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1 • Do I "Smell" Debian Bashing? (by NemesisBLK on 2004-08-16 01:47:28 GMT) |
"However, the number of users actually running "pure" Debian may be much smaller than the super-sized package collection indicates."
LOL. You joking right?
"Indeed, the current installer is so bad that..."
Bad? I disagree. The old installer might intimidate those that don't bother to RTFM, but I actually prefer the old installer. Never had a problem with it. It did the job well thats all I ask for and that installer was all I needed.
2 • XP Lite (by Andrew on 2004-08-16 03:02:04 GMT)
How can you reduce the amount of usability on an OS like XP when it already lacks basic applications like pdf viewer, a quality zipping application, a quality burner and word processor?
Will XP Lite just contain Spider Solitaire and Wordpad? Who would touch it?
3 • athens2004.com and loop-aes (by anon on 2004-08-16 05:08:49 GMT)
"the British Broadcasting Corporation will use Linux to improve the
speed and accuracy of rendering real time results. Leading the
charge are British techies who have installed a bank of Linux
computers at the International Broadcasting Centre (IBC) in Athens."
I don't know what has happened (I hope nothing related to Linux),
but athens2004.com has become a complete disaster as far as
real-time (or even delayed) results. Many of the events (even
ones that finished HOURS or DAYS ago) do not have any results
- the generated HTML table just shows a blank.
I don't see "loop-aes" in the kernel configuration (2.6.8). I can
find cryptoloop in "Device Drivers / Block Devices" right under
"Loopback device support" (which I have compiled into the
kernel - NOT as a module).
Gentoo does include "util-linux-2.12-cryptoapi-losetup.patch.bz2"
(if you the crypt flag set in make.conf).
4 • loop-AES (by Robert Storey at 2004-08-16 05:46:32 GMT)
In response to the following...
> I don't see "loop-aes" in the kernel configuration (2.6.8). I can
> find cryptoloop in "Device Drivers / Block Devices" right under
> "Loopback device support" (which I have compiled into the
> kernel - NOT as a module).
> Gentoo does include
>(if you the crypt flag set in make.conf).
I was trying to keep the article simple, as a basic introduction. But if there's really demand for rolling your own loop-AES, I'll give you the following information (note that this is from a magazine article, it's a bit dated and if it breaks you get to keep both parts):
BUILDING THE LOOP DEVICE
You must have a kernel with modules support enabled (CONFIG_MODULES=y), and loopback support must be disabled (CONFIG_BLK_DEV_LOOP=n). This might be the default in your kernel, and if so then you won't need a kernel recompile (otherwise, you will).
tar -jxvf loop-AES-v1.7d.tar.bz2
make clean; make
If you get errors with "modprobe loop" you probably don't have the kernel set up properly.
BUILDING THE TOOLS
Three tools are mandatory - mount, umount, and losetup. If you want to encrypt the swap partition, then swapon and swapoff are needed.
Download the util-linux archive from ftp://ftp.kernel.org/pub/linux/utils/util-linux. There are many versions, so use the one mentioned in the Loop-AES directory. A patch called util-linux-XXX.diff should be present in the Loop-AES direcotry, which means you should download the XXX version of util-linux. For example, loop-AES-1.7d requires util-linux-2.11z.
Type the following lines from loop-AES directory to rebuild mount, umount/losetup, swapon and swapoff:
bzip2 -d -c util-linux-2.11z.tar.bz2 | tar xvf
patch -p1 <../util-linux-2.11z.diff
make SUBDIRES="lib mount"
install -m 4755 -o root mount umount /bin
install -m 755 losetup swapon /sbin
rm -f /sbin/swapoff && ( cd /sbin && ln -s swapon swapoff )
install -m 644 mount.8 umount.8 losetup.8 /usr/share/man/man8
install -m 644 swapon.8 swapoff.8 /usr/share/man/man8
rm -f /usr/share/man/man5/fstab.5.gz
instaall -m 644 fstab.5 /usr/share/man/man5
Now you have the complete suite of loop-AES tools, you can try a "make tests" to check whether everything went smoothly.
5 • erpos3 by credative (by distrowatch reader at 2004-08-16 05:49:29 GMT)
I am currently trying erpos3. Locale changes the language to english or whatever language is needed. The entire file system root,boot,home usr,tmp, var is steganographic and currently lives under an old Mandrake 9.2 working install. Cfdisk, fdisk mandrakes installer redhat installer bsd installer all that I can think of shows no trace of the debian erpos3 install. This message is being typed on a non visible browser
6 • loop-aes (by anon on 2004-08-16 06:19:23 GMT)
Well, I can certainly follow those instructions
to install it. :)
I read the dm-crypt page, and it just looks a
little cleaner, so I think I will go with that option.
