Category: Debian

Jacob has a new computer — and a favorite shell

April 9th, 2010, 41 Comments

Earlier today, I wrote about building a computer with Jacob, our 3.5-year-old, and setting him up with a Linux shell. We did that this evening, and wow — he loves it. While the Debian Installer was running, he kept begging to type, so I taught him how to hit Alt-F2 and fired up cat for […]

Introducing the Command Line at 3 years

April 9th, 2010, 29 Comments

Jacob is very interested in how things work. He’s 3.5 years old, and into everything. He loves to look at propane tanks, as the pressure meter, and open the lids on top to see the vent underneath. Last night, I showed him our electric meter and the spinning disc inside it. And, more importantly, last […]

Server upgraded to Debian lenny

December 24th, 2008, 3 Comments

This afternoon, I finally decided to upgrade my main server from Debian etch to lenny. Lenny is still testing, but is nearing release. This server is colocated with Core Networks, and I have no physical or console access to it. (Well, I can request the IP KVM if needed.) It also hadn’t been rebooted in […]

Administering Dozens of Debian Servers

December 16th, 2008, 19 Comments

At work, we have quite a few Debian servers. We have a few physical machines, then a number of virtual machines running under Xen. These servers are split up mainly along task-oriented lines: DNS server, LDAP server, file server, print server, mail server, several web app servers, ERP system, and the like. In the past, […]

Crazy Cursor Conspiracy Finally Fully Fixed

October 25th, 2008, 1 Comment

So lately I had the bad fortune to type in apt-get install gnome-control-center on my workstation. It pulled in probably a hundred dependencies, but I confirmed installing it, never really looking at that list. The next day, I had a reason to reboot. When I logged back in, I noticed that my beloved standard X11 […]

Thoughtfulness on the OpenSSL bug

May 14th, 2008, 5 Comments

By now, I’m sure you all have read about the OpenSSL bug discovered in Debian. There’s a lot being written about it. There’s a lot of misinformation floating about, too. First thing to do is read this post, which should clear up some of that. Now then, I’d like to think a little about a […]

LinuxCertified Laptop LC2100S

January 22nd, 2008, 11 Comments

As you might know from reading my blog, at my workplace, we have largely standardized on Linux on the desktop and laptop. We use systemimager to maintain a standard desktop image and a separate standard laptop image. These images differ because there are different assumptions. The desktop machines mount /home over NFS, authenticate to LDAP, […]

Linux Hardware Support Better Than Windows

August 17th, 2007, 57 Comments

Something I often hear from people that talk about Linux on the desktop is this: people want to be able to go to the store, buy hardware, and be confident that it will Just Work. I would like to point out that things are rarely this simple on Windows. And, in fact, things are often […]

Debian Developers 7 Years Ago

May 23rd, 2007, 1 Comment

Today while looking for something else, I stumbled across a DVD with the “last archive” of my old personal website. On it were a number of photos from the 2000 Annual Linux Conference in Atlanta, and the Debian developers that were there. These were posted in public for several years. I’ve now posted all of […]

And we’re off!

April 13th, 2007, 1 Comment

Yesterday afternoon, we started our information meetings with employees about our Linux on the desktop project. We’re underway on our migration. But before I talk about that, I need to back up and describe what the project is. We are converting approximately 80% of our 150 or so PC users to Linux desktops. They’re Debian […]

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