apt-get is a command-line package handling utility while aptitude is a high-level interface to the package manager. There isn’t much difference between the two except aptitude will remove unused package dependencies automatically whereas with apt-get you have to do it manually. Neither removes dependencies as that would cause problems. Dependencies are packages that are depended […]
I’m running Debian Etch because I prefer the stable Debian package tree. This is all great but the software is a little outdated compared to other distributions like Ubuntu. That is where backports come in. Backports are recompiled packages from testing (mostly) and unstable (in a few cases only, e.g. security updates), so they will […]
Open a terminal window. Execute the following terminal command to install the necessary packages sudo apt-get install totem-xine libxine1-ffmpeg libdvdread3 Execute the following terminal command sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread3/install-css.sh After you have done the above excercise, insert a DVD into your drive. Totem will open and the movie will be played.
Many simple exploits that are used against machines, (via vulnerable PHP applications or local users, etc), rely upon being able to execute commands in /tmp. If this is a seperate partition or file system you can gain some protection by marking it non-executable. The common problem with this is that apt-get fails to work with […]
This post describes how to install MaxMind Geo::IP perl module on Debian Etch. You need the GeoIP C library (that includes also the free GeoLite Country database). This is fortunately available in the Debian repositories. apt-get install libgeoip1 libgeoip-dev To install the GeoIP perl module, we need to download the perl module locally from MaxMind […]