August 13, 2007
How to Make a Survival Kit to Save Your Life

Anyone can purchase a pre-made survival kit off the shelf. The problem with this approach is that the survival kit you select may not be ideal for your particular needs or may even have inferior survival gear. The best survival kits are those made by the people who rely upon them.

August 11, 2007
pbuilder User's Manual

pbuilder stands for Personal Builder, and it is an automatic Debian Package Building system for personal development workstation environments. pbuilder aims to be an easy-to-setup system for auto-building Debian packages inside a clean-room environment, so that it is possible to verify that a package can be built on most Debian installations. The clean-room environment is achieved through the use of a base chroot image, so that only minimal packages will be installed inside the chroot.

August 09, 2007
The Linux BootPrompt-HowTo

This is the BootPrompt-Howto, which is a compilation of all the possible boot time arguments that can be passed to the Linux kernel at boot time. A discussion of how the kernel sorts boot time arguments, along with an overview of some of the popular software used to boot Linux kernels is also included.

August 06, 2007
How to make deb packages

The Debian packaging system is one of the most elegant methods of installing, upgrading, and removing software available. For all you fans of other packaging systems, before you send your flames, please note that I said "one of" and not simply "the most." Other packaging systems have their charms, but in this article I'm going to focus on the Debian packaging system. Specifically, I'm going to look at creating Debian packages so you can distribute your packages in Debian format -- or simply create packages for your own use.

I'll walk through the basic components of a package, what you need to create your own packages, and finally how to pull it all together to create a package.