“kept back” version, dependencies and apt-pinning

When you are using different sources in your Debian installation, for example Dotdeb.org or MariaDB.org Repositories, you may encounter a message like:

How to compare the installed version to the available packages?

You now can execute apt-get dist-upgrade to upgrade all packages, but be warned, this can remove software, add packages and upgrade…

Solution to “set failed… device or resource busy”

Problem: Cannot change wlan network (device interface) settings (iwconfig) on the RaspberryPi or your Linux Computer / Notebook, because it yields one of these lock errors due to busy device or resource: set failed on device wlan0; set failed on device mon0; failed: Device or resource busy wlan0 device or resource busy set ESSID: set…

Changing NTFS to ext4 with Debian to speedup Samba

I am using a RaspberryPi with an external HDD attached as my local fileserver. I found out that the ntfs.mount / ntfs-3g drivers are really slow and use 80-90% of the CPU on uploading – leading to a maximum speed of 2 MB/s. As the ext4 drivers run in the kernel and usually perform better…