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Debian Package of the Day 58

flok writes "The Debian project has started a new webpage: the 'Debian package of the day.' It does what it says — every day another package from the Debian repository is posted with an elaborate description and some nice screenshots. As Debian (and all the other distributions as well) contains way too many packages for it to be feasible to inspect all of them yourself, this is then a nice way of learning about all kinds interesting software packages."
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Debian Package of the Day

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  • Not really official (Score:5, Informative)

    by duncf ( 628065 ) on Sunday March 11, 2007 @01:12PM (#18308360)
    Just to make things clear, this isn't an official Debian project webpage. The subdomains are available to Debian Developers to do their own thing, and occasionally sites will migrate from to, if they get accepted by the community as "official". Debian Planet [] started out this way, at least.

  • or... (Score:5, Informative)

    by bcrowell ( 177657 ) on Sunday March 11, 2007 @01:18PM (#18308398) Homepage
    You could bookmark the debian package-of-the-day page, or you could bookmark this freshmeat page, which takes you to a random project []. If you use other OSes in addition to Linux, the freshmeat one might be more useful. Freshmeat also has ratings, user comments, etc.
  • Re:OMG (Score:5, Informative)

    by RAID10 ( 1051554 ) on Sunday March 11, 2007 @01:37PM (#18308506)
    Bug reports are actually sent to []
    ATM there's only 72 rc-bugs to be squashed before Etch will be ready (Debian-installer rc2 will be out soon too). Soon enough the most stable Linux distribution ever is released. Thanks to all debian developers around the world.
  • Re:top o' the day (Score:1, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 11, 2007 @02:33PM (#18308850)
    Much easier to do:

    $ a [tab][tab]
  • by wuputah ( 1068216 ) on Sunday March 11, 2007 @03:04PM (#18309042) Homepage
    My recommendation for today is tzdata [] - I upgraded/installed this on several servers today to address the DST issue. Apparently it used to be part of the libc package in sarge, so you might look at updating that instead if you're a die-hard sarge user.
  • by the_brobdingnagian ( 917699 ) on Sunday March 11, 2007 @03:06PM (#18309054) Homepage
    This is what I get when I type screen in my terminal: Screen version 4.00.02 (FAU) 5-Dec-03 Copyright (c) 1993-2002 Juergen Weigert, Michael Schroeder Copyright (c) 1987 Oliver Laumann This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2, or (at your option) any later version. This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details. You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program (see the file COPYING); if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place - Suite 330, Boston, MA 02111-1307, USA. Send bugreports, fixes, enhancements, t-shirts, money, beer & pizza to [Press Space or Return to end.]
  • Try PopCon (Score:5, Informative)

    by moyix ( 412254 ) on Sunday March 11, 2007 @03:19PM (#18309166) Homepage
    Give the Debian Popularity Contest a shot. It's an opt-in thing that reports what packages you have installed back up to a central server, which then produces stats on the popularity of packages. This won't necessarily tell you what package is *better*, but it will tell you which one is more widely used (and hence probably more supported). []
  • Re:top o' the day (Score:4, Informative)

    by lakeland ( 218447 ) <> on Sunday March 11, 2007 @03:24PM (#18309236) Homepage
    Okay, I'll give this a go... (Disclamer: I did this to learn unix a bit over a decade ago, so some stuff I'll have simply remembered).

    a2p: Awk to perl. Converts an awk script to a perl script that does the same. Creates a poor script really.
    a2ps used to be ascii2postscript, now anything to postscript. Generic converter.
    aclocal Part of autoconf, handles checking where things are on the local machine (.pkginfo IIRC)
    aclocal-1.9 Ditto for 1.9 (the latest version)
    aconnect Dunno
    acpi_fakekey Not sure :(
    acpi_listen Monitor for ACPI events (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface, which I know far too much due to owning a crap MB)
    acpitool Send ACPI commands, query ACPI state
    acroread Yeah, I still have acrobat - kpdf doesn't have rotate yet
    activation-client Dunno
    adddebug Dunno
    addftinfo Dunno
    addr2line Dunno
    adept Nice gui for apt.
    adept_batch Backend adept uses to do the commands
    adept_installer Backend adept uses to install packages, has a gui
    adept_notifier The little widget that goes on your kicker
    adept_updater Runs aptitude update
    afmdiff.awk Adobe Fount Manager no doubt, but dunno
    afmtodit Used by TeX somewhere, font conversion no doubt
    akode-config Replacement for ARTS I think
    akodeplay See above, does the playing
    akregator Really Simple Syndication for KDE
    alistat Dunno
    alsamixer Does both HW and SW mixing, can be compiled to have a GUI but normally curses
    amarok Great music interface
    amarokapp The actual binary (don't run gdb against amark, use amarkapp instead...)
    amarok_daapserver.rb provides data for itunes clients
    amarok_proxy.rb Dunno, though the name gives a strong hint...
    amidi From the alsa toolsuite, never needed to use it but no doubt is alsa's interface to MIDI devices
    amixer See above, I prefer alsamixer
    amor An Amusing Misuse Of Resources. Hadn't realised this was still installed. Puts a silly smiley on windows
    animate Dunno
    annotate-output Dunno
    ant Apache/Jakata. Build system. Supposed to be quite good
    anytopnm Convert any image to pnm, uses imagemagick
    aplay Alsa player
    aplaymidi See above, for .mid
    apm Old version of ACPI, this command much like acpitool
    apm_available As above, check features MB supports.
    apmount Not sure
    apmsleep can be sent using apm, but some people might forget the difference between S1 and S3 I suppose
    apogee_ppi Dunno
    appletproxy Dunno, probably java
    appletviewer Ancient java program, not used much since doesn't get used for apps any more.
    appres Not sure
    apr-config Apache Portable Runtime?
    apropos One of the misunderstood and misprounced english words. In this context, much like in LISP, it searches help by keword.
    apt A Packaging Tool.
    apt-cache Caches dpkgs and Package.gz
    apt-cdrom APT method for reading off CDroms (as opposed to normal people, who read off HTTP)
    apt-config Query apt from a script for how it is installed
    apt-extracttemplates One of apt's internal tools, puls out the 'what this package does'
    apt-ftparchive Not sure, probably for reading ftp:// [ftp]
    apt-get Get the stuff
    aptitude Nice replacement for APT
    apt-key GPG key management for APT.
    apt-sortpkgs Internal apt tool, I've only seen it used to present lists in alphabetical order but I'm sure it has more features.
    apu-config Dunno, sounds familiar.
    ar Arrrrr, tar hasn't taken over the world yet... We still have ranlib!
    archpath Dunno
    arecord alsa recording features
    arecordmidi See above
    ark KDE archiver. Uses tar rather than ar (I think).
    arm2hpdl Dunno
    arping Address resolution protocol, look up a host and check it is online/available
    artsbuilder clearly ARTS related, but I can't remember exactly what this one does.
    artscat See above
    artsc-config For checking arts' install state from a script
    artscontrol Mute, vol, etc.
    artsd The main Adaptive Real Time Synthesiser Daemon
  • Re:top o' the day (Score:3, Informative)

    by OriginalArlen ( 726444 ) on Sunday March 11, 2007 @07:12PM (#18310890)
    ...and if that returns a lot of "nothing appropriates", you may need to run /usr/sbin/makewhatis . As I just found by reading the whatis manpage.

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