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Epson Perfection V600 on Ubuntu Linux

The Epson Perfection V600 is a great high-resolution scanner, and I had no problems getting it to work with Ubuntu Karmic. It’s a great scanner and I’ve really been satisfied with it under Ubuntu.

Epson Perfection V600

Epson Perfection V600

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Manage multiple monitors on Lenovo Thinkpads with Ubuntu

I’ve got a Lenovo laptop that I use for work, and it works great with the dock attached to dual monitors, except that there’s no easy way to switch between monitor profiles. So I threw together a pair of scripts to save and load monitor settings.

Docked Lenovo laptop

Docked Lenovo laptop

If you’re looking for a Lenovo laptop, Amazon.com has pretty decent prices on them. Read more

Nikon D90 works perfectly with Ubuntu (Karmic)

Yep, the Nikon D90 works perfectly with Ubuntu Linux. I’m using Karmic, but it should work just as well with Jaunty.

If you don’t already have a D90, I recommend getting one of the kits from Amazon. This one will get you everything you need, but if you have the cash, you should probably spring for something like this kit with the 18-200 lens.  Either way you’ll probably spend $1000 – $1500.

Nikon D90 & Ubuntu laptop

Nikon D90 & Ubuntu laptop

Anyway, the Nikon D90 works great, right out of the box, with Karmic. Just plug in the USB cable and it will offer to start F-Spot, a great photo manager.

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The best Ubuntu webcam

I went through several webcams before I found one that works flawlessly with Ubuntu. The Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000 works perfectly right out of the box in both Jaunty and and Karmic, with no configuration needed.

Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000

Just plug it in and it works.

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4800dpi+ Ubuntu scanner recommendation

I need a high resolution scanner for a project that I’m working on and it needs to work with Ubuntu.  I’ve spent a lot of time comparing the SANE hardware compatibility list with local computer vendors’ sites with almost no luck at all.

From what I can tell the Epson Perfection V600 is the best bet.  It does 6400×9600 dpi and is fairly affordable at $210.58 (at Amazon.com now).  The SANE compatibility list has it marked as “GOOD”, which worries me a little, but according to the SANE compatibility legend, it should support all the basic features.

Get an A7V8X motherboard to boot to a SATA drive

Getting an A7V8X to boot to a SATA drive is easy – just go into the FastTrack settings and set your drive up to be a single stripe RAID array.  You also need to make sure that you have the RAID controller enabled in your BIOS.

Asus A7V8X motherboard

Asus A7V8X motherboard