Archive for the ‘Debian GNU/Linux’ Category

Graphical Debian Installer interface, and me

June 20, 2006

A while ago I presented some ideas, and graphics for Debian's graphical Installer which will be released for Etch. Actually, that page reflects the final graphics I presented to the debian-installer guys, with most being used. I quieted down as I became a bit confused on the entire thing, because it involved some constraints (either technical, or otherwise) which I didn't foresee, and couldn't work them out on my head. Also, at the time I didn't have a clear head for it, for various other reasons.

So time passed, and last night I decided to continue this. I had re-started thinking about it before, but never with the same commitment as now. So I think I've managed to work out some sketches of how would a perfect interface for D-I, within its constraints, be.

Constraints which I agree should stay, since, for instance, the graphical D-I will just be a different fronted to the installer. Another debian developer has also started making a web interface for d-i!).



Debian-Install Beta 2 Testing (etch) installation in an Acer Aspire 3003LMI – updated

June 3, 2006

I've updated most of my previous instalation report of Debian testing on a Acer Aspire 3003LMI, installed with Debian-Install Beta 2 . You can read it at

There were a lot of improvements since I last installed Debian testing. The default Gnome 2.14 desktop (the default of the desktop environment task during instalation) is more ready-to-use than previously, with care taken to handle the needs of desktop and laptop users. It has an automatic update-manager, Gparted, OpenOffice, Firefox, Remote Desktop Client, and more. Debian "etch" is in development, and will be released later this year.

< end of press release 🙂 >
Would have been helpfull if the laptop task during installation, installed cpufreqd. This worked, while powernowd doesn't work with the AMD Sempron (in my experience, and so I've gathered by searching around the web).

aptitude in 30 seconds

March 17, 2006

You should probably start using aptitude next time you install a new debian system. Search for it on the web, and you’ll understand why (and why it’s the apt frontend the debian project recomends).

If you’re stuck with the interface, here are some tips:

– F10 or Ctrl+T brings up its menu;

– If you use aptitude under X (in gnome-terminal, konsole, xterm, whatever), you can use your mouse to use the menu, and switch between opened views.

– At the end of each menu option, its shortcut key is shown;

– The most important keys (acessible through the menu as well) are:

u – update package list

+ – mark package for installation

– – mark package for removal

/ – search forward

n – see next result

\ – search backwards

g – Do action/apply (GO!)

– Keys you’ll also want to learn:

U – mark all upgradable packages

C – See changelog of package

– Open/close trees, open new view for selected package

q – exit current view/exit aptitude

? – brings up aptitude’s help

Using beagle to search your documentation in Debian

March 10, 2006

Was looking at beagle’s bugs in Debian and found an interesting wishlist bug called “Index installed documentation”.

The idea is to use beagle to index /usr/share/doc, /usr/{local,}share/man, and /usr/{local,}share/info . This can be done going through Desktop–>Settings–>Search&Index (aka beagle-settings)

Now, when will beagle enter Testing, hmm?

Installing Debian 4.0 r0 “etch” on Acer Aspire 3003LMi

March 7, 2006

This is a report of the installation of Debian 4.0 r0 “etch” on a Acer Aspire 3003LMi Debian’s Logo


I downloaded the 1st CD of Debian, and booted the laptop with it. At the boot screen, I typed ‘expertgui‘ so I would both get the graphical install and all the questions thrown at me (am I a control freak?).
I began installing with the laptop off-line, but you would be best to do it connected to the net (via Ethernet), since this way the installer helps you choose APT servers from your country, among a few other niceties.

The laptop came with Windows XP, with two FAT32 partitions sized to 50 GB each (actually there’s a third “hidden” partition, I think it has to do with Acer Recover, but I never messed with it). I used the following following partition scheme:

/ – 9 GB formatted as Ext3
swap –
2 GB formatted duh! as swap
/home –
43 GB formatted as Ext3 with the ‘user_xattr’ option (good for beagle and other search programs)


Blogging aplications

March 7, 2006

Launched aptitude, searched for “blog”, and found two results: gnome-blog and blogtk.

The first is an applet for gnome’s panel, with simple formatting options. It’s a good idea to use for quick and simple entries, as a single-click to the applet opens ups the editor. It acepts images by drag-and-drop.

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BloGTK is a more full-fledged blog editor. It can be used to add new posts, edit older ones, to enable or disable comments per post, add keywords, previews of the posts, etc, etc.

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