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Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 released

The Debian Project is pleased to announce the official release of Debian GNU/Linux version 5.0 (codenamed Lenny) after 22 months of constant development. Debian GNU/Linux is a free operating system which supports a total of twelve processor architectures and includes the KDE, GNOME, Xfce, and LXDE desktop environments. It also features compatibility with the FHS v2.3 and software developed for version 3.2 of the LSB.

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Nokia E71 email integration

We have an existing email infrastructure running uw-imapd and exim4 on Debian GNU/Linux Etch and needed to hook up a Nokia E71 mobile telephone to this existing setup.

The existing infrastructure has run without issue for many years. However the E71 would take a minute or so to retrieve just a single email. Therefore some alternatives were tried.

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Building an Oracle cluster on Debian GNU/Linux Etch HowTo

This brief HOWTO is based on the excellent article from Oracle detailing how to build a RAC cluster on GNU/Linux using ASM as the storage medium. It also pulls some information from this other great article though I used an iSCSI SAN for shared storage.

It is assumed that the Etch distribution of Debian GNU/Linux is used. The Linux kernel that this was tested on was version 2.6.18-4-686.

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Building a simple binary Debian DEB package HowTo

This brief HOWTO shows how a simple Debian DEB package file can be built. To keep it simple, various shortcuts have been taken and assumptions have been made.

  • The package will be usable for the i386 architecture only.
  • The source code will not be available (e.g. via apt-get source). This means that the package will be non-free.
  • The Debian Policy will not be adhered to. This means that the package will not be accepted into the official Debian archive.
  • By building a binary package, all the files must have permissions and ownerships that match the intended permissions and ownerships. Thus, all steps are expected to be run under the root account.
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