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Monday, February 16 2009

Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 released

It took a while, but Debian Lenny has been released on valentine's day (go figure).

If you're using the stable branch, this means a lot of updated software is available, like Iceweasel/Firefox 3.0 (instead of 2.0), Gimp 2.4 (instead of 2.2) or the OpenJDK. If you're using the testing branch (now named Squeeze), you'll soon have access to VLC 0.9 and Pidgin 2.5 (with support for "new" MSNP features), both of which are currently in experimental.

Tuesday, February 10 2009


The FOSDEM 2009 took place this week-end and, like every year since 2003, I attended for a day (I just realised I've been there since the second big edition). So here's my insight on the Sunday.

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Thursday, December 4 2008

20 things Windows 7 MUST^Wshould^Wmight include

Two months ago, GadgetZone published an article citing the 20 things Windows 7 MUST include . I just noticed that article and thought I'd give my insight.

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Monday, November 10 2008

A GUI to select boot OS with GRUB

When I first installed Linux, I was using the (default) setup, i.e. KDE and LILO. What I thought was nice was to be able to select on which OS I would boot next time with a handy menu.

When I switched to Debian / Xfce4 / GRUB, I noticed that this was no longer possible. From what I read on the forums at the time, I was stuck with the default option no matter what...

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Thursday, August 21 2008

Transparently unmount FUSE using fish

If you're using SSHFS - a FUSE client to mount remote directories with SSH - you've most likely hit the point where you could mount directories as a user, but could not unmount them with your favorite mountpoint manager (GNOME, xfce4-mount-plugin, etc). You maybe also discovered that, as root, you could unmount them but that running umount /mnt/foo as a user would fail with the following message : mount disagrees with the fstab.

The problem comes from the fact that, while mount can mount fuse systems, umount cannot unmount them since the entry in /etc/mtab doesn't match the one you entered in your fstab. You should instead use fusermount -u /mnt/foo. Thing is: that command is longer to type, and having only one way to unmount file systems would be much better. Well, that's exactly what your shell was made for !

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