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Setup Network Interfaces in Debian

If you're not using NetworkManager or Wicd, or some other similar tool to automatically manage your network interfaces for you, this post is for you. In the Debian world, you have a single file that manages your network interfaces. It can manage VLANs, bonded interfaces, virtual interfaces and more. You can establish rules on what […]

Salt Packaged For Debian/Ubuntu

I created a Debian package for Salt, doing my best to adhere to the Debian Policy. You can find it at http://mentors.debian.net/package/salt. If you're not familiar with Salt, head over to http://saltstack.org and check it out. From the author's website: Salt is a powerful remote execution manager that can be used to administer servers in […]

How To Properly Create And Burn CD/DVD ISO Images From The Command Line

Too often, I see the recommendation on forums, IRC, and elsewhere across the internet to use improper tools for creating ISO images. For example, consider the following two commands, both of which are not the correct way to build a CD/DVD image: $ dd if=/dev/scd0 of=cdimage.iso # NO! Or worse yet: $ cat /dev/scd0 > […]

Avoid Using which(1)

This post comes from BashFAQ/081 on Greg's Wiki. He argues why you should not be using which(1) to determine if a command is in your $PATH at the end of the page. I'll put that argument at the front: The command which(1) (which is often a csh script, although sometimes a compiled binary) is not […]

Alphabet Book

Our family has been tasked with drawing a picture for each letter of the alphabet in an alphabet book for my soon-to-be-born niece. The letter 'd' was available, so it was obvious to me what should be drawn. I know when she starts flipping through the pages of the book, she will love this page […]

Why Unix Is Superior

Quick post, outlining what I think makes the Unix family of operating systems superior, including "unix-like" operating systems such as GNU/Linux, BSD, and others. Of course, the list isn't exhaustive- it's just something I threw together in 10 minutes. The motivation of the post was a discussion in ##unix on Freenode. The command line interface. […]

Various Ways To Shred A Drive

I've been tasked at work with shredding drives. Not physically, mind you, but digitally. Usually, I grab a copy of the latest version of Knoppix, boot up, pull up a terminal, and grab GNU Shred. Something like: shred -n 3 -v /dev/sda It works well enough. However, it doesn't display a real useful progress meter, […]

Cloning Debian System Packages

Just over the past couple of weeks, I have done a few Debian GNU/Linux installations for various people, including myself. I am a minimalist. I like to have installed on my system only exactly what I specify. However, I'm also a realist, and know that Debian has likely chosen sane defaults in the installer when […]

Connecting To Serial Null Modems With GNU Screen

The motivation for this post, actually, is that I had heard of the BSD-licensed tmux. I've heard it's far more configurable than GNU screen and lighter on resources. So, I thought I'd install it on my Debian machine, and give it a quick test drive. The first thing I wanted to test, was not attaching […]

Installing Debian via USB

Last night, I wanted to see if I could get Debian Squeeze loaded on my HP Mini 110, so I set out to accomplish the task, and accomplish it I did. As with most netboks, this HP doesn't ship with a CDROM. So, the only way to get an operating system on this guy is […]

Does Debian Deviate From Standards Or Upstream?

Recently, I got into a discussion with a friend of mine that I have a great deal of respect for. After having our discussion, my respect for him has grown. The discussion was about whether or not Debian and Ubuntu have deviated from standard practice regarding Paul Vixie's cron implementation. The idea is simple. On […]

Debian - The Universal Operating System

The other day, I blogged about the Debian Installer, and I stated that I find it to be one of the most flexible and possibly most powerful operating system installers. Well, continuing with a series of posts on Debian, I want to mention how flexible the operating system is by itself, from installing to running. […]

The Debian Installer - The Most Flexible Linux Installer

I was just recently blown away by what I can accomplish with the Debian installer on getting Debian installed on a system. I used to think that the openSUSE installer was the most flexible Linux installer, with Anaconda running a close second, but I think I'm going to at least put the Debian installer in […]

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