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Use stdeb to make Debian packages for a Python package

I write a lot of little Python scripts. And I use Ubuntu and Debian. So why aren’t any of my scripts packaged for those distros? Because Debian packaging is absurdly hard, and there’s very little documentation on how to do it. In particular, there’s no help on how to take something small, like a Python […]

Debian Linux on the Sony Ericsson Xperia X8

Running an OS meant for a traditional computer on an Android phone is always an interesting experience. As such, most devices—even older ones—are given the option to load Linux at some point. This is the case for the Sony Ericsson Xperia X8, as it can now run Debian, and quite well, at that.

Debian archive rebuilds on Amazon Web Services

I like to think that archive rebuilds play an important role in Debian Quality Assurance and Release Management efforts. By trying to rebuild every Debian package from source, one can identify packages that do not build anymore due to changes in other packages (compilers, interpreters, libraries, …). It is also a good way to stress-test […]

bits from the NM process: advocacy, no more AM reports, AMs needed

Hello, work on has continued, bringing a few interesting changes that need an announcement.

Compiling linux kernel on debian

Here are the steps to compile a kernel from source in debian based systems. These steps have worked successfully on debian 6.0 (linux 2.6.32) – You will need a package by the name kernel-package, which implements the commands required for compilation, hence run

Debian Project News – May 28th, 2012

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

About Gallery3 in Debian and MySQL

Then Gallery2 was released which used a database, either MySQL or PostgreSQL, and was a huge improvement in speed. My main galleries do have about 10-20.000 pictures each. But Gallery2 is aged nowadays and the next logical step would be to migrate to Gallery3. But what a mess!

Debian Project News – May 14th, 2012

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

General Resolution: Diversity statement, first call for votes

Hi, This is the first call for votes for the General Resolution about a diversity statement.

The Debian Installer team is pleased to announce the first alpha release of the installer for Debian Wheezy.

The Debian Installer team[1] is pleased to announce the first alpha release of the installer for Debian Wheezy.

Updated Debian 6.0: 6.0.5 released

The Debian project is pleased to announce the fifth 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 for serious problems. Security advisories were already published separately and are referenced where available.

The Debian Administrator’s Handbook is available

We’re pleased to announce that — after 5 months of work — the Debian Administrator’s Handbook is now available, both as a beautiful 495-page paperback and as an ebook (PDF, EPUB, MOBI formats).

How To Back Up MySQL Databases With mylvmbackup On Debian Squeeze

mylvmbackup is a Perl script for quickly creating MySQL backups. It uses LVM’s snapshot feature to do so. To perform a backup, mylvmbackup obtains a read lock on all tables and flushes all server caches to disk, creates a snapshot of the volume containing the MySQL data directory, and unlocks the tables again. This article […]

NoMachine & LXDE Installer for Ubuntu/Debian

This is the first in a line of tutorials I am working on for less experienced linux users to effectively use their VPS. I’ve been tinkering with a little script that some of you might find helpful, it’s designed to install LXDE and NoMachine on a fresh VPS installation.

Encrypt Your Data With EncFS (Debian Squeeze/Ubuntu 11.10)

EncFS provides an encrypted filesystem in user-space. It runs without any special permissions and uses the FUSE library and Linux kernel module to provide the filesystem interface. It is a pass-through filesystem, not an encrypted block device, which means it is created on top of an existing filesystem. This tutorial shows how you can use […]

(overlapping) bits from the DPL: April 2012

Dear project members, last bits of the past DPL term and first bits of the current term, all in one. Here is a report of what has happened in DPL land last April.

KVM on Debian Squeeze – My Notes

This post is my collection of notes on installing and configuring Kernel-based Virtual Machine virtualization on a Debian Squeeze (6) host. I control these VMs from my Ubuntu 12.04 desktop.

Debian to include cloud software with Wheezy

The next version of the Debian GNU/Linux distribution, version 7 or Wheezy, will include software that allows users to easily set up their own cloud offerings using free software.

How To Integrate ClamAV Into PureFTPd For Virus Scanning On Debian Squeeze

This tutorial explains how you can integrate ClamAV into PureFTPd for virus scanning on a Debian Squeeze system. In the end, whenever a file gets uploaded through PureFTPd, ClamAV will check the file and delete it if it is malware.

Debian Local Area Network’ (Debian-LAN)

It is my pleasure to draw your attention to the ‘Debian Local Area Network’ project (Debian-LAN). The goal of Debian-LAN is to make setting up a local network with centralized user and machine management, intranet, etc. as easy as possible in Debian.

Debian Project News – April 30th, 2012

Welcome to this year’s ninth issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian community. Topics covered in this issue include: * Deploy your own “cloud” with Debian “Wheezy” * Debian Tour in Nicaragua * Debian at ESRF * Bits from the DPL * Interviews * Other news * Upcoming events * New Debian Contributors * […]

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