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New Technical Committee Members

Anthony Towns recently announced his decision to step down from the Debian Technical Committee. —–BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE—–Hash: SHA1 Anthony Towns recently announced his decision to step down from the Debian Technical Committee: http://lists.debian.org/debian-ctte/2009/01/msg00006.html I thank him on behalf of the rest of the committee and the project for his contributions over the last three […]

Counting total number of packages under Debian Linux

I have read on many websites that Debian has the most number of packages than any other Linux distribution out there. Also as per Debian, there are 18000+ packages in Debian. This got me curious and I decided to query the total number of packages that are currently actually there in Debian. Read it here […]

Opinion: Absolutism hurting Debian

The 5.0 (“Lenny”) release of Debian Linux has been delayed by a philosophical rift among project developers. In a thoughtful essay entitled “Debian, Philosophy, and People,” Linux Foundation Fellow Ted T'so draws examples from literature, religion, and philosophy in renouncing the free software absolutism of Debian's Social Contract. Read more here

Debian secretary resigns in vote controversy

The Debian secretary, Manoj Srivastava, has resigned from the post in the wake of heated debate about the options available in the vote on the future of non-free binary blobs. Read more here – or directly from his own words here Quote: In his resignation email, Srivastava said “It has been made clear to me […]

Debian Etch Gateway/Router/Firewall with Layer7 and IPP2P for P2P Blocking

If you are in a local area network environment with a host of running Bittorrent or Gnutella, the speed of the network is significantly reduced. This is a step by step tutorial how to create a Debian Etch server with Layer7 and IPP2P. The next step is to install Debian Etch server. The installation is […]

DebGem now supports x86 Debian Etch

Yesterday we launched DebGem, our RubyGems-to-Apt conversion service. As well as receiving a lot of heartwarming reactions, we’ve also received a lot of constructive criticism for which we’re deeply thankful as we believe they will help us improve this service even more Read it here

DebGem – Ruby Libraries Packaged for Debian and Ubuntu

Many Debian (and Ubuntu, which is compatible) sysadmins and users prefer to use the APT (as in apt-get) package management system for handling the installation of everything on their system. With its separate RubyGems packaging system, however, Ruby can cause a dilemma. More here Quote: While some Ruby stuff is available through the regular repositories, […]

Debian 5 release approaches… binary blobs included

The developers behind the Debian Linux distribution are preparing for the upcoming release of Debian 5, which is codenamed Lenny. The decision to move forward with the release follows a contentious vote over whether to permit the inclusion of binary blobs in the new version of the distribution. From Ars Technica Quote: The election was […]

Installing Debian On ACER Altos 1200

This thing made any debian based Installer (Etch and Hardy) failed to boot, rebooted with no reason. The machine didn't even bother to recognize OpenSolaris CD. So, here's how to get it to work Quote: Nah, the reason was because I would to make sure the installation went well. As my guess, there would be […]

How to change your default editor -Debian/Ubuntu-

Debian and Ubuntu uses for visudo, crontab and other similar applications the default text editor, you want to change it use the update-alternatives command. Read how to do it here

Tell apt-get not to install “recommends” packages in Debian Linux

If you are using Debian Lenny and are installing software packages using apt-get then you might have noticed the new version of apt-get in Lenny installs the “recommends” packages automatically thus increasing the number of packages installed on your computer. Read more Quote: The “apt-get” in Debian Etch (4.0) did not use to install “recommends” […]

Running Hudson web app on Jetty (HighTide)on Debian

while setting up my environment on my new big server (running xen server 3.2.1 on Debian Lenny) and while setting up a VM dedicated to hosting SVN and hudson, I decided to use a fast & efficient web server : Jetty. Read more here Quote: I found some debian packages dedicated to the professional packaging […]

How does Ubuntu Linux differ from Debian?

Bring up the topic of Ubuntu and you'll receive a mixed response from unexpected corners. No, it's not the Windows brigade, but the Debian crowd. So just how does Ubuntu differ from Debian to inflame such passion? Read more here Quote: Here’s where we hit our first major distinction. Ubuntu comes on one CD. While […]

How to set up Samba share on debian (to share with a windows machine)

So you want to replace that expensive windows file server with a cheap linux solution. But you need to connect from a windows client. Use samba server to do this! Here is how you do it on debian. Read it here

Seven Most Influential GNU/Linux Distributions

Here, in alphabetical order, is a list of the seven distributions that have most affected GNU/Linux as a whole… And Debian is here Quote: Debian has a reputation for being hard to install and use, neither of which is true today. The new Debian installer released a couple of years ago has taken the pain […]

