Debian GNU/Linux is a widespread Linux distribution focusing on stability, security, and the free software philosophy.

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How do I migrate from Ubuntu to Debian?

I've been considering migrating my laptop from Ubuntu to Debian. I didn't set up a separate home partition. Is it as easy as just installing Debian over Ubuntu?
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How to read email received on a Debian server

I have a VPS (virtual private server) running Debian Linux. When I login using PuTTY the console shows - "You have mail" I have no idea on how to retrieve this email. Which software do I need to ...
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How to keep a Debian install running after several apt-get dist-upgrade

I have been using my Debian install for a while and I kept dist-upgrading because I didn't want to reinstall everything after every new Release. But now I'm starting to get a few errors at the reboot ...
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How do I install a .deb file in Ubuntu

How do I install a .deb file in Ubuntu
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How do you find out what permissions are the default for a debian package?

I have an installed debian package, upgraded many times, and the permissions on the included files are questionable. I probably changed them at some point. How do I figure out what the original ...
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Ubuntu's /etc/alternatives mechanism

I'm trying to better understand Ubuntu's /etc/alternatives mechanism. The basics are easy: it allow for multiple "providers" to be installed on the same machine, and configures which is the default. ...
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Video and LAN Cards are not recognized on Intel DG41RQ MB

My 32 bit Debian Etch with Etch-n-Half kernel 2.6.24 and Etch-n-half video driver xserver-xorg-video-intel 2.2.1-1~etchnhalf2 does not recognize my on-board LAN and Video. I can work only with VESA ...
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How to disable the screen (Linux without X)

I would like to know if there is any way I can disable the screen on a linux distro I'm using Debian. I found a few way to do that with X installed, but not without X.
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Trying to install debian - but my ethernet card isn't supported

I have a motherboard with a Intel® 82574L PCI-Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller. Supposedly the e1000e driver will support this as of 2.6.26-18 From debian bug 509199 Support for this network ...
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Debian 3.0 eth1 and eth0 switching at boot

I have a debian 3.0 woody installation. I have eth1 and eth0 being randomly switched at reboot. I cannot figure out how to set a manual way to make this always associate to that network card. It is ...
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How do you manage perl modules on a Debian system?

I'd like to know if you have a method for managing perl modules on your Debian system, with respect to the following: Installing new modules Listing of manually installed modules Checking ...
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Is there any way to limit my Internet connection to a per program basis?

My Linux connection is REALLY free. I live in Brazil, so where I live I can only have 1 Mbit/s. Yes I know it's sad, but it's not the point. Everytime I'm updating my Ubuntu 9.04 or downloading ...
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How do I upgrade Debian from etch to lenny?

I have an old machine running Debian etch that I want to upgrade to lenny without reinstalling. How can I do this?
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Using a buffalo wl12-pci-g54s on Debian Linux

I have a buffalo wl12-pci-g54s wireless card that I want to install in my PC running Debian. I need this so I can move the server to a better location in another room. So, is there an easy way to do ...
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SMB/Debian Network copy issue

I'm having an issue with a networked drive ( I don't have root access to ) - I can make an smb:// connection to it, it's a CIFS system and it's used by the intranet to share files ( it's definitely ...
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How do you find the Ubuntu version (release number / name) from the command line?

How do you find the Ubuntu version (release number / name) from the command line?
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Sendmail replacement on a home debian machine

Once in a while I'd like to report a bug using Debian reportbug facility... or use other programs which assume working sendmail. However I'd rather like not to install any mail server on a home ...
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Kopete to work with GTalk

How can I get Kopete to connect to gtalk? I entered my username as blah@gmail.com and the gmail password but it stays offline.
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Amarok refuses to play *.ogg files

After recent upgrade to Amarok 2.1 it refuses to play *.ogg files. When I hit play, it blinks for a second and stops. No sound is generated. *.mp3 do play (although they stop after one song - see my ...
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Amaroks stops playing after one song

After upgrading amarok to 2.1 in Debian unstable last week, I noticed that it stops playing after the selected song. I have to click play to play the next one. The old version (1.4 something if I ...
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Personal wiki in my home network - how do I secure it?

I'd like to dedicate a low-power Debian/Ubuntu box to set up a personal wiki (namely Instiki) on it. The information I'm looking to store in it will obviously be of a very confidential nature; anyone ...
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How do I set up auto-login on debian (lenny)?

I'm trying to set-up a barebones installation of lenny that boots straight into a saved xfce session, with no login prompt. Also I'd rater not install gdm (which pulls in a bunch of dependecies) or ...
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Find what package a file belongs to in Ubuntu/Debian?

I frequently find myself missing a program, man page, or other file when working on my Ubuntu 8.04 system. Is there any simple way to look up what package contains a given file (whether it is ...
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Packages in weird state

On my Debian system I seem to have a few packages in weird state. When I run upgrade, they are always to be intstalled: grzes:/home/ga# apt-get dist-upgrade Reading package lists... Done Building ...
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Full screen Flash slow in KDE 4

After upgrading my Debian unstable to Kde 4 a few months ago, the Flashplayer started to be very slow, especially in the full screen mode. Using Kde 3 I was able to watch full screen Youtube or ...
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How can I get my Mic working under Debian GNOME?

I recently installed GNOME onto my Debian web server (other PC died so I wanted a desktop). I'm a total Linux Desktop beginner, I managed to get Skype installed - but Linux appears to not like my ...
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Force consistent device naming on Debian Linux

I have a Debian (lenny) server with 9 sata disks. One disk is connected to the motherboard's sata controller. The others are connected to two PCI sata controllers (four disks each). The disk connected ...
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Anything like the Debian Package Manager for Windows? [closed]

I know that sounds a weird request. But I was installing a bunch of packages in Ubuntu yesterday, using apt-get and I started wondering if anyone had adapted it or produced anything similar for ...