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Debian totally flies (rant on the general state of Linux and my laptop included)

I’m running a daily build of Debian Sid (yep, the “unstable” branch, running pretty solidly by the way) in live form from an 8 GB USB flash drive (see my entry from earlier today on how to easily transfer an .img of Debian or any other system to a USB drive).

Debian Installer 6.0 Beta1 release

The Debian Installer team[1] is pleased to announce the first beta release of the installer for Debian GNU/Linux Squeeze.

Debian & the Google Code-in 2010, requesting tasks

Debian so far had a nice experience with the Google Summer of Code and this year, Google is going to run the Google Code-in. We have applied and would now need some help from you all.

Clang builds a working Linux Kernel

Clang can now compile a functional Linux Kernel (version 2.6.36, SMP). Development and testing environment is a Macbook 5.1 (Intel C2D, x86_64) running Debian GNU/Linux.

Setting up Hudson on Debian for continuous integration with Git

For the Tornado project I’m currently working on I decided to get continuous integration setup on my Debian Lenny server. In the past I’ve used CruiseControl for doing automated builds but recently I’ve been getting to know Hudson and I find it to be a superior alternative

Using pv-grub to run custom kernels on Debian

Just installing the kernel in the first article hasn’t changed anything about how your Debian VPS will boot. We’ll need to make some other changes before pv-grub will boot with the new kernel.

Bits from ftp-team (aka: Don’t upload RC fixes to NEW queue)

Hi! One of the side effects of the freeze [1] of our upcoming stable release – squeeze – is that not all tasks get done as quickly as you might be used to in the past. For example, work on things that are not entirely release critical, like processing the NEW queue [2], are not […]

The secret plan behind the “3.0 (quilt)” Debian source package format

While I have spent countless hours working on the new source format known as “3.0 (quilt)”, I’ve just realized that I have never blogged about its features and the reasons that lead me to work on it. Let’s fix this.

Investigating SIGABRT problems on Debian

3 days ago, after a Debian(squeeze/sid) upgrade on my laptop some programs started not to open. Specifically, pidgin and google-chrome were crashing while trying to open them. When I started them from a terminal the output was this…

Debian Lenny 5.0: Bind RPC port mapper portmap to local loopback

By default on Debian Lenny the portmap service listens on UDP port 111. For security reasons it could by reasonable to prevent portmap from opening the port if you do not run services like NFS or NIS services that depend on a RPC port mapper like portmap.

Debian on Lenovo X201

I have acquired a new laptop/netbook, a Lenovo X201. My initial reactions are positive. It runs Debian better than my old Dell laptop does (see my Debian on Dell Precision M65 writeup).

Putting Varnish In Front Of Apache On Ubuntu/Debian

Varnish is an open source “web accelerator” which you can use to speed up your website. It can cache certain static elements, such as images or javascript but you can also use it for other purposes such as Loadbalancing or some additional security

Firebird 2.5 is released and supports all the Debian Linux main Architectures

Firebird 2.5 package is ready in Debian – With latest patches for hppa and alpha in Firebird 2.5 and Firebird 3.0 main tree Firebird supports all the Main Debian Architectures

Debian Edu/Skolelinux 6.0.0 alpha1 test release

This is the second test release based on Squeeze. The focus of this release is the thin clients and the diskless workstation setup. Please install a thin client server, and make sure all programs in the KDE menu work on both thin clients and diskless workstations. Especially sound is important to test.

installing debian on hp proliant dl120 G5 server over LO100 virtual media & kvm.

For successful installing of Debian Lenny on hp proliant dl120 G5 server provided by masterhost over LO100 virtual media & kvm ( assuming some advanced ILO or how that shit is named is bought) require

The Perfect Server – Debian Lenny (Debian 5.0) With BIND & Dovecot [ISPConfig 3]

This tutorial shows how to prepare a Debian Lenny (Debian 5.0) server for the installation of ISPConfig 3, and how to install ISPConfig 3. ISPConfig 3 is a webhosting control panel that allows you to configure the following services through a web browser: Apache web server, Postfix mail server, MySQL, BIND nameserver, PureFTPd, SpamAssassin, ClamAV, […]

Results for Debian project members GR

Hi, This is to confirm that Option 1 “Welcome non-packaging contributors as project members” has won the recent GR, with 285 votes versus 14.

Debian to officially welcome non-packaging contributors

Today, the Debian Project has overwhelmingly decided in a General Resolution[1] to formally acknowlege the contribution made by many people who help Debian in ways other than maintaining packages – by opening up the process of becoming an officially recognised Debian Developer.

Debian GNU/kFreeBSD Benchmarks With Its New Kernel

As was reported recently, the Debian GNU/kFreeBSD port now has limited support for handling ZFS file-systems and its stock kernel has been upgraded against that of FreeBSD 8.1. Due to the upgraded kernel we ran a quick set of benchmarks to see how the performance of Debian GNU/kFreeBSD to that of Debian Linux.

Debian Project News – October 18th, 2010

Welcome to this year’s fourteenth issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian community. Topics covered in this issue include: * State of Debian 6.0 “Squeeze” * New question and answer service at * Updated DebianEdu released * New “sloppy” backports suite for stable Debian “Lenny” * General resolution about Debian project membership * […]

Upcoming Bug Squashing Parties to help the squeeze release

As you all probably know by now, we current *tentative* deadline for Squeeze release is December. The only way to make it for then and to make Squeeze the best release ever(TM), is to squash RC bugs *together*.

Understanding Debian’s release process

Immediately after a stable release, a new distribution is created in the Debian archive. Its initial content is a copy of the (just released) stable distribution. Its codename is decided by the release managers and there’s a tradition of picking a character’s name from the Toy Story movie.

Trying Debian for ARM on QEMU

Many Linux developers in these years are working on porting Linux software on ARM architectures. Debian in particular offers the full distribution to be installed on supported devices, and I wanted to try it out. There are already images prepared for the Versatile platform (thanks to Aurélien Jarno), and with them it is possible to […]

Installing DeadBeef music player on Debian

n my previous post on CUE sheet support in Linux music players I mentioned DeaDBeeF. Unfortunately, DeaDBeeF is not yet available as a Debian package.

Debian at FSCONS 5-7 November 2010 (Gothenburg, Sweden)

Hi! Since 2007 the Free Society Conference and Nordic Summit (FSCONS) is held in beatiful Gothenburg, Sweden. FSCONS is great not only because it is a truly awesome free software conference, but also because it has a wider societal focus on freedom.

Bits from the NM Process

Hello, time for some news from the NM process.

Cmus on Debian Squeeze

I wanted to do a simple thing today – install cmus (ncurses based music player for linux console) on Debian Squeeze. And I wanted support. I read somewhere about some mambo-jumbo procedure involving cloning git repository, applying some patch which should enable support and then building cmus from source

5 reasons why I still contribute to Debian after 12 years

If you’re using Debian, you know that this distribution is built entirely by volunteers that form a very diverse community. And you could be part of it. But why should you do that? I can’t tell for you but I can share my own experience. It’s been 12 years since I joined Debian and I’m […]

Second Call for Votes – GR: Debian project members

Hi, This is a second call for votes for GR: Debian project members

lding ProFTPD with SFTP support on Debian Lenny

The mod_sftp module implements the SSH2, SFTP and SCP protocols, allowing SCP and SFTP clients to be used with ProFTPD. By default, Debian Lenny does not provide mod_sftp support, but you can build a proper package using a development version available in Debian repositories – here is how.

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