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Dwaine Castle wrote:

I like the way Greg Swallow is reasoning here. I've emailed several KVM
switch manufacturers about support for FC2, but to date I've only received 2
responses and a least one of them is wrong. The only good that I may have
done is to add FC2 to their tech-support databases. Normally, a pre-sales
tech-support question gets answered in a matter of hours. I think that the
root cause may be that there is not a clear KVM specification. KVMs exist
in every server room in the world, so there is a significant market for
them. However, there are several varieties PS2, USB, & IP. Our problem
seems to be specific to the PS2 group and the PS2 group, IMHO, consists of
home users. The home-user market may not be able to compel manufactures to
develop a device for such a small market as FC2. Home users are
contributing to the development of FC2, so I think that asking the Fedora
for some support is not unfair. When I get up to speed I'll write something
I'm just not there yet.

Not exactly. Probably in the US , USB KVM are more widespread , but here in Brazil it's hard to find those.
On my last job (as a admin on the computer science department of the university where I study) , we bought in january or february two linksys PS2 KVMs with 8 ports each for the servers (to replace two old KVMs and also to connect more machines to the monitor , keyboard and mouse).
The fun thing is that manufacturers should really pay attention to what they do... Given that there's no spec for KVMs , they should to their best to make good products , as home networks are getting more common and linux is spreading fast ... (but I guess that's too hard for them.. even when there's a spec , they do some stupid things , like linksys did on my router , which simply doesnt forward port 21 to any machine...)

Pedro Macedo

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