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Install Flash player under Debian

The flash player plug in can also be installed on Debian based computers which will make viewing of videos, content and applications better.The plug-in can be installed under this OS manually, or the user can add the required repositories which will complete the installation process.

Debian Project News – February 20th, 2012

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

First Debian Edu Squeeze based release candidate, 6.0.4 edu rc1

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 contains setup for a school server, PXE booting for diskless machines, setup for installing stationary workstations and setup for workstations that can be taken away from the school network.

Debian Position on Software Patents

The Debian Project maintains a critical stance towards software patents: we consider software patents to be a threat to Free Software and an obstacle to the Debian mission of providing an entirely Free operating system for everyone’s use.

VMware Player on Debian

For various reasons, having vmware running on my desktop would be kind of useful. VMware provide a Free (as in beer) version of their software called VMware Player. I downloaded the file VMware-Player-4.0.2-591240.x86_64.bundle off their website and tried to build it. It failed to build…

New machine for Debian archive main mirror

The Debian Project is pleased to announce that the hardware behind “” has recently been replaced, with the help of Studenten Net Twente (SNT) and HP. The new machine is an 8-core Intel Xeon machine with 48 GB of memory and a total of 6 TB (on RAID 10) of local storage. The new server […]

GPL use in Debian on the rise: study

A recent study by a free software advocate has found that the use of the GNU General Public Licence family in the Debian GNU/Linux Project has been growing over the last seven years.

Debian announces “Wheezy” artwork contest

The Debian Project has announced the launch of a new artwork contest for version 7.0 of its Linux distribution, code-named “Wheezy”. The project’s developers are seeking proposals from contributors for a variety of graphics and other artwork that will make up the look and feel of the next Debian operating system release.

Upcoming Debian Bug Squashing Parties

The Debian Project is pleased to announce that in the next few months Bug Squashing Parties ([1] “BSP”s) will take place in several countries.

Invitation to the BSP in Mönchengladbach (Germany), 02-04 March 2012

Hi, to help Debian freeze[1], there will be a Bug-Squashing-Party in Mönchengladbach, Germany on the weekend of 02-04 March, 2012. It will be held in the office of the German Open-Source-Support-Center at credativ GmbH[2]. Even if you are not a Debian developer, but are interested in helping Debian to get all the open release critical […]

Installing A Web, Email & MySQL Database Cluster On Debian 6.0 With ISPConfig 3

This tutorial describes the installation of a clustered web, email, database and DNS server to be used for redundancy, high availability and load balancing on Debian 6 with the ISPConfig 3 control panel. MySQL Master/Master replication will be used to replicate the MySQL client databases between the servers and Unison will be used to Sync […]

Debian, Ubuntu patching up rocky romance

Many things are afoot in the Debian world: ideas to reduce distro complexity and developer feedback cycle time; the embrace of the rise of ARM; and more TLC between Debian and its derivatives.

Call for projects and mentors for Google Summer of Code 2012

Debian is applying as mentoring organization to the Google Summer of Code (GSoC) program this year, as we have done previous years [0][1]. In the next month we should have the full list of possible projects ready in order to get accepted.

The languages of Debian Wheezy

It’s no surprise that when it comes to languages used within a Linux distribution that C and C++ lead the way, but would you have expected 429 lines of COBOL and 1933 lines of Modula3 to have made their way into the code?

Installing Debian Linux on Oracle VirtualBox

A few months back, I posted an article about setting up a small home server. I’ve been playing around with the setup of that machine lately, and rather than breaking the working system, I’ve been perfecting my setup in a virtualized environment.

“Wheezy” artwork contest: call for proposals

An important part of any operating system is its look and feel. Debian is no exception. If you’ve ever wanted to influence the look and feel of an operating system, now is your chance. The Debian Project is calling for contributors to design graphics for the next release of the Universal Operating System, called “Wheezy”.

Debian Wheezy: US$19 Billion. Your price… FREE!

As many would know, Debian GNU/Linux is one of the oldest, and the largest Linux distributions that is available for free. Since it was first released in 1993, several people have analysed the size and produced cost estimates for the project.

Icinga Configuration For Nginx On Debian Wheezy/Ubuntu 11.10

Icinga is an enterprise grade open source monitoring system which keeps watch over networks and any conceivable network resource, notifies the user of errors and recoveries and generates performance data for reporting. It is a fork of Nagios.

Android app: Debian News

Mobile news reader for Debian related news – the fastest app to be up to date with only Debian News. For every Debian user from the newbie to the most skilled System Administrator.

Dpkg: edit debian/control description without worrying about leading ‘.’ and ‘ ‘

In Debian package, the debian/control file has a specific syntax where each line must begin with a space and paragraphs are separated by a single ‘.’. If you want to follow DEP-5 syntax for debian/copyright files, you have a similar problem when comes the time to fill the license text for creative-common license: it’s easy […]

Changing Apache Server Name To Whatever You Want With mod_security On Debian 6

In this tutorial I want to focus on how to change the Apache server name to whatever you want, so you can give your own name or sentence to Apache server headers that are sent to whois programs or websites, for example you can type “YTS”,”GWS” or “Microsoft-IIS/7.0” to misguide the hacker to guess which […]

People behind Debian: Ana Beatriz Guerrero López, member of the Debian KDE team

If you met Ana, you’ll easily remember her. She has a great and pronounced Spanish accent… I’m glad that the existence of the Debian Women project helped her to join Debian because she has been doing a great job.

Ubuntu, Debian top community poll

Popular community site has published the results of its 2011 Members Choice Awards, which have yielded results that might be a bit surprising for those who believe the Linux community has turned away from Canonical’s Ubuntu distribution.

Security Support for Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 terminated on February 6th

One year after the release of Debian GNU/Linux 6.0 alias “Squeeze” and nearly three years after the release of Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 alias “Lenny” the security support for the old distribution (5.0 alias “Lenny”) came to an end a few days ago. The Debian project is proud to have been able to support its old […]

delegation for the summer of code admins

Dear project members, Google Summer of Code program (GSoC) 2012 has been announced last week-end during FOSDEM [1,2]. Debian is going to apply for participation as we did in the past. I’m glad to inform you that we have again volunteers as (co-)admins for Debian participation: Ana Guerrero, Gergely Nagy, and Sukhbir Singh. Many thanks […]

Debian packaging for beginners @ FOSDEM

After not attending FOSDEM for a few years, this year I decided to attend and also give a talk about “Debian packaging for beginners”, a replay of a talk given by Gergely Nagy in Debconf11. As the per distribution devrooms were replaced a few years ago with the cross-distributions rooms, I thought it might be […]

Linux command line basics for beginners: Part 1

You may consider this article as somewhat of a “part two” of the Command line programs for everyday use in linux article I wrote a few days ago. It’s all about going step-by-step to get you, the user, proficient at the command-line and become envy material for your friends.

Running The Latest Firefox Version On Debian Squeeze

We all know that Debian is a production like GNU/Linux operating system, thus the software available by default in the repository servers is not always the newest version. I created this tutorial to help those interested in running the latest version of the graphical Internet browser Mozilla Firefox.

New DebConf Committee members

Thank you to everyone who volunteered to help on the DebConf Committee (both on-list and off-list). We had a lot of well-qualified volunteers, and have finally taken five new members onto the Committee.

Debian LXDE Live – is it still Debian?

Today I will tell you about Debian LXDE Live, thus completing the Debian cycle. If you want to read about other versions of Debian Squeeze, please follow the links to reviews of GNOME, XFCE and KDE versions.

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