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FOSDEM 2012 videos

March 18, 2012

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The videos of the last¬†Free and Open source Software Developers’ European Meeting 2012 have been uploaded. The most interesting videos for me are the following: ARM BoF: state of the ARM architecture porting of various Linux distros (54:40 video) Debian secrets: useful information to get started on using or developing Debian (41:24 video) Multiarch: why […]

Bruce Perens on Open Source Hardware

February 1, 2012

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Linux Conference Australia, Ballarat 2012. The creator of Busybox and co-founder of Debian makes a compelling and rational argument about who should speak for Open Source, and then offers a hopeful perspective on the new frontiers of Open Source Hardware. He is convinced that today there’s plenty of enabling factors to make Open Source Hardware […]

Encrypted Linux on USB key

January 3, 2012

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In this post I suggest a way to have an encrypted Linux installation on a USB key, which to me is useful when I travel and I want to securely access the functionality that desktop Linux offers. I want to have no fear that what I take with me will be stolen, even if what I take with me is a full Linux OS, together with my data and maybe some online passwords saved in the browser.

Disabling system beep in Linux

December 13, 2011

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I noticed that on my Debian Testing installation the system beep is active, even though my computer has a nice and common integrated sound card. To disable the annoying beeps at start-up and shut-down, the common solution is to blacklist the “pcspkr” module, which is responsible for the beeping noise. I noticed that most advices […]

Encrypting data on USB flash drives with LUKS

August 25, 2011

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I wanted to explore a different way to encrypt data on portable USB flash drives other than Truecrypt, so I checked what could be done with Linux Unified Key Setup (LUKS). LUKS is an encryption method that is implemented on Linux by “cryptsetup” package, and on Windows by¬†FreeOTFE. It encrypts a partition or a file […]

Mixing Debian testing and unstable packages

August 7, 2011

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I installed Debian testing (wheezy) on my workstation about a month ago. Recently I wanted to install some packages, but they were not in the testing repository because they were blocked by the automatic rules that make a package transition from unstable to testing. For example, the arduino package was held down by gcc-avr and […]

Compiling Linux kernel 3.0 with Emdebian ARM toolchain

July 24, 2011

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The Emdebian project works to bring Debian on embedded platforms, with repositories of custom distributions and toolchains to cross-compile software. I wanted to try their ARM toolchains, and coincidentally the Linux kernel 3.0 has been released in these days, so I tried to cross-compile it and emulate it on QEMU. These tests have been done […]

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