Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Automount USB drives on Ubuntu servers.

In most cases, Ubuntu desktop systems will automatically detect and mount removable media, and this is largely done with software that is part of the X Windows system; for server systems without X Windows however, this sort of thing requires a bit of work.

Now some may ask, "Why automount removable media at all?" It is unwise to remove an active device, such as unplugging a USB drive without first unmounting it, and automounting may encourage this sort of recklessness. I don't contend this, but if one runs a server using an external USB drive, there are two words which should spark an immediate interest in automatic mounts: power failure.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Diagnosing Sound Problems in Ubuntu Linux

Sound problems fall in to three basic categories, and the first thing you want to do is determine which one you're dealing with. The easiest thing you can do is test your speakers with something else, using the same cable. If your speakers and cable are confirmed to be in good working order, then the problem must be either: