Debian GNU / Linux is the distribution upon which Ubuntu is based. Ubuntu uses the same packaging system as Debian. These questions should be about how Ubuntu and Debian work together from a workflow perspective.

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What is the default Debian/Ubuntu console (TTY) font called?

I'm currently running Ubuntu and a few other Linux distributions on my computer and since I use the TTY a lot, a good font is pretty important! Does anyone know the name of the default console/TTY ...
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How can I make Ubuntu look like Debian 6.0 “Squeeze”?

I really like the simple look of Debian's interface. What desktop environment is it? Is it easy to replicate?
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Where should I report a bug and apply the fix?

I've identified a bug in XSane and have a four-line fix for it. I'm a little confused as to where I should go to have this fix incorporated... Should I submit a bug report to Ubuntu, Debian, XSane, or ...
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What are the user-friendly pieces in Ubuntu, which Debian doesn't have? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How is Ubuntu different from Debian? I've read this line of "Ubuntu is more user-friendly than Debian" many times, and I wonder where all the differences lie. I do ...
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How to install into existing LVM logical volumes

I have a Debian Squeeze install, and I'd like to switch to Ubuntu 11.10. In my current setup, I have 2 HDDs, the first 250GB and the second 500GB. The 250GB drive just has a NTFS partition with Win7 ...
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Shorewall missing from Ubuntu 11.10 default repository?

I'm looking to configure my network using Shorewall on my Ubuntu 11.10 laptop. When I run apt-cache search it doesn't find Shorewall, is there some other repository I can add it from? Or is the ...
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How do I add downloaded debian packages to Synaptic Package Manager?

In Synaptic, when I click File > Add downloaded packages and navigate to the folder with the debian packages, the debian packages are greyed out, which means I cannot select them.
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Can't launch Ubuntu (or any Linux) on hi-end hardware? [closed]

there a though one: I've bough a new computer with the following configuration: ASUS Rampage III Extreme Core i7 950 ZOTAC AMP! GeForce GTX 560 KINGSTON KHX1600C9D3K3 3x4GB HAF 922 OCZ ...
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Error message when running “make” command: /usr/bin/ld: i386 architecture of input file is incompatible with i386:x86-64 output

I am unable to create a working executable file by running the make command in a tree previously built on an i386 machine. I'm getting an error message in the form of me@me-desktop:~$ make ...
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create final deb file from multiple deb files

I have a packages deb file with all dependencies deb file. Is it possible to create a final deb file(one file) using all. Say example firefox.deb has 10 dependency .deb file. So there is a order to ...
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What is the proper way to install a free/libre kernel?

What is the proper way to install, for example, the Debian Squeeze libre kernel in Ubuntu Natty? Is it safe to do so?
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Transferring mails and user setting to new mail server [closed]

We have a mail server running Debian 5.0. It is one year old now but we want to deploy a new server with Ubuntu Server 10.04. The problem is that we want to transfer all the user mails and settings to ...
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Danger of using an untrusted apt mirror or proxy

My vague understanding of the authentication mechanisms behind debian/ubuntu packaging tells me that it should be safe to install packages downloaded from an untrusted server or proxy as long as apt ...
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How to Install debian package within ubuntu installation?

I would like to install my project (deb package) with Ubuntu installation. I have seen some of the deb packages in Ubuntu source code, but I couldn't find out from where and how they would be ...
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How to create debuginfo package?

I have created rpm packages for a software along with debuginfo. For Ubuntu/Debian , I have only the software packaged as .deb but don't know how to create debuginfo .deb package. Please let me know ...
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Plugin directory of Firefox 5.0

I just downloaded the new Firefox in Debian and working it. BUt the flash is not working, though it works well in Chrome. I installed the shared library and the adobe says copy that to the firefox ...
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What is the difference between Ubuntu and Debian server?

I know Ubuntu is basically Debian, and I know Ubuntu releases every 6 months, Debian every 2 years. However, I want to know more the advanced differences between Ubuntu server and Debian. If they have ...
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Launchpad dailybuild source in subdirectory of branch

I have a repo branch that i have mirrored in Launchpad that I am trying to setup a daily build. The problem is that the source directory of the package is a subdirectory in the branch. When building ...
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fakeroot debian/rules binary error

I have a package I'm maintaining. When I issue "fakeroot debian/rules binary" I get this error: dh_install --sourcedir=debian/tmp cp: cannot stat `debian/tmp/usr/share/prg/1.svg': No such file or ...
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Moving SSH keys from Ubuntu

I have set up SSH keys on my Ubuntu machine (10.04) and now I am moving to Debian. On the Debian machine, do I generate new SSH keys corresponding to my username or is it possible to (and is OK) if ...
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Download Source to Build Application Myself

Many Open Source projects provide their source code in different version, for the various systems such as Windows, Debian, Fedora etc. Since Ubuntu is Debian based, should downloading the project for ...
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How to Install pavucontrol without apt?

I need to install pavucontrol by hand, because my apt does not work. How can I install it by hand? I just need to get it for skype sound but my apt does not work.
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Why does Ubuntu CD contain a “pics” folder with Debian-related images?

There is a "pics" folder on the Ubuntu CD, containing some PNG files, which are apparently a part of an offline HTML document about Debian. Just curious, is there any use of them somewhere in the live ...
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How do I install this mysql workbench package?

