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Iceweasel 10.0.09 ESR update for Debian Wheezy

The Mozilla-coded apps quickly get very old, and it’s harder and harder for Debian developers to patch those older versions with the latest security fixes when the upstream code leaves the distro’s original version further and further behind.

Ubuntu / Debian Linux Server Install Keychain SSH Key Manager For OpenSSH

I do not want to start ssh-agent and ssh-add as described here to manage my ssh keys for password less login. How do I install keychain software to manage my keys running on Debian or Ubuntu based cloud server?

Preseeding Debian virtual machines with virt-install

Interactively installing Debian virtual machines with virt-install without having to download anything in advance can already be done by pointing it to a Debian mirror via –location. But you can also add files to the initrd after downloading using –initrd-inject.

Debian / Ubuntu Linux apt-get: Blacklist a Package From Installing

How do I blacklist a package or packages so that when I run apt-get upgrade, it will ignore blacklisted packages and install the rest of updates under Debian or Ubuntu Linux server system?

Debian Sid / Wheezy Netinstall with LVM – Network Installation Guide

This is guide with screenshots, howto install Debian Sid (unstable) / Wheezy (testing) using netinstall method. This guide also works with Debian Squeeze 6.0 (stable). I use here Debian Wheezy (testing) netinstall image and graphical installer. After installation it’s easy to upgrade to Debian Sid (unstable) using apt, if you want to.

Repartitioning my Debian Wheezy system to make more room

I bit the bullet and did some repartitioning of my Debian Wheezy-running laptop to give myself more space on the Linux side, taking it from the seldom-used Windows side of my dual-boot system.

Building Debian packages with Deb-o-Matic

Today I’ll be telling you about an interesting way to build your Debian packages using Deb-o-Matic, a tool developed and maintained by Luca Falavigna. Some more details about this tool from the package’s description:

Supercomputer built from Raspberry Pi and Lego, managed by humans rather than Minifigs

Researchers at the University of Southampton have followed their instincts and built Iridis-Pi, a tiny 64-node cluster based on the Raspberry Pi’s usual Debian Wheezy distribution and linked through Ethernet

Chrooting Apache2 With mod_chroot On Debian Squeeze

This guide explains how to set up mod_chroot with Apache2 on a Debian Squeeze system. With mod_chroot, you can run Apache2 in a secure chroot environment and make your server less vulnerable to break-in attempts that try to exploit vulnerabilities in Apache2 or your installed web applications.

Installing The PHP WebDAV Extension On Debian Squeeze

This article shows how you can install the PHP WebDAV extension for PHP5 on a Debian Squeeze system. The PHP WebDAV extension allows easy access to remote resources through the DAV protocol from PHP scripts.

nginx: How To Block Visitors By Country With The GeoIP Module (Debian/Ubuntu)

This tutorial explains how to use the GeoIP module with nginx to block visitors by country. This is made possible by the GeoIP database which maps users’ IP addresses to countries. nginx must be compiled with the HttpGeoipModule to use the GeoIP database.

Debian / Ubuntu Linux: Install SquidGuard Web Filter Plugin For Squid 3.x To Block Unwanted Sites

squidGuard is flexible and ultra fast filter, redirector and access controller plugin for squid proxy server (it works with both squid version 2.x and 3.x). It lets you define multiple access rules with different restrictions for different user groups on a squid cache. squidGuard uses squid’s standard redirector interface.

Debian / Ubuntu Linux: Setup Wireless Access Point (WAP) with Hostapd

You need to use hostapd server as access point and authentication servers. It implements IEEE 802.11 access point management, IEEE 802.1X/WPA/WPA2/EAP Authenticators, RADIUS client, EAP server, and RADIUS authentication server. The current version supports Linux:

Creating Advanced MySQL-Based Virtual Hosts On Lighttpd (Debian Squeeze)

This guide explains how you can create advanced virtual hosts on a lighttpd web server on Debian Squeeze that are stored in a MySQL database. The method described here does not use the lighttpd mod_mysql_vhost module, and unlike mod_mysql_vhost (which allows you to store only the hostname and document root of a vhost in a […]

Debian testing a systemd-to-sysvinit converter

Akhil Vij has called on the Debian developers list to help test his software, “systemd-to-sysvinit-converter”, which can take a systemd configuration file and create sysvinit scripts based on it. It does this by analysing the service units within the systemd file and emulating the required functionality in the generated scripts.

