I have done a brand new installation of the Ubuntu server (v12.10) with bind configured to have a dns zone of gdos.local and apache configured for said domain.
With a brand new installation of Ubuntu desktop LTS I try to connect to www.gdos.local and all I get is:
Server not found Firefox can't find the server at www.gdos.local. Check the address for typing errors such as ww.example.com instead of www.example.com
However if I change the domain to gdos.tmp and type in www.gdos.tmp, I get the internal website. If I change it to mybusiness.local , I get the same error message.
If I use a Microsoft os, this works fine, all three domains resolve to a webpage. I have searched the internet flat for the past week on dns issues but have not come up with a solution.
I have followed instructions from removing dnsmasq to editing like resolv.conf (in some very strange places) and I still have no joy on getting the .local domain extension to work.
I can safely say the issue is not with the server but with the desktops because if the issue was server related the Microsoft OS's would not resolve it either.
I have done several installs of the desktop in an effort to make sure that I did not break anything while trying to fix this.
Please can anyone point to a workable solution for fixing the .local domain extension.