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How to Prevent SSH Brute Force Attacks with Fail2Ban on Debian 7

Fail2ban is an open-source intrusion prevention system that can be used to prevent brute force attacks and other suspicious malicious attacks. It scans log files (e.g. /var/log/apache/error_log) and bans IP’s that show the malicious signs such as too many password failures, seeking for exploits etc.

Building a Varnish VMOD on Debian

From the tutorials department, here are some quick notes on how to install a Varnish VMOD from source. This is slightly complicated because Varnish demands that a VMOD must be built against the same git commit (or release) as the one that is running. This will be relaxed in future versions.

Encrypt Your Data With EncFS (Debian Wheezy)

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 […]

The French translation of the Debian Administrator’s Handbook is now online

Thanks to the success of the liberation campaign of the original book in French, the Debian Administrator’s Handbook now has a second complete translation: after the Spanish translation, the French one!

Install Memcached On Debian 7 Wheezy

Memcached is a free, open source, high-performance, distributed memory object caching system. It is mostly used to speed up the websites by caching data and objects in RAM to reduce the number of times an external data source (such as a database or API) must be read. It runs on Unix, Linux, Windows and Mac […]

First beta release of Debian Edu/Skolelinux based on Debian Wheezy

These are the release notes for for Debian Edu / Skolelinux 7.1+edu0~b0, based on Debian with codename “Wheezy”

DebConf13 preliminary schedule available

We are happy to announce that the schedule[0] for the upcoming DebConf13 in Vaumarcus, Switzerland, is available! It is still possible for some changes to occur, as we always try to accept new proposals, even those submitted during the conference.

Debian Tops Our Community Distro Poll

The results have been tallied and Debian got the most votes in our Community Distro Poll. We would call them the “winner,” but this wasn’t about winners and losers. It was about trying to reach a consensus on what we mean by the term “community distro.” We asked, “Which GNU/Linux distros do you consider to […]

How To Install FluxBox On Ubuntu, Linux Mint And Debian

As you may know, FluxBox is a window manager, ideal for lightweight Linux systems, running on old computers. It is a good alternative for OpenBox, the default window manager for Crunchbang OS.

How to Block Port Scan Attacks with Psad on Ubuntu/Debian

psad, Port Scan Attacks Detector, is used to detect the port scan attacks and other suspicious traffic by analyzing the iptables of Linux systems. It is an Intrusion Detection System written in Perl. It analyzes the iptables and ip6tables log messages regularly to detect, alert and block the port scans if necessary. – See more […]

Bootstrapping fedmsg for Debian

As you might (or might not) know, this summer, I have taken on mentoring of a GSoC project by Simon Chopin (a.k.a. laarmen) which goal is to bring fedmsg, the Fedora Infrastructure message bus, to Debian. Most of the work I’ll be talking about here is Simon’s work, please send all the praise towards him […]

Install Tiny Tiny RSS Reader on Ubuntu/Debian

If you are still searching for the best alternative to Google Reader which is now discontinued, well you are on the right track. In this article, I will show how to install an alternative for Google Reader called Tiny Tiny RSS Reader.

New Debian leader seeks more innovation within project

The new leader of the Debian GNU/Linux project, Lucas Nussbaum, plans to boost the amount of innovation that happens in the project itself, rather than just in its derivatives.

Ubuntu vs. Debian

Long before Ubuntu ever existed, Debian was a major player in the Linux space. To put a finer point on that statement, Debian is a distribution of Linux that has made countless other distributions, from Knoppix to Simply Mepis, a reality. This is similar to how Ubuntu relates to Linux Mint by providing Mint a […]

Using debcheckout to build strongSwan 5.0 on Debian wheezy

Debian wheezy ships with strongSwan version 4.5 packages. These are lacking support for a couple of features I needed, including dual-stack IPv4/IPv6 virtual IPs on a single user connection and maintaining the DNS server list on road-warriors

Installing Debian Squeeze On Pogoplug v3/Oxnas Cleanly

The main purpose of this tutorial is to provide instructions on how to build and install a Debian rootfs from scratch on the Pogoplug v3/Oxnas, using only official binaries from Debian and ALARM.