Debian / Ubuntu Linux: Install and Configure Shoreline Firewall (Shorewall)

I know how to setup a firewall under RHEL / Fedora and CentOS Linux quickly. How do I setup a host-based firewall under Debian or Ubuntu Linux server or desktop system? How do I install Shoreline firewall (Shorewall) utility to build firewall based on the Netfilter under Debian or Ubuntu Linux?

Creating Simple Virtual Hosts With mod_mysql_vhost On Lighttpd (Debian Squeeze)

This guide explains how you can use mod_mysql_vhost to create simple virtual hosts on a lighttpd web server on Debian Squeeze. With mod_mysql_vhost, lighttpd can read the vhost configuration from a MySQL database. Currently, you can store the domain and the document root in the MySQL database which results in very simple virtual hosts. If […]

How to use quilt to manage patches in Debian packages

Most Debian source packages are using the “3.0 (quilt)” format. This means that Debian changes to upstream files are managed in a quilt patch series. Knowledge of quilt is thus a must if you want to get involved in some serious packaging work. Don’t worry, this tutorial will teach you how to use quilt in […]

Debian Linux Install Avant: A MacOS X Like Panel for GNOME Desktop

Avant Window Navigator (AWN or Awn) is a fully customisable dock-like bar for the GNOME desktop environment.This quick blog post explains how to install and use Avant Window Navigator (AWN) under Debian Linux 6.x+.

if the 3.4.1 Debian wheezy gnome-shell starts up slowly for you

I love titles like that. Anyway, I am intensely enjoying being back in Debian-space, and I am slowly accreting small mechanisms of usefulness around me. Vim keystrokes are bleeding out everywhere. My caps lock is now a Meta key, and springs up little windows when I dance on it.

Debian / Ubuntu Linux: HowTo Download A Git Repository

I would like to install something from source code. The site says that I need to download it from git repository. How do I download a git repository under Debian / Ubuntu Linux? Get the explanation in this guide

Debian Squeeze: Install Emerald Windows Decorator And Theme Manager

The Emerald Window Decorator is a custom window decorator shipped with Compiz Fusion that allows for theming and full composite window decorations with the use of engines.

Debian Linux 6: Install and Configure Compiz Eye Candy Effects

In this post I will explain how to install compiz on Debian Linux 6 with NVIDIA GPU. However, instructions should also work on Debian lenny and Intel 3000 or latest Intel 4000 video cards.

Debian Linux 6: Install Nvidia Proprietary Unix Driver

The NVIDIA Linux proprietary unified drivers supports various features such as 3d rendering, opengl and much more. This post covers installing and configuring NVIDIA’s proprietary graphic card driver for Debian Linux 6 amd64.

Creating Encrypted FTP Backups With duplicity And duply On Debian Squeeze

When you rent a dedicated server nowadays, almost all providers give you FTP backup space for your server on one of the provider’s backup systems. This tutorial shows how you can use duplicity and duply to create encrypted (so that nobody with access to the backup server can read sensitive data in your backups) backups […]

How to install Debian Squeeze on Apple iBook G3 with PPC architecture

This instruction describes how to install Debian Squeeze on an iBook with a G3 PPC CPU. It is the way that worked for me and it might be usefull for others who want to bring back some live to a nice little machine.

I upgraded from Debian Squeeze to Wheezy today

Though my track record with in-place upgrades of Linux/Unix systems is far from positive, I decided to do just that with my long-running (since late 2010) Debian Squeeze laptop today. It went surprisingly well — and by that I mean I’m using a fully upgraded Debian Wheezy laptop to create this post in Nautilus via […]

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.

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