Originally Posted by gregzoll
Not quite ready for prime time? It has been mainstream for at least the past four years, has been out since 99, and every edition gets more robust and shows Windows the door.
If you want drivers for certain hardware, there are lists available that tell you if it is compatible, or how to load the Windows drivers. Sorry, but Linux has been prime time for a very long time. Mac's run on a derivative of BSD, so really with you stating that it is not ready for prime time, just shows ignorance of why some people chose certain operating systems.
I do photo editing, spreadsheets, documents, databases on a Linux system, and if I wanted to, I could also plug in a tuner card that is compatible with Linux and it would work.
My Cat's Eye 150 does not have a Linux driver and Vbox doesn't support it anymore. But it works fine under XP Media Center, Vista Media Center and Windows 7 Media Center.
I would only recommend Linux for somebody that has no money to pay for Windows. A former classmate I turned onto Linux (Mint) runs it on his newly Intel i3 build he just finished. My A+ instructor is a Intel zealot so he suggested be buy a mid-range Z67 board and I think i3 2500. #smhI got Triple Core AMD A6-3500, Motherboard (ASRock), 4GB of Memory (1600Mhz) and tomorrow pick up my $50 OCZ Agility 3 60GB SSD, total invested about $230.
So with no money left to run W7 and since he had W7 on a laptop, he decided to dual boot with XP and Mint 12.
Puppy Arcade would not see my Gravis Gamepad Pro (Playstation Clone) and nobody could help me. There's a Puppy Arcade sticky thread on the Puppy Linux forums, no help, no dice, I think I deleted the iso....
Want more? At Occupy Los Angeles they wanted a file server to put pictures and videos to be uploaded to the Livestream feed and to You Tube. At first I thought a simple NAS would be plenty. I tried FreeNAS, ummm I couldn't get it to install from disc or flash drive, tried three different releases and it was on Intel hardware. I tried Amahi, again ran into install problems. I got Ubuntu Server to work, installed and even a GUI for the client PC's to work. But while I was away somebody screwed it up and took HDD it was on for different PC... I said screw it, had an .iso of Windows Home Server v1 and installed that, no muss not fuss, had client connector on both Windows and Mac's, done, done and done.
IMHO Linux is not for somebody that barely knows how to use the internet. Mint and Ubuntu desktop have a directory where you can download and install programs. No such beast for Ubuntu server its all sudu-get, yadda, yadda.
Now that I will have an extra motherboard, memory, cpu and IDE drive, I'll find some cheap case and run some Linux distros on it so I am not using my main machines to experiment.
I like the idea of Linux and Open Source in general and I support it. However, its not that mature. The core of it might be but the GUI and some of the support software is not.
Finally XBMC does strange things with the Yahoo Add-on and my subscriptions. ROM Collector Browser does not match Gametime/Game Browser or Hyper Spin. ESPN3 Add-on has never worked and I'm not the only one with a problem. It works fine, but SecondRunTV 2.0 works fine with ESPN3 though not the way I want.
I want to like XBMC but it has issues.
Originally Posted by gregzoll
There is a large difference in the interface between XP & 98. Vista & 7 just cleaned up the gui along with a lot of items that were due to evolution, which was caused by a lot of hardware manufacturers finally getting on board, due to not wanting to do what MS told them to do when XP was put out in the market. Funny or not, hardware manufacturers are actually wring more drivers for Linux now, than Windows.
And as for your statement of nobody wants Linux for a desktop OS except for techies, again another mis-statement by someone illinformed. I use a Windows XP workstation at work, and Ubuntu 12.04LTS at home and would rather use Linux over Windows, because it works, and does not freeze when I need it to do something. Also, there are more servers running some form of Linux over Windows these days.
True but look at my post above this reply. That would scare many Linux newbies away...
Originally Posted by evilengineer
I thought we were talking about computers (and possibly tablets). Not phones and cars.
But a quick google search would seem to suggest that Android supports "native" FLAC playback. I don't have an Android device so can't really comment.
And portable CD quality can't be that weird. Apple have supported their ALAC format for years on ipod!
Wanting to listen to music at quality levels considered state of the art in 1978 can hardly be classed as "SQ geek". Not caring is fair enough but if can't tell the difference between MP3 and CD quality then your ears must be broken. I've been going to heavy metal gigs for twenty years and can still tell.
Space is always an issue. Hard drive usage has practical limits, you can't just keep adding extra drives ad-infinitum. Music has to share space with other stuff too!
I can think of dozens of NAS devices, streamers (both audio-centric and general) and AV amplifiers that support FLAC. I don't see why my PC shouldn't as well.
Correct I hear no difference between high bit rate MP3, high bit rate WMA and FLAC of the same disc, well two -
Madonna's You Can Dance CD mixed by one John "Jellybean" Benitez.
The other is Strange Behavior Duran-Duran's 12" singles and remixes
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I have high quality Sony Headphones I DJ with. The sound card is 24-bit stereo made by Hercules. Its inside a DJ Console RMX and Console 4-Set.
FLAC IMHO is overrated and for SQ geeks I stand by my statement, the files sizes are barely smaller than standard wave files. If you listen to acoustic jazz or classical music, okay FLAC and Tube Amps make a difference.
But Lil Wayne's D*ck Pleaser is not going to make any difference, it will still rattled the windows as I roll by. If its compressed down to 64kps sounds like muffled FM, but no difference between 128kps and 256kps using Lame.
To carry this a bit further, one of the first digital to digital transfers (DAT) was done by Curtis "Mantronik" for the album In Full Effect. Compressed down to 128k it sounds no different than the actual wave file.
FLAC is not mainstream, ask somebody on the street, they've never heard of it. Its about as mainstream as .MKV support....
Waaa, VLC plays FLAC's by default. I am not sure it will work with the media players available for Android and no car audio player will playback FLAC files. I could get them to play with Virtual DJ by using the Windows Media Player codec....