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Mac and Debian … not a happy couple

Trying to insall Debian on Mac OS X. If you plan on doing so, familiarize yourself with following concepts: rEFIt, gptsync, MBR/GPT hybrid partition table. And .. prepare to reboot a few times. This is with Debian Lenny CD1 only; amazingly it has no gptsync in default install and its install is completely confused by Macs. Hopefully they’ve ironed it out in Squeeze a bit.

Debian: Method rred has died unexpectedly!

Getting this error in Debian when running apt-get update?

E: Method rred has died unexpectedly! 
E: Sub-process rred received a segmentation fault.

Update like this:

apt-get update -o Acquire::PDiffs=false

Have fun!

Backspace on Firefox on Ubuntu and Iceweasel on Debian

A friend pointed this out to me:
http://kb.mozillazine.org/Browser.backspace_action

In short, if you’re a GNU/Linux user of Firefox (e.g. Firefox on Ubuntu and Iceweasel on Debian) you may want to get backspace to actually go back one page, like many browsers do (did?):

  1. In addressbar, type about:config
  2. If asked, confirm you want to change settings
  3. In search, type browser.backspace_action
  4. Set the value of browser.backspace_action to 0 (that is zero, not letter O) Zero is Windows default and makes pressing backspace go back in history; One is old Linux default and scrolls page up; Two is new Linux default and, like any other integer, simply unmaps the backspace key.

Now, enjoy pressing backspace to go back!

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