Debian's settled on kernel 3.16 for its Jessie release, so if you
want to stay more or less current with Debian's kernel, here's how
to build more recent 3.16 versions. Robert C. Nelson's kernels track
the main kernel releases, which means as time progresses ...
As discussed in my previous post on the Beaglebone Black, Robert
Nelson provides multiple Debian images for the Beaglebone. The installer
image, however, is only available for Debian Wheezy, but you can easily
turn the Jessie (Testing) tarballs into an installer image as well. Here's
First, grab the ...
In search of a simpler blogging framework, and intended to ditch PHP,
I have tested multiple static site generators, settling on Pelican.
Unlike Pico or Phile CMS, Pelican generates fully static content. So
no dynamically rendered front page - which taxed my poor Beaglebone Black
Of course, every migration ...
offer the possibility to fire up your computer at a given time.
This may be a handy alternative when WoL
is unavailable or unreliable, but it offers little flexibility.
Linux allows you to wake up your system however you want. You can
do it the hardcore way and ...
Most routers nowadays support WPS,
which allows you to easily add new devices to a WLAN, without
the need to type in long passwords. Most consumer routers or
APs come with a WPS button (often on the back) so you can
initiate WPS simply by pushing it. This is not ...
WoL support was removed
in 2013 from the alx driver (used for certain Atheros Ethernet
cards), because of bugs with suspend / resume functionality.
My brother's server runs on an ASRock B85M-ITX motherboard,
with a QCA8171 Gigabit Ethernet NIC. Without WoL, you really can't
tuck it away in some ...
This procedure is best started right after the installation. If you know how
to tweak Debian's installer so dpkg already skips locales etc., even better,
then you can apply this during installation. Either way, the sooner you do
it, the better.
Removing redundant packages
You need to determine yourself ...
Pico has some performance issues which have shown itself on my
Beaglebone Black. This could be remedied by using Pico's cache
plugin, but that doesn't really fix the problem underneath. Then
someone pointed me to Phile CMS, a Pico fork by some of its
users whishing to speed ...
Tmux, a lightweight terminal multiplexer, can be configured
to open multiple windows upon startup. On my server, I always
found myself opening five or more windows. I'll show you how to
automate this, through a systemd service file.
User services go in
/etc/systemd/user/. To link a
Turbostat is a utility created by Intel to check your (Intel) CPU's
power states. It used to be part of the acpidump package, but
not anymore. There are no prebuilt Debian binaries around; Ubuntu
still packages it with the
linux-tools package, which
is linked to the kernel. Since Debian ...
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