Debian is a community-driven GNU/Linux distribution which provides a large range of packages and supports a large range of architectures. It strongly focuses on free software. It has several derivatives, notably Ubuntu and Linux Mint.

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Debian server on a Intel Core i3 and Intel Q57 Chipset - will it work?

I want to build a Debian server (running samba, postfix, apache - without X11) on a Intel Core i3 / Intel Q57 Chipset system. I'm relativly new to the Linux-World but had driver issues already within ...
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PPC Debian: eth0: switching to forced 10bt / 100bt

I recently installed debian on an old G4 iMac, and everything is working fine except that the console is constantly spammed with alternating eth0: switching to forced 10bt eth0: switching to forced ...
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Debian: Which firewall for a newbie?

I have to install a firewall on my server (so without X Server). It's a debian lenny. If it is possible, I want to avoid the use of iptables. Is there a way to install/configure a firewall for a ...
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How to display duplicates between 2 repositories

I got 2 repos locally. One is a copy of Squeeze and another is a custom one, and is managed by reprepro. Are there ready-made tools that would generate a list of duplicate packages between the two?
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How to implement conditional update of deb package

I am creating a deb package of a product which is part open source and part proprietary. In order to reuse the built in functionality of some distributions like Ubuntu to monitor a list of ...
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Network printer needs to be manually enabled after reboot

I've recently installed Debian squeeze on a new machine, and decided to try out the default gnome setup rather than attempt to do everything myself. I added a printer using System > Administration > ...
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Debian Lenny: Want Splashy to start directly after Grub2

I'm running a GNU/Linux Debian Lenny with an 2.6.26-2-686 kernel. I installed splashy for a bootsplash an updated grub to version 2. Now I want splashy to start directly after the user has selected a ...
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What directories do I need to back up?

What are the directories one should back up, in order to have a backup of all user-generated files? From a vanilla debian install, I can do enough apt to get the packages that I want. So if I don't ...
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Full disk encryption with password-less authentication in Linux

I have a fairly standard disk encryption setup in Debian 5.0.5: unencrypted /boot partition, and encrypted sdaX_crypt that contains all other partitions. Now, this is a headless server installation ...
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What is the real difference between “apt-get” and “aptitude”? (How about “wajig”?)

I know that both apt-get and aptitude are command line package management interfaces on Debian derived Linux, with different options, but I'm still somewhat confused. Under the hood, aren't they ...
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DPMS does not work: the monitor is not switched off [closed]

I have a monitor which was properly switched off by my Debian PC when unused. I attached it to another machine and, this times, it is never switched off. In /etc/X11/xorg.conf, I have: Section ...
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Is it possible to simulate installation of Debian packages, still marking them installed?

Here's what I would like. Start with a virtual system with no installed packages. Then I invoke a tool similar to apt-get to ask it to compute the dependencies and mark all the packages that would be ...