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I've liked Amarok ok, although i'm tempted to switch to XMMS for the plugins and support in general. If I could get Amarok to play more formats and have some cool features like windows media did, I'd be happy with it. I'm using xine for video with great success (except for DVD, but that's probably not xine's problem), I just wish I could have it all in one program
When you fly, you take an airplane, when you sail, you use a boat and when you go to see a friend, you use a car, motorcycle or bicycle.
I have been programming for 35 years. When you try to combine functions, something always suffers
I was never overly unhappy with the occasional crash or freeze in Windows Media Player (maybe once a month with constant use?) If microsoft for some crazy reason took the source to WMP and compiled it for Ubuntu, I would definetly use it. As it is, I get more trouble from Rhythmbox than I ever did from Windows Media Player, not to mention I had to go get all those little pieces to make the former even play mp3s.
You can call me crazy for wanting my video and music functions combined in one program, but I loved it on windows, I got real familiar with creating playlists and changing the playback speed for guitar stuff.. I only had to get familiar with one program. Also, when I plugged in an external hard drive with a bunch of TV and music on it, I could tell windows media to just pick up all the files for its library.
I've only been doing linux a few days, quite unsuccesfully, but it seems like some of you guys hate software just because it's microsoft, even if it works.
I recognize that my preference for WMP is probably very very rare in the linux community!
I want both! A program that handles multimedia well and programs that are designed carry out specific tasks well.
Personally I'd prefer to see programs that perform these functions well and are designed for use on the systems that I use.
Winamp and Windows Media Player blow away anything I've seen on any Linux system I've ever set up. I'm sure Mac stuff is sweet, but I haven't used one in years.
I'm trying Kubuntu on my laptop. Some things work, for others I will have to install all of the packages for all of the media codecs, and see if it plays all of my media files. I only ripped my cds as .ogg later in the process, silly me! I might just rip 'em again as .ogg instead of converting. I still need .mp3 for podcasts.
I have to disagree with jerril:
"Winamp and Windows Media Player blow away anything I've seen on any Linux..."
I never found WMP or winamp to be blowing anything away: I certainly tried to avoid them during my Windows years.
I still have Windows machines but I have never started up Winamp or Windows Media Player unless it was absolutely necessary.
I once started up WMP because I was in a meeting, had to show a series of short videos, and while I was deciding what would be a good way to do it somebody said "just drag them onto WMP".
I really didn't want to and of course I regretted it later -- loads of stuff I had to shut up and turn off.
Right from the early days of WMP I went right off it because of such behaviours as these (and I could be wrong, but this is what WMP SEEMS to me to do):
- appears to try to connect to the internet without being asked to,
- appears to keep records, e.g. recent lists and caches, and similarly waste space on my hard drive without being asked to,
- appears to display advertising and promotions without being asked to,
- appears to be suggesting what music and videos I might want to download - when I didn't ask it to do anything of the sort.
Since I have been mostly using Linux I feel I have a lot of choice about how to play music and video. This could be a mirage, because you could say it all comes down to just two applications, xine and mplayer, -- but lots of choices in front-end and configurability.
Must say I agree with members wishing for MS Office: Due to my previous use of MS Access I need to make a change, e.g. master MySQL. I have been postponing this for a year. Just don't feel I have the strength yet.
(Haven't tried to Wine Access -- from what I can make out it would be a lost cause.)
I have compared Oo Write with MS Word quite thoroughly and my opinion is that there are only minor differences except as regards one point: Writing formulas in Oo is not very exciting as I am used to write them with the equation editor (Mathtype) in MS Word (I'm talking about quite complex math and matrix formulas where typically Latex is used in the Unix world).
Is there a tool for Oo/Linux that makes formula writing equally easy as with Mathtype? (for your information: I have no experience from Latex use, have so far used only MS but really want to 'migrate'. I think meny of us need self-explanatory software without being forced to learn new writing systems).
Khanatif, you are me about a week ago. I still can't use linux very well, but I found a few things to help me. I reccomend you check out the thread that details my struggle (About to give up- ubuntu) at
this is probably of limited value if you don't use Ubuntu or Kubuntu, but it would quickly get you Mp3, DVD support, video, all kinds of nice things if you are using Ubuntu. If you're not using Ubuntu, at least give what distro you are using (Mandriva, Red Hat, Suse, etc.) so that the fine people of this website can help you.
Exe files are not generally run on linux, you will have to leave those behind.
I'd have to agree that openoffice is better in every way. When I used windows, I had a port of openoffice and MS Office 2003. Office sat untouched- I just never needed it.
Well... you are dead wrong!!!! Yes of cource the source, the engine, the CPU use... it all sucks. But what if you live in a country like the Netherlands (Holland)? Will you find a GOOD and UP-TO-DATE spelling check for me? Will you find a plugin that imports ANY type of content that can be found on the web? No you can not! Word may be programmed in a very bad way, it may screw up all standards BUT it does what you aks it to do and the GUI and all the functions work like you want it to work.
The same goes for media: media player plays everything! Try using the standard version that comes with a fresh installation of Windows XP and you will not find any commercials. It tracks the internet? Then turn it off at the the freaking setup when you install it!!! It records all your media? TURN... IT... OFF!!!
The problem of the Linux community is that it excists only out of programmers that only care for the code that is written. Only the 'computer nerds' will get it to work. It doesn't matter if it doesn't work because they will find a way to let it work, or they create that specific way themselves. The 'power' of Windows is that it gives you some sort of warrenty that everything just works.
And do we really want all Windows apps to run under Linux? NO! Simply because all the virusses and spyware and other crap will also work. What we need is that Linux becomes the industry standard.
Just wait for about ten years and we may will get rid of Windows for good.