Adding Non-Free Drivers to a Debian Installation

When you install a new version of Debian from scratch, you may need “non-free” drivers for things like a Wireless Network Adapter. If these drivers are not GPL-licensed, then Debian will not include them in the installation image. You can work around this by installing the non-free image from a location such as for […]

Upgrade VirtualBox to latest version

If you already have VirtualBox installed on Debian, it only takes a couple of minutes to upgrade to the latest version. In this case, I will be upgrading Debian Stretch from v6.0.x to v6.1.x All the prerequisites on have been met since this is an upgrade. Open Terminal and run these commands: sudo apt-get […]

Using Synology Self-signed SSL Certificates internally with Windows & Linux

When setting up secure Intranets, it is often necessary to configure the servers with SSL certificates that have not been issued by a trusted certification authority. While browsers such as Firefox allow you to add an exception, even permanently, to the site in question, opening that website in Chrome will produce an error notice each […]

Productivity Suite v3.5.3.3 breaks .adpro File Association

I recently upgraded my PLC Programming PCs running Win7 Pro from Automation Direct ( Productivity Suite v3.5.2.2 to v3.5.3.3. When I did so, my file association for .adpro files quit working forcing me to open the Productivity Suite software first and selecting the project file to open instead of just double-clicking the .adpro file in […]

Maintaining Google Earth in Debian Linux

Google Earth is supposed to configure updates during installation. From the Google Linux Software Repositories site: The Linux Package Signing Keys Google’s Linux packages are signed with GNU Privacy Guard (GPG) keys. Google’s packages will automatically configure your package manager to verify product updates with the public signing key, but you may also install it […]

How to run PHP-FPM 7.3 with a Debian Apache 2.4 HTTP Server

PHP-FPM (FastCGI Process Manager) is an alternative to PHP FastCGI. It provides features like Adaptive process spawning, basic statistics, and advanced process management with graceful stop/start. PHP 7.3 is not available for Debian Jessie so you will need to get it from a third party repository: $sudo apt-get -y install apt-transport-https lsb-release ca-certificates $sudo wget […]

Exclude Packages from apt-get upgrade

If you need to prevent a package from upgrading during ‘apt-get upgrade’, you need to put that package on hold: $ sudo apt-mark hold package_name When you run ‘apt-get upgrade’ with a package on hold, the output will look like this: $ sudo apt-get upgrade Reading package lists… Done Building dependency tree Reading state information… […]