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Debian Wheezy GNU/kFreeBSD: Slower Than Linux

With Debian 7.0 “Wheezy” set to be frozen soon, I took the opportunity to run some new benchmarks of Debian GNU/kFreeBSD, the Debian OS variant using the FreeBSD kernel rather than Linux, to compare it to Debian GNU/Linux as well as Ubuntu Linux and PC-BSD/FreeBSD 9.0.

Debian and Ubuntu Surpass Red Hat and CentOS for Top Linux Distributions on SMB File Servers

In the ongoing battle of the Linux distributions, new survey findings show that businesses favor Debian and Ubuntu over Red Hat distributions for file servers, including RHEL and CentOS. Among those using Linux on file servers, 67% of respondents use Debian distributions, while 54% use Red Hat.

Debian Project News – June 25th, 2012

Welcome to this year’s thirteenth issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian community. Topics covered in this issue include: * DebConf11 financial report * Countdown to the freeze * Debian mirror redirector * Internationalisation sprint * Salzburg bug squashing party * Presentation in Romania * Bits from the DPL * Other news * Upcoming […]

Bits from the Release Team: Final countdown!

Hi, We know no-one likes reading long mails on d-d-a, so we’ll keep this short: we’ll be stopping automatic migrations of packages from unstable to testing – aka freezing – on June 30th.

Intel Ivy Bridge Borked On FreeBSD, Debian BSD

However, after Debian GNU/kFreeBSD Wheezy/sid installation with the kFreeBSD 9.0-1-amd64 kernel was complete, it never successfully booted. It was a no go. Trying different UEFI/BIOS settings and other FreeBSD kernel options were tried, but the Ivy Bridge system with Debian GNU/kFreeBSD never successfully booted.

Introducing, Debian’s mirrors redirector

Hi, After several iterations to solve problems related to Debian’s mirrors network, I am happy to announce a fully-functional solution that solves many of the shortcomings of previous iterations:

How To Install Oracle Java 7 In Debian Via Repository

A quick tip for Debian users who want to install and stay up to date with the latest Oracle Java 7 (JDK7): the WebUpd8 Java 7 PPA works on Debian too since the package is just an installer and all you have to do is manually add the PPA repository to the Software Sources.

Setting Up vsftpd + TLS On Debian Squeeze

FTP is a very insecure protocol because all passwords and all data are transferred in clear text. By using TLS, the whole communication can be encrypted, thus making FTP much more secure. This article explains how to set up vsftpd with TLS on a Debian Squeeze server.

Hacker runs Debian Linux on Sony Bravia TV, soon XBMC enabled?

A hacker has found a way to get root access to the Linux based firmware of Sony Bravia TV’s. The root access was gained by using a Python script that goes by the name Nimue and which is available on Github.

Debian project leader Stefano Zacchiroli and the controversy over Debian Multimedia

The more interesting bits this month include a controversy over duplication between the Debian Multimedia archive and Debian proper. Stefano suggests that what package belongs where be worked out, or that Debian Multimedia shed its Debian name and move on.

Debian Project News – June 11th 2012

Welcome to this year’s twelfth issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian community. Topics covered in this issue include * Debian archive rebuilds on Amazon Web Services * Debian welcomes diversity * armhf and s390x on their way to Wheezy * DebConf13 logo contest * First bug squashing party in Shanghai * Bits from […]

Debian wheezy for Raspberry Pi goes into testing

The developers working on Raspberry Pi are working on a release of the next generation of Debian, “wheezy” and have released a test image for users to try out on the mini-computer. The current release of Debian GNU/Linux for the Raspberry Pi is based on the current release of Debian, “squeeze”.

Working the Debian Packaging

So, I (an RPM packager) have taken it on – APT packages. A Linux distribution I’m not all too familiar with, a packaging mechanism I’m not all too familiar with, and guidelines and processes and rules I’m completely unaware of.

s390x accepted as release architecture

Yay, so we made it: s390x got added as a release architecture. This will also help other 64bit big-endian ports (like powerpc64 and sparc64) to enter the archive more easily, as most issues left are indeed related to endianness, not to specialities of the System z hardware.

bits from the DPL: May 2012

Dear project members, here’s the periodic report of what has happened in DPL land, this time during May 2012. It’s briefer than usual, as this year I’ve enjoyed the lovely French habit of frequent holidays during the month of May.

My week with Debian

I’ve long been a fan of Debian-based Linux OSes in general, and Ubuntu in particular. However, my disaffection with Ubuntu’s new Unity desktop had left me yearning for a suitable alternative. Finally last week, I removed Ubuntu 11.10 from my primary desktop computer and substituted the Linux Mint project’s latest Debian implementation: LMDE 201204. What […]

Debian welcomes diversity

The Debian Project is pleased to announce the availability of its diversity statement [1], approved by a large majority of the project members [2].

DebConf13 Logo Contest

The DebConf13 organizers are in the process of creating the logo for the next-year DebConf and we encourage everyone to participate. Some ideas are already present on the DebConf wiki [DC13-logo], but we would like to expand a bit more our vision: we want DebConf13 to be remembered as a great technical/social period spent with […]

Installing phpMyAdmin on your Raspberry Pi (Debian)

In this tutorial I’m goning to show you how to get phpMyAdmin running on your Raspberry Pi, that means I’m already going to assume you have MySQL, PHP, Apache and SSH access already set up, if you don’t you can follow these tutorials that I wrote earlier to get you started

Encrypted Disks on Debian 7.0 (Wheezy)

At the time of writing, Debian 7.0 is still in it’s testing phase, so if you’re reading from the future, your mileage my vary. Here is a short guide of how to make encrypted disks on Wheezy.

Bits from the Ruby team: switching to Ruby 1.9 and trasition to newpolicy

TL;DR: we are switching to Ruby 1.9 as the default Ruby interpreter. Ruby 1.8 will still be available in Wheezy, but will be dropped in Wheezy+1.

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