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Setting up a new school with Debian Edu/Squeeze

The next version of Debian Edu / Skolelinux will include a new tool sitesummary2ldapdhcp, which can be used to quickly set up all the computers in a school without much manual labour. Here is a short summary on how to use it to set up a new school.

Linux 3.2 in wheezy

Debian 7.0 ‘wheezy’ will include Linux 3.2. This is currently in unstable and will soon enter testing.

Updated Debian 6.0: 6.0.4 released

The Debian project is pleased to announce the fourth update of its stable distribution Debian 6.0 (codename “squeeze” ). This update mainly adds corrections for security problems to the stable release, along with a few adjustments to serious problems. Security advisories were already published separately and are referenced where available.

People Behind Debian: Josselin Mouette, founder of the Debian GNOME team

Josselin Mouette is one the leaders of the pkg-gnome team, he takes sound technical decisions and doesn’t fear writing code to work-around upstream issues. He deserves kudos for the work he has put into packaging GNOME over the years.

Bits from the Release Team

In this update: – New Blood – The Freeze – Relase Goals – Documentation – Changes in Testing – Semi-automated removal from testing – Help wanted/Bug Squashing Parties

hardware sponsorship for Debian Developers

A few days ago Yves-Alexis Perez asked me how many hardware sponsorship request I usually get from Debian Developers, that is how many people ask me to use Debian money to buy material that can improve their work on Debian — and indirectly Debian itself.

Paris: Debian bug Squashing Party (Wheezy)

Hello, As announced last December, a bug squashing party is organized at IRILL’s office, in Paris. The event will happen from February Friday, 17th. to Sunday 19th.

Extremadura CIO plans Linux rollout on 40,000 desktops

The CIO of Spanish autonomous region Extremadura says it is planning to move the administration’s 40,000 desktop systems to a Debian distribution. According to a report on the European Commission’s “Joinup”, CIO Teodomiro Cayetano López says that the project is “really advanced” and deployment will begin in the spring and be completed around the end […]

Bits from the piuparts maintainers

Hi, I thought it’s been a long time since the last bits from the piuparts maintainers on debian-devel-announce, but actually it’s seems this is a first time! And this pretty good sums up the main news: I’m happy to announce that piuparts is again maintained by a team and thus have closed the RFH #584125.

Debian Project News – January 23rd, 2012

Welcome to this year’s second issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian community.

Misc Developer News (#28)

In this issue: + Debian Member Porfolio Service + Release goals bugs displayed in the PTS + Transitions displayed in the PTS + dh_linktree helper tool + Patch Tagging Guidelines: DEP-3 moved to ACCEPTED status

PHP 5.4 @ Debian

PHP 5.4.0 is around the corner, with RC6 released this weekend. With the courtesy of Ondřej Surý it’s already available in experimental.

Meet Debian at FOSDEM 2012

The Debian Project is happy to announce that as in previous years it will be represented at this year’s Free and Open Source Developer’s European Meeting (FOSDEM) in Brussels, Belgium on the 4th-5th February. Debian will be present with a booth in the K building, ground floor, members of the project will be available for […]

LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT 2.0 Support in Debian/Ubuntu

A LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT 2.0 recently arrived at our house. Of course it only comes with proprietary support for Windows/Mac, so I set out to see what FOSS support for the hardware I could find.

All Hail Debian, King of the Web Server World

“For all the grief people have given Debian over time for how ‘outdated’ the packages in Debian stable have been, Debian is certainly my choice for any type of Linux-based server,” said Hyperlogos blogger Martin Espinoza. “I flirted with Ubuntu Server for a while, but Ubuntu suffers from an excess of dependencies.”

Debian packaging for Python 2 and 3

Time for another installment of my ongoing mission to convert the world to Python 3! This time, a little Debian packaging-fu for modifying an existing Python 2 package to include support for Python 3 from the same source package

Syncing from Debian

A few days ago I read the mail from Iain Lane on ubuntu-devel-announce, which announced that ‘syncpackage’ is now able to directly perform syncs for you (if you have sufficient upload rights), without having to get the sync through the archive admin queue first.

Raphael Hertzog’s Debian Squeeze discs are well worth the money

I still need CDs and DVDs for some of my older computers that won’t boot from USB. And I’ve done three installations recently on just these kinds of PCs. It was Debian Squeeze for all three, and I used the discs I bought from Debian Developer Raphael Hertzog.

Installing OpenVZ + Management Of VMs Through ISPConfig 3 (Debian 6.0)

This tutorial describes the installation of an OpenVZ host server to manage virtual machines from within the ISPConfig 3 hosting control panel. OpenVZ is a lightweight virtualization technology for Linux servers, similar to jails on *BSD systems. See http://www.openvz.org for details. ISPConfig 3 contains a module to manage OpenVZ virtual machines on the local server […]

Create a distribution or backup of your Debian-based desktop/server

If your business is working within the confines of a small budget and your machine runs a Debian-based platform, Remastersys is the tool for you. Remastersys can help you deploy multiple machines or even take a sandbox server and copy it onto production hardware.

Debian is now the most popular Linux distribution on web servers

Debian lost that #1 position in June 2010 to CentOS and gained it back now, after a head-to-head race in the last year.

Debian Project News – January 9th, 2012

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

Debian and popularity

One of the delightful things about Debian is that the project consists of a group of people who are working together to create something that, primarily, we all want to use.

Running TYPO3 4.6 On Nginx (LEMP) On Debian Squeeze/Ubuntu 11.10

This tutorial shows how you can install and run a TYPO3 (version 4.6) web site on a Debian Squeeze or Ubuntu 11.10 system that has nginx installed instead of Apache (LEMP = Linux + nginx (pronounced “engine x”) + MySQL + PHP).

Second Debian Edu Squeeze based Beta Release, 6.0.3 edu beta2

We are happy to announce “Debian Edu Squeeze 6.0.3 beta2″! Debian Edu aka Skolelinux is a Linux distribution based on Debian providing an out-of-the box environment of a completely configured school-network. It contain setup for a school server, PXE booting for diskless machines, setup for installing stationary workstations and setup for workstations that can be […]

bits from the DPL for December 2011

Dear Developers, here is a status update of what has been going on in DPL land during December 2011. It is shorter than usual as I took a couple of vacation periods off during last month, for family reasons.

Debian vs. Ubuntu vs. Linux Mint: Which Distribution Should You Use?

There are so many distributions out there that it’s become quite ridiculous to a handful of users, while others enjoy the massive variety of how Linux is served. In this case, you really can be picky enough to mimic James Bond with “shaken, not stirred.”

Network preseeding Debian/Ubuntu with a static ip address & dhcp address for initial config

I was trying to get a fully automated network install of Ubuntu 10.04 working with a static ip address that gets set up in the preseed file. My entire preseed was working but the static ip address was not.

Bootstrapping Debian Unstable

It turns out that the following is all it takes to install Debian Unstable in a chroot jail under Ubuntu, and then to log into that jail as root

Lightweight Giant Debian XFCE

Of course, I know what Debian is, but I was under impression that the majority of people prefer “classical” Debian with GNOME2. And then… Debian with XFCE. Unbelievable mix, but…

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