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post #151 of 369
That's interesting, Rgb -- thanks for sharing it.

I've been looking into Sun's SGD as an app server: http://www.oracle.com/us/products/se...ons/030738.htm

It serves up Windows, Linux, etc. apps seamlessly to a Linux desktop. It's free to download and use, but there's a per-user fee if you decide to adopt it.

I'll be installing it in an Opensolaris Xen VM for testing (along with Lustre) with Linux and Windows Server also running in VM's.

I'll report back my opinions on all of this after I actually get up off of my binge-drinking ass and put the damn thing together. I've been sitting on it for several months now.
post #152 of 369
Originally Posted by Rgb View Post


FSTAB automatically edited
Posted by Jeroen
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.

Preface: I was having problems with mounting one particular drive and I kept getting weird errors that I couldn't find much about so I was looking for help. I found PySDM referenced on another site and gave it a try.

DISCLAIMER: I had no idea WTF I was doing and I changed things I should have left the hell alone.

After using PySDM, I could no longer boot into my Ubuntu install but my Mandriva install still worked fine. Upon further review, I found that I had hosed my Ubuntu fstab file pretty badly and had to learn to fix it manually. Once I learned a little about it, I was also able to fix the original problem.

Moral: trying to do things the "easy" way often leads to frustration and having to learn to do things the "hard" way anyway. Now that I know a little about the "hard" way I see no reason to use the "easy" way anymore.
post #153 of 369
Originally Posted by lackskill View Post

Moral: trying to do things the "easy" way often leads to frustration and having to learn to do things the "hard" way anyway. Now that I know a little about the "hard" way I see no reason to use the "easy" way anymore.

Very true and that's one of the major plus points of Linux and FOSS: give the necessary skills (which everyone can acquire with patience and some reading up) everything is fixable and customizable, unlike with closed source OSes where many things are locked down and only fixable by the manufacturer.
post #154 of 369
SABnzbd -- http://wiki.sabnzbd.org/install-ubuntu-repo

I absolutely love this thing! Features:


Fully automated downloading

* Picks up NZB files from a special folder
* Par2-repair and unpack to suitable folder
* Process RSS feeds from sites like nzbmatrix.com and nzbs.org and many others
* Automatic TV season folder sorting
* Sends email on job completion

Tuning options

* Bandwidth limiter
* Caching
* Special situations

Storage options

* Define categories to store downloads in the right folder
* Precise folder assignment

Web interface

* Remotely-controllable
* Multiple skins
* Special Mobile device skin
* RSS Feed for history
* Queue items can be individually paused
* Queue can be temporarily paused

Usenet servers

* SSL (secure-NNTP)
* Define multiple Usenet servers
* Scheduling of downloading
* Scheduling of servers
* IPV6-compatible

Indexing Sites

* Automatically validates download and RSS urls

Other Supported Sites

* nzbs.org
* binsearch.info
* tvnzb.com
* Many More!

Process RSS feeds from indexing sites

* Periodically read out RSS feeds
* Define your own filtering
* Hands-free downloading!
* Compatible with many sites


* API for third party tools


* Works on Windows (XP/Vista/7/Servers)
* Works on Linux/Unix
* Works on Apple Mac OSX
* Works on some NAS devices

post #155 of 369
Works with SABnzbd ^^^


Sick Beard is a PVR for newsgroup users (with limited torrent support). It watches for new episodes of your favorite shows and when they are posted it downloads them, sorts and renames them, and optionally generates metadata for them. It currently supports NZBs.org, NZBMatrix, NZBs'R'Us, Bin-Req.com, and EZTV.it and retrieves show information from theTVDB.com and TVRage.com.

10.04 install and setup guide: http://www.ainer.org/?p=747

Home page: http://sickbeard.com/index.html
post #156 of 369

CouchPotato (CP) is an automatic NZB and torrent downloader. You can keep a "movies I want"-list and it will search for NZBs/torrents of these movies every X hours. Once a movie is found, it will send it to SABnzbd or download the torrent to a specified directory.


* Automatic downloading and sending of NZBs to SABnzbd
* Automatic downloading of torrents files to a specified directory
* Easy adding movies via IMDB UserScript
* Movie sorting & renaming
* Trailer downloading
* Quality options to download best available. Overwrite if better is found.
* A "Coming Soon" page with soon to be released DVD and Theater info.

git repository: http://github.com/RuudBurger/CouchPotato
post #157 of 369
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post #158 of 369
The LinuxMusicians Wiki has tons of information on software for creating/editing music, system configuration for audio, a support forum, etc. If you're using *buntu and don't want to install the Ubuntu Studio distro, then you may find this guide helpful, also.
post #159 of 369
Originally Posted by mythmaster View Post

The LinuxMusicians Wiki has tons of information on software for creating/editing music, system configuration for audio, a support forum, etc. If you're using *buntu and don't want to install the Ubuntu Studio distro, then you may find this guide helpful, also.

