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An RTC infrastructure for debian.org

A number of potential Summer of Code students are now looking at the question of how to improve RTC in Debian. Making RTC available as a service to the Debian community may be part of the solution, as this would give the community a foundation to test things against and a useful tool for communication.

Distributing complex ruby scripts with Omnibus generated Debian packages

Let’s say I have a nice little ruby script I want to distribute to a large number of Debian/Ubuntu hosts. Ideally, all I have to do is to scp the script to the hosts and ‘apt-get install ruby’ on them, then I can execute my script. Piece of cake. I said ideally, because sometimes things […]

Debian 7.0 Wheezy Review

Debian is the granddaddy of Linux distros, it forms the basis for Ubuntu, Linux Mint and many other desktop linux distros. Yet many folks who are new to Linux might not even have heard of Debian. This is a shame because it has quite a lot to offer in its own right, aside from everything […]

Debian / Ubuntu: Install gem The FrontEnd To Rubygems

How do I install rubygems package manager for Ruby on rails (RoR) under Debian or Ubuntu Linux operating systems? gem1.8 or gem command is the front end to RubyGems – a sophisticated package manager for Ruby. You need to install the following packages:

Five things to like About Debian 7.0 ‘Wheezy’

Code-named “Wheezy,” the new release brings several compelling new features, including an improved installer, multiarch support, tools for deploying private clouds, and a complete set of multimedia codecs and front ends that remove the need for third-party repositories.

Debian 7.0 ‘Wheezy’ Review

When a Debian release is declared stable, it’s very exciting. Debian can be used for many different purposes. Hence it’s own tag-line ‘The Universal Operating System’. It can be run as a server, a desktop system or be used as a core for other distributions to base their own operating system.

Early Plans for Debian 8.0 ‘Jessie’ Emerge

Following the release of Debian GNU/Linux 7.0, codenamed Wheezy, comes early news of “Jesse.” While it’s still really really early, it’s never too soon to move on. So, while Jesse gets her attention, Wheezy and Squeeze backport rules are tightened.

Using ngx_pagespeed With nginx On Debian Wheezy

Google has just released PageSpeed Beta for nginx, the nginx equivalent of mod_pagespeed for Apache. This module applies web performance best practices to pages, and associated assets (CSS, JavaScript, images) and therefore speeds up your web site and reduces load times. This tutorial explains how to use PageSpeed with nginx on Debian Wheezy.

Debian Linux: Upgrade v6.0.x Squeeze to v7.0.0 Wheezy

Recently Debian Linux version 7.0 (“Wheezy”) released. This version shipped with many new features – improvements to multimedia support, improved security through hardening flags and the OpenStack suite and the Xen Cloud Platform to name a few. How do I upgrades from Debian Linux version 6.x.x (squeeze) to the latest version 7.0.0 wheezy using command […]

Google’s cloud dumps custom Linux, switches to Debian

The decision to make Debian the default image type for Google Compute Engine was announced by the company on Thursday. As a consequence, Google’s stripped down Linux OS GCEL (Google Compute Engine Linux) is being deprecated in favor of Debian 6.0 and 7.0

Debian + Openbox = CrunchBang Linux (Video)

“CrunchBang Linux is a Debian based distro with the Openbox window manager on top of it. So it is Debian under the hood with Openbox on the surface,” says distro supporter Larry Cafiero. A glance through the #! (CrunchBang) forums showed an exceptionally fast response rate to problems posted there

Debian / Ubuntu: Set Port Knocking With Knockd and Iptables

Debian or Ubuntu Linux comes with knockd. It is a port-knock server. It listens to all traffic on an ethernet and/or PPP interface created by VPN/dial-up pppd, looking for special “knock” sequences of port-hits.

To the space station and beyond with Linux

Specifically, the ISS astronauts will be using computers running Debian 6. Earlier, some of the on-board computers had been using Scientific Linux, a Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) clone. While not the newest version of Debian, Debian 7 has just been released, Debian is nothing if not well-tested and reliable.

Debian Wheezy released, no support for secure boot

The Debian GNU/Linux project released version 7.0 of its well-known Linux distribution on May 4, two years and three months after the last version came out.

Debian Project News – April 29th, 2013

Welcome to this year’s ninth issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian community. Topics covered in this issue include: * Release date for Wheezy announced * First Qt 5 packages in experimental * Debian Edu Wheezy alpha release * Other news * Upcoming events * New Debian Contributors * Release-Critical bugs statistics for the […]

Registration is now open for DebConf13

Dear all, Registration is now open for DebConf13, which will take place in Le Camp near Vaumarcus, Switzerland, from Sunday 11 August to Saturday 17 August 2013. The registration deadline for those who wish to make sponsorship applications is Wednesday 15 May 2013. After this date, you can still register, but you will need to […]

bits from the (still learning) DPL – April 2013

Hi! Given I’m determined to keep a monthly cadence of DPL “bits”, I thought it would be a good idea to try to send them near the beginning of each month, even if that meant sending first bits that only cover my first 13 days as the Debian Project Leader.

Debian 7.0 Wheezy released

After many months of constant development, the Debian project is proud to present its new stable version 7.0 (code name “Wheezy”). This new version of Debian includes various interesting features such as multiarch support [1], several specific tools to deploy private clouds [2], an improved installer, and a complete set of multimedia codecs and front-ends which remove […]

Bit from the Release Team: I think I feel a song coming on… Yodel-ay-hee-hoo!

Hi, As you may already know, we’ve passed responsibility for Wheezy to the Stable Release Managers; in other words, we’ve released!

A proposal to solve gender imbalance in Debian

We’ve done all we can so far: Debian Women, the Diversity Statement, the anti-harassment contact, gender neutral language, lots of education all round, but we still suffer from a strong gender imbalance in Debian. I think that the reason is that the majority group of cisgender men in the project, although they don’t actively work […]

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