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    Debian Timeline of 2000
    Submitted by robster on Thursday, January 04, 2001 – 20:43
    A timeline of the notable events in Debian over 2000 has been posted as a supplement to DWN, read it here. I noticed that the foundation of Debian Planet was not included ;).

    Good Newbie Introduction to Apt
    Submitted by agl on Wednesday, January 03, 2001 – 19:08
    Linux Newbie is running a good article on apt. It actually covers quite a bit, and is pretty much all you’ll need to know if you’re a Debian user.
    1 comment

    Avifile for Debian – Non Free (UPDATED)
    Submitted by locke on Tuesday, January 02, 2001 – 12:46
    Hi, I’ve packaged avifile for Potato. This package can play avi files (such as divx, asf, etc…) on Linux box using Windows dll.
    This is my first attempt to create debian packages, and due to this is completly unofficial. You can found the apt lines and other notes about this utility on my web page. I hope it will be usefull and please send me comments.
    UPDATED: This requires non-free, copyrighted DLLs to work. Legal issues are cloudy at best.

    Apt-get intro for newbies
    Submitted by Anonymous on Friday, December 29, 2000 – 19:26
    Over at the ‘newbieDoc’ project we’ve got some intros
    that Debian newbies might find helpful. One we get
    many comments about is the apt-get intro at

    There are several others, and the authors welcome
    feedback — if there’s something there we should
    clarify, don’t be shy!

    Also check out our message boards at
    where anybody can communicate with our authors.

    And if there’s a document you’d like to see posted
    that we don’t have yet, be sure to request it —
    better yet, if you’ve just survived a harrowing
    Debian experience (configuring exim? installing
    apache with mod_perl? recompiling your kernel?
    getting sound to work?) please write it up and
    post it to our files area! Next week’s newbies
    will be glad you did!


    The Debian Sandwich
    Submitted by robster on Thursday, December 28, 2000 – 21:18
    My popular Debian articles concerning the use of dpkg and apt have been resubmitted to DP. Hope you enjoy them as much as you did the first time, grab them here and here.

    Could a rollback option be implemented with dpkg/apt?
    Submitted by Anonymous on Thursday, December 28, 2000 – 11:22
    This post on /. raises an interesting question about whether a commit/rollback option could be implemented.

    I’ll be honest, I’m not extremely well versed in the finer points of package management. Hell, my woody system had more broken packages than I care to track down right now ;), but this post got me thinking. When you upgrade packages, debian saves all the configuration and other files or at least backs them up unless you say not to, and chances are the old debs are lying in you /var/cache/apt directory right? How dificult would it be to write a set of scripts that would allow you to revert to the state before the last upgrade? Does such a project exist?


    ressu: A good discussion starter


    Graphical installation, the new Nebie attraction!
    Submitted by ressu on Wednesday, December 27, 2000 – 17:06
    Ok, think of it what you like, but this will be a new attraction for new users. Daniel Jacobowitz uploaded a graphical fronted to the new installer CVS. it’s not even experimental yet and i haven’t gotten a chance to try it out but this is something people have been begging for. Way to go Daniel!
    Here is >the original mail from Debian-boot

    Kernel Traffic #99
    Submitted by agl on Tuesday, December 26, 2000 – 19:32
    It’s not really DebianPlanet material – but no one else seems to be posting too much so I thought I’d point people at the excellent Kernel Traffic.

    KT is a human edited digest of the linux-kernel list. If you’ve never come across it before it’s certainly worth a look. Issue #99 has just been released.

    There are also a number of other ‘Kernel Cousins’ – KT like publications which cover other lists. See here for a list (of note is KC Debian Hurd). Check it out.


    The night before christmas eve…
    Submitted by ressu on Saturday, December 23, 2000 – 21:15
    Many of the staff are on vacation or otherwise unavailable to write up, so it’s been pretty quiet on DebianPlanet too.there hasn’t been much to report either, the Debian installer is already working chrooted, but it still won’t make it to woody. and there has been discussion about the spam on Debian lists.the site has been upgrading all the time, some of you might have noticed a slight bug in the user authentication and for those who are wondering, i’m working on a forumzilla version of DebianPlanet.

    State of the Woody Address
    Submitted by agl on Tuesday, December 19, 2000 – 18:43
    Anthony Towns has posted a “State of the Woody” mail
    to debian-devel-announce. It discusses a number of things and puts a provisional June 2001 date on the release of Woody. Definately worth a read.
    1 comment

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