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Better state administration on better operating systems, is it possible?

Unlike paid software (such as (Microsoft), which now serves our administration and local councils, Linux Debian’s free use and development, along with the exceptional security of the software, everyone can look inside it, makes this software one of the largest IT and educational achievements, realizing the full extent of the human right to maximum development, […]

Recent improvements with Debian GNU/kFreeBSD

Debian GNU/kFreeBSD was first released with Squeeze in last february. The “technology preview” label indicated, among other things, that it had a number of limitations when compared with what users would expect: missing features, incomplete functionality, etc.

Debian Postgres readline psql problem and the solutions

There was a bit of a controversy back in February as Debian decided to replace libreadline with libedit, which affected a number of apps, the most important of which for Postgres people is the psql utility. They did this because psql links to both OpenSSL and readline, and although psql is compatible with both, they […]

Debian 7 might come in a GNU Hurd version

GNU Hurd on the other hand is an alternative kernel that the GNU software was originally written for. GNU Hurd provides the services that implement file systems, network protocols etc. over the GNU Mack microkernel. It is still a work in progress despite being in development for over 20 years.

Test Driven Development in Debian

As a nice byproduct of the huge “rolling” discussion we had back in April/May, various people have brainstormed about applying Test-Driven Development (TDD) techniques to Debian development.

Upgrade In-Place was Availble Long Before Apple Lion

More recently, upgrading any GNU/Linux distribution without a DVD and from a live system is the norm and I wouldn’t expect less. After all, isn’t Apple’s App Store an imitation of Debian’s APT repository or Fedora’s RPM package archives?

Free anti-virus technology for Amazon EC2

AVG’s AMI consists of a hardened Debian Linux operating system with AVG’s pre-configured anti-virus technology which can be launched, ready for use, as rapidly as any other instance on Amazon EC2.

LibreOffice is now in Debian Squeeze Backports

Turmoil in the free-office-suite world has led to the formation of the Document Foundation and its forking of into LibreOffice, and much if not most of the Linux world has declared its support for the more-community-oriented LibreOffice.

Debian Dumps OpenOffice for LibreOffice

Joining the ever-growing list of Linux distributions jumping the sinking ship for the safety of LibreOffice is the irreplaceable Debian. LibreOffice has been in testing since March, but as of today it’s available for stable 6.0 as well.

Debian moves to LibreOffice

The Debian project is proud to announce that the transition from to LibreOffice has now been completed. LibreOffice has already been available for “testing” and “unstable” since March and has now been backported to Debian 6.0 “Squeeze”, too.

People behind Debian: Philipp Kern, Stable Release Manager

Philipp is a Debian developer since 2005 and a member of the release team since 2008. Since he took the responsibility of Stable Release Manager, the process has evolved for the best. I asked him to explain how the release team decides what’s fit for stable or not.

Exclusive Interview With Debian Leader Stefano Zacchiroli

Swapnil: Can you tell us a bit about yourself? How you got associated with computers?……Stefano: With computers … wow, that’s quite some time ago! I discovered programming when I was 9 year old – I’m 31 now – finding an illustrated book about BASIC programming at the local library (!). Pair that with a C64 […]

DEX finishes first batch of derivative patches for Debian

The goal of our first project, nicknamed ancient-patches, was to clear out an old batch of a few hundred Ubuntu patches whose status was unclear. We couldn’t tell which ones had been merged into Debian, which were waiting in the BTS, and which had yet to be submitted to Debian. All of them were several […]

Debian Wheezy Moving To Linux 3.0

With Linux 3.0 on its way, the Debian developers have decided to move the Debian Wheezy development from Linux 2.6 to Linux 3.0.

How to Make Your Own North Korean Netbook with Debian or Android

Now, we can’t be entirely sure which netbook North Korea is using, but it looks a lot like a MenQ EasyPC, the Sylvania 7″ netbook, or an unbranded netbook from Deal Extreme.

