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frugal technology, simple living and guerrilla large-appliance repair

Regular blog here, 'microblog' there

Many of my traditional blog post live on this site, but a great majority of my social-style posts can be found on my much-busier microbloging site at updates.passthejoe.net. It's busier because my BlogPoster "microblogging" script generates short, Twitter-style posts from the Linux or Windows (or anywhere you can run Ruby with too many Gems) command line, uploads them to the web server and send them out on my Twitter and Mastodon feeds.

I used to post to this blog via scripts and Unix/Linux utilities (curl and Unison) that helped me mirror the files locally and on the server. Since this site recently moved hosts, none of that is set up. I'm just using SFTP and SSH to write posts and manage the site.

Disqus comments are not live just yet because I'm not sure about what I'm going to do for the domain on this site. I'll probably restore the old domain at first just to have some continuity, but for now I like using the "free" domain from this site's new host, NearlyFreeSpeech.net.

Wed, 14 Mar 2012

Debian Multimedia has repositories for Stable, Testing, Unstable, Experimental, Old Stable and Stable Backports

While I always use Debian Multimedia to bring in those proprietarily oriented bits that make things like audio and video work in my Debian Stable systems, I wasn't sure how well Debian Multimedia took care of users of other Debian builds.

A check of the repositories shows that not only does Debian Multimedia provide packages for the Stable release, it also offers packages for the Testing (Wheezy), Unstable (Sid), Experimental, Old Stable and Stable Backports releases.

Theoretically anyway, that means you can run a Debian Wheezy system and get those bits you need from Debian Multimedia now -- and not have to wait until Wheeze itself becomes the Stable release.

Nice!