Sunday, August 22, 2010

Covert a Business from Linux to Windows

I love to read stories about how small businesses convert to Linux from Windows. There are many paths to follow when converting Linux but there is always one common thread. The first is to take it slow and have the patience to work with individual users to make sure that they become more comfortable with working with the new operating system. In addition, if it is a business that make heavy use of applications, you should always try to find the open source equivalent of those applications to run within Windows first.  This will  make users comfortable with the open source applications before the big switch.

Here is a link to an interesting article about the conversion of Windows to Linux. Hey, and they are using Ubuntu too!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Ubuntu Suspends Acer 532H Netbook When Battery Powered -- A Fix

One problem I have come across when running a Acer 532H netbook on battery  power is that it will suddenly hang and go into suspend or hibernate mode.  It seemed to have occurred once the computer started to to get warm and the fan was about to change speeds.

There is a simple fix for this problem.  You simply should update the BIOS.  This will fix the suspend of hang problem on your Acer 532H netbook when running Ubuntu on Battery. As of BIOS v1.25 the hang problem does not occur.

If you left a Windows 7 partition on your machine then all you need to do is boot into Windows and  go to the Acer Support website and select your netbook model.  Windows 7 has a built installer that will flash the BIOS for you.

If you do not have a Window 7 partition, then you can head over this how-to flash your BIOS in Ubuntu post on the Ubuntu Forums.