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    Unofficial Mozilla 0.9 and compatible Galeon and Nautilus debs.
    Submitted by Netsnipe on Saturday, May 12, 2001 – 14:34
    The juggernaut lizard that is Mozilla rolled on earlier this week with the release of Mozilla 0.9 with many improvements and features such as a new help viewer, PSM 2.0, and more importantly, a faster rewritten image rendering library. In the meantime, while debian-legal continues to debate the merits of the inclusion of any cryptography-enabled Mozilla (0.7 and up) packages in main or non-US, Takuo Kitame (nb: URL correction) maintains his role as the de facto maintainer of unofficial Mozilla packages integrated with the Personal Security Manager including 0.9.

    Read on for the NEW location of his debs and an update Nautilus 1.0.3 debs…

    In a sidenote, I’d like to personally say a g’day to all our Australian readers and to thank Australian PC Magazine on behalf of the staff for mentioning us in their Debian-focused Advanced Linux pocketbook.

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    How to conquer dselect dependencies
    Submitted by Anonymous on Saturday, May 12, 2001 – 09:08
    Running Potato, I need to have Perl 5.6.1. Since the only .debs for that wouldn’t install without taking care of a whole lotta dependencies first, I downloaded the tar, compiled and installed. Unfortunately, dselect wouldn’t let me uninstall Perl 5 first because it views it as “essential”. Now I went to use dselect to grab something unrelated, and it also wanted me to get Perl5-suid, which I don’t want. When I deselected that it wanted to remove a couple dozen packages from my system to go with it.

    I don’t want to know about how I should have built my own Perl 5.6 deb and installed from that to keep dselect happy. What I do want to know is a way to force dselect to simply accept that Perl is now none of its business, neither to upgrade nor to remove other programs for their apparent dependency on it. Like all good servants, it should be useful, but know its place. Instead it seems it wants to take over the house – not an option in a professional production environment where sometimes programs simply have to be custom compiled. Does anyone know the tricks to make it behave, the backdoor way to edit its database so it conforms to my needs, rather than trying to control me?


    Anyone used Coda with Debian?
    Submitted by aylee on Thursday, May 10, 2001 – 19:03
    I’m very interested in using Coda, because I need features like disconnection. The first problem is that the only Coda deb-packages with current versions in existence are by a non-maintainer, which is why I don’t know what they do to my system.

    The second thing is that a version of Coda I compiled for myself always broke down after a while.

    Long text, short question: has anyone a running Coda on Debian-System?


    A word from our sponsors… Debian 2.2r3 CD-Roms available
    Submitted by brian on Thursday, May 10, 2001 – 19:02
    CheepLinux now have available Debian GNU/Linux 2.2r3.
    This new release of Debian GNU/Linux includes both security updates and fixes to important bugs in the stable distribution. The distribution spans 6 CD-ROMs (3 Binary & 3 Source Code)
    CheepLinux also supply the official non-US version which includes cryptography and encryption tools. The sets are available for all platforms (sparc, arm, alpha, i386 etc etc). The six CD set costs £10 + £3 internationally, same day shipping until 3pm.

    HP selects Debian as its Design Center
    Submitted by ressu on Thursday, May 10, 2001 – 17:45
    Bruce Perens sent this announcement on Debian-devel:
    HP has announced that Debian is their “design center”. In other words,
    Debian is the selected development platform for Linux work at HP. The
    target of HP’s development is all LSB-compliant distributions, including
    Debian, Red Hat, Turbo, etc. But because of its status as the development
    platform, Debian works out to be “first among equals”.
    8 comments · read more

    Debian and SGI XFS?
    Submitted by Anonymous on Thursday, May 10, 2001 – 00:04
    An Anonymous reader asked: “Are the sgi xfs utilities going into sid?
    Or even a patched kernel?”

    Netsnipe (11May01 04:34UTC) : Whops, I originally put this article on auto-post for a week after submission, in order to let developments flow, but I forgot to re-postpone it again! This wasn’t meant to go onto air until our friend Zoltan got his XFS install disks done, however, his little project has hit a snag in the meanwhile with problems between the install disk’s 2.4 kernel and the current system. I’ll keep everyone posted as more XFS news comes to light. And yes, xfsprogs is in unstable as we speak…


    Debian Weekly News Lives
    Submitted by agl on Sunday, May 06, 2001 – 19:03
    The much missed DWN is back thanks to Jean-Christophe Helary, Joe ‘Zonker’ Brockmeier and Tollef Fog Heen. You can read it here or view the full text below.
    3 comments · read more

    Apt vs. Ports
    Submitted by robster on Friday, May 04, 2001 – 14:12
    What are the benefits of a ports based system over an apt based system? I’m sure threre are many advantages and disadvantages of each. So lets have a nice little discussion about it.

    Why isn’t Debian ‘ported’ to the higher x86 machines?
    Submitted by stootles on Thursday, May 03, 2001 – 19:00
    Something that has struck me ever since the claims by Mandrakesoft of a 5% to 30% increase in performance when a distribution is compiled for the 586 platform.

    Debian still only distributes a 386 based distro for the intel x86 platform, even worse I am betting in most cases the change to compile for 386 and, say, 686 would be a command line option for gcc.

    Perhaps a few developers could enlighten those of us who do not know the reasons why there was no point in doing a 586 or 686 port? If there are good reasons for a newer x86 port, what would be a way to show the Debian crew that it is wanted?


    Ximian libgnomeprint11 always fails
    Submitted by wolfjb on Wednesday, May 02, 2001 – 19:52
    I have installed ximian on my woody machine (actually two of them) and on neither one will libgnomeprint11 configure. It always returns a 1 during the post install script and dpkg (as a result, I guess) always returns 100. I realize ximian doesn’t currently support woody, but I was wondering if anyone else had come across this or if there is a work-around for this problem. Thanks.

    rob: Please read my comment about this type of article below

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