Thanks for the steganographic articles. I have
always found the topic interesting, and have a
collection of programs going back to my DOS
days. I recall one that his text within text (it
changed empty lines between paragraphs to
a series of spaces and tabs, and I think it put
extra spaces between words sometimes). Very
7 • Word(tm) (by Eavy at 2004-08-16 09:48:21 GMT)
'What a world we live in. Before you know it, somebody will start trademarking common everyday English words like "windows" and "outlook". '
Or a word like "Word". ;-)
8 • XP-Lite (by Peter on 2004-08-16 12:13:25 GMT)
I would love to try XP-Lite.... this XP-Lite:
9 • Linux on Macs (by Jim at 2004-08-16 14:47:45 GMT)
I own a current generation PowerBook, it is my first mac and I love it. I had GentooPPC installed on it for a couple of weeks, and I currently run Gentoo on my x86 desktop as well, so I have seen both worlds.
I had to remove gentoo from my PowerBook though because it just didn't stand up to the quality of OS X. The wireless card built into my mac didn't work, I couldn't get a decent resolution out of the video card, and things like brightness/sound controls were far less responsive.
I have found that I have a much better experience running OS X and fink, that way I can run pretty much every program I could ever want, and everything works exactly as it should. Which is the best reason to get a Mac, everything always works. My recomendation for anyone looking for a laptop is get a mac, run fink if you need it, (or the new Gentoo OS X which I haven't tried yet) and you won't regret it.
10 • Linux on PPC (by Jack Malmostoso at 2004-08-16 17:17:00 GMT)
It's now 6 months I own a 12" iBook, and have installed linux right away taking it out of the box.
In the beginning there was YDL (http://malmostoso.altervista.org/ibook), but now I run Debian, and I am so happy with it.
I don't like OSX (yeah, right, I don't like it), I prefer the good old linux feel I have at home, on my x86 machine.
Don't get me wrong, OSX is great as a windows replacement, but I just think linux is better.
Today I run linux at 100% of the possibilities of my machine: when I bought it, configuring X was a challenge.
Linux is great, the community rocks.
Going back to the comparison, the only thing I miss from x86 is GRUB: the yaboot bootloader is lilo-style, and I never liked it, but it gets the job done.
I hope GRUB2 will really be portable as stated.
Oh yeah, the flash plugin. Who cares.
Debian on PPC rocks!
11 • Linux on PowerPC (by Tony K. at 2004-08-17 02:38:49 GMT)
I have been using Linux (Yellowdog) for the past couple of years on my G3 12" iBook. It is well done, but lags a little in time from it's derivative, RedHat/Fedora. YDL 3.0.1 is comparable to RH 9.0. The only limitations I have on my iBook are no external monitor support and no modem support, although I believe the later has been improved. I have been running various RedHat/Fedora distros simultaneously on my Athlon desktop for several years. With the recent release of Debian's new installer RC1 I have tried them on both my Desktop and my iBook with satisfying results, although there still appears to be bugs in the installer. So far I like Debian. I may be another convert!
Mounting HFS+ partitions has only recently been supported, (since YDL 3.0.1?) Updating OSX can sometimes wipe over your boot partition, but it is easy to start up in open-firmware and then boot into your Linux partition. YDL has noticeably faster response than OSX on the iBook.
I have deliberated over getting an i386 laptop many times, but I like having MacOSX as an alternative to Windows. And I like the small form factor of my iBook.
It has been a little more difficult finding ready made RPM binaries for PPC, but you can usually get what you need or it results in compiling from source which I have good and bad success with. However with Debian installed on PPC, I have yet to find a package that I can't get and so far no dependency hell!
12 • bbc linux-driven site (by Pierce Lopez on 2004-08-17 04:17:15 GMT)
About the bbc linux-driven athens site showing up blanks for you, if you don't live in britian your supposed to be locked out of it, because of the rights purchased by some media network in the us, to have exclusive us rights to the coverage of the olympic games.
13 • XP-Lite (by Mick at 2004-08-17 08:07:53 GMT)
Now, if someone could just encourage Bill to remove all of the bloat from WinXP, he might be able to justify calling it 'Lite'. Or better yet, take out everything that doesn't work, has a hole in it, or is older than, say, dirt, and what remained - if it booted - might fly... Heck, I might even try it myself!
14 • No subject (by Anonymous on 2004-08-18 15:47:02 GMT)
You forgot the spyware!
(my source on that is stallman's latest speech)
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