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    apt-get, dselect, deity confusion
    Submitted by CaptainRotundo on Friday, April 26, 2002 – 01:03
    With all the arguments over the best way to “apt-get upgrade” ones box, I was wondering why Debian (or somebody outside Debian) doesn’t use a system more like Ximian’s Red Carpet. What would stop one from modifying Red Carpet to work with a non-Ximian server? Wouldn’t this be a readily available super-userfriendly apt-get front end?
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    Debian Preinstalled Notebooks?
    Submitted by Anonymous on Friday, April 26, 2002 – 00:01
    This may have been asked before but I couldn’t find it. Where would one go about purchasing a notebook with Debian (or any Linux for that matter, preferrably Debian though) preinstalled? I found EmperorLinux but the prices are a bit too high for my budget. Thanks.

    Release Song?
    Submitted by Anonymous on Thursday, April 25, 2002 – 09:14
    Found on linux.debian.devel:
    “Each release of OpenBSD has it own (release song). Why not do the same for Debian too? Since Woody is nearly stable, we could prepare a cool song to
    promote our favorite distro!”

    I think this is a great idea, if someone is interested we should start a project!
    Robot101: Don’t blame it on the sunshine, don’t blame it on the moonlight, don’t blame it on the bad times, blame it on the woody… 😉


    X4.2, PGI, and saying Thank You
    Submitted by robot101 on Thursday, April 25, 2002 – 00:18
    Just a heads up for those who don’t read /. or debian-devel. The X maintainer, Branden Robinson, has posted a well worded, calm and comprehensive explanation of the reasons why X4.2 isn’t available in Debian yet. I have already mentioned some of these reasons in comments to other articles on DP, but I thought I’d bring your attention the full list from the horse’s mouth, so to speak…
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    Distributed Debian?
    Submitted by Anonymous on Wednesday, April 24, 2002 – 15:58
    Debian is supporting more architectures than ever, but it seems there’s a trend towards even more diversity. Aside from the effort required in patching upstream sources to support these architectures, there’s also the matter of bandwith, diskspace, and build machines.
    23 comments · read more

    Everything you always wanted to know about your packages (but were afraid to ask
    Submitted by riverwind on Tuesday, April 23, 2002 – 19:00
    Well you can answer your questions at
    http://people.debian.org/~igenibel/packages.php which is generated for every developer from various sources. Enjoy.


    Adopting the Debian Package of the Week
    Submitted by chewie on Tuesday, April 23, 2002 – 17:38
    This message was posted to debian-devel by David N. Welton regarding his pet project, the Debian Package Of the Week.

    Hi, as I said once in the past, I don’t really have time to keep doing
    this effort:


    Unless someone (debianplanet? debian weekly news?) wants to take it
    over (and transfer it to a Debian server), I am going to “repurpose
    the content” into something akin to “David’s free software
    So, does anyone want to work on this? The only thing I ask is a
    link/credit for the idea…

    I for one, think Debian Planet would be a great venue to adopt this project. Ideas, comments?


    Debian port to AMD’s x86-64 architecture ?
    Submitted by bluesmurf on Monday, April 22, 2002 – 16:34
    I was wondering if any work was being done to port Debian to AMD’s new x86-64 architecture?

    The processor itself has not yet been released but, you can download an architecture simulator for GNU/Linux. And experimental versions of GCC and binutils that can generate 64-bit x86-64 code are also available. All can be downloaded from http://www.x86-64.org.
    Robot101: There is more information about the AMD x86-64 contained within this article at The Register. It suggests that the x86-64 is more than just a 64 bit version of an x86 processor – that it has new features and instructions that could make it more efficient than a mere x86 processor.

    41 comments · read more

    Extremadura adopts Debian-based LINEX distribution
    Submitted by Anonymous on Monday, April 22, 2002 – 16:21
    Acording to this Wired article, the “Junta de Extremadura”, the local government of the Spanish region of Extremadura, has made 80,000 CDs of a home-grown Debian derivative distro called LINEX, which will be distributed to 670 schools within the region, through newspaper inserts to the public, and will be used in public offices throughout the region.
    0 comments · read more

    Suggestions for Improving Packaging Efficiency?
    Submitted by hackel on Saturday, April 20, 2002 – 23:19
    In light of the rather nasty debate in the KDE story below, I thought it would be a good idea to solicit suggestions for a solution to the issue of large packaging projects getting hung up on one person’s limited availability and/or abilities. Both sides present a valid case — developers volunteering their time do not deserve to be put down for their mistakes or a lack of time, yet if they are unable to do a job, especially when others are willing and able to do it, then those people should be given that chance. What do you think is a good solution to this problem?
    51 comments · read more

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