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27
Feb

Debian 4.0 on Dell Latitude D505

So tried my hand at getting Linux up and running on a hand me down laptop that I’ll be doing a lot of work on. It is a Dell Latitude D505 with 1.2 Gigs of DDR ram, 1024×768 15in LCD, Pentium-M 1.5Ghz, Intel based wireless (802.11b), 120Gig Drive, and Intel based video card.

Started off wired to the Internet, Debian 3.1 install CD, linux26 install and everything was smooth sailing during install process. I selected http for getting my apt sources, wrapped up the install, rebooted. Once logged in, I immediately added testing and performed a aptitude dist-upgrade. This bumped me up to Debian 4.0. I installed the latest kernel 2.6.22 as it comes with the ipw2100 driver automatically. The earlier kernels do not and require you to compile yet more source code.
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Written by Bret Curtis

2
Aug

Apache2 with SSL on Debian

I found myself at a loss on how to enable ssl on apache2, it seemed so simple. Make sure ssl.conf and ssl.load where both in mods-enabled and restart apache2, and done. Not so fast, the damn thing needs a self-signed certificate and the normal scripts are no where to be found on Debian 4.0 Etch. After a bit of searching I’ve come across this little gem that I hope will help all of you too.
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Written by Bret Curtis

1
Jun

USB not showing up in VMware

For the longest time USB used to work quite well in VMware, then as if by magic, it all stopped working. However, after poking around I’ve discovered that there is a solution and it involves usbfs (usbdevfs). So here is a solution to get you all back up and running. Read moreRead more

Written by Bret Curtis

12
Aug

SSH with Public Key Authentication

Okay, say you have a server, you have to ssh to this server … say 20 times a day?
It gets irritating having to login and type your password repeatedly. Not to mention it can be insecure if anyone is sniffing the network.

So on your desktop machine you want to create some keys. This can be done with the following command: Read moreRead more

Written by Bret Curtis