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Bad fstab, can't log in

From: Garrett Gaston 
I just had to reinstall my debian media server but I've somehow messed up
my fstab file and now the server hangs up when it starting trying to mount
that drive and I can't log in. I've tried the Ctrl-D for continue which is
on the screen but that hasn't helped. I've also tried to change the kernel
parameters by editing the grub menu. I first added 'single' to the
parameter list but nothing changed there. I then tried to add 'rw
init=/bin/bash', that time it appeared to log itself into root as I see
'root@(none):/#' on the screen but I can't type anything. Any ideas on how
I can get out of this predicament? Thanks.

Question for hardware embed guys

From: "Alex Smith (K4RNT)" 
I don't know if 45W is too much power for your requirements, but look into
the Wyse WinTerm J400. It's a VIA C3 1GHz, takes SDRAM and has a PCI riser.
It's original purpose was a Windows Embedded thin client, but can easily be
repurposed with an IDE flash module.

-Seattle, WA metropolitan area

" 'With the first link, the chain is forged. The first speech censured, the
first thought forbidden, the first freedom denied, chains us all
irrevocably.' Those words were uttered by Judge Aaron Satie as wisdom and
warning... The first time any man's freedom is trodden on, we=E2=80=99re al=
damaged." - Jean-Luc Picard, quoting Judge Aaron Satie, Star Trek: TNG
episode "The Drumhead"
- Alex Smith
- Kent, Washington (metropolitan Seattle area)

On Sat, Jan 2, 2016 at 7:37 PM, Rod-Lists  wrote:

> I'm planning to build some communication servers for a use case that
> presupposes limited electrical power available.
> Think on a sailboat or an emcomm situation with the site on limited backu=
> power.
> Found this.
> Specs.

Question for hardware embed guys

From: Rod-Lists 
I'm planning to build some communication servers for a use case that presupposes limited electrical power available.
Think on a sailboat or an emcomm situation with the site on limited backup power. 

Found this.

Oh my GAWD, what have I done!!! (ZenFone 2)

In the quest for the perfect phone (they all SUCK!), I got me an unlocked 
ZenFone 2 (ZE551ML) 

Well, for one thing my old (un)trusty (and sucky) Samsung Note-One died an 
slow death incapable of recharge its (new) battery.  Besides that, the 
ZenFone 2 has an Intel Atom Quad Core Z3580 (2.3GHz) inside (X64 opcode!) 
and I saw it running a full blown KDE desktop.  8-)
Oh boy... 

Expected to be delivered on Tuesday.
First order of the day?
Dual-boot the thing in Debian...

PS: The BEST of both ($%!#ing) Worlds!

Debian MySQL Preseed question

From: asg 
I=E2=80=99m working with a script that installs MySQL on Debian with =
preseeded responses to the questions. One of the preseeded responses is:

mysql-server-5.5 mysql-server-5.5/really

systemd: Damn silly

From: Rod-Lists 
got plugged into a network to boot?!P
Devaun and slack starting to look good.

p Sun, 01 Feb 2015 12:24:08 +0100 schreef Jarle Aase :

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Normally I use my laptop as a workstation, with wired Internet and a 1 T
extra disk in the cd-tray.

Today I tried to boot it in a cafe, off-line and without the extra disk.
It was not possible. Systemd would just wait indefinitely for some
start-up jobs (it was waiting for the missing disk to come on-line among
some other things). Fortunately, I had the extra disk with me, so I
attached it and tried again. Still for no use. Systemd now waited for
the network interfaces. So I had to actually connect an ethernet cable
to a router just to get the crap to boot, and then unplug it and walk
back to my table.

How did this happen? How come Debian is now  /more/ useless than
Windows? It can't even boot if the hardware configuration is not exactly
the way it assumes. WTF!


$9 computer exceeds funding goals

From: Rod-Lists 
A ghz processor? debian? APRS and broadband hamnet here I come.

Announcing the Birth of Hurd

From: Rod-Lists 
 After a 25 year gestation, Hurd has finally been born. It was a difficult birth and it’s now being kept in an incubator under the care of Debian.

