Re: Need inputs
Welcome to the Debian community.
Ganesh P said on Wed, Mar 02, 2011 at 01:25:14AM -0800,:
> your advise in fixing them. I am using GNOME as my DE and I use
> NVIDIA Georce 7100/nForce 630i mother board. RAM is around 4 GB
> DDR2 and processor is intel core2 duo 2.7 Ghz. Monitor is LG
> Flatron W1642S LCD.
Pretty nice and mouth watering h/w specs. ;-D
I suddenly remember that I am using very dated h/w config myself. :-(
> 1. The font rendering is quite awkward. The fonts (every font)
> look very thin and straining eyes. Especially in Iceweasel,
> Chromium & open office documents the font display is quite poor. I
> tried tweaking the settings in Appearance preferences->Fonts. I
> experimented with sub-pixel smoothing etc. But no noticeble
> improvement was achieved. I wanted to achieve font rendering
You are probably using the native xserver-xorg-video-nouveau drivers
for your nvidia graphics chipset.
I believe that the version in squeeze is pretty dated.
Please note the version in Debian "main" repository describes itself
as incapable of rendering 3D, and I guess this is the problem. Please
check by installing mesa-utils package and running glxgears. Run the
application from command line and post output of the command here.
So, options for you right now - continue with squeeze and install the
non-free drivers from marillat; (go to debian-multimedia.org site), or
if you feel like it, and willing to break your system, "upgrade" to
unstable + experimental.
This is a slow and painful process - do not venture unless you have
unlimited bandwidth; and very familiar with Debian.
> 2. I use Apache2 service for my web development & testing. I have
> read it in the debian user forum that without mandatory access
> controls such as selinux or
That is valid for all public servers.
> apparmor we should not run apache2. If not, we are going to end up
> with a vulnerable machine. Is that right? I could not fine
> apparmor in debian repository so tried installing selnux in a
> virtualbox on top o debian as given in URL
> http://wiki.debian.org/SELinux/Setup. I could install it
> successfully, upto default permissive mode, but when I try to set
> enforcing mode to 1, system becomes non-responsive. Next restart
> will end up in blank screen after entering the user id and
> password. Is there any better way of securing my home desktop? Or
> how do I fix this selinux issue?
While somebody else would answer that, AFAIK, selinux only provides a
framework to the sysadmin for implementing good security. SElinux
byitself is not a security tool. I may be wrong though.
> 3. Primary usage of my desktop is for internet browsing, web
> application development and playing games. I felt the default
> graphic drivers of debian were not enough for 3D rendering. Kindly
> let me know whether it is advisable to install proprietary drivers
> from nvidia available in debian repository or continue to use the
> open source driver Nouveau.
I run "experimental" + "unstable" here - for past 8-9 years. I
recently changed my h/w (hmmm.. 18 months back), and was forced to use
the proprietary nvidia graphics drivers from marillat.
2-3 weeks back, I did an upgrade, and my xorg setup was properly
trashed. I purged all nvidia related proprietary packages and things
are now working fine; but I am on experimental + unstable, and you are
using squeeze; so, YMMV.
In short, I am getting 3D rendering using xserver-xorg-video-nouveau
drivers. It surprises me; and I use the 7025/630a chipset.
> 4. Which firewall among firstarter & gufw are better suited for
> home desktop?
I use firehol; no configuration, my system is client for everything on
the net; All pings from outside are blackholed; but I run every
conceivable app as server on 127.0.0.XXX and things work fine.
Try it. You will need to edit /etc/default/firehol* file by hand after
installation to enable it.
Feel free to get back with any question.
PS:- if possible, please wrap your posts at 70/80 characters.
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