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Finnix Linux Live CD

Finnix is another Linux Live CD. Like SystemRescueCD, it's not intended for the average desktop user, and does not include any desktops, productivity tools, or sound support, in order to keep distribution size low. But Finnix is based on Debian, not Gentoo.

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Damn Small Linux

Damn Small Linux (or DSL) is another Linux distribution that deserves a closer look someday. It's light enough that it should even run on a 486DX with 16MB of RAM and it can run fully in RAM with only 128MB of RAM.

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RubyGems nuisances

Because I used it successfully before, I decided to use scrAPI to scrape the entries from the old Aihato guestbook. After preprocessing the HTML a bit, I finally got beyond an endless debugging sessions (which cumulated in me discovering a whole collection of nested <html> tags, which forbad any type of sensible parsing of the page). Read More »

Upgrading Samba from Lenny-backports

For some reason, after upgrading to the Samba version from Lenny-backports I needed to support Windows 7 profiles, the workstations suffered from severe problems. The entire profile seemed to be read-only, even though they weren't on disk. I couldn't change any setting and reverting profile configuration from backups didn't help. In the end, the only thing that fixed it was recreating the user profile, both server and client side. This was an upgrade from 3.2.5 to 3.4.7. Read More »

Adding a virtual network interface on Debian

When clustering machines, you make it possible for a failover node to be accessible on the same address as the primary node by having a virtual network interface. In Debian, you can add one like this: Read More »

Installing Samba from lenny-backports

With our new Windows 7 machines, we need at least samba 3.3.7. However, our server with Debian stable doesn't have that in its repository. So, I was forced to install samba with lenny-backports. Read More »

Saving and loading iptables rules on Debian

For some reason, Debian can't do "/etc/init.d/iptables save". So, we have to fix something ourselves. I used this article as source, which also has some useful comments. Apparently, the iptables initscript used to exist... Read More »

Installing Xen with Lenny guest on a Debian machine

This is supersceeded by my install on Debian Squeeze). On Lenny, everything is just too outdated. Read More »

Configuring a static IP address on Debian

This is a simple netconfig for a static IP address on a Debian machine. In /etc/network/interfaces, replace your eth0 (or whatever) with this: Read More »

Debian volatile: keep fast moving packages working on Debian stable

The concept of Debian stable is kind of nice, since you don't have to be affraid of upgrade breakages all the time, but it can also be annoying, because things like spamfilters and virusscanners are fast-moving and you often end up with old versions of those. That is why the Debian volatile project exists. Read More »