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Do I need a special firewall on a personal computer

I am relatively new to Linux and was wondering about security issues. Most people agree that a virus-scanner is not useful on a linux system, but what about a firewall? I am using Debian wheezy stable ...
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How to download Debian package's source code?

I want to read source code of some package in Debian, how can i do that?
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Recover ext3 files from hard disk with bad sector [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Recover formatted ext3 partition I have a folder of about 5GB that suddenly disappeared. When I checked its hard disk, I found out it has bad sector for about 2-3MB on ...
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31 Debian CDs — Why? and which do I need for a vanilla desktop install?

I've been using Linux (Ubuntu) for a couple of months now, and I want to try Debian to see how different it is. Well, I've already found a couple of differences.. The first one that Debian-Live ...
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Upgrading packages automatically

I'm fairly new to using servers (debian 7) and I'm currently running cron-apt to e-mail me when there are new upgrades available. Is the following command safe to run when new upgrades are shown? ...
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Installing a cross-toolchain to build ARM binaries on Debian

I tried to install a cross toolchain so I could build Linux kernel on amd64 (Debian testing "jessie") for my ARM system. I have this entry in sources.list: deb http://www.emdebian.org/debian sid main ...
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Separate Network Traffic on Two Network Interfaces

I am not an R&S professional, so much of that realm of computing escapes me. Could you lend your expertise in helping understand how to go about configuring the separation of network traffic on ...
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xdg-open opens a different application to the one specified by xdg-mime query

I run Debian Jessie without a desktop environment (I use the tiling window manager i3) and like to use xdg-open to quickly open files using a preferred application. I have an ongoing problem setting ...
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I can't adjust screen brightness of my laptop anymore

My laptop has keyboard buttons for adjusting screen brightness. After a Debian Squeeze re-installation, they don't work no more. [laptop] Acer TravelMate 6592; I use Fn< to decrease the brightness ...
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Debian Jessie is installing too many backports

I have Debian Jessie and have added backports (according to these instructions): echo "deb http://http.debian.net/debian jessie-backports main contrib non-free" | sudo tee ...
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Is there apt-get for windows?

If it was windows machine that had no internet connection, what I would do is downloading the installers/programs on another computer, putting them on a portable media, copying them on the ...
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After upgrade, X button in titlebar no longer closes xterm

In theory, pressing the close button should close an xterm. It did before I did an aptitude upgrade. (I'm running Debian testing). But now it doesn't—clicking the X does nothing—but only for some ...
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Optimal SSD configuration

I am thinking about buying an SSD for my Debian system. However, because I don't know what is the optimal arrangement (i.e. what goes on the SSD), I am not sure what is the optimal size. Obviously I ...
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Setup WLAN interface on Debian

I am trying to configure wlan on my dockstar. I installed wireless-tools, zd1211-firmware and wpasupplicant. My /etc/network/interfaces file looks like this: auto lo eth0 iface lo inet loopback ...
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Change files with Editor that need sudo permissions

I want to change files with KomodoEdit, that need sudo permissions. I cant start KomodoEdit with sudo tho (for whatever reason). Can I somehow grant Komodo permission to edit those files (in ...
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Cron only occasionally sends e-mail on output and errors

On Debian 8.1, I'm using a Bash feature to detect whether the stackoverflow.com website is reachable: (echo >/dev/tcp/stackoverflow.com/80) &>/dev/null || echo "stackoverflow unreachable" This is ...
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chpasswd apply changes in the chroot directory

I have debootstraped version of wheezy on my Archlinux machine and would like to change it's root password: echo "root:toor" | chpasswd --root /home/containers/wheezy/ However I get an error: ...
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How to move the bootloader from a hard drive to a usb stick

I've decided to move my Debian bootloader and /boot from the hard drive to a USB stick. I'm using LUKS to en/decrypt my hard drive and the bootloader is the only unencrypted partition. How can I ...
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How do I use NMCLI to create a Wifi connection & connect to SSID over WPA?

Environment BeagleBone Black running Debian 7.7 nmcli tool, version 0.9.4.0 I tried some command examples to get started, however none helps me to add a connection and connect. Devices # nmcli ...
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What are the different CD's & DVD's for?

I'm planning to install Debian on my home server. It will be running some services like Teamspeak 3, gaming servers, Samba, etc... No business services like DHCP, DNS, ... needed. So as this is my ...
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Weird behavior after upgrade

I upgraded my old computer and weird things have started happening. I successfully installed Debian and everything seemed to be fine but in a few days I noticed that after ~10 hours of work the ...
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Unable to install skype on LMDE,how to resolve these dependencies?

I have downloaded "multiarch" .deb file for latest skype and unable to install it on latest version of LMDE (linux mint debian edition Xfce x86_64). e.g step one : sudo dpkg -i ...
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How can I mount a dm_crypt device during boot, it fails all the time

EDIT: Problem solved, i updated from Debian 6.0.6 to 7.0.0, everything works now! I have a complex problem at booting. Basically, I have a debian apache box, as a music server in my home network. The ...
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removing linux kernels

Below are all the linux kernels that are running on my machine. I am trying to make a debian base install as light as possible. The kernel I am running is linux-image-2.6.30-vortex86mx-apm. I am ...
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not able to create xorg.conf file

I want to change my colour depth. I posted this, and got the following answer: Create an xorg.conf file by running Xorg -configure. Then edit the Depth entry in the Display subsection of the ...
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Debian 6: media keys in gnome-settings-daemon don't work

I am running a minimal Debian 6 x86_64 setup with pulseaudio, alsa and gnome-settings-daemon. Whenever I press a media key, gnome-settings-daemon spits the following out to stderr: ** ...
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How to setup proxy authentication in the Debian shell?