I want to install mysql-workbench-gpl-5.2.33b-1ubu1010-amd64.deb on Ubuntu, what is the command line to do that ? Thank you.
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Triple Boot: Windows 7, Ubuntu, and Debian

Is it possible to install Win 7, Ubuntu, Debian as triple boot? If so, which one should I install first after Win 7? Will there be problem with GRUB? and Is it fine to install those two linux in ...
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Dual booting Debian Squeeze & Ubuntu Natty: should I share /home and/or other partitions?

There are two prior questions that tangentially touch on this here & here. It's not really what I'm after though. I plan on installing Debian Squeeze & Ubuntu Natty in a dual-boot scenario. ...
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Rename a file during install of a Debian package

I have a python script that I want to package for Debian. I use a debian/install file where I wrote auto_dice.py /usr/bin/ Linitan then complains about the .py extension ...
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How do i find all files in a folder recursively by the specific name and rename them?

I have a tree of folders. Some of them contain file named ".file.php" How do i rename all the files with this name recursively in the tree to ".file1.php"? I'm on debian server.
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Can I install Debian Unstable Scala 2.8.1 package in Ubuntu? Won't it cause problems?

I am coding Scala and would like an up-to-date 2.8.1 of it to be installed in my Ubuntu 10.10 system, but there is only obsolete 2.7 package available in Ubuntu repositories, so I have to go ...
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Is there a foolproof and easy way of determining which debs meant for ubuntu will install on debian

I have used ubuntu for a long time, and have collected a lot of Ubuntu .deb packages which I may need for future installs. Most of these are grabbed from outdated or obsolete PPAs or from outside ...
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Software versions of LTS and non-LTS releases synced from Debian

I read that LTS releases are based on Debian testing while non-LTS releases are based on Debian unstable. Given the long release cycle of Debian, is it possible for some software to be of a more ...
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What is the difference between Debian contrib & non-free and how it corresponds to Ubuntu?

I have been trying to understand the difference between Debian's contrib and non-free sections. Do contrib packages just wrappers around non-free softwares? Like what we have in flashplugin-nonfree ...
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Can I install some debs from Ubuntu on Debian Lenny or Squeeze to get nice font rendering? [closed]

I'm currently in font hell. I have both Debian Lenny and Ubuntu Lucid machines; the font rendering in Lucid is beautiful out of the box but Lenny is still ugly even after hours and hours of messing ...
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I switched to a Debian desktop, how can I download my notes from Ubuntu One acct?

I have Tomboy Notes on my Debian desktop. I would like to download my backed up notes at my Ubuntu One acct. I can login, but don't know how to download all my notes (about 80) I don't need to make ...
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Default location of web site content

I am looking to install MediaWiki on a production server (after doing a test on a development one). I could not really understand why the default location for the MediaWiki files is ...
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How to have Debian packaging generate two packages given an upstream source archive?

I am packaging something for my PPA. The upstream source is a .tar.gz archive which is Makefile-based. Since this package has a significant amount of architecture-independent data, it would be wise ...
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What exactly does Ubuntu share with other Debian based distributions?

What exactly does Ubuntu share with other Debian based distributions? What do all Debian based distributions share in common that other distributions don't?
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Why does ubuntu use about twice as much RAM as debian? [closed]

I installed debian 5 + LXDE and I was surprised that without an application running it used less than 50 MB of RAM and with Firefox and OpenOffice running it still used less than 100 MB of RAM. Ubuntu ...
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Whats eating my memory? [closed]

I often face the problem that something is eating away on my memory, but I can't put my finger on what it is. I have redis, mysql, ruby, php and apache running on the same server, it's been running ...
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Debian Stable vs Ubuntu LTS for Server?

Which is a better platform for a professional use server? Debian Stable or Ubuntu LTS? The third party software we plan to use, works on both. Which one is better on it own merits? Take into ...
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Can I download Ubuntu 'Lite' - just the core?

As a bit of a personal project im wanting to create a very lightweight desktop environment with something like fluxbox. As a start point im wanting to use something like a lightweight version of ...
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Tools to diff deb-src packages between ubuntu and debian repos

I can already create duplicate repos with the same versions of debs and deb-src packages. The problem is that I want to find the Ubuntu changes from Debian mainline (not from original source). ...
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What is the right way to reinstall from source after package was installed via apt?

I have a python package previously installed via apt(by default). Now I want to install new version and compile it manually from the sources with all the required modules. How can I do that? I ...
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How do I propose my project to be part of Debian too?

I have a new project hosted at launchpad.net. My project can be useful for both: Ubuntu and Debian. However, I can't find a documentation to start host my project at launchpad.net and get my package ...
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What does dsfg as a part of package names mean?

I know the general format for package names in Debian and Ubuntu. Some packages have additions to the standard numbering scheme with obvious meaning like svn20090426 etc. But also quite a few packages ...
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Is running Ubuntu One on Debian 'possible'?

I read somewhere that Ubuntu One only runs on Ubuntu, which was a surprise (and I suppose it's just an official stance). What will it take for me to run it on Debian?
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is it possible to use Debian repositories in Ubuntu?

Since Ubuntu is a Debian derivative I thought maybe it's possible
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Information explaining the relationship between Debian and Ubuntu

Please post articles or blog posts that detail the relationship between Debian and Ubuntu (negative/positive) that you find insightful/useful/excellent... and please don't limit this to just the OS, ...
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How to create deb package from Windows applications?

I want to make a deb file from a Windows application which will be run with wine. how do I make it? As an example, I use Ubuntu Christian Edition and I find the application Virtual Rosary is ...
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What is difference between the options “autoclean”, “autoremove” and “clean”?

apt-get has a few options which looks the same to me: autoclean, autoremove and clean. What do each of them do?