Debian Project News – July 22nd, 2013

Welcome to this year’s fifteenth issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian community. Topics covered in this issue include: * Interviews * Bits from the DPL * Community distribution * New Debian Contributors * Important Debian Security Advisories * New and noteworthy packages * Work-needing packages * Want to continue reading DPN?

FTPTeam changes

Hi small, still important, announce: We got 4 new FTPTeam members today!

How To Install The Linux Kernel 3.9.9 On Ubuntu, Debian & Derivates

The Linux Kernel 3.9.9 stable has been released yesterday, bringing small fixes and improvements, some of the for the ARM architecture. In this article I will show you how to install Kernel 3.9.9 on Ubuntu and Debian derivates.

How To Install Kernel 3.10 On Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Debian and Derivates

The highly expected Linux Kernel 3.10 has been released by Linus Torvalds himself yesterday. Among other fixes and improvements, the new kernel has better support for Solid State Drives (SSDs). A full list of features can be found on the official announcement.

Kuhn: Berkeley DB 6.0 license change and Debian

Many people off-list have been asking me to comment on this discussion, because (like Richard Fontana) I’m a co-author of AGPLv3, and I also (back in the early 2000′s) invented the original licensing idea behind the AGPLv1.

Newbies Guide to Debian 7

First of all you need an installation image (ISO file) which you can download from www.debian.org. I recommend the small network install image. After downloading the file, copy it to a blank CD, DVD or USB memory-stick. For information on creating a bootable USB memory stick, see the article Create a Bootable Live USB Thumb […]

New Debian leader seeks more innovation within project

The new leader of the Debian GNU/Linux project, Lucas Nussbaum, plans to boost the amount of innovation that happens in the project itself, rather than just in its derivatives.

bits from the DPL – June 2013

Hi, Here is my monthly report for June 2013. Outline: – State of the NEW queue – Call for help: Debian Auditors – New members in the trademark team ; logo registration – Delegations updates – Debian now a member of the Network Time Foundation – Follow-up on debian-multimedia.org – Assets – DPL helpers meetings […]

Debian Project News – July 8th, 2013

Welcome to this year’s fourteenth issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian community. Topics covered in this issue include: * All Debian source are belong to us * Updating delegations * Debian Trademark Team * Architectures supported in Jessie * Other news * New Debian Contributors * Important Debian Security Advisories * New and […]

Misc Developer News (#33)

In this issue: + Debian sysadmin sprint + Introducing sources.debian.net + codesearch.d.n source code released + Targets for package review + DDPO improvements

Newbies Guide to Debian 7 – Part One

First of all you need an installation image (ISO file) which you can download from www.debian.org. I recommend the small network install image. After downloading the file, copy it to a blank CD, DVD or USB memory-stick. For information on creating a bootable USB memory stick, see the article Create a Bootable Live USB Thumb […]

Fourth alpha release of Debian Edu/Skolelinux based on Debian Wheezy

New features for Debian Edu 7.1+edu0~alpha3 released 2013-07-03 These are the release notes for for Debian Edu / Skolelinux 7.1+edu0~alpha3, based on Debian with codename “Wheezy”.

Configuring strongSwan on Debian, RHEL and Fedora with the Android client

Here I am sharing some working examples of how to configure and use RSA certificate authentication between a Linux box and an Android phone using strongSwan. There are several commands to execute for each step, but they can be easily scripted.

How to set up a Mac as a PXE boot server, with Debian Live

Here is how to set up a Mac, running OS X Client 10.5 or later, as a PXE boot server. We will configure OS X’s built-in DHCP, TFTP, and NFS servers, start the servers, and put the client boot files in place. (The NFS server may be optional, depending on the operating system we are […]

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