apt-offline 1.7.1 released

I am happy to mention the release of apt-offline, version 1.7.1. This release includes many bug fixes, code cleanups and better integration. Integration with PolicyKit Better integration with apt gpg keyring Resilient to failures when a sub-task errors out New Feature: Changelog This release adds the ability to deal with package changelogs (’ set ‘ command option: --generate-changelog ) based on what is installed, extract changelog (Currently support with python-apt only) from downloaded packages and display them during installation (’ install ‘ command opiton: --skip-changelog , if you want to skip display of changelog) New Option: --apt-backend Users can now opt to choose an apt backend of their choice. [Read More]

Debian Boot time

In case, the video doesn’t show on the page, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTK3aIZbe2A This blog post is to show-off the impressive performance I saw with my machine. I recently switched to a ThinkPad W530 laptop. It is a fairly recent machine with the following hardware config: Intel® Core™ i7-3720QM CPU @ 2.60GHz 8 GiB RAM nVIDIA Optimus Samsung SSD Drive On the software front, I decided to take my chances. Hence: [Read More]

Reporting bugs with Apport - III

Hello World. This is the follow-up to the last 2 updates on the state of apport in Debian. A lot has changed since the last update on Apport. Currently, in Experimental, we have version 2.6.1-2. With this version, and going forward, there will be no hacks to make it work for Debian. Thanks to Martin Pitt, with his assistance, Apport now has a very basic crashdb in place for Debian. The Debian crashdb provides Apport the interface to interact with the Debian BTS. [Read More]
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Offline Package Manager - apt-offline

A copy of this article is also available at: This article is about Offline Package Management in Debian. Debian is a pretty well known project. One of the things that makes Debian very popular is APT (a.k.a Advanced Packaging Tool) which allows remote package downloads, upgrades and dependency resolution. Unfortunately it does require a network connection - unless you use apt-offline. In Debian, when you need to install a package, you usually would fire up the apt-get command and the software would just install without any hand holding. [Read More]

Fibre Channel over Ethernet - FCoE

With the final package, fcoe-utils, clearing the NEW packages queue, the Open-FCoE project’s Fibre Channel over Ethernet stack is now in the Debian archive. I had anticipated to have access to FCoE hardware by the time the packaging would complete but that didn ’t work out. It has been delayed, hence the packages are in experimental. If you have access to FCoE hardware, please test and provide your feedback.

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Mukthi 11.04 - Free Software/Debian - Philosophy, Design, Merits

I was invited to talk at the Mukthi 11.04 event hosted at the M. S. Ramaiah Institute of Technology.

I talked about Free Software/Debian - Philosophy, Design, Merits. The focus was more on the philosophical aspects of why Free Software/Debian. The slides are available here.

apt-offline 1.1

I just completed the release of apt-offline version 1.1. This release has many bug fixes, adds basic proxy support and has a new Advanced Options window for the Get operation.

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SystemTap in Debian

The latest kernel upload (2.6.32-16) brings goodies to SystemTap in Debian. This version has added support for kprobes, on which systemtap has a major dependency, for many of its features.

Most of the systemtap instrumentation should work now and all of this will be part of the Squeeze release. Instrumenting the kernel modules still needs some work (DBTS: #555549) but can be done.

tomoyo for debian

Just uploaded tomoyo-tools and is waiting in the NEW queue. Thanks to Moritz Muehlenhoff, tomoyo kernel support should be available in Debian with kernel 2.6.32-13 and above. What is Tomoyo ? Description: Lightweight and easy-use Mandatory Access Control for Linux TOMOYO Linux is Lightweight and Usable Mandatory Access Control with - “automatic policy configuring” feature by “LEARNING mode” - administrators friendly policy language - no need libselinux nor userland program modifications [Read More]

apt-offline 0.9.8

I just uploaded apt-offline version 0.9.8 to sid. Hopefully this is the one that would be part of squeeze. For those who still arent aware of apt-offline, it is an Offline Package Manager for apt.

I wrote a small howto that can give more details about it.