Debian GNU/Linux is one of the oldest Linux distributions around. Some things that make it somewhat unique:

  • Debian supports many architectures. Of course, the big names such as x86 and ARM (32- and 64-bit for both), but also lesser-known ones.
  • Debian is completely self-organizing by volunteer developers. There is no corporate ownership. The organization that holds its assets, Software in the Public Interest, is also volunteer-controlled.
  • Debian has a strong social contract which emphasizes things like remaining 100% Free Software. The Debian Free Software Guidlines set stringent limits on what may be part of the distribution.
  • An explicit goal of Debian is to be a base from which other distributions can build. There are many, many of those. You have probably heard of some such as Ubuntu.

Old technology is any tech that’s, well… old.

Here is information on papers, documentation, and publications written by John Goerzen.

Termux is a package that brings several things to Android:

The world’s most popular Free Software operating system, the foundation of Debian, and foundation of much of today’s Internet.


Software in the Public Interest, Inc., is the primary legal parent organization of Debian. It is a nonprofit.

“Free (as in freedom) Software” is all about giving you back control of your digital life.

This site is built for modern clients using Small Technology. It is served from static files, which are themselves small. It should make no references to any resources from other servers, which helps protect the Privacy of visitors.

This page is intended to describe how to run Debian’s backports on a Raspberry Pi. Backports is Debian’s way of building newer packages for its stable releases. I intend this page specifically to help people run the Debian packages for NNCP and Yggdrasil, both of which are maintained by me, John Goerzen.

The care and feeding of an NNCP installation.

This is about running ZFS on Linux and Debian.

I sometimes see people read about NNCP and wonder “This sounds great! But… what can I do with it?” This page aims to answer those questions.

One of several single-board computers. The Raspberry Pi is an ARM computer that typically sells for less than $50. Generally is runs a derivative of Debian.

I am a programmer, manager, hobbyist, advocate, volunteer, dad, and nature lover. I live out on an old farmstead in rural Kansas that once belonged to my grandparents. The nearest paved road is about 3 miles away, and the nearest town (population 600) is 7 miles away. I have three incredible children, which I might occasionally mention on my blog.

This page gives you references to software by John Goerzen.

When things are difficult – maybe there’s been a disaster, or an invasion (this page is being written in 2022 just after Russia invaded Ukraine), or maybe you’re just backpacking off the grid – there are tools that can help you keep in touch, or move your data around. This page aims to survey some of them, roughly in order from easiest to more complex.