Category: Debian

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 […]

Disk encryption support in Etch

September 19th, 2006, 5 Comments

Well, I got my new MacBook Pro 15″ in yesterday. I’ll write something about that shortly. The main OS for this machine is not Mac OS X, though, but Debian. I decided that, being a laptop, I would like to run dm-crypt on here. Much to my delight, the etch installers support dm-crypt out of […]

HP Officially Supports Debian

August 14th, 2006, 1 Comment

Yes, it’s true. I have two words for this: Woohoo! Finally.

The SPI election results are in

July 28th, 2006, 1 Comment

The results are in. Bruce was removed from the board, and Josh Berkus, Neil McGovern, and Michael Schultheiss were added. (Neither Mako nor I sought another term.) Congratulations to the winners — I’m sure you will go far. I’m glad to see enthusiastic people around SPI and I’m sure you’ll do a great job.

An additional RedHat Gripe

July 21st, 2006, No Comments

Debian base install: about 150MB RHEL base install: about 1GB df showing 1% of disk used: priceless

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