Minor Updates on Site Content and Debian Lenny on AA1

Site news

A few minor site updates to note. I fixed the links to Secunia’s Linux 2.6 vulnerabilities page. Removed RSS feeds for Secunia’s vulnerabilities updates and linux.com content. Might have time this afternoon to work on the DSL Hard Drive guide again, will post it as soon as I finish.

I checked stats and see I’m getting lots of hits for Fedora 11 content. Many of the search phrases indicate people are frustrated with F11, with everything from “Fedora 11 is shit” and “Fedora 11 sucks” to variations of terms related to booting the live CD and from USB. As I wrote in the update with my “first look” last week, I installed the image to USB using netbootin within Fedora 10. If you’re using another distro, look for the libraries required to use netbootin and then use it to install the image to USB. I removed netbootin from Windows because none of the images I tried ever booted. But it worked pretty well with everything from within Linux (I’ll probably use it again if I decide to replace Debian).

Debian Lenny on AA1

No big news since last night. I’ve been playing with MTP this morning while on and off the phone. Not working with rhythmbox. I’m able to get information from the S3 via mtp-detect and other mtp-utils and I can mount via mtpfs; none of that will let me transfer files, though. I also edited udev rules but the only thing I can do for now is read from the device; I can live with it if I can get the utils to work — I don’t need (or want) rhythmbox just to move files around and delete old podcasts. I looked at Debian bugs and may need to update libmtp with a more recent package.

I used <Group> tags in jwmrc to set certain apps to open as I want them. This is Iceweasel, which is now set to open on my second virtual desktop maximized, without title bar, and without window borders.

more-minor-things

Will hopefully get around to installing Skype today or tomorrow since that (getting cam to work in it) will likely be a deal maker/breaker for whether I stick with Debian or move along to another distro or move the whole system to unstable or testing. I’d like to get the cam working beyond Skype if possible. I was thinking of adding more content to youtube at some point — I’d like to be known for a bit more than my two crappy videos.

Finally, I wondered what all would get removed if I were to run “aptitude remove gnome gnome-desktop” and I found out while ago when I looked:

