The Working Centre's Computer Recycling Project featured on!

Xubuntu is an awesome alternative to Microsoft Windows, particularly if you're a fan of Windows XP. The Xubuntu project recently featured The Working Centre's Computer Recycling project in their monthly Xubuntu feature (Thanks team). Thanks to all who helped write the article and the thousands of volunteers who have helped us make the project what it is.

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Windows XP might be dead but it came in handy this weekend

As far as Microsoft is concerned Windows XP is long dead and people should be running hardware capable of running Windows 10. I've already upgraded a couple of our computers to Windows 10, but this weekend, with out Internet out, I found myself reinstalling Windows XP (I'd actually dbanned the hard drive in preparation to resell) on an old notebook I own in order to use some old photo scanning hardware. Windows 10 might be Microsoft's new star child, but it doesn't seem to work with the Brookstone iConvert photo scanner.

Yet another system information tool

In the past I've mentioned several tools for getting system information from cat /proc/<device> to sysinfo to phoronix-test-suite. I didn't know about this next tool until I saw it in a Google Plus desktop screenshot by Jorge Taboada. You'll have to install the software package: inxi

sudo apt-get install inxi

It doesn't appear to need sudo to run, just type inxi -b to get system information like this:

Kubuntu - Fix for Dragon media player won't play .mkv files

This morning I installed Kubuntu 15.04 on my main workstation at home. I would have installed 15.10, but I was in a bit of a pinch after a failed upgrade of Xubuntu 14.04 to 15.04. The LTS was working fine for me except for some odd reason the ffmpeg software package was removed from the LTS release for avconv. I read somewhere that it was added back in 15.04, so I decided to upgrade. The upgrade appeared to work "with errors," but alas, those errors were enough that Xubuntu would no longer boot.

Whopping Blueray file size

This evening I bought a couple more Blueray discs from Walmart. Red 2 was on sale for $7.97 while The Godfather Part 2 was on for $9.97. I generally get better deals than this on most Bluerays I buy from different vendors, but I figured I'd splurge this evening.

I've mentioned before that some of the ripped Blueray (MakeMKV) file sizes end up pretty big, but The Godfather Part 2 takes the cake so far beating out every Blueray I've owned so far at 45GB. Yes, you read correctly, 45GB!

Ubuntu Software Centre slows down Core i5

Linux is awesome, it's been my (yes I know it's just a kernel) operating system of choice for more than 15 years now, but it's not perfect. As much as I love Linux as a collective whole the progress of different distributions is sometimes irritating. Moving forward is important, but sometimes the fancy changes don't work perfectly. Ubuntu Software Centre is a great example. Without question it looks a lot better than Synaptic (another GUI interface for installing software on Debian-based distributions), but it's not perfect.