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Comment There's no SMART monitoring in windows (Score 1) 564

Our company finally moved away from windows software RAID because of problems. One drive would fail, then while rebuilding we'd find errors on the second drive. Usually bad sectors that couldn't be read. Windows 2003 doesn't do any SMART monitoring so a drive can start failing and you'll never know until you try to read/write data to that part of the drive.

On my linux server I have smartmontools checking the drives nightly which has saved me once so far. I can't find an equivalent for windows so we've moved to hardware which can check for failing drives.

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Submission + - Is there a GUI interface for a Linux mail server? 3

MongooseCN writes: My coworkers are finally getting tired of supporting Exchange and want to move to a simpler pop/imap mail server. Something that can easily be backed up/restored and can be synced with a redundant mail server. I suggested Linux/postfix but they won't touch a command prompt (they call it a DOS prompt...). If there was a gui for configuring the mail server though, they might go for it. Either a gui directly on the server or a web interface through Apache. I figure if the gui can handle most of the mail config, they can eventually learn some small shell commands and see that is isn't so bad. So are there any gui's out there for configuring a linux mail server?

Comment Open Office is a great shot against MS. (Score 3, Interesting) 676

Ever since Open Office 3.0, I've been able to completely move away from MS Office 2003. I can create word documents that look exactly the same in MS Word 2003, like they do in OO 3.0. Now I can easily exchange documents between coworkers and they have no idea I'm using OO.

I work in aweful world of end-user IT for small businesses. These people are INCREDIBLY picky about how their word, excel, etc documents look. They are also incredibly slow at learning how to use office software. Switching these people from MS Office to OO is nearly impossible. People HATE HATE HATE software with a different interface. Most Office 2003 customers won't touch office 2007 for that exact reason. If OO were improved to the point that it could simulate MS Office so people could easily switch over, OO could take over. I think replacing MS Office with OO is one of the Big Steps linux needs to take to push windows off the desktop.


Submission + - Surveillance Cameras With Linux Support?

saintlupus writes: I'd like to install some motion-detecting cameras in my house to keep an eye on things while I'm at work. Ideally, I would like to use a few standalone networked cameras (either wired or wireless) and have them send their captures to a Linux machine that I use as a home server, rather than fussing about with webcams and the excellent "Motion" software. Unfortunately, all of the manufacturer pages for the models that I've looked at trumpet the features of the Windows-only software that they ship with and don't mention anything about Linux compatibility. Has anyone done anything like this? What hardware and software did you use?

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