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Iceweasel/Firefox 4 in Debian Squeeze — I make the leap

But what if you don’t want to upgrade every last package just to get the latest web browser? I’m running Debian Squeeze — the Stable distribution — and have been happily doing so since late November 2010.

“Cease and desist orders” for distributing Debian is a prank

Currently the case of an alleged “cease and desist order” received by a German Debian user is causing quite a stir. In a faked lawyer’s letter the user was accused of violating the rights of a Dutch company by distributing the Debian operating system via bittorrent.

Debian Project mourns the loss of Adrian von Bidder

The Debian Project has lost an active member of its community. Adrian von Bidder (cmot) died on April 17th. Adrian was one of the founding members and current secretary of, he sparked many ideas that made Debian Switzerland be what it is today.

Welcome to our 2011 Debian Google Summer of Code students!

The Debian project is proud to announce, that it has again been choosen as Mentoring organization for this year’s “Google Summer of Code”. This year nine students have been accepted [1]and will be sponsored by Google during their summer vacation to work on a specific task for a mentoring project.

Running Java applications/Felix/OSGi on Debian Linux

I just had to configure a init.d script for running an Apache Felix server application on Debian/Linux (see How to develop modular server applications using OSGi for more information about how to build such applications). Here is what I learned:

DPL 2011: Final call for votes

The voting period for the Debian Project Leader election 2011 is almost over. You still have about 31 hours from the time of this writing.

Debian on a ThinkPad Edge 15

The installation was really straight forward (netinstall CD in expert mode (64 bit), running through all steps and booting, that’s it). I did the install over a wired network, mainly because this is faster for me, but with an USB stick and the firmware for the Intel Centrino module a installation over the wireless interface […]

Easy way to create a Debian package and local package repository

This article describes a simple way on how to create a home made debian package and include it into a local package repository. Although we could use a existing Debian/Ubuntu package, we will start from scratch by creating our own minimalistic unofficial debian package.

Install Firefox4 on debian Squeeze

Firefox is not the defaut borwser in Debian, in this post we will try to install firefox4.0 from source in Debian Squeeze. First, download Firefox4.0 source package. Now, Open terminal and, as root, type the following commands.

Report from Med@Tel

I would like to give a short report about my presence at Med@Tel in Luxembourg. This conference for medicine informatics had some Open Source track and the organisers invited me to give an introduction about Debian Med.

Debian 6, sluggish and slow due to Mono

I have been playing around with Debian 6 for the past two weeks and overall quite happy with Debian but have noticed a slight sluggish feel when working with Gnome. (eg compared to Fedora 14)

DPL Elections 2011: second call for votes

This is the second call for votes for the Debian Project Leader Elections 2011.

DebConf11 call for contributions

We invite submissions of proposals for papers, presentations, discussion sessions and tutorials for Debconf11. Submissions don’t have to be limited to traditional talks, you could propose a performance, art installation, debate, or anything else. Official submissions will be accepted until May 8th 2011, 23.59 UTC. Hijacking System Calls For Hardening PHP – Debian Lenny And Squeeze is a library that integrates with the PHP interpreter and intercepts and manipulates the system calls provided by libc6. It replace the execve() syscall with a custom function which does extra sanity checking in order to prevent that an attacker could execute arbitrary code on the system exploiting a vulnerability in a web-based application

Policy released

We’ve just uploaded version of Debian Policy. The next time you upload one of your packages, please review it against the new version of Policy and make any relevant changes.

How To Save Traffic With Lighttpd’s mod_compress (Debian Squeeze)

In this tutorial I will describe how to configure mod_compress on a Lighttpd web server (on Debian Squeeze). mod_compress allows Lighttpd to compress files and deliver them to clients (e.g. browsers) that can handle compressed content which most modern browsers do.

Debian on an iMac (100%)

I nervously installed Debian as soon as the machine arrived. What if it did not work, would I have to use OS X for the next three or four years ? Luckily, everything went well, and the procedure is much simpler than it looks

Enabling Compiz Fusion On A Debian Squeeze Desktop (Nvidia GeForce 8200)

This tutorial shows how you can enable Compiz Fusion on a Debian Squeeze desktop (the system must have a 3D-capable graphics card – I’m using an Nvidia GeForce 8200 here). With Compiz Fusion you can use beautiful 3D effects like wobbly windows or a desktop cube on your desktop.

Large Debian installations in India

The client is a large call-out business headquartered in NOIDA with call centres in 5 other cities in India, including New Delhi. At the time we started, they had no IT or automation on the call floor at all.

Debian Project Leader Elections 2011: Call for votes

This is the first call for votes for the Debian Project Leader Elections 2011.

The Canterbury Project

Canterbury is a merge of the efforts of the community distributions formerly known as Debian, Gentoo, Grml, openSUSE and Arch Linux to produce a really unified effort and be able to stand up in a combined effort against proprietary operating systems, to show off that the Free Software community is actually able to work together […]

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