Ubuntu 12.10 Upgrade… OK Something Did Break

A week after I upgraded my laptop to Ubuntu 12.10 and I’ve found something that’s actually broken.

In 12.10, the node.js package has been moved from /usr/bin/node to /usr/bin/nodejs as it clashed with another package name (called, unsurprisingly, node).

This is actually documented in the release notes (but only for Ubuntu Server… not for Ubuntu […]

Ubuntu upgrade – 12.10

Just upgraded my laptop to Ubuntu 12.10 (aka Quantal Quetzal – although this is the first & last time you’ll hear me refer to it as such) and… well I guess I should be getting used to how painless this process (generally) is. Took exactly an hour from start to finish and left me with […]

Capturing video with Ubuntu (and a little rant)

My friend Erica was asking me today about video editing in Ubuntu. First she was asking about tools to use for editing.

I’ve toyed with ‘Open Movie Editor’ in the past. If you’re familiar with Adobe Premiere then you’ll be familiar with the general layout here… a timeline of multiple video and audio tracks, a […]

Upgrading to Ubuntu 9.04 – things I learnt yesterday

I never upgrade my main machine to a new Ubuntu release on day 1.

It’s not really that I don’t trust the release crew to get it right, it’s more about wanting to let the storm of downloads, patches, reviews, comments and advice settle before I take the risk (however small) of being without a […]

Shiny new Linux software

The new Ubuntu 8.10 is coming out tomorrow.

I should have been playing with it for quite a while now but I don’t have a physical machine that I wanted to dedicate to the task and the alpha releases were known not to work in Virtual Box (my virtual PC software of choice).

The beta […]

What else has been keeping me busy. Part 3!

Somewhere, in amongst all this, I’ve been volunteering at Free Geek.

And, it must be said, having a fabulous time.

I spent last Thursday dismantling the computers that are being scrapped. Open the case, remove the power supply, remove the motherboard, remove the RAM, the battery, the processor and heatsink. Put it all in separate […]

Free Geek

So it took rather longer than anticipated but I finally got to pay a visit to Free Geek Vancouver at the weekend for my introductory volunteer training session (and also to donate a trunk full of unwanted hardware of my own).

First impressions? Besides the rather unsavory neighbourhood (two blocks North of Hastings, just East […]

Building computers for other people

I was at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival at the weekend and ran across a stall for Free Geek.

They’re a volunteer organization that takes people’s unwanted old computers, strips them down, ethically recycles the unusable parts, takes the reusable parts and builds them into fresh computers. Then loads Ubuntu onto them and sells them […]