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About La Salle Debain

This is a weblog I'm keeping about my work on Debian and any other useful Debian related info I come across. It is not meant to compete with other news sources like Debian Weekly News or Debian Planet. Mostly it is just a way for me to classify and remember all the random bits of information that I have floating around me. I thought maybe by using a blog it could be of some use to others too. Btw. "I" refers to Jaldhar H. Vyas, Debian developer for over 5 years. If you want to know more about me, my home page is here.

The name? Debain is a very common misspelling of Debian and la salle de bains means bathroom in French.

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Tue, 25 Feb 2003

Converting a CD image in BIN/CUE format to ISO

Some programs in the windows world such as Nero store CD images as a big .bin file and a smaller .cue file. To convert these files into an .iso suitable for burning with e.g. xcdroast, apt-get install bchunk and read its' man page.

posted at: 21:45 | #

Wed, 12 Feb 2003

New pine .debs

I've made some new .debs of pine available. They add debugging support nothing else.

posted at: 19:03 | #

Howto Build A Multilingual Search Engine

Emma Jane Hogbin has written a HOWTO on building a multilingual search engine.

posted at: 15:07 | #

Sat, 08 Feb 2003

Which OS Are You?

There is a quiz on BBSpot to find out which OS matches your personality. Debian is a choice but I actually got this:

<a href=""><img src="" width="300" height="90" border="0" alt="Which OS are You?" /></a>

I started out with Slackware many moons ago and I still have a soft spot for it so that's ok. Atleast I didn't get Windows ME. :)

posted at: 23:57 | #

Fri, 07 Feb 2003

Advances On The Desktop

Debian is a founding member of the Desktop Linux Consortium. This is an organization that aims to make Linux a better choice for the end-user. This is great news in my opinion. Linux is becoming more and more usable by non-hacker types. There are still some rough edges to be ironed out and hopefully this group can do that. Debian might not be the first choice that comes to mind when one thinks of "Desktop Linux" but it is a good foundation as Lindows, Xandros, and Libranet could tell you. KDE 3.1 and GNOME 2.2 are now in the process of entering SID so Debian proper is fairly usable as a desktop too.

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Sun, 02 Feb 2003

Girlfriends of Geeks

Ok this is not really Debian related but I came across a funny French site -- a support group for girlfriends of geeks. As a banner on the site says, "vivre avec un geek c'est possible!" They have HOWTO's!

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