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Entries for 2009

Happy New Year 2010!

I know it’s been a long time (over a month) since I wrote a post on my blog due to my trip to India. Just wanted to wish all the readers and subscribers a very Happy New Year! Thank you all for your support!

Initramfs and Initrd Series: Part 2 – What is initrd and similarities with initramfs

Welcome to part 2 of Initramfs and Initrd series. In Part 1 of this series we saw what is initramfs and how to compress and de-compress it. In this part we will see what is an initrd and some of the similarities between initramfs and initrd. So as mentioned in first part, initramfs replaced the […]

Discussion: What processor type (family) to select for Intel Atom in Linux kernel config

So I am excited to start a new type of post, “Discussion” besides the regular INFO, HOWTO, TIP, etc. The purpose of such type of post is to generate a discussion regarding certain issues for which there is a no clear answers in the Linux community. In my past 4 years of Linux usage, I […]

Initramfs and Initrd Series: Part 1 – Decompress and compress initramfs images

Purpose: We will learn how to decompress and then re-compress an initramfs image from your Debian or Ubuntu systems. I find the whole initramfs and initrd topic to be one of the most fascinating one in Linux. I always wanted to write a series of post on these topics and I think this might be […]

HOWTO: Compiling Intel Atom Poulsbo GMA 500 graphics driver on Debian

Purpose: Finally here is a step-by-step guide to get the Intel Poulsbo (PSB) GMA 500 graphics driver working under Debian testing/unstable. Over the last 3 months or so since I wrote an introductory post regarding this whole issue, I have got several emails and comments with a request to put up such a guide. Sorry […]

HOWTO: Enabling Kernel Mode Setting (KMS) in Debian Linux kernel

Purpose: So some of you must have heard about a new feature that got introduced since 2.6.29 Linux kernel known as Kernel Mode Setting (KMS).I will not go into the details about the benefits of KMS in this post but rather I will show you how to enable KMS on your Debian system. However I […]

HOWTO: Tuning your MySQL database for indexing search results in MediaWiki

Purpose: The popular MySQL open source database suite is the back bone of a vast majority of LAMP type systems or rather system which requires web and database access. One such example is MediaWiki. Now MediaWiki has a very good default search engine including full-text search. However the other day, somebody informed me that they […]

HOWTO: Installing, Configuring AWstats for Apache web server on Debian

Purpose: So I decided I need some kind of web statistics program for my Debian Lenny system which runs an Apache2 web server and a lot of other web-based application like MediaWiki, Mantis, etc. There are a lot of different programs that will let you view your web server statistics like Webalizer, AWstats, Visitors, etc. […]

TIP: Resolving AWstats permission denied error by www-data cron job

So if you have installed AWstats, a web-statistic program, on your machine you would have noticed that the cron job that it sets by default does not work. Meaning that the statistics on your AWstats web page does not get updated. If you do a search on Internet, you will find that lot of Ubuntu […]

HOWTO: Linking files from your Windows shared network drives in Wiki

Purpose: So let’s say that you have got your Linux based MediaWiki server going on your internal LAN in your office or corporate intranet. Let’s assume that your intranet is Windows server based which basically means that all the files that you access in your day-to-day work resides on Windows based server. Now one of […]

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