Laptops with known Linux support

From: Unkmar 
I'm planning to purchase a few identical laptops with a few minimal

1. Everything works on Linux, preferably Debian.  My arm can be twisted to
allow Ughbuntu.
2. Dual boot.  I need Windows to be on these systems, whether I like it or
not.  The end users will need it.
3. $300-$600.  Clearly the lower number is preferable. Yet..
4. Intel CPU.  As close to i7 as possible.
5. Not Lenovo.  Last I knew, those guys still whitelist their WiFi cards
and I strongly disagree with any form of lock-in.

Well, I guess that covers it.  Obviously more memory is better.  Anything
over 2Gb should be fine.  I'm hoping for 4Gb to 8Gb.

Honestly, drive size and type just doesn't matter much to me.  SSD or Not.
Sure, they boot amazingly fast.  Just not a deal maker either way.   And I
haven't really out grown storage in years unless I horde loads of junk I
don't use anyway.

I'm asking for you help because some of you may have already successfully
done the research. I've looked around and just get frustrated from the
prices jumping around a grand any time I get comfortable with the
specifications.  I'm trying to settle for less and having a hard time
finding anything *NEW* in desired price range.  New is not really the
requirement.  Identical laptops fully supporting Linux and Legal copies of
Windows 7 or higher.  (Identical !!!)

Thanks in advance.
Lucius L. Hilley III

PS: Help me provide a great late X-mas/Birthdary present for a few kids.

Possibly falling under Daemonic influence

From: Rod-Lists 
Been looking OS's that are not going to Systemd.
On the linux side it seems gentoo and Slack are not(started with Slack in the 90's)

But BSD seems to very safe at the moment.
So Beastie Boys make your pitch why do you like BSD?
What things an ex debian user will need to get used to?

Disabling IRQ #16

From: James Nylen 
I just got this message in the console, and this in /var/log/messages, and
now there are lots of dropped keypresses and mouse movements.  Anyone know
what may have happened?

Feb  7 00:46:40 computron kernel: [922030.381755] CPU: 1 PID: 28435 Comm:
firefox Tainted: G           O 3.11-2-amd64 #1 Debian 3.11.8-1
Feb  7 00:46:40 computron kernel: [922030.381757] Hardware name: System
manufacturer System Product Name/M4A78 PLUS, BIOS 1214    09/14/2009
Feb  7 00:46:40 computron kernel: [922030.381759]  ffff880226fdf4bc
ffffffff81474a72 ffff880226fdf400 ffffffff810d4ea8
Feb  7 00:46:40 computron kernel: [922030.381763]  ffff880226fdf400
0000000000000010 0000000000000000 ffffffff810d52ba
Feb  7 00:46:40 computron kernel: [922030.381765]  0000000000000000
0000000000000000 0000000000000010 0000000000000000
Feb  7 00:46:40 computron kernel: [922030.381767] Call Trace:
Feb  7 00:46:40 computron kernel: [922030.381769]  
[] ? dump

GLIBC Vuln GHOST Vulnerability # CVE-2015-0235

From: Mike Harrison 

Another fun one. Hits a lot of systems and affects multiple programs. 

"During a code audit performed internally at Qualys, we discovered a
buffer overflow in the 

Firewalled at work: Network Security Question

From: Nick LaPorta 
Hey guys:

Long time lurker, first time poster. (Apologize for the length, longer than
I intended)

While I'm not a super user, as some on this list, I have built a few *nix
boxes/laptops, etc and would certainly classify myself as still a step
under intermediate, but not beginner.

Quick one (hopefully) for you all.  Recently (2 days ago) installed the
latest Debian distro on a Dell D630 - not sure what other details would be
needed here - and am having trouble connecting to the guest wireless
network here at work (Unum). Side note: I've never connected wirelessly. In
an effort to resolve the wireless broadcom driver issue, I needed access to
wget commands via web so I plugged into ethernet and after like 20 seconds,
got a notice that it was strictly forbidden since this wasn't a work asset
and my network activity was cut at that point.

