy This site might be a bit slow for now, until I have figured out what the problem site is. Hope to be back in full speed soon. Best […]

Debian move to increase project members

The Debian GNU/Linux project has announced that it will be welcoming as full project members those who make a contribution other than packaging applications.

Debian-Ubuntu Community Conference, ITA 2010

During UDS Maverick, in Bruxelles, I met the Debian Project Leader Stefano Zacchiroli. Being both Italians we spoke often during the coffee breaks and we discussed further about his keynote’s topic: improving collaboration between Ubuntu and Debian.

Bit from the Release Team: Status of hppa

Hi, As previously announced[1], hppa is no longer a release architecture for Squeeze.

Debian Project News – September 21st, 2010

Welcome to this year’s twelfth issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian community. Topics covered in this issue include: * Linux Mint Debian Edition * “Grave” software bugs * “This week in Debian” interviews Stefano Zacchiroli * etch-backports gone * Release-critical bugs in stable release * Debian Women Mentoring rebooting * Mythbusting Ruby packaging […]

Collection of 18 Popular APT & DPKG Tips for Debian and Ubuntu

This is a guide containing the most popular and useful ways of using the APT and DPKG commands, and it applies to both Ubuntu and Debian (and their derivatives). I mentioned where super user privileges are required, the ones without a mention can be executed as normal user.

Intelligent Multisensor Camera

With a standard Debian Linux operating system, the intelligent camera provides developers with a convenient platform for programming their own applications and transferring them to the camera by means of cross-compilers. The host system and camera have the same application programming interface.

Debian Updates, Code Names, Back Ports, Screenshots, and Derived

Things have been anything but quiet on the Debian front lately. Between updating 5.0, naming 7.0, and officially approving backports this has been a busy week for Debian. In other related news, a popular distribution has released a version based on Debian while a Website helps users decide if they like the looks of potential […]

LEMP Stack Lite Debian5 v2: PHP-FPM (Source)

This is the Lite version of the fully featured LEMP (with Nginx) 4 Debian Stackscript. Run it on a new distribution & your Nginx-powered domain is set up and ready to browse to: new user, Nginx, PHP-FPM, Suhosin, XCache, MySQL, Postfix for email, iptables, SSHD security, logrotate and more, the whole darn lot totally tweaked-tastic!

Google Summer of Code 2010 Debian Report

The summer is over but I’m happy to announce that this year’s Summer of Code at Debian has been better than ever! This is indeed the 4th time we had the privilege of participating in the Google Summer of Code and each year has been a little different.

What Makes Debian One of the Most Popular Distros Out There: 5 Good Reasons

Debian is one of the oldest and most popular distributions among the Linux users. There are probably hundreds of distributions which are based on Debian, or others which are based on distributions which in turn are based on Debian. Although I’m not a Debian developer, I use it for over two years or so, and […]

The New Debian Server

In our conference call on August 19th Brendan gave me some pointers about the installation that I would be doing of the Debian ‘Lenny’ Linux software onto the new server. He said it would be fairly straight forward…and parts of it were and other parts of it weren’t.

GR: Debian project members

Hi, The process of a new General Resolution has been started. Currently 1 option has received 16 seconds, so the discussion period has been started. Note that the discussion period is restarted when other amendments get accepted.

How to Create a Custom Debian Live CD through the Web

One of Debian’s newer offerings is the ability to create a custom Live CD directly from their website. You choose your options, they generate the image.

Tutorial: Compile and Install GIMP 2.6.10 in Debian 5.0 Lenny

In this tutorial I will show how to compile from source and install in Debian Lenny the latest release of GIMP, the most powerful image manipulation application currently available for Linux.

Delete Cached Packages To Save Drive Space On Your Linux PC

The package management system on Linux makes installing and upgrading software a snap, but it also caches every package in a local folder in case it’s needed again. Here’s how to clear that cache and save loads of drive space.

How to customize dpkg-source’s behaviour in your Debian source package

dpkg-source is the program that generates the Debian source package when a new package version is built. It offers many interesting command-line options but they are often not used because people don’t know how to ensure that they are used every time the package is built. Let’s fill that gap!

Resolution: welcome non-packaging contributors as Debian project members

Dear Debian project, in recent events I’ve attended as DPL, the topic of welcoming non-packaging contributors as project members has been a recurring one. Since it was also part of my platform and since DPL terms don’t last forever, I feel it’s time to have a project-wide decision on the topic.

FLOSS weekly interview for the Debian project

Hi team, I listen every week to FLOSS weekly [1], which is a great podcast, that you can find on “Randal L. Schwartz” is the host for the show, together with a co-host that changes every week. Few months ago, it was Leo Laporte that was the co-host.

Bits from Publicity Team (aka: We are alive!)

Hi! Looking at the archive of the -news mailing list[1], you might have already guessed: Debian’s Publicity Team *is* alive and it is quite active! But there’s some confusion recently, on what we do, how we do it, and — most importantly — how to interact with us. So, here’s a small introduction from us.

Bits from keyring-maint

Hi, So, even small teams more closely related to bureaucracy and bookkeeping such as ours also deserve to send out some “bits from…” mails from time to time.

Virtualbox OSE 3.2.4 available in Debian backports

If you are running Debian Lenny, the best way to install Virtualbox OSE is to use the version available in the Debian backports. For those who have installed the previous release (3.0.12), please check the availability before updating

This Week in Debian is out

Here’s a DPN gift for you guys – Hope all is going well. I just wanted to let you know that we just released the first episode of This Week in Debian. here are the feeds

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