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Any thoughts on Miro, Rgb?

Also, I don't use ipod, but a friend does -- what's the status on itunes? Still running thru wine? thx

Good links -- keep 'em coming! Maybe we should start a gaming thread, too.

Haven't tried Miro in a long time.

For managing the files on an iPod, gtkPod works well. I recommend using Amazon for MP3 music purchases, which are DRM free, better prices, and support Linux with a native download client.

Yes, we should start a gaming-dedicated thread. Once its populated with a lot of Linux gaming links, install HOWTOs (native and Wine), we can make it sticky.
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For managing the files on an iPod, gtkPod works well. I recommend using Amazon for MP3 music purchases, which are DRM free, better prices, and support Linux with a native download client.

I ask bc he has some 3000 songs his dumb ass purchased from itunes. Last I heard, it would work through wine, but I haven't found anything recently.
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Yes, we should start a gaming-dedicated thread. Once its populated with a lot of Linux gaming links, install HOWTOs (native and Wine), we can make it sticky.

Cool, plus controllers good and bad.
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I ask bc he has some 3000 songs his dumb ass purchased from itunes. Last I heard, it would work through wine, but I haven't found anything recently.

Cool, plus controllers good and bad.

HOWTOs re: setting up game controllers in Linux properly would be nice, plus separate HOWTOS for proper/efficient setup of Mame and other emulators- pre-2000 consoles, 80's computers (ST, Amiga, C64, Atari 8bit, etc), DOS gaming, etc, and how to integrate these well in a media PC.
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HOWTOs re: setting up game controllers in Linux properly would be nice, plus separate HOWTOS for proper/efficient setup of Mame and other emulators- pre-2000 consoles, 80's computers (ST, Amiga, C64, Atari 8bit, etc), DOS gaming, etc, and how to integrate these well in a media PC.

I haven't played a game more recent than 1996 since, well, probably never . I still love Street Fighter II... SNES and NES are all I need Maybe a PS1 would be nice. Would love to see this thread -- and learn more about gaming in Linux in general.
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The 20 Best Free PC Games

I think most/all in this list will run on Linux- native, Java, Flash, or through Wine.

http://www.extremetech.com/article2/...40696%2C00.asp

More suggestions in the ensuing diggscussion-
http://digg.com/pc_games/The_20_Best_Free_PC_Games_3

Just google "Linux games" or "top linux games", "top free games", etc for lots more Linux games linx.
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I haven't played a game more recent than 1996 since, well, probably never . I still love Street Fighter II... SNES and NES are all I need Maybe a PS1 would be nice. Would love to see this thread -- and learn more about gaming in Linux in general.

I'm rearranging boards, drives, etc. ATM, plus I need to get some controllers, so AFTER ALL THAT (whew!), I'll fire up a thread unless someone else wants to start it off.

Meantime, check out zsnes --> http://www.zsnes.com/

(note that zsnes is available in *buntu repositories)
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The 20 Best Free PC Games

I think most/all in this list will run on Linux- native, Java, Flash, or through Wine.

http://www.extremetech.com/article2/...40696%2C00.asp

More suggestions in the ensuing diggscussion-
http://digg.com/pc_games/The_20_Best_Free_PC_Games_3

Just google "Linux games" or "top linux games", "top free games", etc for lots more Linux games linx.

Maybe I missed it, but I'm surprized nobody mentioned fretsonfire
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I've summarized some of my more useful apps over here.
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I finally got around to trying RubyRipper and it I'd say it's very useful if you have a damaged disc you need to rip. It doesn't have a bunch of features that most people probably want form their ripper. But if you have one stubborn track you need to rip it works well. For example, I had two tracks that even EAC wasn't able to rip, but Rubyripper pulled them off (not perfect, but without any audible pops or clicks).

If you use it, I'd suggest turning off cdparanoia by passing "-Z" in the preferences. It just slows things down and gets in the way.

Personally, I still prefer EAC but RR is a good backup for damaged discs.

BTW, I had to get it from the debianmultimedia.org repository since it isn't in the Ubuntu repos. I was able to satisfy all the dependancies from the Ubuntu repos.
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DVDstyler has finally saved me from doing my DVD authoring by hand.

