The Security support for Debian 3.1 is to be terminated on march 31st


The debian project developers have announced that on the 31st of March the security support for Debian 3.1 will be terminated. One year after the release of Debian etch and three (3) years after the release of sarge, the security support for the 3.1 is coming to an end at the end of this month. The debian community is great at supporting systems after a long time and after a new release comes out. Well we can say that we have had enough time to upgrade….( :) )

For any information about security issues on your debian systems: contact the debian security team.

New update for our beloved Debian Etch 4.0


Debian 4.0 etch, linux distro for desktop use

The debian project developers have today announced that a new update for the 4.0 (etch) version of the linux distibution is now available. The main packages influenced by this update are going to be unstable and/or non-free packages that do not give support for security.

Packages removed:

  1. Bandersnatch – too buggy
  2. Flash plugin non free – Closed source and it doesn’t give security support
  3. Flyspray – too buggy does not support upstream
  4. ipxripd – non compatible with etch kernel
  5. jags – too buggy
  6. unacee non free – broken on big endian and 64-bit systems

The detailed list of packages that have been modified can be found in the official debian project website.

For any other info either contact me or debian forums.

How to use Taskel on Ubuntu


Taskel on Ubuntu

The intallation and configuration of a certain type of packets on Unix Based systems can be a painfully long process. However, free software such as debian distro’s offer a great number of tools to simplify and cut down time wasted on boring tasks, one of the most common tools is Taskel.

Ubuntu being derived from Debian, in it’s repositories has one great tool, Taskel. Taskel is a gui based software that allows ubuntu linux users to install webserver configured and running packets on our distro. On the new Feisty and Gutsy the Taskel packets are installed as default, however to have them on any other distro is nesessary to simply run the command:

sudo apt-get install taskel

For the curios to see the packets for each of the Taskel options you can run the command:

sudo tasksel –list-tasks

Or to have a complete documentation of the software:

man taskel

Enjoy, Tonylog

How to install NDISwrapper on ubuntu


NDISwrapper LogoWhat id NDISwrapper? Knowing that many vendors don’t release the technical specifications of some of their products, the Linux community finds very difficult to not say impossible the development of drivers. However, there is always a way to go around problems, there NDISwrapper becomes handy. The NDISwrapper project uses Windows kernel API and NDIS (Network Driver Interface Specification) to make our not supported peripherals run on Linux. NDISwrapper is natively made to be used with wireless cards not supported on our Linux Box but surprisingly enough will run far more than that.

How to install NDISwrapper on ubuntu: very easy using the Synaptic Package Manager, start the package manager, root password and make a search for ndiswrapper-common, mark for installation and install,(it should install as a dependency ndiswrapper-utils-1.9 if it doesn’t make a search and install that too).


What we need to do now is install our Windows drivers in our ubuntu Linux and enjoy the use of windows peripherals on Linux.

If you find difficult or not understand how to install windows drivers with NDISwrapper this is a fairly explicative article on how to install them.