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Init wars: Debian inclining towards upstart

More than a month and a half after Debian project leader Lucas Nussbaum asked the technical committee to decide on the default init system for the next release, Jessie, the question still continues to be debated.

Using cloud to rebuild Debian

Making sure that all packages are of necessary quality is hard work. That’s why there is freeze before releasing new Debian to make sure that there are no known release critical bugs.

Automated reprocessing of packages on

Yesterday, I have managed to finish up an old pet peeve of mine. I wrote a series of patches to have harness reprocess all packages, which were last checked by an older version of Lintian than the current. It is not completed to the level I would like, but it is good enough for now.

How to install and configure Debian

Debian is supposed to be extremely stable, but for some reason the current version is codenamed ‘Wheezy’. I hope this is not a reference to its performance! In this post I explain what I did to install Debian and importantly to make it usable.

Creating a Linode-based VPN setup using OpenVPN on Debian or Ubuntu

Using a Virtual Private Network is a good way to work-around geoIP restrictions but also to protect your network traffic when travelling with your laptop and connecting to untrusted networks.

Debian-based SteamOS. Wait… what? Debian? SRSLY?

A few days ago, several sources reported that SteamOS, the long-announced game-oriented OS has been released by Valve. Steam is a gaming platform currently available for Ubuntu, and it has been a major reason of advertising for the Ubuntu community. Actually, SteamOS was expected to be built on top of Ubuntu itself.

MiniDebConf at FOSSASIA 2014 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Feb. 28-March 2

FOSSASIA [1] is inviting Debian contributors and fans to Phnom Penh, Cambodia from February 28 – March 2, 2014. After previous events in Vietnam and a successful MiniDebconf 2010 in Ho Chi Minh city it is time to bring together some of the awesome Debian folks in the region again and organize another MiniDebConf Phnom […]

MiniDebConf 2014 Barcelona Call for Proposals

Debian Women is proud to announce that it will hold a MiniDebConf in Barcelona on 15-16 March 2014, where Debian enthusiasts from far and wide will gather to talk about the latest Debian changes and the Debian community, as well as to meet new and old friends.

Debian Contributors

Hello, since DebConf[1], me and a number of other people[2] have been working on making it so that we can see and credit all the people who contribute to Debian.

Bits from the release team (freeze time line)

* Jessie Freeze Time line * Integrating piuparts output into Britney * Britney changes * Architecture changes

Updated Debian 7: 7.3 released

The Debian project is pleased to announce the third update of its stable distribution Debian 7 (codename `wheezy’). This update mainly adds corrections for security problems to the stable release, along with a few adjustments for serious problems. Security advisories were already published separately and are referenced where available.

Steam OS available for download, based on Debian 7.1 not Ubuntu

Valve Software has made available images for Steam OS, it’s GNU/Linux based gaming distribution. Valve has also released more information about the operating system. Unlike popular belief Steam OS is not based on Ubuntu; it’s based on Debian 7.1 Wheezy. Steam OS is using Gnome as it’s default desktop environment.

bits from the DPL — November 2013

Hi, Here is my 8th monthly report, for November 2013. Outline: ——– – Appointment of Keith Packard to the Debian TC – Outreach Program For Women update – Role of Release Goals – Debian Developer Certificates – Anti-Harassment contact point – Preface for the Debian Administrator’s Handbook – Assets – DPL Helpers and DPL TO-DO […]

Ubuntu in Debian Software Sources

Besides Ubuntu as an OS on my machine, I’m also using Debian GNU/Linux 7 Wheezy for months now. I’m enjoying using this latest stable version of Debian because it really is a stable version. I never encounter a single error while using it. That’s the main reason why I choose to use it for some […]

How to Repack Deb Files on Debian and Ubuntu

The following tutorial will teach Ubuntu, Linux Mint and Debian GNU/Linux users how to easily unpack and repack a .deb file on their Debian-based Linux operating system. Once in a while you reach a moment in life when, among other things, you want to modify a .deb file, to change something in it and repackage […]

Debian Wheezy Installation

After several years spent with Fedora I’ve decided to try another Linux distribution. My choice fell on Debian that I need to learn because of my project. The tutorial describes installation of common user applications. It also offers solution to problems I encountered after Debian Wheezy installation. Please have in mind that is written from […]

New Debian image with Armel and Mono-complete is available

There are lot of people who do .NET programming and the Linux alternative MONO. For some weird reason MONO is not working on armhf default Debian distribution which we use (as armhf performs better we ignored so far armel).

