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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Bug #1 in Ubuntu

By the way do you know what bug was posted by Mark Shuttleworth as a first and major one? Here it is (2004-08-20): Microsoft has a majority market share in the new desktop PC marketplace. This is a bug, which Ubuntu is designed to fix. Non-free software is holding back innovation in the IT industry, restricting access to IT to a small part of the world’s population and limiting the […]

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Why did Ubuntu become so popular? UbuntuCat's point of view.

Were you wondering why Ubuntu is Linux distribution #1 for new users (and not new) and how could it become so popular leaving behind such old-times like Mandriva, Linspire, Fedora and even Ubuntu’s ancestor Debian? I was. And as for me, I think that people stick to community rather than to technology… Do you agree? Here is the nice article to read in which UbuntuCat (one of the most active […]

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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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