SimplyMEPIS 8.0 RC1 is Available for the Holidays

The kernel in RC1 has been updated to upstream version 2.6.27.10 and the wl wireless driver has been updated to improve reliability. Some minor changes have taken place “under the hood” to address issues that were reported by individual testers. More from the announcement

Uninstalled Ubuntu, Installed Knoppix

Currently gaming fever is on me. Me and my friends group play Counter strike every evening on our Laptops. Just few weeks ago i installed Ubuntu on my laptop but for gaming , i uninstalled it and installed Windows XP. More here Quote: Currently Linux is gaining popularity. Many people , many offices are switching […]

Remaster Knoppix without Remastering

If you have used Knoppix for any extended period of time, chances are you eventually thought about customizing it. You might have simply wanted to make cosmetic changes with a new background and a different theme, or you might have wanted to add programs, change what happens at startup, or make any number of more-intensive […]

USB Damn Small Linux install

USB Damn Small Linux (DSL) This is a revisit of the Windows DSL USB installation tutorial: “Putting damn small linux on a USB pendrive”. Read more here

How to Boot Linux from USB Drive in Windows

CDs and DVDs are finding their places at garbage boxes these days. To run portable OSes from CD is an age old process. Here is a very cool alternative though. I guess some of you are well aware of USB DSL or damn small Linux. Read it here Quote: It was created by John Andrews, […]

Debian mourns the loss of Thiemo Seufer

Debian Project mourns the loss of Thiemo Seufer. The Debian Project has lost an active member of its community. Thiemo Seufer died on December 26th in a tragic car accident. ————————————————————————The Debian Project http://www.debian.org/Debian mourns the loss of Thiemo Seufer press@debian.orgDecember 29th, 2008 http://www.debian.org/News/2008/20081229———————————————————————— Debian Project mourns the loss of Thiemo Seufer The Debian Project […]

Bits from the Debian Installer team

As we're now supposedly close to the release of Lenny, we feel theneed to give news about the Debian Installer team. During Lenny release cycle, we managed to release two beta versionsand one release candidate. As we're now supposedly close to the release of Lenny, we feel theneed to give news about the Debian Installer […]

DSL vs Puppy Linux

What annoys me is that Damn Small Linux (abbreviated DSL because it’s a bad name) got into that list, but not Puppy Linux. This is something that annoys me, as I think that DSL gets far more attention than it deserves. Read more here Quote: My main point is that while DSL may suit your […]

5 Best Linux Distros to Convert Windows Users

Today, Simply Mepis best serves for those looking for stable over flashy and cutting edge. Using the KDE desktop, this distribution is set to provide long-term reliability for those just looking for a simple to use, Debian-stable desktop computing experience. More here Quote: Stability, and small yet strong community support from the user forums. Despite […]

Debian 5 release approaches… binary blobs included

The developers behind the Debian Linux distribution are preparing for the upcoming release of Debian 5, which is codenamed Lenny. The decision to move forward with the release follows a contentious vote over whether to permit the inclusion of binary blobs in the new version of the distribution. Read more here

FOSDEM talks!

This is a third, final, and somewhat desperate, call for talks for the Debian developers' room at FOSDEM. Hi, This is a third, final, and somewhat desperate, call for talks for the Debiandevelopers' room at FOSDEM. We will have the same room as the two previous years: AW1.125, with acapacity of 76 people. We will […]

Bits from the Debian CD team

The Debian CD team has made practical use of the extra time allowed for the release of Lenny by implementing some late improvements of the CD and DVD images available for Lenny. The Debian CD team has made practical use of the extra time allowed for the release of Lenny by implementing some late improvements […]

Seeking volunteers for the post of Debian Project Secretary

As most people reading this will already know, Manoj Srivastavaresigned from the position of Project Secretary last week [1]. I'dlike to take this opportunity to publically thank him (again) for thehuge amount of effort he has put into the job over the years. He hasbeen a loyal servant of the project for a very long […]

Results of the Lenny release GR

This result means that the Debian Lenny release can proceed as the release team has intended, with the kernel packages currently in the archive. —–BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE—–Hash: SHA1 I've been reminded that as Acting Secretary I should officially announce theresults of the recent vote. My apologies for the delay! Details of the outcome and […]

Misc developer news (#12)

In this issue: + Bdale Garbee as Acting Secretary + New proposal to track maintenance status of all packages + Packages-arch-specific maintenance changes + Githubredir available + Babelbox updated for Lenny The news are collected on http://wiki.debian.org/DeveloperNewsIt's your duty to share news about your work/plans/subproject. In this issue: + Bdale Garbee as Acting Secretary + […]

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