Friday, December 12, 2014

Update Flash fix security flaws!

Browsing the web today I noticed that some Flash videos were not playing, and I saw this message:

"This plugin is vulnerable and should be updated".

The option to check and update Flash in Iceweasel told me I had the latest version, but Adobe has issued a security update for Flash.

As I have mentioned before, Flash updates are not automatically downloaded in Debian- a user has to do:
# update-flashplugin-nonfree --install

Restart the browser afterwards to load the updated Flash player.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Report a broken website

Firefox used to have an option to report a broken website: it's gone. However, there is now a cross-browser alternative at (found via Mozilla Support.)

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Jessie wallpaper

Debian Jessie is frozen, so with the release on the horizon, it's time to think about what the wallpaper may look like. Here are a couple of my favourites from the proposals so far:
Sky Blue Jessie.

From DebianArt Themes.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Can't save files to USB thumb drive in Debian

Did you install Debian from a USB thumb drive? Can't write to a USB thumb drive after installing because the owner is root?

Quick and easy solution: Look for a /dev/sdb1 entry in etc/fstab and comment it out:

#/dev/sdb1 /media/usb0 auto rw,user,noauto 0 0
Source:Debian Forum. Explanation from dhunter in same thread:
This is exactly what happens if you install Debian from a USB drive, the installer adds sdb1 to fstab and whenever you plug it in the system will mount it as root. Always remember removing sdb1 from fstab after installing from USB.

Google Street View freezes in Debian Jessie

There is a bug in the Cairo 2D Vector Graphics library in the version of Iceweasel in Debian Jessie at the moment (31.2, based on Firefox ESR 31.2) which results in Street View freezing.

A solution might be to install the latest version of Iceweasel from the Debian Mozilla team, as the bug is apparently fixed in Firefox 33. (Haven't tried this myself.)

A work around is to use Chrome or Epiphany/Web, which are not affected.

Update: or use Classic Maps, which uses Flash. (Debian Forum).