Reading package lists...
Building dependency tree...
Reading state information...
Reading extended state information...
Initializing package states...
Reading task descriptions...
Note: selecting the task "gnome-desktop: GNOME desktop environment" for installation
Note: selecting the task "gnome-desktop: GNOME desktop environment" for installation
The following packages will be REMOVED:
 alacarte{u} app-install-data{u} arj{u} aspell{u} bluez-gnome{u}
 capplets-data{u} cdrdao{u} cheese deskbar-applet{u} desktop-file-utils{u}
 dmz-cursor-theme{u} dvd+rw-tools{u} ekiga{u} eog{u} epiphany-browser
 evince{u} evolution{u} evolution-common{u} evolution-data-server{u}
 evolution-data-server-common{u} evolution-exchange{u}
 evolution-plugins{u} evolution-webcal{u} fast-user-switch-applet{u}
 file-roller{u} gcalctool{u} gconf-editor{u} gdm{u} gdm-themes{u} gedit{u}
 gedit-common{u} genisoimage{u} gksu gnome gnome-about{u}
 gnome-app-install{u} gnome-applets{u} gnome-applets-data{u}
 gnome-backgrounds{u} gnome-cards-data{u} gnome-control-center{u}
 gnome-core{u} gnome-desktop-data{u} gnome-desktop-environment
 gnome-games{u} gnome-games-data{u} gnome-media{u} gnome-media-common{u}
 gnome-menus{u} gnome-netstatus-applet{u} gnome-nettool{u}
 gnome-network-admin{u} gnome-panel{u} gnome-panel-data{u}
 gnome-power-manager{u} gnome-screensaver{u} gnome-session{u}
 gnome-settings-daemon{u} gnome-spell{u} gnome-system-monitor{u}
 gnome-system-tools{u} gnome-terminal gnome-themes{u}
 gnome-themes-extras{u} gnome-user-guide{u} gnome-utils{u}
 gnome-vfs-obexftp{u} gnome-volume-manager{u} gnuchess{u} gparted
 gstreamer0.10-alsa{u} gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg gstreamer0.10-gnomevfs{u}
 gstreamer0.10-plugins-good{u} gstreamer0.10-tools{u} gstreamer0.10-x{u}
 gthumb gthumb-data{u} gtk2-engines{u} gtk2-engines-pixbuf{u}
 gtkhtml3.14{u} gucharmap{u} guile-1.8-libs{u} hal-cups-utils hardinfo
 iceweasel-gnome-support libao2{u} libavahi-ui0{u} libcairo-perl{u}
 libcairomm-1.0-1{u} libcamel1.2-11{u} libcdio7{u} libcupsys2{u}
 libdmx1{u} libdv4{u} libebook1.2-9{u} libecal1.2-7{u}
 libedata-book1.2-2{u} libedata-cal1.2-6{u} libedataserver1.2-9{u}
 libedataserverui1.2-8{u} libegroupwise1.2-13{u} libepc-1.0-1{u}
 libepc-ui-1.0-1{u} libexchange-storage1.2-3{u} libexempi3{u} libgadu3{u}
 libgalago3{u} libgda3-3{u} libgda3-common{u} libgdata-google1.2-1{u}
 libgdata1.2-1{u} libgdl-1-0{u} libgdl-1-common{u} libggz2{u}
 libggzcore9{u} libggzmod4{u} libgksu1.2-0{u} libgksu2-0{u}
 libgksuui1.0-1{u} libglib-perl{u} libglibmm-2.4-1c2a{u} libgmyth0{u}
 libgnome-media0{u} libgnome-pilot2{u} libgnome-window-settings1{u}
 libgnome2-canvas-perl{u} libgnome2-perl{u} libgnome2-vfs-perl{u}
 libgnomecups1.0-1{u} libgnomekbd-common{u} libgnomekbd2{u}
 libgnomekbdui2{u} libgnomeprint2.2-0{u} libgnomeprint2.2-data{u}
 libgnomeprintui2.2-0{u} libgnomeprintui2.2-common{u} libgnomevfs2-bin{u}
 libgpgme11{u} libgpod3{u} libgtk-vnc-1.0-0{u} libgtk2-perl{u}
 libgtkhtml3.14-19{u} libgtkmm-2.4-1c2a{u} libgtksourceview-common{u}
 libgtksourceview1.0-0{u} libgtksourceview2.0-0{u}
 libgtksourceview2.0-common{u} libgtkspell0{u} libgtop2-7{u}
 libgtop2-common{u} libgucharmap6{u} libgweather-common{u} libgweather1{u}
 libhesiod0{u} libhtml-parser-perl{u} libhtml-tagset-perl{u}
 libhtml-tree-perl{u} libiptcdata0{u} libkpathsea4{u} liblua5.1-0{u}
 libmeanwhile1{u} libmetacity0{u} libmusicbrainz4c2a{u}
 libmysqlclient15off{u} libnautilus-burn4{u} libnet-dbus-perl{u}
 libnm-glib0{u} liboobs-1-4{u} libopal-2.2{u} libopenobex1{u}
 libpanel-applet2-0{u} libparted1.8-10{u} libpisock9{u} libpisync1{u}
 libpt-1.10.10{u} libpt-1.10.10-plugins-alsa{u}
 libpt-1.10.10-plugins-v4l{u} libpth20{u} libpurple0{u} libshout3{u}
 libsilc-1.1-2{u} libslab0{u} libsoup2.2-8{u} libspectre1{u}
 libspeexdsp1{u} libtotem-plparser10{u} libtrackerclient0{u}
 liburi-perl{u} libwww-perl{u} libxklavier12{u} libxml-parser-perl{u}
 libxml-twig-perl{u} libxss1{u} libzephyr3{u} liferea lsb-release{u}
 menu-xdg metacity{u} metacity-common{u} mysql-common{u} nautilus{u}
 nautilus-cd-burner{u} nautilus-data{u} openoffice.org-evolution
 openoffice.org-gnome openoffice.org-gtk{u} p7zip{u} pidgin pidgin-data{u}
 pkg-config{u} python-4suite-xml{u} python-apt{u} python-cups{u}
 python-cupsutils{u} python-eggtrayicon{u} python-gdata{u} python-gdbm{u}
 python-gmenu{u} python-gnome2-desktop{u} python-gnome2-extras{u}
 python-gnupginterface{u} python-gst0.10{u} python-gtkhtml2{u}
 python-gtkmozembed{u} python-gtksourceview2{u} python-notify{u}
 python-sexy{u} python-software-properties{u} python-vte{u} python-xdg{u}
 rarian-compat rhythmbox{u} seahorse{u} serpentine{u}
 software-properties-gtk{u} sound-juicer{u} sudo{u} swfdec-gnome{u}
 synaptic{u} system-config-printer{u} system-tools-backends{u}
 totem-common{u} totem-gstreamer{u} totem-mozilla{u} totem-plugins{u}
 transmission-common{u} transmission-gtk{u} unattended-upgrades{u}
 unzip{u} update-manager{u} update-manager-core{u} update-notifier
 update-notifier-common{u} vinagre{u} vino{u} wodim{u} xbase-clients{u}
 xsane xsane-common{u} zenity{u} zip{u}
0 packages upgraded, 0 newly installed, 262 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
Need to get 0B of archives. After unpacking 720MB will be freed.
Do you want to continue? [Y/n/?]

Not just yet. This gets back to some of my old complaints (search a year or two back under my Debian category) about using distros where everything is dependent on everything else so that you either have to live with bloat or recompile everything you want without every possible dependency. Guess that’s the price of convenience of having so many things precompiled and (usually) preconfigured. Just seems like too high a price sometimes.

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