Release sprint results – team changes, auto-rm and arch status

—–BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE—– Hash: SHA256 In this new and exciting update from your Debian Release Team… * Team Membership * Auto-removal of non-leaf packages * Release Goals * Architecture Status * ia64 in danger * sparc/ppc/mips/kfreebsd at risk * s390 dropped from testing * Default Urgency * Sprint

Bits from Debian Med team

Hi, some of these bits are a bit outdated but there is no point in hiding this information just because it is old. 1. FOSDEM talk 2. Jabber interview about Debian Med 3. Article about Debian Med 4. Yearly sprint of Debian Med team 5. DebConf 13 in Vaumarcus 6. Codefest of the Open Bioinformatics […]

MATE to make it into Debian repositories

Fans of the MATE desktop environment, which is a fork of Gnome 2, will be happy to know that MATE is scheduled to be included in the official Debian repositories. Early 2012, it was requested that MATE be included in said repositories, and almost 2 years later, it appears we’re almost there.

Running ownCloud 5.0 On Nginx (LEMP) On Debian Wheezy

This tutorial shows how you can install and run ownCloud 5.0 on a Debian Wheezy system that has nginx installed instead of Apache (LEMP = Linux + nginx (pronounced “engine x”) + MySQL + PHP). nginx is a HTTP server that uses much less resources than Apache and delivers pages a lot of faster, especially […]

Cross-architecture Linux containers in Debian

I wanted to create a Deb-o-Matic environment to testbuild packages for a different architecture. Taking inspiration on Stéphane’s excellent blog post, I tried to replicate the creation of a cross-architecture Linux container in Debian. Here are the steps I made:

Call for DebConf volunteers and DebConf15/16 bids

Hi, If you are interested in putting forward a bid to host DebConf15 in 2015, please tell us about it on the DebConf team mailing list,, then read the information at and prepare bid materials there by the end of this calendar year. (There are a couple of probable bids we already heard […]

Mini Debconf in Paris – January 18 & 19th 2014

Hello Everyone, The Debian France association[1] is proud to announce the next Mini-DebConf[2][3]! This year’s event will take place on January 18th and 19th, where Debian enthusiasts from far and wide will gather to talk about the latest Debian changes, the Debian community and meet up new and old friends.

Init wars: Debian technical panel to decide

The leader of the Debian GNU/Linux project, Lucas Nussbaum, has announced that the question of which init system will be the default in the next release, Jessie, will be decided by the project’s technical committee.

Call for Jessie artwork proposals

Aloha, hackers, As some of you notice from the slamn’ default background in wheezy[1], (BTW; a round of applause for Adrien Aubourg for creating Joy!) we ask for contributions to the debian-desktop team in the form of themeing.

Debian Project News – November 13th, 2013

Welcome to this year’s twentieth issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian community. Topics covered in this issue include: * Bits from the Release Team * s390 removed from the archive in favour of s390x * now an official service * Debian increases its popularity on web servers * Other news * Upcoming […]

Moving from Ubuntu to Debian

With the recent changes and events around Ubuntu, I have decided to start using Debian for my personal desktop and server OS. I thought I would detail the reasons behind my decision and my experience while making the switch.

Debian PVHVM vs PV

This time, it’s not a news about Xen Orchestra, but a benchmark of virtualization mode: PVHVM vs PV. When I saw the numbers from Rackspace, well… I choose to do my own tests here, despite it’s in other context (small test lab). We’ll (re)explain concepts first, then our test protocol and at least the results.

Kernel 3.12 Released – Install and Compile in Debian Linux

In this case, we are going to compile a newly released Kernel 3.12, on Debian Wheezy. The newly released Kernel 3.12 has several new features, including some new drivers for the NVIDIA Optimus, and the Radeon Kernel Graphics Driver. It also offers huge improvements to the EXT4 filesystem, and some updates to XFS and Btrfs.

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