Best Media Player & Windows File Sharing programs for Linux?
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Distribution: Solaris 8,9,FedoraCore2,Mandrake10,Knoppix,RedHat9
I think i will answer your last question and leave the first part to the gurus here.
I would personally recommend xmms for mp3 as it has the same skins and functionality of winamp, and its good.
For video there is this player called Totem player which comes with mandrake 10 CD. Install it if you havent already. It plays almost anything. From mpegs to DVD. By the way these are my personal favourites but then there is a huge collection of players.
In terms of media players for video (and indeed anything else):
The big 2 of Mplayer and Xine.
Then there's also Totem, Kaffeine, Realplayer 10, Ogle (DVD only) and many many more.
A particular favourite of mine is VideolanClient - despite the bizarre name it plays almost everything very well.
XMMS (the winamp clone) is king.
And there are loads of iTunes-variants, JuK, AmaroK etc.