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Debian Project News – September 16th, 2013

Welcome to this year’s sixteenth issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian community. Topics covered in this issue include: * Debian Women IRC meeting * Bits from the Release Team * Bits from the DPL * Videos of DebConf13 available * Other news * New Debian Contributors * Important Debian Security Advisories * New […]

bits from the DPL – August 2013

Hi, Here is my monthly report for August 2013 (+ the beginning of September).Enjoy. Outline: ——– – DebConf – Follow-up: survey of new contributors – Participation in OpenZFS initiative – Status of MariaDB for Debian – Outreach Program for Women – Assets – DPL Helpers and DPL TO-DO list (help needed!)

Call for Jessie Release Goals

The Release Team calls for the submission of release goals for the Jessie cycle. Release goals are areas of functionality which developers would like to see as an aim for the next release. They will not hold up the release, but allow the bugs opened for that goal to be of severity ‘important’.

Bug Squashing party for Debian and Ubuntu in Oslo, Norway weekend 2013-10-12/13

Do you want to learn how to fix bugs in Debian and Ubuntu. Did a bug in your favourite program annoy you for a while, and you want to do your part to get rid of it for good?

Debian Virtualization: LXC Desktop Virtualization

Virtualization allows the creation of multiple virtual machines (VM) on top of an existing computer, each VM configured in a very specific way. All virtual machines run in parallel alongside the regular host applications, without affecting the host system. The type of virtualization I am currently using is Linux containers (LXC), a lightweight virtualization technology […]

Reduce doxygen footprint on debian

When you install doxygen on a recent debian OS, it will also install debian-latex, which bloats the footprint (on 32-bit wheezy) from 7.5 to 963 MB. To avoid that once and for all, pin the debian-latex package with a negative priority, thereby preventing it from ever installing…

Configure Munin graphs with Nginx, FastCGI, and Debian 7

Setting up Munin with Nginx can be a little harsh. Here is the ready-to-go solution for Debian Wheezy. I will make the assumption that you already have configured Munin and Munin-node. I also assume that you didn’t change the CGI and CRON params in the Munin default configuration provided by the Debian package.

Debian Virtualization: LXC Network Isolation

Linux containers (LXC) is a lightweight virtualization technology built into Linux kernel. In my previous article, Debian Virtualization: LXC Application Containers, I have detailed the steps to configure and run a simple application container using LXC. LXC application containers are very lean and consume strictly the resources the application requires. This is in sharp contrast […]

Bits from the Release

Hi all, We have some ideas on how to improve the Jessie development cycle. This includes a proposed change to the testing migration rules, automated removals, automated metrics for architecture (re-)qualification and doing a roll call for porters.

Running CS-Cart On Nginx (LEMP) On Debian Wheezy/Ubuntu 13.04

This tutorial shows how you can install and run CS-Cart on a Debian Wheezy or Ubuntu 13.04 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 […]

Install And Configure Varnish Cache With Apache On Debian 7

Varnish Cache is a web accelerator, sometimes referred to as a HTTP accelerator or a reverse HTTP proxy, that will significantly enhance your web performance. Normally Varnish Cache is available on Debian default repositories. But i suggest you to use Varnish Cache repositories to get latest version of Varnish Cache.

Interesting facts about Debian Linux

August, 15th 2013 was Debian’s 20th anniversary. The Debian Project is a massive community-driven open-source project devoted to a single goal: build a free Linux operating system. Debian is well-known for maintaining strictly guarded policies and principles to remain the most stable and secure Linux distribution.

Virtualization With KVM And openQRM 5.1 On Debian Wheezy

This HowTo is about how to create and manage KVM Virtual Machines on Debian 7 aka Wheezy with openQRM 5.1.

Install openQRM 5.1 On Debian Wheezy

This HowTo is about how to install the openQRM Datacenter Management and Cloud Computing platform version 5.1 on Debian 7 aka Wheezy. It is the starting point for a set of openQRM HowTos explaining different Use-cases with the focus on virtualization, automation and cloud computing.

Mini-Debconf in Cambridge, UK – November 14-17 2013

Hi! I’m organising a mini-conf in Cambridge for November this year. My employer ARM has graciously volunteered to host people for 4 days for a mix of sprint sessions and talks:

No distro diva drama here: Penguinista favourite Debian turns 20

Today Debian marks a milestone not many pieces of software last long enough to see: its 20-year anniversary. And it has achieved all this without the continued presence of its founder driving the show in the way that Linus Torvalds drives Linux, and despite delayed releases and public spats. But that isn’t even the best […]

20 Years of Debian GNU/Linux

Debian GNU/Linux celebrates its 20th birthday anniversary this month. I have been using Debian GNU/Linux only a few years and I regret not having known Debian earlier. The growth, vitality, and quality of the project has been amazing. With Debian GNU/Linux I have been able to do a lot with a tiny investment in IT. […]

gNewSense 3.0 Switches From Ubuntu To Debian

For those concerned more about code licenses and the free nature of software over the quality, richness, and features of a Linux distribution, gNewSense 3.0 is now available. The gNewSense 3.0 release now supports three architectures and has switched from an Ubuntu base to now using Debain Linux.

Debian invites you to its 20th birthday

The Debian Project, the team behind the free Debian operating system, would like to invite you to join in celebrating the upcoming 20th Debian Birthday [1] which will take place on 16 August 2013 in Le Camp, in Vaumarcus, Switzerland, during this year’s annual Debian conference, DebConf13 [2].

bits from the DPL – July 2013

Hi, Here is my monthly report for July 2013 (+ the beginning of August). That was a rather slower month, with some travel (for work) and some vacations.

Debian GNU/Linux Displaces Ubuntu GNU/Linux In Page Hits

Last week, evolution caught up with the Ubuntu juggernaut. After jerking people around with Unity, WaylandMir, and generally annoying lovers of Free Software with top-down stuff, Canonical drove more people to take a look at installing Debian GNU/Linux as suggested by the page-hit ratings on Distrowatch. That puts Debian GNU/Linux in #2 after Mint

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.

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