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Apps, tweaks, tips, and links for your Linux Media HTPC

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This thread is inspired by

The intent is to be a sticky thread at the top of the Linux area.

It is meant to be a one-stop shop and summary of links to apps, utilities, guides, research and reference that can be used for media-related activities under Linux.

The thread will be periodically updated, like the "Free Killer apps" version- whenever we feel like it (i.e. have the time). Over the next weeks, months and years, it will grow and be re-organized, I'm certain.

Much of the software can be installed from Ubuntu in the Add/Remove Programs applet, or found in the Synaptic Repositories. If you can't find them there, often a download of a simple, small .deb file and double clicking it will install it in Ubuntu, and I presume any Debian based distro.

So, here goes:

Installation and Setup

Ubuntu 6.1 to 7.04 Upgrade Discussion

Ubuntu Myth Guide

Ubuntu Edgy MythTV Installation How-to: Ubuntu Edgy and MythTV and Hauppauge PVR-150 by djlosch

Easy Ubuntu+MythTV Installation Discussion

Ubuntu Edgy Myth Front/Back End Guide

Linux Partitioning 101 Short guide into the wonderful world of Linux partitions.

Application & Media player/codec Installation

Synaptic Package Manager tutorial Simple Package management with Synaptic Package Manager in Ubuntu

Differences between Add/Remove and Synaptic Discsussion

Automatix Graphical interface for automating the installation of the most commonly requested applications in some Debian based distributions like Ubuntu


Reduce your Linux memory footprint

Speed up Linux Boot time

Install Knoppix on USB pen drive


Edit Ubuntu Context menus Change/add right click menu options in Ubuntu

Benchmark Testing

Vistas/XP/Ubuntu Test results

30 Days with Ubuntu

Operating System Technical Reference:

Linux kernal data

Linux Timeline/ Geneology Exellent visual guide to Linux distro pedigree

Software Lists, Tables and Directories:

"Essential" software Ubuntu base software load suggestions, 2006

Table of Equivalent Software Linux <-> Windows equivalents list

List of Windows equivalent apps in Linux What word processor can I use in linux or what sound editing app?

Osalt.com Find open source software alternatives to well-known commercial software

Linux/Windows software equivalents The table of equivalents / replacements / analogs of Windows software in Linux

WIndows to Linux equivalents New to Linux? Need a program?

Graphics Editors

GIMP PhotoShop-like bitmap editor/paint

Gimpshop Make Gimp look and feel like PhotoShop

Picture Viewers/Slideshow

XNview An efficient multimedia viewer, browser and converter.

GQview Image browser that features single click access to view images and move around the directory tree.

GwenView Fast and easy to use image viewer


Firefox The cross platform standard

Firefox plug-in repository Use the Search to find Firefox add-ons

20 "Best" Firefox plug-ins Computerworld's List- WARNING- pop-ups

Best Firefox plug-ins Discussion Discussion with more suggestions

Fearless Browser

File Managers:

Endeavour Mark II Total Commander style file manager

X File Explorer MS-Explorer or Commander like file manager for X.

Media Authoring Guides

Tovid DVD Author guide HOWTO: Make DVD Videos Using Tovid: The Video Disc Authoring Suite

FLV conversion Convert YouTube FLV Videos to MPG or AVI

Author DVD with qDVD How to make DVDs with Menus using Q DVD Author

Notebook Options

System 76


DRM issues

Can You Trust Your Computer?
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Maybe once a year or less, new contributions in the remainder of this thread will be edited into the first post.
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This is one of the websites I have bookmarked: http://www.linuxlinks.com/
This is probably the section most HTPCers will be looking at: http://www.linuxlinks.com/Software/Multimedia/

This should help people find sticky-worthy software.
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This is my favorite find from that website:

Video from the website: http://elisa.fluendo.com/screencast/elisa-20070421.ogg

It is called Elisa: http://elisa.fluendo.com/
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Some of the basics for video playback:

Video Playback
Mplayer: http://www.mplayerhq.hu/design7/news.html
Plays a wide array of audio and video codecs. Can be used for DVD as well as video file playback, and has a very broad video and audio filtering system.

Xine: http://xinehq.de/
Also plays many video and audio codecs. One of the favorites for DVD playback as it supports DVD menus. While its number of filtering options (audio and video) are not as broad as Mplayer, it still has many filters and is suitable for many.

VLC: http://www.videolan.org/vlc/
If Mplayer can't play it, VLC probably can. Supports almost every common video codec.
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for Feisty


For digital sound,


for how to do a ton of things in ubuntu...


Sample hardware people use with myth
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A media center UI for Xine: http://oxine.sourceforge.net/

A cool program to add effects to video (meant for webcam use): http://effectv.sourceforge.net/index.html
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how about the main ubuntu/myth page that has links to different ubuntu versions:


also what about knoppmyth (they should be coming out with a new version soon):


and mythdora:


don't forget about linuxmce and pluto

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also zap2it for guide info:


you'll need the myth project code to register:

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I believe there was talk on the MythTV list (or IRC) that they dont want this code posted anywhere but on the mythtv project page. So maybe we should just link to the page that has the Zap2It code.
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I got it from the ubuntu page, so i guess ubuntu didn't get that email.
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CDemu for Linux

Daemon Tools-like CD-ROM emulator for Linux.
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A 'Daemon Tools' clone for linux with a lot of features

1) Mount and Unmount ISO,MDF,NRG (if iso-9660 standard)
3) Burn Your ISO, CUE, TOC images directly in K3b
4) Blank Your CD/DVD ReWritable
5) Verify md5sum of image files and Generate a Md5sum file from ISO
6) Ability to create ISO from Folder and CD/DVD
7) Service-Menu support
8) Play a DVD-Movie ISO with Kaffeine, Mplayer, VLC, Kmplayer
9) Split ISOs in smaller files and Merge them
10) Quick Turbo Mount an ISO file from your Desktop
11) Compress ISO with p7zip and extract
12) Encrypt and Decrypt an ISO
13) Generate a CUE file from a IMG/BIN image
14) Rip a PSX cd to a bin/toc image

Mount ISO image 0.9.1

Mount ISO Image is an advanced script which allows to perform multiple operations with ISO, NRG (Nero Burning ROM), UDF (DVD), CUE/BIN, CCD/IMG/SUB (CloneCD), XDVDFS (XBOX) images.
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Video file editor:

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Common Windows HTPC tools/apps/media players known to work under WINE (free Windows compatibility layer in Linux):

DVD Fab Decrypter

DVD Shrink




Tmpg DVD Author

Wine Applications Database- Search to find out if your Windows program has been tested:

Windows Audio and Video Apps Wine Database
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An Economic Explanation For Why DRM Cannot Open Up New Business Model Opportunities
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Items of slightly less than universal use:

Incomplete Linux driver for the MyHD (needs people to contact Zoran and MIT to ask for specs under NDA): http://myhd.sourceforge.net/

Judder test for Linux (inspired by, though completely different from, the judder test tool for Windows): http://myhd.sourceforge.net/juddertest.php
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Criminalising the consumer- Where digital rights went wrong
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Vast Ubuntu & Linux tutorial, guide & tweak repository


DOS Emulation in Ubuntu (DOS gaming)

DVD Shrink & Decrypter Ubuntu installation guide

Windows to Ubuntu Transition Guide
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How to flash motherboard BIOS from Linux (no DOS/Windows, no floppy drive)
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Fine software projects, news and thoughts from the Linux world.
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Audio software for Linux reference repository
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