Xubuntu - change the default web browser

  • 3 January 2018
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Xubuntu whisker menu

I've been on vacation for the past month. During that time it appears some updates to Google Chrome now cause Chrome to default to prompting for a password keyring. This annoying behaviour led me to delete Chrome from my system, but that left me with a problem - clicking on the default Xubuntu web browser icon now resulted in an error (it was still looking for Google Chrome).

Xubuntu 16.04 - DVD playback

  • 20 October 2017
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VLC playing a DVD

A couple of days ago I mentioned that I deleted Windows 10 completely from my desktop computer and installed Xubuntu across the SSD (boot and root partition) and hard drive (/home folder). The hard drive I formatted a little bit differently, I chose to use the XFS file system. There are a number of articles and discussions floating about the Internet that hint that XFS is better at handling large files (this arstechnica thread is one such example).

Configuring and using a Radio Shack Game pad 26-8010 in Xubuntu 16.04

  • 16 March 2017
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Radio Shack game pad Cat No. 26-8010

While it's nice to have a wireless game controller like the XBox 360 controller to wirelessly control games, if you're on a really tight budget there are a lot of inexpensive USB game pads ($5-$10 range) can be found all over the place these days. Recently our refurbishing project had an old Radio Shack 26-8010 controller dropped off to us. As it turns out the RS 26-8010 works on Xubuntu/Ubuntu 16.04 without a whole lot of effort.