Yesterday I replaced my personal debian archive at https://www.littletux.net/debian (which used a simple, flat structure) with a pool based archive. The archive is handled by debpool, a debian archive management tool which is quite simple to set up. It is available from the Debian experimental archive. The main advantages from this tool are that I can use the standard dupload tool to upload packages to the archive, and that it allows to manage packages for various distributions like stable and unstable. To access the archive, it is sufficient to add lines like deb https://littletux.homelinux.net/debian unstable main contrib non-free deb-src https://littletux.homelinux.net/debian unstable main contrib non-free to /etc/apt/sources.list. Note that www.littletux.net does not work.
Yesterday, I spontaneously decided to replace the XFree86 X server with the new X.org X server on my desktop computer. A simple “apt-get install xserver-xorg discover1 mdetect xresprobe” was sufficient to migrate the server. I already heard that migration is quite simple and problem-free, so I was strained what would happen after I restarted the X server. I was excited that the server indeed started up and displayed the window manager, so at least the basic setup worked. I only had to make two additional refinements:
- I replaced the “nv” driver with the “nvidia” driver. This involved re-installing the nvidia driver, because the installation I used for XFree86 did not work anymore.
- I removed resolutions which I do not want to use; the one which was used as default caused the monitor to run at 60 Hz or similar.
Unfortunately, LinuxTag, Europes largest Linux event, moves to Wiesbaden next year. The last three years it was in Karlsruhe, the town where I live. So I could simply walk to the event in about five minutes. I also visited it before, when it still was in Stuttgart, which is about 80 km from Karlsruhe. The presentations were always truly interesting and gave me new input. Lets see if I will make it to Wiesbaden next year; its about 150 km from Karlsruhe which is still not that far.