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Gnome, xfce….

Debian finally has gnome3 in its unstable repository. Given that there has been a lot of adverse commentary on gnome3, I am not sure if I am going to like it. At the same time, I have been very curious and wanted to try it.

This is what I did.

Shifted to xfce about […]

Debian wheezy installation on Toshiba Portégé R700

Debian Wheezy installation on my new Toshiba Portégé R700 went like a breeze. I only needed to install proprietary driver (wl) for the Broadcom wireless card. Everything else worked without a hitch.

Toshiba Portégé is a nice light-weight laptop weighing only 1.3 Kilograms. My machine runs on an Intel i5 processor, has a 500GB harddisk, […]

Linux Mint Debian Edition

Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE) is my current favourite linux distribution. It is built on Debian, which has the reputation of being the most stable, secure and well-tested linux distribution, and is extremely user-friendly.

LMDE and most current distributions of linux beat Windows hands down in terms of user-friendliness. LMDE is a breeze to […]

Microphone and Webcam issues on Sony Vaio CW1BGN

A friend had ubuntu 10.04 running on Sony Vaio CW1BGN. There were two problems that needed to be fixed.

1. The microphone was not working.2. The webcam was working in applications like cheese but not in skype

Fixing the microphone required the following to be written in /etc/modprobe.d/sound.conf

options snd slots=snd-hda-inteloptions snd-hda-intel model=toshiba-s06alias snd-card-0 snd-hda-intel


Installing mysql workbench on debian

Debian does not yet have a package for Mysql Workbench in its repositories. The website of Mysql Workbench has an ubuntu package but it does not directly install in debian. To install it on debian, you need to separately install all the dependencies.

The following steps will take you through the process of installation. Please […]

Linc is not Cyberoam

My university uses cyberoam software for regulating internet use. It requires one to log into an account using a browser or a client software. Using the browser is a pain because one has to keep the window used for authentication open throughout the session. If you close it by mistake, cyberoam throws you out and […]

Make debian boot faster

A simple and effective way of making debian boot faster is here.



Instructions for installing openoffice 2.0 beta on debian

Openoffice 2.0 beta was recently released. Openoffice 2.0 comprises a huge leap from openoffice 1.4. See www.openoffice.org for what is new in version 2.0

However, for some stupid reason, openoffice releases binaries only for Redhat. Other distributions, including debian, are expected to include the latest version of openoffice in their distributions. Depending on their policies […]