Install Firefox 3 in Debian Etch

If you downloaded fresh Firefox 3 installation e.g. from here and tried to install it in Debian Etch, you might notice that latest version of the popular browser requires GTK+ 2.10 while Etch contains only 2.8: We’re sorry, this application requires a version of the GTK+ library that is not installed on your computer. You have GTK+ 2.8.This application requires GTK+ 2.10 or newer.Please upgrade your GTK+ library if you […]

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Create .deb or .rpm from .tar.gz with checkinstall

Checkinstall is extremely useful utility to create .deb packages for Debian, Ubuntu (or .rpm packages for Fedora, RedHat, CentOs) from .tar.gz (or .tgz) source tarball after it’s compiled at your Linux box. In other words you can prepare binary package for later usage without need to compile software from sources every time you need to get it installed on certain Linux box. Another application of checkinstall is software deinstallation that […]

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FAQ: How to disable directory browsing in apache/httpd?

Question: How can I disable building of directory index in apache/httpd? In other words, how to prevent users from seeing the contents of published directories? Answer: Actually you are totally right that you wish to disable this feature. One of the “must do’s” on setting a secure apache web server is to disable directory browsing. Usually apache comes with this feature enabled but its always a good idea to get it […]

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FAQ: How to select fastest APT server in Debian

Question: I want to select APT repository server/mirror that is fastest for my location. How can I do it in Debian? Answer: You can use application named as “netselect-apt” to get new sources.list file with fastest APT mirror. Install this application by command “sudo aptitude install netselect-apt” and run it in accordance with Debian distribution you use (Debian Etch in our example): sudo netselect-apt -n etch -o /etc/apt/sources.list sudo apt-get […]

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FAQ: How to retreive hardware manufacturer name, serial numbers, etc. in Linux command line

Question: How can I get information about hardware manufacturer, model name, serial number, BIOS information using Linux command line (CLI)? Answer: You are welcome to use dmidecode which helps to get information about your system’s hardware as described in your system BIOS. That information typically includes system manufacturer, model name, serial number, BIOS version, asset tag as well as a lot of other details depending on the manufacturer. Beware that […]

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