As part of the Fedora Summer Coding 2010 project, there is now a Fedora Musicians' Guide. It has just been released, and is only a draft. It was written with a Fedora/Planet CCRMA audio workstation in mind.

post #160 of 369
Originally Posted by waterhead View Post

As part of the Fedora Summer Coding 2010 project, there is now a Fedora Musicians' Guide. It has just been released, and is only a draft. It was written with a Fedora/Planet CCRMA audio workstation in mind.


Cool. I found the KXStudio distro via the guide that I linked to above, also. I'm just finishing up the 64-bit install right now.
post #161 of 369
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Dated, but still good reference info re: switching to Linux/Ubuntu with an install HOWTO plus good commentary on how Linux can do what most people need most of the time- Linux/Ubuntu and the install processes have only gotten better & easier since 2007, the date of the articles.

You Can Switch to Linux

Easy Way to Switch to Linux
post #162 of 369
Radio tray is a simple internet audio streaming program. As it's name suggests, it exists in the system tray.


Radio Tray is an online radio streaming player that runs on a Linux system tray. Its goal is to have the minimum interface possible, making it very straightforward to use.
Radio Tray is not a full featured music player, there are plenty of excellent music players already. However, there was a need for a simple application with minimal interface just to listen to online radios. And that's the sole purpose of Radio Tray.
Radio Tray is Free Software, licensed under the GPL.


* plays most media formats (based on gstreamer libraries)
* bookmarks support, with sorting
* easy to use
* supports PLS playlist format (Shoutcast/Icecast)
* supports M3U playlist format
* supports ASX, WAX and WVX playlist format


There are Ubuntu packages for it, as well as source code that can be compiled on most Linux distros.

post #163 of 369
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A status bar application able to temporarily prevent the activation of both the screensaver and the "sleep" powersaving mode.

post #164 of 369
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Making Ubuntu look like Windows 7


While I don't advocate doing this, a Win7 look may be helpful for less technical users coming from/converting from win7.
post #165 of 369
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Lists/tables of Linux/FOSS equivalents to Win/commercial apps-





While most of the Linux/FOSS apps are known to me and others here, there is always a surprise, like

TMPGEnc DVD Author, Roxio DVDit -> Bombono DVD


Never heard of or tried Bombono yet, but Tmpg DVD Author and Source Creator were my favorites years ago on XP, and still work on Wine. Nice to know good replacements are here.

The latest Kdenlive as reviewed in a recent Linux Journal appears to have nice DVD Authoring and video file conversion to DVD MPEG compliant video capability now.

post #166 of 369
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For future reference-
(making these unsticky 9/3/2010)

Linux media HTPC video playback CPU utilization and optimization


Option "UseEvents" "True"

Add the line to the *Screen* section of xorg.conf, NOT the Device section per:

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Default Screen"
Monitor "Configured Monitor"
Device "Configured Video Device"
Option "AddARGBGLXVisuals" "True"
Option "UseEvents" "True"
Defaultdepth 24

Hauppauge HD-PVR on Linux

Flash video quality and performance on Linux
post #167 of 369

Remmina is a remote desktop client written in GTK+. Remmina supports multiple network protocols in an integrated and consistant user interface. Currently RDP, VNC, NX, XDMCP and SSH are supported.

post #168 of 369
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10 Alternatives to iTunes for managing your iPod

post #169 of 369
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Digital Video Primer For Geeks




"Xiph.org just released the first installment in its video series 'A Digital Video Primer For Geeks,' which covers digital audio and video fundamentals. The first video covers basic concepts of how digital audio and video are encoded, and does so in an understandable fashion. The video is hosted by Monty, the founder of Xiph.org (the people who brought you Ogg), and explains a lot of concepts (FourCC codes, YUV color space, gamma, etc.) that many watchers of digital video have long been exposed to, but don't quite understand themselves. The intent of the video series (in addition to general education) is to spur interest in digital encoding and get more free software hackers involved in digital audio/video."
post #170 of 369
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DeaDBeeF - Ultimate Music Player For GNU/Linux


DeaDBeeF (as in 0xDEADBEEF) is an audio player for GNU/Linux systems with X11 (though now it also runs in plain console without X, in FreeBSD, and in OpenSolaris).

It is mainly written by Alexey Yakovenko, with contributions from a lot of different people (see about box in the player for more details).

It is distributed under the terms of GNU General Public License version 2.

