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Posts Tagged ‘Debian’
So often with Linux distributions, the choice is between running a bleeding-edge system, or sticking with stable (and sometimes stale) software. Most of us settle in to a distro that balances both to our liking, but there are times when you just have to have a little newer version of a package than the default [...]
It’s no secret that many people’s first Linux experience these days is on Ubuntu; yet as they — for one reason or another — find themselves needing to branch out into the wider Free OS world, Debian is often the next stop along the road. Having introduced a few Ubuntu users (in real life or [...]
The big news in the Debian world this week is the liberation of the The Debian Administrators Handbook, which, thanks to donations from a crowdfunding campaign, has now been released under free-as-in-speech licenses. It’s even been packaged up and placed in the Debian repositories, so it’s a quick “aptitude install” away. I spent some time browsing [...]
When tinkering with old computers, there is little about an operating system quite as endearing as flexibility at install time. The “Universal Operating System” is no slouch in this regard; the Debian installer will work quite happily from CD, DVD, USB drive, PXE boot (my personal fav), and even a Windows executable. But what if [...]
Back around 2006 our public library was in need of a cheap way for patrons to browse its web-based INNOPAC catalog. Thin clients running Windows CE had been purchased for this purpose, but they turned out to be buggy and limited. I was tasked with finding a solution to the problem “on the cheap”, and [...]
In part III of this series, I told you that lightweight Linux distributions can be classified as either “fully lightweight” or “remixes”; and in part IV, we took a look at several “fully lightweight” distributions. Naturally, in this article, we’re going to talk about remixes. Unlike the last article, however, I’m not just going to [...]
Our home server — we call him Rupert — is a real trooper. Beneath his yellowing beige exterior, a first-gen Pentium 4 works its 224 MB of RAM night and day delivering a variety of services to our home network. On top of storing our files, caching our DNS requests, filtering the Web for little [...]
Jaw saw it coming down the RSS pike: Debian turns 18 today! I feel like installing Debian on something just to celebrate.