1. Wider accessibility

Installing Debian Wheezy is now easier than ever because of the new installer that offers better accessibility as well as other benefits. The system is available to be installed in 73 languages now, and more others are available.

“Debian can now be installed using software speech, above all by visually impaired people who do not use a Braille device,” the project team explained in the official release announcement.

2. Debian Wheezy have UEFI support

With version 7.0, Debian supports for the first time installation and booting using the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) for new 64-bit PCs (amd64).

3. Multiarch capability

One of the main release goals for Wheezy was that it allow Debian wheezy users to install packages from multiple architectures on the same machine, also known as “multiarch” support. This means that you can now, for the first time, install both 32- and 64-bit software on the same machine and have all the relevant dependencies correctly resolved, automatically,” the project team explained.

4. A raft of updated packages

Among numerous newly updated packages in Debian 7.0 are Linux 3.2, GNOME 3.4, KDE 4.8.4, GIMP 2.8.2, LibreOffice 3.5.4, Apache 2.2.22, MySQL 5.5.30, and Samba 3.6.6. Also available are more than 36,000 other ready-to-use software packages, the project notes.

5. Broad hardware support

Last but not least, it’s worth noting that “you can install Debian on computers ranging from handheld systems to supercomputers, and on nearly everything in between,” as the project team puts it. Specifically, a total of nine hardware architectures are supported in this Debian release, including 32-bit PC/Intel IA-32 (i386), 64-bit PC/Intel EM64T/x86-64 (amd64), Motorola/IBM PowerPC (powerpc), Sun/Oracle SPARC (sparc), and Intel Itanium (ia64). Continue Reading…

On May 4th 2013, Debian Team announced the release of the Debian 7.0 called Wheezy after many months of development. This new Debian version includes numerous features as multiarch support, several specific tools to deploy private clouds, an improved installer, and a complete set of multimedia codecs and front-ends which remove the need for third-party repositories.

This release includes numerous updated software packages, such as:

  • Apache 2.2.22
  • Asterisk 1.8.13.1
  • GIMP 2.8.2
  • an updated version of the GNOME desktop environment 3.4
  • GNU Compiler Collection 4.7.2
  • Icedove 10 (an unbranded version of Mozilla Thunderbird)
  • Iceweasel 10 (an unbranded version of Mozilla Firefox)
  • KDE Plasma Workspaces and KDE Applications 4.8.4
  • kFreeBSD kernel 8.3 and 9.0
  • LibreOffice 3.5.4
  • Linux 3.2
  • MySQL 5.5.30
  • Nagios 3.4.1
  • OpenJDK 6b27 and 7u3
  • Perl 5.14.2
  • PHP 5.4.4
  • PostgreSQL 9.1
  • Python 2.7.3 and 3.2.3
  • Samba 3.6.6
  • Tomcat 6.0.35 and 7.0.28
  • Xen Hypervisor 4.1.4
  • the Xfce 4.8 desktop environment
  • X.Org 7.7
  • more than 36,000 other ready-to-use software packages, built from nearly 17,500 source packages.

You can find more just by reading the official announcement from here: http://www.debian.org/News/2013/20130504?utm_source=feedly

When you try to unmount a device sometimes you get this error: /media/sdxy: device is busy when you need to unmount a CD drive or to remove an external drive or anything else.The ideal situation is when your Linux is telling you what is keeping the device busy, but is not happening.

This is how to properly use umount command:

When you get this error,

# umount /media/sdxy
umount: /media/
sdxy: device is busy
umount: /media/
sdxy: device is busy

1. First thing you’ll probably do is to use fuser to find out what process is keeping your device busy. You can do it like this:

# fuser -m /dev/sdxy
/dev/sdxy: 230452
# ps -aux | grep 230452
root     230452  0.2  0.0  20756  3764 pts/0    Ss   22:35   0:00 -bash

You need to kill the 230452 process then umount the drive.

2. The second way to umount your drive is to use the -l argument from umount command. This is short for Continue Reading…

A majority of the Linux based users usually wonder the reason why they cannot use the Google Drive over Linux platforms. You could also find them wondering if there is any alternative of Google Drive for the Linux users in the market. The fact is you could find alternative to the Google Drive for the Linux based users, which many of these users are not aware about it. People who do not know that they can find alternative to Google Drive go to the extent of thinking that Linux is not a good option in comparison to Windows.

However, this logic is only valid to the ignorant users as it’s really unfair to vouch for this thinking. Whatever you could do at the Windows, can be easily be carried out over the Linux based systems seeking the help of a couple of good alternatives. Well let’s check out the five great alternatives of Google Drive perfect for all the Linux based users in the following paragraphs.


1). Dropbox

The first and popular alternative to Google Drive for Linux users is Dropbox, which gives far better client ecosystem than Google. It gives you a perfect platform for all kinds of users including the ones belonging to Linux. Dropbox offers around 2GB of free space to its users, however, you could secure 16GB of space by simply referring to any of your friend and the chain multiplies you get 500 MB for each referral. Though the initial 2GB space could be lesser than the Google Drive yet you may end up getting free space without actually paying a single buck. In terms of features Dropbox happens to be quite similar to the Google Drive, which offers you a particular folder that could be synched between your PCs. And in terms of security, Dropbox happens to be a better option than Google Drive by incorporating two-step authentication elements.

2). Ubuntu One

Another alternative is Ubuntu wherein you could see an element called Ubuntu One already installed in it. Unlike its rival Google Drive, Ubuntu gives you the free cloud storage of 5 GB. But at the same time, with the referral program like what you find in Dropbox, you could end up getting additional free space up to the maximum of 20 GB and more. You can easily Continue Reading…

The Debian developers have been working hard to release the next version of the distro called Wheezy. They have targeted the date 4th or 5th May 2013 for the Debian 7.0 – Wheezy Release. They are making the final tweaks for a first Wheezy release.

Debian Team:

We now have a target date of the weekend of 4th/5th May for the release.
We have checked with core teams, and this seems to be acceptable for
everyone.  This means we are able to begin the final preparations for a
release of Debian 7.0 - "Wheezy".

The intention is only to lift the date if something really critical pops
up that is not possible to handle as an errata, or if we end up
technically unable to release that weekend (e.g. a required machine
crashes or d-i explodes in a giant ball of fire). Every other RC fix
that does not make it in time will be r1 material. Please be sure to
contact us about the RC fixes you would like included in the point
release! Continue Reading...
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