Initial Foray

date:Feb 5, 2009 @ 15:18

The machine I’m using comes with Ubuntu 8.04 installed.

It’s been a while since I last used a Unix O/S in earnest so this will be interesting. I wonder what ever happened to Minix …

So switch the machine on and we’re up and running.

Choice of 2 desktops modes, the Dell Desktop or the Classic (default Ubuntu) Desktop.

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Accessing the Research Web


First impressions, just about everything works OK out-of-the-box. It’s straightfoward to connect to the wireless networks at both home and office.

Keyboard takes a little bit of getting used to but no real problems unless you need function keys F11 or F12 or the Right ALT key :)

Screen and clarity is good with a max resolution of 1024x600

Also found a need to use a proper mouse rather than the touchpad, although I’m sure I’ll get used to it.



The Windows DHCP server only gives out the Primary DNS Suffix .

On windows clients the DNS Suffix Search List is got from a group policy.

Linux can’t work with group policies so we have to add them manually.

The best way to do this is to edit /etc/dhcp3/dhclient.conf

Uncomment the line

supersede domain-name

and update to

supersede domain-name “solidworks.swk”;


F11 = Fn + Z

F12 = Fn + X