Debian 6.0: Fat, Fatter, Slim

A few days ago I mentioned Conky, the desktop system resource monitor. I’d been meaning to install this for some time, and did so after my upgrade to Debian 6.0 “Squeeze”. And I was immediately alarmed to see that with only my web browser and email client open, I was using over 450 MB of […]

Why I dumped Debian Squeeze’s Chromium for the Chrome browser from Google’s repository

I’ve always been an advocate for using the packages supplied by the distribution/project you happen to be running as an OS. Rarely do I go outside the “official” repositories for something shinier and newer. That’s changing, and swapping the Chromium browser in Debian Squeeze for the Google Chrome browser directly from Google is my latest […]

Debian Squeeze + btrfs = FAIL

Executive summary: Don’t use btrfs on Debian Squeeze. Longer summary: Don’t use btrfs RAID with the kernel Debian Squeeze comes with.

The GNOME 2.30 environment in Debian Squeeze – surprisingly productive

Mind you, on this same hardware I was able to run Unity in Ubuntu 11.04. Not that I’m going to throw over GNOME 2.30 (or Degbian Squeeze) for Unity and Ubuntu, because I am not an early adopter.

Debian May Begin Rolling Release Branch

Here is my attempt at a summary of the rolling discussion currently happening on debian-devel@. It might not be complete, it’s probably a bit biased, but I hope that it’s still better than nothing. It was also posted on debian-devel@.

Debian on a ThinkPad Edge 15

The installation was really straight forward (netinstall CD in expert mode (64 bit), running through all steps and booting, that’s it). I did the install over a wired network, mainly because this is faster for me, but with an USB stick and the firmware for the Intel Centrino module a installation over the wireless interface […]

Debian 6, sluggish and slow due to Mono

I have been playing around with Debian 6 for the past two weeks and overall quite happy with Debian but have noticed a slight sluggish feel when working with Gnome. (eg compared to Fedora 14)

Large Debian installations in India

The client is a large call-out business headquartered in NOIDA with call centres in 5 other cities in India, including New Delhi. At the time we started, they had no IT or automation on the call floor at all.

Debian 6 Squeeze review – nearly, but not quite…

Debian Squeeze lives up to its name as the “universal operating system”: with the big number of supported architectures, the experimental FreeBSD architecture and its completely free kernel, this distribution keeps standing out from the crowd. It’s not plain sailing, though, as Koen Vervloesem discovers…

Bits from the Release Team – Kicking off Wheezy

As you will have noticed, we have recently had a point release of Squeeze. This means that it’s well and truly the time to start on the next release: Wheezy!

Debian launches derivatives exchange project

The Debian GNU/Linux Project has moved to better integrate patches from distributions that are derived from it by setting up the Debian dErivatives eXchange project (DEX).

Debian Derivatives Exchange project launched

The Debian Project has taken another important step towards better collaboration with its more than 300 derivative distributions by launching the Debian dErivatives eXchange project (DEX).

Debian CUT, a new rolling release?

However, my intention for this article is not solely to praise Debian for its recent awards, but rather to focus on a new project, Debian CUT. Don’t be surprised if you haven’t heard about CUT; it seems most Debian community hasn’t either. Then again, maybe it’s because it is only labelled as unofficial/development so far.

Ubuntu Linux aims to give back with Debian Dex

DEX is all about action: merging patches, fixing bugs, crunching data, whatever is necessary to get changes from derivatives into Debian proper,” Ubuntu CTO Matt Zimmerman wrote in a blog post. “DEX is a joint task force where developers from Debian and its derivatives work together on this common goal.

Debian Project Leader elections: a foregone conclusion

In a post on the debian-vote mailing list, Zacchiroli, also known simply as Zack, says that he believes that an election with only one candidate “is not healthy for democracy”, adding that “I’m open to the possibility of retiring, in order to restart the process and have more than one candidate in the actual election.”

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