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    A late christmas present, from O’reilly
    Submitted by laurence on Saturday, January 06, 2001 – 09:17
    I found this URL a while ago DP seems the place to share it. Learning Debian/GNU Linux published from O’reilly is available free on there website. Its writen for Slink but got me through a newbie potato install… Check it out http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/debian/chapter/index.html

    Linux 2.4 out
    Submitted by robster on Friday, January 05, 2001 – 18:16
    Yup. Its finally been released, go grab it at kernel.org and its mirrors. It will be a while until it is adopted into either sid or woody but at least it will give it some time to mature before woody is released officially. Read the release information at Linux Today.

    Software upgrades
    Submitted by ressu on Thursday, January 04, 2001 – 20:49
    The long awaited software upgrade finally got done, the delay was mostly caused by me and a few other things. This upgrade should fix the posting problem when all posts appeared to be from Anonymous user.

    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

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