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Archive for June, 2012

18
Jun

Wireless BCM4312 with the 3.4 and 3.5 kernel

Broadcom Chipset BCM4312
The hybrid driver from Broadcom is still a bit behind in terms of support for the latest kernels but there are workarounds. This particular issue also effects other kernel modules such as the out of tree Nvidia and ATI blobs that require the asm/system.h file in their includes.

I’ve had success with replacing it with asm/switch_to.h which seems to have fixed things for now. The cause for this can be found on the LKML.

Chipsets supported by “Broadcom’s IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n hybrid Linux® device driver” are: BCM4311, BCM4312, BCM4313, BCM4321, BCM4322, BCM43224, and BCM43225, BCM43227 and BCM43228.

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18
Jun

Skype 4.0 on Ubuntu Precise (12.04) 64-bit

There is a new version of skype out for Linux, version 4.0 which has interesting changelog entries:

* Much lower chance Skype for Linux will crash or freeze
* chat history loading is now much faster
* …several investments we made in improving audio quality … and improving video call quality
* …extended support for more cameras
* and more

Good enough for me! There is still no true 64 bit binary/package from Skype. The result is that their fake “64 bit” Skype needs an additional 100MB of i386 packages in order for it to run properly.
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8
Jun

Doing battle with a Dell R620 and Ubuntu

We recently got sent a Dell R620 to evaluate and while its technical specification is amazing there are a few things that need to be handled first.

As far as Ubuntu and the Dell R620 go, Precise (12.04) is the only way to go here. Every release before Precise has issues with this hardware in one way or another. This is new hardware of after all.

For our “use case” we downgraded the PERC H710P controller to a H310 controller so we can have direct access to the drives via pass-through. The H310 allows TRIM support for SSDs and SMART data via smartctl to be used without any problems. If you are interested in SMART information and PERC H700 series RAID controller, I posted about possible workarounds at Dell’s customer support site.

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4
Jun

Finding and making a network subnet calculator

Doing subnet calculations by hand can be tedious and thankfully there are tools available online to help with that. One in particular Subnet Calculator with a PHP backend was handy and compact.

I’ve sent a few requests asking if I could re-write it to be client side so that it could be used in intranet applications or even possibly be ported as an hand-held application. After a few months of waiting and no response, I repurposed some of their CSS and layout and wrote the javascript equivalent.

Mindwerks’s Subnet Calculator
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