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    Support/celebrate Debian Woody by buying stuff
    Submitted by coffeebreaks on Friday, March 01, 2002 – 11:27
    I wanted to buy one of those nice Debian shirts at ThinkGeek, but they seem to be out of stock. Is there any Debian stuff out there that I could buy in order to support/celebrate Debian woody when it’s out?

    Joy: there’s a list of companies that sell Debian merchandise, see if you can find something useful there.


    Gnome-print broken in Sid?
    Submitted by Anonymous on Thursday, February 28, 2002 – 20:45
    During my last upgrade of sid I didn’t notice that due to a dependency issure, most of my core GNOME packages were removed. It seems that there are some circular dependencies on gnome-print.
    rob: This problem should be resolved in today’s dinstall.

    All’s noisy on the KDE front
    Submitted by Anonymous on Wednesday, February 27, 2002 – 23:09
    A lot of updated KDE application packages slammed into incoming yesterday, which should clean out most of the bugs, including the strange unresolved symbols problem many people have been seeing on architectures like PowerPC. kdelibs, kdebase and kdegraphics still need to go in; the latter is having troubles running with the old gphoto2, and troubles building with the new. Look for everything to be fixed, even in woody, within a couple of days.
    As for KDE3, I have working qt3, kdelibs4 and kdebase3 packages, but I need to fine-tune them a bit so you don’t have to do things like –force-overwrite on qt3-tools, and manually symlinking /usr/bin/kde.

    Listing recommended and suggested packages
    Submitted by ew on Friday, February 22, 2002 – 22:49
    There has been some talk about the fact that apt-get
    doesn’t tell you about recommended and suggested
    packages when installing (“Why
    must apt fall short of the mark?”
    and “Woody’s
    features …”
    So I’ve made a small perl script that will list the
    names of all the recommended and/or suggested packages
    on the system, and the name of the package(s) that
    recommends or suggests them.
    21 comments · read more

    What’s up with cdimage.debian.org?
    Submitted by pllsaph on Friday, February 22, 2002 – 17:22
    I’ve recently discovered ‘jigdo’ and have been using it to create ISO images of Debian. However, the last couple of days it’s been impossible. Evidently the *.jigdo files contain referencess to http://cdimage.debian.org in order to retrieve the .template files.Unfortunately, cdimage.debian.org seems to be offline. Are there alternative sites where we can retrieve the .template files for Debian?

    Single Disk Debian Network Install?
    Submitted by Anonymous on Friday, February 22, 2002 – 17:19
    I’m curious as to why with the standard debian install set you require roughly 6 floppy disks to do a network install. With the old RH6.2 only one was required, all the necessary drivers/kernels/utils were gotten off the net. Is it not possible to have a Debian bootdisk that only has the kernel/netdrivers/stuff to download and uncompress the necessary tools? Is there such a project happening?.. I can see that single disk network installs could be very useful – who wants to make and use 6 floppys?

    Installing Debian GNU/Linux on Alphas
    Submitted by robster on Tuesday, February 19, 2002 – 20:56
    PotatoThis article describes how to have fun and impress your friends by obtaining old Alpha workstations and installing Debian GNU/Linux on them. I’ll be installing “potato” (2.2.R3) on my AlphaStation 250. This is a 1995-vintage workstation with an Alpha CPU. It’s the main application/DNS/NFS/DHCP server on my home network, and is presently my favorite machine. I had been running RedHat on it, but after seeing “apt-get dist-upgrade” run for the first time earlier this year, I’ve been upgrading all my boxes to Debian.
    Category: HOWTOs 21 comments · read more

    ComputerBank NSW does all-Debian install
    Submitted by Anonymous on Tuesday, February 19, 2002 – 11:03
    ComputerBank NSW, a charitable give-PCs-loaded-with-Linux-away-for-free organization based in NSW, Australia (there are other branches throughout .au), recently performed an all-Debian install. This is for an “Internet/Youth Cafe”, so it’s interesting to see Debian deployed in such a non-typical environment – filled with teenagers who probably don’t have too much computer access due to their background, let alone Linux. So far, this has panned out very well, and could possibly set a precedent – if CB NSW can deploy Debian to disadvantaged youth, then how can it possibly be too hard to use?
    The standard CB NSW build is based on woody, and includes IceWM, Gnumeric and AbiWord, among others. They were chosen because they were lightweight and very mature – other environments (such as GNOME and KDE) weren’t chosen because they weren’t appropriate for the hardware used in the installation (Classic Pentiums).

    LSB 1.1 implementation for Debian now available
    Submitted by lordsutch on Tuesday, February 19, 2002 – 03:41
    I (Chris Lawrence) have put together a basic Linux
    Standard Base
    (LSB) implementation package for Debian woody that
    provides the lsb dependency for LSB-conformant applications.
    With a few caveats, it implements most of the LSB spec, in conjunction
    new alien 8.00.
    Netsnipe: Read on for the location of Christopher Lawrence’s LSB compliance packages. Please note that unless you are experimenting with the LSB test suites or building draft LSB compliant applications, these packages are probably not very useful to you. Update: If you would like a detailed explanation of what this package does, please read Lawrence’s ITP and attached README for the package on the debian-devel mailing list here

    7 comments · read more

    Hands-on Debian GNU guide
    Submitted by docelic on Sunday, February 17, 2002 – 19:19
    A new guide has been written aimed at those who have got over the first hurdle of installing Debian GNU and now need help with some of the more general Linux/Unix commands and methodology as well as some specialist Debian material. The author is looking for feedback on his work.


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