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One Fedora 17 Box up to 16 USB Multiseat Terminals

Fedora 17, as shipped, supports only 7 or 8 plug-and-play USB terminals per machine. The cause is the kernel evdev driver’s limit of 32 input devices. You can see how your 32 evdev slots are currently getting used on a system with the command for i in {0..31..1}; do udevadm info -a -n /dev/input/event$i | […]

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Dconf configuration: GNOME 3 Fallback Mode

The Linux GNOME 3 UI assumes you have a beefy 3D GPU and capable driver, which can cause problems when that isn’t the case. Individual GNOME 3 users can fix this by setting their desktop experience to GNOME 3 “fallback mode” which can avoid the 3D compute burden. Fallback mode is an essential setting for […]

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New Distros and Linux Automatic USB Multiseat Support

OpenSUSE and ArchLinux appear to be making good progress on integrating the latest version of systemd, which is a central element of Linux’s new Automatic USB multiseat support — letting you turn one machine into many with plug and play USB terminals. Since this is all open source, we expect the porting process will happen […]

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Putting America’s Makers Out of Business

The US Congress is now considering legislation requiring sales tax collection for most online sales. Requiring sales tax for online purchases isn’t a bad thing. Unfortunately, the current legislation has the potential to kill small, online businesses — innovative companies like Sparkfun, Makerbot, Adafruit, and many more. These kinds of companies are America’s best hope […]

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DisplayLink USB Devices on Linux Kernel 3.4.0

Linux kernel 3.4.0 is the first to include a new driver for DisplayLink-based USB 2.0 devices, called “udl”. udl is a port of the udlfb driver to Linux’s DRM architecture. David Airlie is doing this work, and the potential is very exciting. Eventually, this architecture will lead to a host of advantages, including GPU-accelerated 3D […]

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Fedora 17’s Secret Turbo Boost Button

Fedora 17’s out-of-the-box plug and play USB multiseat is awesome for sharing one system with many users — but there’s a way to dramatically boost performance and scalability, by changing the Fedora defaults. Background Fedora 17 continues to default to GNOME 3, which assumes the presence of powerful 3D hardware. If that’s not the case […]

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The $50 Thin Client

Imagine if you could easily share one computer with a whole class, your whole family, the whole office. We believe this makes a lot of sense. It saves a lot of time and money. It lowers the environmental impact of computing. The way we can make this truly compelling is with low cost USB thin […]

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Howto: DisplayLink USB Single Monitor on Linux

Unfortunately, Linux doesn’t support multiple graphics adapters the way Windows does, which means you can’t just plug in USB graphics adapters and expect them to extend your desktop (the good news is there is progress on this support). What is possible, however, is running a single DisplayLink adapter, or several with a Xinerama or multiseat […]

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Choosing a Docking Station

We offer 2 models of Universal Docking Station, and often get questions about which one to buy. Here’s a side-by-side comparison. Let us know if you have any questions! Both enable adding an extra monitor, speakers, and other devices to any brand of laptop (no more expensive proprietary docks!) with a single USB cable to […]

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