I think that once I used export http_proxy=http://user:password@address:port/ successfully. But now when I use wget it shows Error parsing proxy URL http://user:passwordaddress:port/: Bad port ...
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How can I find out what happened to my Debian box?

I have an old PC lying around which I've installed Debian 6.0 on. Last night I was trying to SSH in and it wouldn't respond so I pressed the reset button. How can I find out what happened to it? It ...
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Where to download Chrome 32bit since it has been discontinued by Google?

Google has discontinued the 32bit Version of Chrome so on a 32bit Debian machine it's not possible anymore to update the APT repository: W: Failed to fetch ...
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Is that possible for debian users to connect to network through systemd-networkd?

Systemd offers the ability to manage the network by itself without additional tools such as netctl or NetworkManager. I am running debian 8 and i need to configure my network using systemd-networkd ...
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[Linux Debian 8]: Driver Installation asks me to insert a disc

So I recently installed Debian 8 and am currently trying to get the software configured with my NVIDIA video card. The official Debian page instructed me to do this: Add deb ...
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Is it possible to run debootstrap within a fakeroot environment?

I have a script that prepares an installation image by running debootstrap, does some modifications on the files and then copies the files to a disk image backed up by a file. This works under root, ...
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Why does Ubuntu use Debian “unstable”? How does it manage to be stable then?

Shouldn't Ubuntu use Debian "stable" for stability? How does it manage to stay stable by using Debian "unstable" ?
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Recovering files from partition (ext4)

a part of out homework assignment is to recover deleted files from the partition with the ext4 file system. I've tried using the extundelete tool, by following this tutorial. The tool recovered a lot ...
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The brightness on my Lenovo SL510 only moves between 100% and 0%?

I have a Lenovo SL510 laptop running Linux Mint Debian Edition (based on Debian Testing) using the Cinnamon DE, and the brightness appears to only have two settings: 100% and 0%. If I use the ...
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Make and apt-get Have Stopped Working

So I downloaded the non-free broadcom driver(b44) for my debian install, however when I try to make it I get the following error: make make -C /lib/modules/2.6.32-5-amd64/build ...
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How to install LXDM instead of GDM3?

I'm running Debian Wheezy and my default Display Manager is GDM3, and I would like to replace it with LXDM. The problem is that I'm trying to run # apt-get install lxde and it's not working, what am I ...
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How can we verify the Debian software and the download mirrors which provide it are safe? [on hold]

How can we verify or test if the Debian software and the download mirrors which provide it are secure, safe, and unmodified? Related: How is the authenticity of Debian packages guaranteed?
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sources.list file missing [closed]

to edit sources.list, on doing from root user, nano etc/apt/sources.list nano text editor appears as a new file and on saving, it throws an error:- etc/apt/sources.list : no such file exist** ...
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How often is SIGHUP called in this situation?

I have situation where I am connected to my BeagleBone Black over USB cable, and I started my application in Linux terminal and I'm watching its execution, it sends me some data to terminal and it ...
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“Bootstrapping” up from an old Debian 4 installation

I have a decade old laptop that is "working", with Debian 4.x running. It has working USB, but cannot boot from USB. Its optical drive is powered but doesn't seem to work (I have tried booting several ...
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Manually installing a program on Debian

I have installed Debian on my pc, but the problem is that at the moment I have no Internet connection to this pc. So, to install a program I have to manually downloaded from a pc with internet and ...
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Can't launch gnome-control-center, fglrx problem?

I have installed Debian yesterday. Later I installed the AMD Catalyst Driver because the system didn't detected the second screen. It worked perfectly. Now I can't launch gnome-control-center, I ...
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Cannot resolve hostname

I'm using a Debian on a RaspberryPi and the problem that I'm having is that I can't connect to the Internet. Every time I try I see a message that says "cannot resolve hostname". From the terminal, I ...
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Difference between Debian 7.1 and Linux Mint 15 Debian

What is the main difference between Debian 7.1 and Linux Mint 15 Debian besides look and Desktop Environment. Basically with a special reference to security stability, and updates if you are going to ...
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How do I install free drivers on a debian system?

I did a text mode install on trisquel which is a debian based system. I'm not sure why but when using the live cd (of trisquel), ubuntu and other distros it finds a driver for my usb wifi adapter. I ...
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i have problem with firewall this question like this: [closed]

configure packet filtering firewall to allow DNS, HTTPS from outside to server configure PAT for HTTP using port 8080 from outside to server deny all other services and i have problem like this ...
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What's the story behind Super Cow Powers?

As we know, apt-get has Super Cow Powers and aptitude does not: $ apt-get --help | grep -i cow This APT has Super Cow Powers. $ aptitude --help | grep -i cow ...
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How do services in Debian work, and how can I manage them?

In Windows I have the services manager, where I see all system services, that can be started through Windows itself, I set up the user it uses, the rights management is in there, and I can pass ...
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Why is video tearing such a problem in Linux?

I've used many variants of Linux(mostly Debian derivatives) for over a decade now. One problem that I haven't seen solved satisfactorily is the issue of horizontal tearing, or Vsync not being ...