Category: Debian

Detailed Smart Card Cryptographic Token Security Guide

August 6th, 2015, 4 Comments

After my first post about smartcards under Linux, I thought I would share some information I’ve been gathering. This post is already huge, so I am not going to dive into — much — specific commands, but I am linking to many sources with detailed instructions. I’ve reviewed several types of cards. For this review, […]

First steps with smartcards under Linux and Android — hard, but it works

July 16th, 2015, 3 Comments

Well this has been an interesting project. It all started with a need to get better password storage at work. We wound up looking heavily at a GPG-based solution. This prompted the question: how can we make it even more secure? Well, perhaps, smartcards. The theory is this: a smartcard holds your private keys in […]

“Has Linux lost its way?” comments prompt a Debian developer to revisit FreeBSD after 20 years

February 17th, 2015, 61 Comments

I’ll admit it. I have a soft spot for FreeBSD. FreeBSD was the first Unix I ran, and it was somewhere around 20 years ago that I did so, before I switched to Debian. Even then, I still used some of the FreeBSD Handbook to learn Linux, because Debian didn’t have the great Reference that […]

Has modern Linux lost its way? (Some thoughts on jessie)

February 9th, 2015, 117 Comments

For years, I used to run Debian sid (unstable) on all my personal machines. Laptops, workstations, sometimes even my personal servers years ago ran sid. Sid was, as its name implies, unstable. Sometimes things broke. But it wasn’t a big deal, because I could always get in there and fix it fairly quickly, whatever it […]

Debian – A plea to worry about what matters, and not take ourselves too seriously

November 9th, 2014, 4 Comments

I posted this on debian-devel today. I am also posting it here, because I believe it is important to more than just Debian developers. Good afternoon, This message comes on the heels of Sam Hartman’s wonderful plea for compassion [1] and the sad news of Joey Hess’s resignation from Debian [2]. I no longer frequently […]

Update on the systemd issue

October 13th, 2014, 7 Comments

The other day, I wrote about my poor first impressions of systemd in jessie. Here’s an update. I’d like to start with the things that are good. I found the systemd community to be one of the most helpful in Debian, and #debian-systemd IRC channel to be especially helpful. I was in there for quite […]

First impressions of systemd, and they’re not good

October 11th, 2014, 24 Comments

Well, I finally bit the bullet. My laptop, which runs jessie, got dist-upgraded for the first time in a few months. My brightness keys stopped working, and it no longer would suspend to RAM when the lid was closed, and upon chasing things down from XFCE to policykit, eventually it appears that suddenly major parts […]

Why and how to run ZFS on Linux

January 23rd, 2014, 15 Comments

I’m writing a bit about ZFS these days, and I thought I’d write a bit about why I am using it, why it might or might not be interesting for you, and what you might do about it. ZFS Features and Background ZFS is not just a filesystem in the traditional sense, though you can […]

Voice Keying with bash, sox, and aplay

August 24th, 2012, No Comments

There are plenty of times where it is nice to have Linux transmit things out a radio. One obvious example is the digital communication modes, where software acts as a sort of modem. A prominent example of this in Debian is fldigi. Sometimes, it is nice to transmit voice instead of a digital signal. This […]

Windows & a dying hard disk: Solving with Linux

June 14th, 2012, No Comments

Today, my workstation sent me this email: The following warning/error was logged by the smartd daemon: Device: /dev/sda [SAT], 1 Currently unreadable (pending) sectors and then a little later, this one: The following warning/error was logged by the smartd daemon: Device: /dev/sda [SAT], 1 Offline uncorrectable sectors From the hard disk’s SMART data, this is […]

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