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Distro Hopping

Posted 10-31-2012 at 11:50 AM by scorpioofthewoods

We all do it at one time or another. At some point(s) the urge hits you for whatever reason to try another distro. So lately I have been distro hopping.

I was happily using Debian Sid some time ago for quite awhile. But then my time became limited and things got a little crazy when Gnome 3 started rolling in. So at that time I switched to Ubuntu. Ubuntu is great when you don't have much time to play with your OS and just want things to work (for the most part). I have used it for...
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Howto enable sudo in Debian

Posted 09-20-2012 at 11:21 AM by craigevil (craigevil's random words of wisdom)
Updated 09-21-2012 at 10:20 AM by craigevil

Debian unlike other distros like Ubuntu does not come with sudo enabled by default. That said it is easy enough to set it up.

How to setup sudo:

1) Use visudo to edit your sudoers file
2) Add your user to the sudo group
Code:
adduser foo sudo
3) Or you can use gksu, or kdesu on KDE.

Or you can follow the simple steps here:
Debian Reference Chapter 1. - http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/de..._configuration
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Dell Inspiron 1525 BIOS update Debian

Posted 08-19-2012 at 09:06 AM by jere21
Updated 09-02-2012 at 07:27 AM by jere21

Based on http://www.ducea.com/2007/08/27/dell...tes-on-debian/, which goes a bit more in detail. Basically I just copied the relevant parts. Thanks!

Dell's official Linux support labelled OMSA currently only works for rpm based distros, but not for Debian. So do it manually

Install smbios packages:
Code:
ii  libsmbios-bin   2.0.3.dfsg-1.1   Provide access to (SM)BIOS information -- utility binaries
ii  libsmbios2      2.0.3.dfsg-1.1   Provide
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Howto install Oracle Java on Debian

Posted 03-10-2012 at 02:47 PM by craigevil (craigevil's random words of wisdom)
Updated 09-05-2012 at 12:36 PM by craigevil (added Java 7)

Steps for Oracle Java 6


Quote:
Version 1.6.x (a.k.a Java 6 Update x)
NOTE: Java 6 is scheduled to die (End of Life or EOL) in November 2012
As of April 27, 2012 the latest version of Java 6 is 1.6.0_32 (Version 6 Update 32).
According to Oracle, "This release includes bug fixes and performance improvements." No security patches.

First install java-package, and fakeroot.
Code:
apt-get install java-package fakeroot
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Kate and Phil

Posted 02-09-2012 at 04:51 PM by trevorparsons
Updated 02-09-2012 at 05:32 PM by trevorparsons (Clarity)

I use KDE's Kate editor a lot. Recently, it has complained about opening some of my messy HTML files, giving the following slightly opaque error message:

Quote:
The file [whatever] was opened and contained too long lines (more than 1,024 characters). Too long lines were wrapped and the document is set to read-only mode, as saving will modify its content.
I searched for a portion of this text using Startpage and found just one result, in a post to the kde-commits list, pertaining...
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