Aug19

Autofs

Categories: Linux, Software
2 Responses

Since most of my music and video’s reside on my fileserver at home I immediately played them from there under Windows. Now under Ubuntu I found it an annoyance that I each time had to mount my fileserver manually under the local filesystem to be able to play music directly from there. This is where autofs can help out!
You just install the autofs package, remove under /etc/auto.master the comment in front of the line:
/smb /etc/auto.smb
Now you can just browse in a file browser to /smb/fileserver and it will automatically mount smb://fileserver in the folder /smb
(and if it is no longer used also unmount it automatically)
A big thank you to “Wdh” from the Ubuntu-nl irc channel for the tip!

Aug15

Ubuntu Feisty geforce 4 420 Go black screen problem

Categories: Hardware, Linux
0 Responses

When I installed Feisty on my laptop (it was still running Edgy) I’ve been having trouble with my laptop Geforce 4 420Go video card in combination with the NVIDIA driver. The problem, like most other 420Go users, is the BLANK SCREEN problem, after you boot the screen goes black (or white since your back light is still on)
Those of you having similar problems if you have a Geforce4 420 Go 32MB.
The 9631 driver is looking for a CRT monitor and not and LCD (those of you having the problem on LCD monitors)
to fix this:
edit your xorg.conf
go to Section “Screen”
below defaultdepth, add:
Option “UseDisplayDevice” “DFP”

May28

Thunderbird and Google Calendar

Categories: Linux, Software, Windows, www
0 Responses

I love the idea of having a calendar online to be able to check it from anywhere, but I also like to have a local tool to add and edit my appointments. Since I don’t like outlook a lot (it does not run on my favorite OS) I was looking for an alternative. Now there is a calendar plugin for Thunderbird called “Lightning”, on its own already quiet good, but since Thunderbird 2.0 came out it works with a new plugin called “provider for Google Calendar”, this one makes it possible to import and use your google calendar directly with Lightning. Only a minor downside is that your local Thunderbird does not cache the calendar data from Google Calendar, so if you disconnect your laptop from the internet, you will not see the Google Calendar appointments. An explanation on how to do it you can find here

May1

Dell soon to deliver Ubuntu pre-installed pc’s

Categories: Linux
1 Response

Today Dell announced they are going to sell pc’s with Ubuntu pre-installed.
Could this be the counterpoint of an adoptation of Linux for the wider public? Who knows what the future holds …