By default Ubuntu is configured to load the floppy kernel driver on start-up, if you don’t have a floppy drive though this can be annoying because the icon will appear as a un-mounted drive on your system. In Xubuntu on my machine the icon and entry in thunar (the file manager) looked like this.
The fix is to unload the floppy driver from memory, thankfully on Ubuntu its a module so you can unload the module with the following command:
sudo rmmod floppy
If you want to permanently stop it from loading on boot you can blacklist the driver as follows:
Panoboter Bender Awesome hardware that can be used to create virtual tours and panoramic photos
School of cooking – Pick n Pay I keep meaning to go try this, I would love to learn to cook a few different things and I know a few people who tried this out and said it was pretty cool. When I have some free time and money I am definitely gonna give it a go, try drag the wife along.
I have a Samsung SCX-4200 Printer/Scanner it works rather nicely and I like it alot, even though I don’t use it often. Tonight I plugged it into my Ubunut machine and it printed first time, with no setups. Unfortunately the scanner didn’t work.
A few quick search’s revealed this forum entry on the Ubuntu Forums and from there I found this site with .deb packages for the Samsung Unified MFP drivers. After installing the packages the scanner suddenly work in XSane and I could scan. I’m really like the fact that more and more hardware “just works” now in Linux, or works with minimal tweaking. I haven’t had to compile a kernel or any other software in a very long time.
After getting the scanner to work I found 2 nice apps to use instead of XSane, the first is flegita a nice little app that makes it easy to scan things from the scanner to png, jpg, tif and PDF and the other app is gscan2pdf which allows you to scan to pdf.