I am evaluating my ability to move my shack from XP to Linux. My goal is to move 100% over to Linux. With that being said I ran into a new challange. The other night I removed my hard drive running XP (it is on the shelf but I can roll back if needed) and replaced it with a fresh HD and loaded Ubuntu on it to test my known working hardware configuration with Linux and software.
My current shack PC:
2 embedded serial ports on the motherboard
4 port PCI serial card
1 USB connection for my K1EL keyer
I am actually using 5 serial connections + 1 USB connection on my XP based configuration:
Com1: Rigblaster for Icom 756
Com2: Rig control for Icom 756
Com3: Rigblaster for Icom 706mkIIg
Com4: Rig control for Icom 706mkIIg
Com5: Rig control Elecraft K2
USB0: K1EL keyer
Under Linux it looks like the standard kernals only support 4 com ports. Unless I can easily change Ubuntu to support at least 5 com ports I will need to change how my shack is intgrated. My shack drives both HF and VHF-->microwaves so the integration is pretty important to me.
Any thoughts on how to drive 5 or 6 com ports?
73, John NG0R