Debian

Posted by stylesen
In order to install "lsdiff" command in Debian/Ubuntu GNU/Linux you need to install the patchutils package. You can do:
$ sudo apt-get install patchutils
"lsdiff" is a command to see which files are modified by a patch.
Posted by stylesen

I found out that ntfs-3g package is not present in Debian Etch repository and is available in the testing repository. So I decided to come up with a deb file for ntfs-3g so that we can install it in Debian Etch.

ntfs-3g_1.710-1_i386.deb
libntfs-3g5_1.710-1_i386.deb

Steps to install:
1) Download the above .deb (debian package) files.

2) Run the following command (as root) in the directory where you downloaded the .deb files:

# dpkg -i ntfs-3g_1.710-1_i386.deb libntfs-3g5_1.710-1_i386.deb

Posted by stylesen
Recently my uncle bought a Nokia N70 music edition phone and wanted to transfer mp3, pictures, etc. I had a nice time playing around with this nokia N70 mobile, last weekend. As a GNU/Linux freak, I have only Debian running in my laptop and feared that these Nokia guys will demand to install Nokia PC Suite software in order to do any kind of transfer to the Nokia phone. I had a really tough time. Initially I thought as soon as I connect the USB data cable the of the Nokia mobile it will be identified as a memory stick device in GNU/Linux as my Sony Ericsson W700i does, which will enable me to transfer files as I do in a USB memory device, but that was not the case. I could sense that the device /dev/ttyACM0 is somehow identified by GNU/Linux but it is not getting mounted. I tried mounting it with "$ sudo mount -t iso9660 /dev/ttyACM0 /mnt" but in vain, my Debian box complained saying /dev/ttyACM0 was not a block device.
Posted by stylesen

If you would like to compile the latest trunk source of subversion then follow these steps (I assume you are using Debian Etch or Ubuntu Feisty Fawn):

Posted by stylesen

I hear from most of the people from my current company about problems with bcm43xx-fwcutter which is a package added in the Debian and Ubuntu repositories which will help in enabling Broadcom wireless cards. This package downloads some files from some googlepages website and installs it in your machine.

The common problem faced when using bcm43xx-fwcutter with bcm4318 and bcm4310 wireless cards, instead of ndiswrapper is, after sometime your wireless network card becomes inactive. This is basically because of an option in this wireless hardware, when the network card is inactive, ie., there is no transfer of data for some specific amount of time, these cards go to sleep mode when we use the bcm43xx-fwcutter. In order to bring them back you need to do an ifdown and ifup of the wireless interface. This problem does not happen when you use ndiswrapper and configure your wireless network.

Posted by stylesen
We have the stable release of Iceweasel from Debian both for amd64 and i386 after the release of Debian etch which recently happened on April 8th, 2007. Instead of giving a script to install Iceweasel 2.0 this time I thought I can give the actual .deb file changed to suit the needs of Ubuntu users :) You can download the Iceweasel .deb files for your architecture from the following links: iceweasel_2.0.0.3-1_amd64.deb iceweasel_2.0.0.3-1_i386.deb
Posted by stylesen

Finally I figured out a way to install Iceweasel web browser in Ubuntu Edgy Eft. In my workplace I use Ubuntu, and miss Debian a lot. One of the cool features in Debian is they have compiled Iceweasel with Indic fonts support which is a feature missing in Ubuntu Edgy Firefox. Due this I face issues when I access tamil pages in Ubuntu's firefox.

Hence, I decided to install Iceweasel in Ubuntu. After a lot of searching I finally found the procedure to use the debian package of Iceweasel from Debian's unstable package repository. The problem in installing the deb package of Iceweasel is the conflict with libfonconfig1, libpango and libpng versions which is available in Debian testing and that available in Ubuntu. I made some small changes to resolve these conflicts in Ubuntu without breaking the consistency of the system :)