The note I receive is:

"Your device, IP Address has been identified as exhibiting
unusal [sic] network activity by the Unum network security team.

This type of network activity is typically the result of having a virus,
worm, or malware on your device.

Your device is currently isolated from the network until this issue is

If this is a personal device it is your responsibility to correct the

So, are there any settings or things that I might be able to add to
circumvent these issues?  I've already submitted a ticket with the network
security team.

Also, to be clear, I don't intend on breaking any policies or rules over
this.  If it won't work, it won't work.  But, I wanted to give it a fair

Thanks All and love this community!

Ian Jackson resigns from technical committee

From: Rod-Lists 
"Ian Jackson resigns from technical committee after measure to slow systemd adoption fails."

Debian has had causulties on both sides of the systemd fight.

Systemd: Harbinger of the Linux apocalypse

From: Rod-Lists 
Also a long time developer of Debian stepped down. Something does need to done about tone of community these days.
It wasn't always this angry.

But this does worry me.

Salting my scripts with PV

From: Rod-Lists 
I've discovered pv (Pipe Viewer) a few weeks ago. Have begun salting my scripts with it and trying various options.
It is in Debian or at least Ubuntu repos.
This plus the -P or --progress flag on rsync make life a lot less mysterious in the shell.

Intel NUC

From: Lisa Ridley 
Anyone here have any hands on experience with these little computers?  I'm looking for an addition to my office for the following:

1.  Persistent Jenkins Server to manage auto deployments and automated testing on a variety of virtual servers (Debian 7, Jenkins, using 2G RAM)
2.  Test Servers for client projects (managed by the Jenkins Server) -- VirtualBox servers managed using Jenkins and Vagrant, running Debian, Ubuntu or CentOS, using 2-4G RAM, configured as a LAMP stack with MySQL and/or MongoDB, running applications written in Symfony2 / Laravel / Drupal.  These servers will be short-lived, and will be used for development, staging and test units, so they will be spun up and down as needed, and will have a lifespan running anywhere from 2 to 6 months.  There will be anywhere from 2 to 6 of these running on one physical unit at any point in time.

The reviews I've read are generally positive, and I like the small footprint and low power consumption.  Looking specifically at one of these units (most likely the 2nd one), configured with 16G RAM, WiFi/BlueTooth and a 120G mSata SSD.

Thoughts?  Experiences?

Lisa Ridley

Should we fork Debian over systemd?

From: Rod-Lists 
"Who are you?!

We are Veteran Unix Admins and we are concerned about what is happening to Debian GNU/Linux to the point of considering a fork of the project.

And why would you do that?

Some of us are upstream developers, some professional sysadmins: we are all concerned peers interacting with Debian and derivatives on a daily basis.
We don't want to be forced to use systemd in substitution to the traditional UNIX sysvinit init, because systemd betrays the UNIX philosophy.
We contemplate adopting more recent alternatives to sysvinit, but not those undermining the basic design principles of "do one thing and do it well" with a complex collection of dozens of tightly coupled binaries and opaque logs.

Are there better solutions than forking?

Yes: vote Ian Jackson's proposal to preserve freedom of choice of init systems.
Then make sure sysvinit stays the default for now, systemd can be optional.
Debian leaders can go on evaluating more init systems, just not impose one that ignores the needs of most of its users."


Android command-line

From: "Robert A. Kelly III" 
Hash: SHA512

I recently got a new smart phone running CyanogenMod 11 with the
F-Droid repository that I have been playing with. I wonder if anybody
here has played much with doing things from the command line under
Android. Does anyone have suggestions for things like taking pictures
from the camera or getting GPS coordinates from the command line? Has
anyone tried installing a Linux distro like Debian in a chroot on
their Android device? Also, has anyone played with Firefox OS or
Ubuntu Touch, or have any idea how they compare from a hackability
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looking for linux ovpn client suggestions

From: Rod-Lists 
Ok guys imaging a laptop as I write this.  Once files are archive it will be a freash linux install.
Here is your chance to turn a wayward soul away from ubuntu. But I need a rocksolid ovpn client.
I'm considering crunchbang (debian based) so fire away.