Since the last update my 550 paracord (both orange and purple) and vinyl wrap has been put to use, mostly on the mac mini, i still have plenty of both left though. Unfortunately, i broke my psu after i got the +4 pin done so sleeving will have to wait until i’m less poor. As a result, i made some other stuff with the paracord.

The mac mini is being a pain though. When i went to test the latest PPC netboot image (and test the mac worked) it made the chime noise and the cd spun up, but nothing appeared on my screen. As a result, the cd is now trapped. I’m assuming the issue is that the monitor is 1080p and was connected by  DVI-D (digital)

I’m also looking into putting a tablet in the top, possibly mounted with paracord, rather than a second window. Then i will truly fit balloons’s series of “testing all the things”. The other window will be cut as soon as my dad get’s time to print an A3 sized stencil of the ubuntu logo. Now sit back and enjoy the pics.

The mac mini cover, separated…


… and joined


The underside


As you can see, the vinyl wrap isn’t easy to use. But that will be covered by the ITX board. (The holes are for mounting the board)


The internals of the mac mini



The DVD drives are stealthy again.


The rest will be wrapped soon


The belt i made. It works really well.




Questions for the comments section:
1. Should it be a Tablet or a window on the top?
2. Should i make a “door” for the mac mini and itx board. (They will be mounted in the 5.25″ bays vertically)
3. Should the motherboard be painted orange or purple (what seems to be the “new” ubuntu colour)
4. (If i get a tablet) How should the tablet bee mounted?
5. What other suggestions do you have?

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Hey guys. I’m back with a very picture heavy update.

Since my last update i’ve got the whole case powdercoated in “ripple X15 orange”. I’ve also got a heap of stickers from jared.

A close up of the paint, to show the colour and the ripple effect.


The back of the case, note the removable motherboard tray and the slight dent on the right-hand side.


What would normally be a single PSU holder now holds 2 due to the previous owner keeping some parts of the case.


The stealthed drives are now a bit easier to see, the carbon fibre wrap should fix that.


The front and side of the case.



The side, back and top.


The watercooling ports (far right), the fan hole and what was once a button (far left). A window (or maybe an LCD) and something for the button slot will be added eventually.


The side is off.


The few things that aren’t orange



The bigger hard drive tray, missing a few rubber mounts.


All the hard drive mounts. note that one screw that i forgot to paint.


So many stickers..


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A Quick update before the case get’s painted. I’ve Stealthed the DVD drives so they can’t be recognised on the front-plate

Before (with the front removed):




In the case (It’s the second from the left):


I’ve worked out how the mac mini and itx board will be mounted, back to back then put in the 5.25″ drive slots. The two pictures should demonstrate what i’m trying to do.

P1010387 P1010382

Since i will be in brisbane tomorrow, i need to pick a colour for the case to be powdercoted.

The poll Is embedded on my blog or at the link below



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I’ve been forced to skip the CMStorm case. It was sold. So i’m going to use the lian-li case.


There are a few advantages to this case; It will hold two PSUs side-by-side (i need at least two); It has no paint, so no preparation is needed for powdercoating; and it is aluminium, so super light.

I’m going to have two PSUs(bottom rear), an ATX motherboard with every GPU i can find(top-rear, for folding and VMs), many hard drives(bottom-front), Two DVD drives (hidden, at the top-front), an ITX motherboard (server, in the spare DVD drive slots) and an extra ITX board or a mac mini (for testing on, i don’t know where i’ll put it.

For mods, paracord for the PSUs will be here this week, I’ll order acrylic when school is over (what type of acrylic depends on if i get money), everything will be powder-coated (in orange and violet) next week and i should have the mounting hardware made in the next two weeks.


For more updates: (ignore the poll)

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Sorry i had to re-post, the poll didn’t work then planet ubuntu didn’t work

Since my last post i’ve got a lot more done towards this project.  I’ve made a crowdfunding account so i can get sponsored. I’ve got a shortlist of cases, the poll is here. I also have a PSU and sleeving is on it’s way. If you have advice or want more frequent updates, either use the comments here, my email ( ) or

The Cases:

Case 1: CMStorm Enforcer

I had a previous build in this case, my main worry is it’s side panel won’t work with the ubuntu logo. The case is steel with a hard plastic front



Case 2: Lian-li case

I had attempted cleaning up this case already but had no reason to. As you can see i’ve partially pulled it apart. This case is fully alluminium



Case 3: Generic case with Handle

This case has a giant handle and no existing windows. It’s steel with top and front panels made from hard plastic.



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Since my current case mods are nearly finished (i still need a pump and the final photoshoot), i’m going to try and make a case mod based on Ubuntu. I have no money however, so i’ll either be re-using parts or needing sponsorship. I’ve sent out a few emails but i’ve not got any good responses. If anyone is willing to sponsor the build, let me know.

If i don’t get sponsorship; the case will be painted; have a side window like below (using either UV orange acrylic or mesh); the PCBs will be painted; and there will be lots of LEDs.

A demonstration of the side panel. This is Mac Pro case.

If someone does sponsor me, i’ll try and add; watercooling (with mayhems orange dye); a pedestal; Powdercoat instead of paint; a PSU cover; custom cable sleeveing; better hardware; and custom GPU backplates.

This rig will be used to test daily ISOs, play games and run Folding@Home. Anyone in the community can use the pictures, as can anyone who sponsors the build. Sponsors also get their name/logo on the case.

Thanks to layercakes for making the picture i used above.

When i joined the Ubuntu QA team one of my biggest problems was the lack of a hub program for iso testing, it turned our we did have one, called testdrive, but it had not been supported for at least 2 years.

I used the testdrive daily and soon found a rather large bug, it wouldn’t open ISOs in Virtualbox 4.2. I filed the bug and upon showing a few others the problem, it was discovered that a patch for this problem was rather simple. Unit193 (i don’t know his real name) was able to get it working in about 1 minute with a change that required about 30 new characters in the code. It was quickly uploaded as a patch but we still needed to get it into the program.

After a month of phill whiteside talking to the SRU team and both of us trying to contact the original testdrive devs, we finally got the patch into testdrive. It was the first new release in over a year. Shortly after that, testdrive became active again.

In the time leading up to beta 2 for 13.04 a new bug had appeared where every iso had two entries, i added it to my now rather long list of bugs in testdrive, but this time many other members of the QA team helped.

Howard chan suggested that the QA team take over maintenance, which was widely regarded as a good idea. quickly, many of us got involved with making it better.

While i learned python so i could help with code, Howard added Kubuntu active (and since has added more ISOs to testdrive) and Sergio Meneses worked with one of the original devs to get the two entries bug fixed. Both have been added to the main testdrive branch and where released in version 3.20.

3.20 is likely the version that will be released with Ubuntu 13.04

Off-topic, we need your help to get 13.04 ready, if you have any spare time, please come and help the QA team.