We try to do our bit for the environment at LXF HQ — we recycle as much as possible, and I program solely in assembly language to save electrons. But we want to do more, so as of Linux Format issue 121 we’re switching to a new type of DVD: EcoDisc. Now, worry not - the disc content is still the same: 4GB packed with distros, software, tutorials, podcasts and more. But physically the disc uses less energy and fewer materials to manufacture, and it’s also lighter and therefore requires less energy to transport. That doesn’t seem like much for a single DVD, but when you consider 30,000 discs moving around the planet, it all adds up!
So that’s good for Mama Earth, but there’s another bonus: EcoDiscs are really, really tough. Below you can see the ever-so-normal Jeremy Ford from PC Format magazine behind an experiment we set up. We applied a rubber band around the new disc (they’re very flexible) and held it in place for three hours.
Some Australian readers have had problems with the older DVD type, in which magazines are strapped tightly together and transported over long distances, thereby causing warping to the discs and read errors. But check this out — when we released the rubber band from the EcoDisc after three hours, it popped straight back to its natural flat shape immediately:
Linux Mint booted up and installed without a hitch. We then ran a wheelie-chair over the disc, and yep, it still worked. Linux Format 121 should be going out to subscribers as of today, so let us know what you think! (Of course, if you choose to stress-test the disc yourself with experiments involving hammers and JCBs, we can’t supply replacements.)