Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Can't save files to USB thumb drive in Debian

Did you install Debian from a USB thumb drive? Can't write to a USB thumb drive after installing because the owner is root?

Quick and easy solution: Look for a /dev/sdb1 entry in etc/fstab and comment it out:

#/dev/sdb1 /media/usb0 auto rw,user,noauto 0 0
 
Source:Debian Forum. Explanation from dhunter in same thread:
This is exactly what happens if you install Debian from a USB drive, the installer adds sdb1 to fstab and whenever you plug it in the system will mount it as root. Always remember removing sdb1 from fstab after installing from USB.

Google Street View freezes in Debian Jessie

There is a bug in the Cairo 2D Vector Graphics library in the version of Iceweasel in Debian Jessie at the moment (31.2, based on Firefox ESR 31.2) which results in Street View freezing.

A solution might be to install the latest version of Iceweasel from the Debian Mozilla team, as the bug is apparently fixed in Firefox 33. (Haven't tried this myself.)

A work around is to use Chrome or Epiphany/Web, which are not affected.

Update: or use Classic Maps, which uses Flash. (Debian Forum).

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Bad Bash Bug

There's a bug in Linux. I read the story on the BBC this morning. Doing a bit of Googling, I came across a page at Red Hat which confirmed my computer (running Debian Testing) was vulnerable.
 By evening Debian Testing had a patch:
Now I seem to be safe:
However, the real issue here does not seem to be Linux desktops:
...this bash bug has been around for a long, long time. That means there are lots of old devices on the network vulnerable to this bug. The number of systems needing to be patched, but which won't be is [large].
Robert Graham, on tomsguide.com.




Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Debian 8 "Jessie" to Get GNOME 3.14

From Softpedia:
Latest GNOME 3.14 to arrive in Debian Testing

Debian Testing or Debian 8 is the upcoming version in the Debian ecosystem, although there is no precise launch date known for the system. The Debian maintainers and developers have decided to push all the packages from the GNOME 3.14 branch, which is still under development, in the official repos. The progress is slow and it will take a while to be completed, but in the end we will have the latest 3.14 branch available for download.
I am currently using Gnome 3.12 in Debian Testing, and liking it a lot (must do a review soon).

Now I'm excited about getting an update to 3.14 (I know, geeky).

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Create a simple animated GIF in Linux

From scottlinux.com.

Install imagemagick, put your images in a folder, and in a terminal run:
$ convert -delay 100 -loop 0 <frame1>.gif <frame2>.gif <animated>.gif
 (Slightly modified from the link above so I can remember how I did it.)