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Release Update – Upgrades, deep freeze info, BSPs

It’s time for another release update as we move, like a glacier, inevitably and unstoppingly towards the release.

Debian woody v3.0 security support to be terminated (by this month-end)

FTA “…More than one year after the release of Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 alias ‘sarge’ and nearly four years after the release of Debian GNU/Linux 3.0 alias ‘woody’ the security support for the old distribution (3.0 alias ‘woody’) is coming to an end next month. The Debian project is proud to be able to support its […]

Bits from the Debian Multimedia Maintainers

Hi! Since there has been a lot happening in the Debian Multimedia world during the Squeeze release, so we figured we should give you an update on that.

Using IPv6 On Debian Etch

This document describes how you can configure a Debian Etch system for IPv6 so that a) it can connect to other IPv6 hosts and b) other IPv6 hosts can connect to it.

I miss the old Debian

I miss the days when Debian was about making software work well together.These days the user mailing lists are full of posts from users asking for help on Ubuntu, people suggesting that we copy what Ubuntu has done, and people asking for “howtos” because documentation is too scary or too absent for them to read.

How To Upgrade A Debian Etch System (Server & Desktop) To Debian Lenny

This article shows how you can upgrade a system running Debian Etch to Debian Lenny. It is intended for both server and desktop systems.

Debian Reviews > Debian 5

I’ve written a lot of reviews of distros based on Debian, but never a review of Debian itself. So this time around I decided to look at Debian 5 (Lenny). Debian, if you aren’t familiar with it, is the rock upon which popular distributions like Ubuntu and MEPIS are built on.

bits from the DPL: sprints, events, delegations, assets

Dear Developers, here we go again with the periodic SPAM^Wreport from your Friendly Neighborhood DPL.

Installing VirtualBox 2 On A Debian Lenny Desktop

This tutorial shows how you can install Sun xVM VirtualBox 2 on a Debian Lenny desktop. VirtualBox is available as a package from the official Debian Lenny repository, but it’s very old (version 1.6.6), therefore I explain how to install the current version (2.1.4 at the time of this writing).

Howto upgrade Debian 3.1 Sarge to Debian 4.0 Etch stable

Debian 4.0 has been released. It is recommended that you upgrade the system to latest version. Upgrading remote Debian server is a piece of cake

How To Upgrade Debian Etch To Lenny

Debian Etch is soon to be unsupported by the Debian team, therefore all Debian Linux Servers need to be upgraded to Debian Lenny. I work for Netzen (an IT Support company) and have upgraded many Linux servers to Debian Lenny over the past month

People behind Debian: Joey Hess of debhelper fame

I decided recently to publish interviews from Debian contributors and I picked Joey Hess as my first target. He’s one of the few who have heavily influenced Debian by creating software that have become building blocks of the project, like the debian-installer

Preventing Brute Force Attacks With BlockHosts On Debian Lenny

In this article I will show how to install and configure BlockHosts on a Debian Lenny system. BlockHosts is a Python tool that observes login attempts to various services, e.g. SSH, FTP, etc., and if it finds failed login attempts again and again from the same IP address or host, it stops further login attempts […]

High-resolution text console with uvesafb and Debian

While you may rarely use the console on your server, it’s nice to have a high-resolution display just to see that many more columns and rows. Linux’s vesa module (via the vga= parameter) has been around for a while and made this possible, provided you kept up with what VGA mode number to use and […]

Install Imule On Debian Lenny

iMule (invisible Mule) is a free open source anonymous P2P (peer to peer) file sharing software which connects through the anonymous I2P (Invisible Internet Project) network and the Kad network.

Security Scanner for Debian and Ubuntu Linux Servers – Buck-security

Buck-Security is a security scanner for Debian and Ubuntu Linux. It runs a couple of important checks and helps you to harden your Linux system. This enables you to quickly overview the security status of your Linux system.

Ubuntu / Debian Linux: Services Configuration Tool to Start / Stop System Services

Your Debian / Ubuntu Linux box security depends upon access to system services (one of many aspects). For example, you may need to provide a web server (Apache service) to serve web pages. However, if you do not need use a service, you should always turn off all unused services to avoid exploits.

Debian Project News – November 8th, 2010

Welcome to this year’s fifteenth issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian community. Topics covered in this issue include…..

Misc Developer News (#24)

In this issue: + Screenshots on packages.d.o + BTS version tracking explained + Latest features of dpkg-dev + Searching for bugs using Ultimate Debian Database + Re-evaluate the state of backported packages

Making a Debian Squeeze machine into a Xen virtual machine host

Xen has had some interesting developments and the version in Lenny is just too old. Plus, the debian bootstrap scripts used to create images don’t support Ubuntu Maverick… Squeeze (testing) has the newest Xen and deboostrap, so that’s cool.

5 reasons why a Debian package is more than a simple file archive

You’re probably manipulating Debian packages everyday, but do you know what those files are? This article will show you their bowels… Surely they are more than file archives otherwise we would just use TAR archives (you know those files ending with .tar.gz). Let’s have a look!

Manage Debian or Ubuntu based systems offline using Keryx

This tool aims to fix the problem of offline system management which many of us might have witnessed. Unlike a whole computer, you can easily carry it around in a pendrive.

How To Harden PHP5 With Suhosin (Debian Etch/Ubuntu)

This tutorial shows how to harden PHP5 with Suhosin on Debian Etch and Ubuntu servers. From the Suhosin project page: “Suhosin is an advanced protection system for PHP installations that was designed to protect servers and users from known and unknown flaws in PHP applications and the PHP core. “

Howto bake Persistent Live USB – Debian Way (live-build)

After spending much time with Meego without any success, I thought of creating my rescue USB by downloading puppy. But decided to give ‘live-build’ a try.

Bits from the Website Team

This status message is long overdue, hope not all of you have lost trust yet that the webteam is actually doing work.

Guidelines for applying as non-uploading DD

Hello, After the last GR[1] passed, it’s time to publish the initial version of the procedure we have in place at the moment, so that people can apply.

Mini-DebConf in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam during FOSSASIA 2010

FOSSASIA 2010, one of the top Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) events for developers, enterprises, governments, and users in Vietnam, will take place in Ho Chi Minh City on November 12-14, 2010.

Building ffmpeg in Debian (Lenny)

I’ve adapted the instructions from this Ubuntu thread for Debian Lenny. The original idea was to build ffmpeg with AAC support, but then I’ve found some other problems with mp3 codec, so I needed to apply a patch and rebuild everything.

Next up – Debian Sprint!

Please consider joining us! We will be hosting our first Debian Sprints in San Antonio, Texas and in Nafplion, Greece. We will be posting information soon. If you can get there and you are a qualified PowerDeveloper, we will cover all your lodging and meal expenses.

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