Ubuntu

Why the cloud is killing Windows

I’ve been watching an interesting development in the business IT world, our customers gradually moving to Linux OS for workstation desktops. This has been happening on the server level for a long time, but now desktops as well. The benefits/downside of a Linux desktop are fairly straight forward. Linux is free, doesn’t get viruses (yet…some argue once market share is high enough...

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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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Connecting to your remote cam with mplayer

We install a lot of outdoor cams for various reasons. Security cameras for construction sites, Several ski resort outdoor camera solutions, and in store security camera systems to name a few.  One of the fun things we’ve done here was a job to play a multi-media loop in a ski lodge. The resort wanted pictures, videos, and live shots from the camera on the hill. We found an easy solution to...

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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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