Friday, August 19, 2011

Debian Squeeze & bluetooth audio

As I just got my hands on a new bluetooth headset - a Sennheiser MM100 - I wanted to make it work with Debian Squeeze (worked like charm with my Android phone out of the box). My notebook Samsung R780 does not come with bluetooth equipped so I use my old Belkin mini bluetooth adapter F8T016 to connect and I guess it should work with any more or less current bluetooth adapter (of course it has to support A2DP).

Monday, August 15, 2011

Conky with Debian Squeeze & Samsung R780

I wasn't aware of this nice little tool called "Conky" until I stumbled upon the Pinguy OS website and saw the screenshot of it's default desktop. To make Conky (and the sensor readings) work with Debian Squeeze on my Samsung R780 notebook there was some work to do. Once done, it'll look like this:

Sunday, August 7, 2011

VMware with kernel 2.6.38 [updated for kernel 2.6.39]

Running Debian Squeeze with the latest kernel 2.6.38 from Debian Backports I had some trouble getting VMware Player to work. Once started it complained about not being able to compile the "vmnet" kernel module. I found the solution here and this is how you can make it work:

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Debian is back...

Updated Nvidia installation howto on May, 22nd 2012

...on my computer!
What is (in my opinion) the greatest of all operating systems is back: Debian 6.0 aka "squeeze" was released last weekend. Of course as always with new Debian releases - compared to other recently released Linux distributions - the software which comes with squeeze is rather "old", i.e.: Linux kernel 2.6.32, Gnome 2.30, KDE 4.5, OpenOffice 2.3. That's the price you have to pay for a very stable operating system. For the first time the default installation media has no "non-free" software on board. This might be tricky for those who depend on non-free firmware to get W-LAN running! (In this case see the Debian documentation here.)

I really love Debian and in fact prefer it over Ubuntu. Though I tend to run the latter as it comes with more recent software. ;-) But now I couldn't resist and as I was just recovering from a nasty flu I had some spare time... I was running squeeze (with KDE as desktop) on my old Acer laptop for quite a while before it's stable release and it worked pretty good. I was a bit worried though if all hardware of my new Samsung R780 laptop would work with squeeze - but hey: what the heck, let's try!

Friday, January 7, 2011

HTC Desire

Since about 3/4 of a year now I'm the proud owner of an Android powered smartphone: I decided to go with HTC's Desire which is kind of a rebuilt of Google's Nexus One (which was also manufactured by HTC). It's been a while since it's first appearance so naturally there are already newer phones available succeeding the "original" Desire. And of course there are already plenty of reviews available on the net - but however, those are my two cents! ;-)