Ubuntu 20.04 not resolving local network hostnames

An Ubuntu 20.04 laptop installation started not being able to resolve the names of hosts in the same local network. Although the host names were registered with the router, the laptop wouldn't be able to resolve those host names. Surprisingly, neither netbios resolution worked (although nbtscan would find those hosts). The solution is to bypass … Continue reading Ubuntu 20.04 not resolving local network hostnames

Ubuntu 20.04 getting wrong IP address

Yesterday (early August 2021) my Ubuntu 20.04 installation started configuring all network interfaces (wifi, ethernet) with IPv4 addresses from the wrong network segment block, namely 192.168.0.x. IPv6 still worked fine. I didn't figure out whether that's due to a change in the router or the OS (I suspect the router, because the situation improved when … Continue reading Ubuntu 20.04 getting wrong IP address

Skype and VLC cannot use v4l2loopback video device

I'm playing around with using DSLR cameras as webcams with gphoto (CLI to cameras over USB) and v4l2loopback (dummy video devices), which works with OBS but neither Skype nor VLC which will either show a black image or fail with an error message. Running VLC in verbose mode and digging a bit around showed that … Continue reading Skype and VLC cannot use v4l2loopback video device