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Raritan UMT832 KVM Switch--can a USB keyboard be used... on Linux?

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I have a few servers located remotely, on-site (same intra-net, different room).

I have a USB keyboard that I can't live without.  

My questions are:
Can I use the USB keyboard?
Can I use Linux as my admin computer?
    In other words... does the soft-switch mode work with Linux, and if not, can I switch servers via physical switching.

It looks like according to http://www.raritan.com/support/end-of-life/p2-sc/v1.2.0.5.13/P2-SC-compatibilit-Matrix-1.2.0.5.13.pdf that I need OS compatible software to run in soft-switch mode.  I would am ok with a hardware switching alternative (in case I'm using the wrong term--I am fine with physically pushing a button on the KVM to switch screens).  

I'm running Debian as my desktop admin box, if anyone has experience using the soft-switch mode with Debian, I'd appreciate hearing about your experiences.

Thanks,
Frank
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Linux supports usb keyboards just fine, especially if the BIOS does.

You should be fine connecting to the soft switch using firefox under debian.
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by:ibanja
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I know Linux handles USB Keyboards.  I know the switch can handle PS2 or USB keyboads on the managed servers. But does the switch allow USB keyboards on the admin computer?  I had a switch once that could handle both PS2 and USB on the managed side, but only frustratingly, only PS2 on the admin side. I don't want to run into that again.
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by:ibanja
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I think you actually just answered my question.  This switch doesn't connect to the admin keyboard, it connects via IP.

Thanks
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