Hardware

Open Office – spell checker not working

Using Open Office has saved our company thousands in licensing fees. Everyone in our organization uses it and we have yet to run into a compatibility issue when sending files to our clients. Sometimes we’ve found that the spell check doesn’t install properly initially and it is necessary to manually set it up. You’ll need to install the dictionaries and ensure spell check is...

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Asus M3n78 Pro with Ubuntu Hardy 8.04

Another board that works reasonably well for Ubuntu Hardy is the Asus M3n78 Pro. This board costs quite a bit more money, but it is a full ATX sized motherboard instead of the Micro ATX boards I discussed in a couple of previous posts. Some of the more notable features of this board are the four Memory slots, 3 PCI Slots, 2 PCIe 1x slots, a 16x slot and an integrated Gigabit NIC. This would not...

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Asus M2N68-AM SE2

For the guys that have been building systems with the Asus M2N68-VM, you will notice that inventory has been drying up. Even newegg.com does not have them sale anymore. One possible replacement for a low end workstation is the Asus M2N68-AM SE2. It has a similar, but scaled back feature set. They drop HDMI connector, drop from two to one PCI slot, drop the gigabit nic to a 100 Mbit nic and also...

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Lost Denon on network with linux firewall.

We installed a remote backup server running Debian Linux in a client’s home. The backup server is also a firewall to protect the home’s Personal Computers. The home network also had a Twonky MediaServer to manage the components of a home theater. Due to the way the home is wired (and other reasons) the Denon receiver sits outside the firewall in a DMZ behind the internet modem on a...

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Motherboard for Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron

We recently set out to find hardware that is compatible, out of the box, with Ubuntu’s latest Long Term Support (LTS) release 8.04 also known as Hardy Heron. This proves to be a bit more challenging than you might think since many of the motherboards sold today hit the market after Hardy, as geeks like to call it, was released. Most motherboard and their respective component manufacturers...

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