Debian in Space!

NASA has announced that the laptops used on the International Space Station are being switched from Microsoft Windows to Debian GNU/Linux.This will mean the ISS will be Windows-free, malware-free, and even cooler than before.

The Free Software Foundation has more comment on this.


My Fellow  Americans, sorry, Club membersI mean, I am a published writer, isn't that just the most wonderful news that you have heard this week, or any week in the last decade...Well I thought it was Okay.

I have a blog site at Http/ summit, but the best way to get there is to put in Around the Campfire by Old Pete.

This was started in October last year and I  have had 7000+ hits, now isn't that the most wonderful news you have heard...etc etc.

You know me as Pete.  Sed the Deadfrog.

Getting rid of the Google (make google news your home page./

I need a good home page that is quick and not filled with all sorts of other garbage.  My little fingers have betrayed me agian and have come up with the  Google news home page that has all these instructions as to how to  make google my home page.


When I enter a site, it then telle me that the  page is not available, try again.


Pleeeeeese, how do I get rid of it without shooting the 'pute in the  ear?


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Globetrotting from Home with Tor

Sometimes you want to pretend you're from somewhere else. Fortunately, there's no Law of the Internet that requires you to divulge your IP address, and thereby where, and (for all intents and purposes) who, you are. You can instead rely on the kindness of strangers who will form a virtual bucket chain to carry your data from one place to another, with nobody involved (or any evesdroppers) knowing anything more than the location of the next link in the chain. For this recipe you will need:

Bulk Image Resize One-Liner

Have a whole bunch of ultra-high resolution images to upload to your website, but you don't have time to individually scale them to a Web-appropriate size in the GIMP? Imagemagick and bash to the rescue:

for i in `ls *.jpg`; do convert -resize 50% -quality 70 $i scaled/$i; done

…hey presto! That  9½MB file is now 50% smaller (in pixel dimensions) and a mere 750KB (in file size), and the same goes for the other hundred-or-so images in that directory.

Updates Available for Debian GNU/Linux 5.0

Corrections are now available to address security problems to the stable distribution Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 (codename lenny). Also offered are a few adjustment to serious problems in the Debian project's third update. However, the update does not translate into a new version of Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 instead users can expect updates from some of the packages.

Package Management Sudoku

Sudoku is a puzzle game consisting of a grid partially filled with numbers. The presence of a number in a particular square may tell you that in some other squares certain numbers cannot be placed, or that in some other squares certain numbers must be placed. You can then deduce how to fill all the squares on the grid.

The Debian package management system may tell you that if a particular software package is to be installed on your system, certain other software packages cannot be installed on the same system, or that other packages are required to be installed on your system.

Obvious next step - if you're insane - work out how to express a Sudoku puzzle as a set of Debian packages, and let the package management system solve the puzzle for you.

Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 ("Etch") released

Only Microsoft Windows has a longer and less predictable release cycle, but the release of "Etch" is still big news for freedom lovers everywhere. It's not the ideal newbies operating system, but if you know what you want in a system, and want to customise yours precisely to your liking, Debian is a good place to start. Also if (like me) your livelihood depends on a stable, secure operating system you can't go past Debian. I've been using Etch since January on one of my web servers, and it's been running like a dream, precisely as you would expect from Debian.

Being included in a stable Debian release also confers an aura of trustworthiness over free software projects, and this release sees packages like 2, GNOME 2.14, KDE 3.5, PHP 5, and MySQL 5, enter the boringly reliable stage of their lives.

Also included in this release is the very familiar-looking Iceweasel web browser, thanks to the Mozilla project's misguided trademark policy, along with Icedove and Iceape.

Debian 3.2 ("Etch") to be Released December 2006

As flocks of pigs soar majestically above the permafrost of Hell, Debian has announced a December 2006 release target for the next version of it's GNU/Linux operating system.  Incoming Debian project leader Anthony Towns promised to increase the "tempo" of releases, but I think it's fair to say few people expected such a dramatic result.

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