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KDE release Plasma Media Center for Linux

There is a new Media Center system for Linux users called Plasma Media Center. It’s from KDE the graphical desktop for Linux and is built on KDE’s Plasma and KDE technologies and is designed to be a rich media experience. KDE say the aim is to unify media experience on the…


SoundGraph VF310 15c2:0036 Linux / XBMC

I have an OrigenAE M10 HTPC case which has a SoundGraph IR/VFD unit – Model: VF310 15c2:0036. This is the LCD display on the front of the HTPC case. Before I attempted to get the LCD display working under Linux Ubuntu 12.10 minimal and XBMC V12.0 Frodo, I had read…


Skype 4.1 for Linux released, adds Microsoft account support

Skype have released version 4.1 of the Linux version of the Skype client. This version follows the Windows and Mac version with Microsoft account sign in and you can instant message with Messenger contacts. Download from


OpenELEC 2.0 released

The OpenELEC team have been working towards releasing OpenELEC 2.0 for some time now and today the final version has been released. OpenELEC is an appliance type build of XBMC based on Linux, the idea is its a fast, self contained and easy to setup Media Center system. It runs…


GeeXboX XBMC distro updated to support XBMC 11

I have become a bit of a fan of XBMC due to it’s cross platform support especially the Raspberry Pi. There are lots distributions of XBMC available and one that has just been updated is GeeXboX 3.0 a lightweight Linux distro that can run as a live CD. The distribution…


OpenELEC 2.0 Beta 7 released

The OpenELEC team have released beta 7 of version 2.0 of OpenELEC the embedded XBMC media center application. This build fixes issues with networking and Samba shares. You can download OpenELEC from The OpenELEC team is proud to release the 7th beta of OpenELEC 2.0! Internally this is known…


Skype 4.0 for Linux released, drops the beta tag

Skype have released version 4 of the Skype Linux app. The pervious version 2.2 beta was pretty limited so its good to see an update for Linux. You can get the download from Skype First off, we’d like to thank our Skype for Linux users for your patience awaiting Skype…

Quick Tip: Making a backup of your Raspberry Pi install

We chatting about the Raspberry Pi on the recording for this weeks podcast (out tomorrow) and I mentioned that I found every time I got my Raspberry Pi setup 100% I would try one more thing and break it (my fault not the fault with the Raspberry Pi) which meant…

My trip to the Blackpool Linux User Group

As we are featuring the Raspberry Pi at the user group meet up I have been reaching out to some other tech communities and on Saturday I visited the Blackpool Linux user group. They meet each Saturday 10 till 12 and they are a great bunch of guys that made…

OpenELEC 2.0 Beta 4 released

Since getting the Raspberry Pi I have been doing a lot of work with OpenELEC an embedded Linux build of XBMC and today they have released beta 4 of version 2. The new build has fixes for the Eden version of XBMC and adds support for WinTV amongst other fixes….

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