I tried a whole bunch of GUI DVD Authoring Apps before just giving up and doing them by hand. But, DVDstyler is a bifg improvement over generating menu backgrounds and buttons in Gimp and then manually editing the DVDauthor command file.

If you already know how to use QDVDAuthor, there's probably no point in switching. But if you want something that has a LOT lower learning curve then give DVDstyler a shot.
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Virtualbox and VMware Player are free to use under Linux so you can run your favorite Windows software without any trouble (as opposed to Wine).

Bombono DVD | Author DVD Freely
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^^^ But the license for the copy of Windows that you run in the VM isn't free.

Actually WINE has a similar issue in that if you need any "real" dll's then you need a licensed copy of Windows to be legal. However, on the 1.x versions of WINE, I haven't needed to add any dll's. So I'm finally at a point where I no longer need my legal copy of windows.
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http://ubuntu-install.blogspot.com/

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A nice tutorial for automatically editing FSTAB using PySDM

Here a quote of that website:

GUI Fstab Editing with PySDM
Storage Device Manager - Worry-Free Fstab Configuration
Storage Device Manager provides an easy, non-technical GUI method to make changes to mounting options without manually editing any files. It does for mounting partitions what StartUp-Manager does for editing grub's menu.lst. Storage Device Manager (PySDM) allows the full range of options available to those who manually edit fstab while simplifying the steps so that even beginners will feel comfortable making the same changes through Storage Device Manager. You no longer have to wonder if relatime is really the correct spelling.

EDIT 091213: PySDM appears rather old, though it still works- pySDM does not reference drives/partitions by their UUID or Volume Label, the preferred method for referencing drives and partitions in your fstab file. PySDM appears to refer to partions with the /dev/sda1, /dev/sdb2, etc method.

The issue with this method is that if you repartition your drive, add/remove partitions, add/remove hard drives in your system, the /dev/sdXY (X= a,b,c,... and Y = 1,2,3,...) references may all move around, referring to different partitions and drives after the drive/partition editing. For us DIY'ers, this issue can crop up often. For someone who doesn't change their drives/partitions often, the /dev/sdXY fstab referencing method is fine, so pySDM is still useful.
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Here's a OO extension for importing PDF files.

pdfimport

Seems to be a work in progress, but still useful.
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From

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...0#post17699290

Repository link:
https://launchpad.net/~nvidia-vdpau/.../ppa/+packages

"Add that repo to your system and then install the latest NVidia driver using Synaptic (I believe it's a 195 driver now). Be sure to install ALL of the 19x files that you can find.

Once that's done, go to System > Administration > Hardware Drivers and select the latest driver from the list and choose Activate. Then, restart if you get no errors."

I wasn't aware of this Nvidia repo. Thanks shane2943!

EDIT: updated repo per zim2dive's link
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It appears the PPA I posted is out of date. I didn't realize it.

Courtesy of zim2dive, here is the current PPA:

https://launchpad.net/~nvidia-vdpau/.../ppa/+packages
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The badblocks command/utility is memtest+ for your hard disk

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Badblocks

http://linux.about.com/library/cmd/b..._badblocks.htm

http://www.linuxguide.it/command_lin...file=badblocks

http://linux.die.net/man/8/badblocks

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1201717

To check the hard drive sda for bad blocks/errors, use

badblocks -svw /dev/sda

on the commandline

This will take a long time on large hard disks.

I like to use the Parted Magic liveCD for booting into linux and using badblocks, since Parted MAgic is such a great all around disk utility distro.
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It appears the PPA I posted is out of date. I didn't realize it.

Courtesy of zim2dive, here is the current PPA:

https://launchpad.net/~nvidia-vdpau/.../ppa/+packages

For the noobs, HOWTO add the PPA is on this page-
https://launchpad.net/~nvidia-vdpau/+archive/ppa
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The first post is sorely out of date with all the distro updates and new posts since then.

If someone wants to update it, be my guest- just edit it locally then send a PM to Bob Sorel requesting the update to the first post. Just make a new complete post if you do, to overwrite the old one. Just refer to this post. in your PM to Sorel.
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