GTalk browser plugin on Debian (testing)

So you installed the GTalk browser plugin on Debian testing and it doesn’t work. However GTalk is listed correctly when you list the plugins in your browser. So what now?

Well you can try to remove libudev0. It seems that the plugin has some problems when both libudev1 and libudev0 are present on the system.

Intel NIC connection problem

PCIe ASPM is an hardware power management protocol for PCI express devices. It allows a far better power management than what can be done with software power management at the price of an increased latency to the device. However some hardware don’t advertise it properly. And this was in fact the origin of the power regression case of 2.6.38 which was later fixed in 3.3.

It may also cause some Intel NIC (such as e1000e) to fall asleep unintentionally. So if you have an Intel NIC on Linux and it even fails to acquire an IPv4 address then you might try to add this option to your kernel command line : pcie_aspm=off. On Debian you can add this option to GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT in /etc/default/grub and issue an update-grub.

You may also want to change the link-state of one specific device to L0/L1 at runtime. For this I’ll point you there :

Work around broken dependencies on Debian

If you stumble upon bugs in package dependencies on Debian you may work around these using the equivs package. This package will allow you to create trivial Debian packages.
You need to create the controle file and then build the package :

equivs-control <control-file>
equivs-build <control-file>