Dist-upgrade Etch to Lenny

Since Debian Lenny was finally released not so long ago, I started upgrading some machines. Unfortunately, aptitude dist-upgrade complained about a few packages:

The following packages have unmet dependencies:
libsasl2: Depends: libsasl2-2 (= 2.1.22.dfsg1-8) but 2.1.22.dfsg1-23 is to be installed.
Resolving dependencies...
The following actions will resolve these dependencies:

Install the following packages:
openssh-blacklist-extra [0.4.1 (stable)]
xauth [1:1.0.3-2 (stable)]

Keep the following packages at their current version:
bash [3.1dfsg-8 (now)]
dbus [1.0.2-1+etch2 (now)]
libsasl2-2 [2.1.22.dfsg1-8 (now)]
libsasl2-modules [2.1.22.dfsg1-8 (now)]
libuuid1 [1.39+1.40-WIP-2006.11.14+dfsg-2etch1 (now)]
ntpdate [1:4.2.2.p4+dfsg-2 (now)]



Gentoo gnome-light

I have always had a problem with Evolution being installed when emerging gnome on my Gentoo system. Even with "-evo -eds" use flags, it still wanted Evolution.

Evolution is a BIG piece of CRAP, and I don't want it anywhere on my system. So I edited the gnome-base/gnome ebuild, and made all evolution stuff dependant on the "evo" or "eds" use flags, which worked fine.

However, I wanted to know why I can't have Gnome without Evolution, and I started asking around... Turns out that you can emerge gnome-light .... Sweet ;-)



Dell BIOS update in Linux

Because I always forget ...

To update your Dell BIOS in Linux, download the .exe BIOS file from the Dell website. Extract the HDR file with "wine D630_A15.EXE -writehdrfile". This will extract a file D630_A15.hdr.

When you have this HDR file, run the dellBiosUpdate utility that comes with Dell's libsmbios:

dellBiosUpdate -u -f D630_A15.hdr

Afterwards, reboot your machine, and the BIOS will be updated.




Native monitor resolution in Windows on KVM

I just installed a fresh WinXP virtual host on kvm on my Gentoo system. It didn't allow me to use the maximum resolution that my monitor supports (1440x900). So I started reading the kvm manual page, and found the --std-vga option. After restarting my WinXP machine with this option, Windows was unable to find a driver for the graphics card. Too bad ...




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