Main features (the list is most likely far from complete):

•mp3, ogg vorbis, flac, ape, wv, wav, m4a, mpc, tta, cd audio (and many more)
•sid, nsf and lots of other popular chiptune formats
•ID3v1, ID3v2.2, ID3v2.3, ID3v2.4, APEv2, xing/info tags support
•character set detection for non-unicode id3 tags - supports cp1251 and iso8859-1
•unicode tags are fully supported as well (both utf8 and ucs2)
•cuesheet (.cue files) support, with charset detection (utf8/cp1251/iso8859-1)
•tracker modules like mod, s3m, it, xm, etc
•HVSC song length database support for sid
•gtk2 interface with efficient custom widgets
•no GNOME or KDE dependencies
•minimize to tray, with scrollwheel volume control
•drag and drop, both inside of playlist, and from filemanagers and such
•control playback from command line
•global hotkeys
•multiple playlists
•album artwork display
•18-band graphical equalizer
•metadata editor
•user-customizable groups in playlists
•user-customizable columns with flexible title formatting
•radio and podcast support for ogg vorbis, mp3 and aac streams
•gapless playback
•plugin support; bundled with lots of plugins, such as global hotkeys and last.fm scrobbler; sdk is included
•duration calculation is as precise as possible for vbr mp3 files (with and without xing/info tags)
•was tested and works on x86, x86_64 and ppc64 architectures. should work on most modern platforms
Appears to be similar to FooBar2000 on Windows, though I haven't tried DeadBeef yet.
post #171 of 369
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Pinta- Paint.Net alternative For Linux


Pinta is a drawing/editing program modeled after Paint.NET. It's goal is to provide a simplified alternative to GIMP for casual users. It is currently early in development.


Drawing Tools
Pinta includes a wide array of common tools like Paintbrush, Pencil, Shapes, Eraser, and Selections.

Multiple Layers
Pinta supports unlimited layers.

Full History
Pinta provides unlimited levels of Undo/Redo.

Adjustments and Effects
Pinta includes a a wide array of adjustments and effects for tweaking your images
post #172 of 369
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Rapid Photo Downloader


Main features
1Generates meaningful, user configurable file and folder names
2Downloads photos and videos from multiple devices simultaneously
3Backs up photos and videos as they are downloaded
4Easy to configure and use
5Runs under Gnome, KDE and other Linux desktop environments
6Available in seventeen languages
7Program configuration and use is fully documented
post #173 of 369
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XChat is an IRC chat program for both Linux and Windows. It allows you to join multiple IRC channels (chat rooms) at the same time, talk publicly, private one-on-one conversations etc. Even file transfers are possible.

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Frostwire The Fastest bt+Gnutella P2P Program

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Dropbox online file storage/sharing

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AllTray is a program you can use on Unix-like systems such as GNU/Linux or FreeBSD running the X Window System to dock any application which doesn’t have a native tray icon into the system tray/notification area. AllTray works with many desktop environments and window managers, including Metacity on GNOME, KWin on KDE and OpenBox, both standalone and with GNOME or KDE. The current release of AllTray is 0.7.3dev, and can be downloaded from Launchpad; the most recent stable release is 0.70 and is also available at that location. For more on AllTray’s history and current development plans, please see the About page.
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Install Linux Mint Main Menu (MintMenu) In Ubuntu From A PPA

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mvPod is a user friendly application to convert mostly any video into specific video format compatible with mobile device like iPod. Preset setting can be use to convert easily your videos.
post #179 of 369
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Shutter screenshot tool


Shutter is a feature-rich screenshot program. You can take a screenshot of a specific area, window, your whole screen, or even of a website – apply different effects to it, draw on it to highlight points, and then upload to an image hosting site, all within one window. Shutter is free, open-source, and licensed under GPL v3.
post #180 of 369
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Clementine Music player/manager


Clementine is a modern music player and library organiser. Clementine is a port of Amarok 1.4, with some features rewritten to take advantage of Qt4.
•Search and play your local music library
•Listen to internet radio from Last.fm, SomaFM and Magnatune
•Tabbed playlists, import and export M3U, XSPF, PLS and ASX
•Visualisations from projectM
•Transcode music into MP3, Ogg Vorbis, Ogg Speex, FLAC or AAC
•Edit tags on MP3 and OGG files, organise your music
•Download missing album cover art from Last.fm
•Cross-platform - works on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux
•Native desktop notifications on Linux (libnotify) and Mac OS X (Growl)
•Remote control using a Wii Remote, MPRIS or the command-line
•Copy music to your iPod, iPhone, MTP or mass-storage USB player
•Queue manager
Other Rythmbox/iTunes alternatives-


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