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Damnation 03-28-2005 05:28 PM

Win - Lin Software
 
Ok, i have a site that lists ports of software, but unfortunatly there is alot i use that isn't on there.

first of all does linux need defragmenting, now personally i feel it does, linux isn't going to use a harddrive differently to other os's.
files are going to be written randomly over the disk, even if its partiton'd in that area still random writing, its quicker than waiting for a spot to be avaliable

ie disk + header are over the next area on the disk.

i use O&O defrag is there a linux alternitve?

SonicStage, now yes i do still use windows "currently" i should get a new external modem tomorrow and be able to connect to the internet through linux, but SonicStage is used to convert and write to my minidisk's. and i need that software. is there a linux alternative, i will look on their site and see. maybe it can be run through wine. but the software wouldn't work without some media connect thing from windows. meh!

windows use's a registry, how does linux work? does it keep a log of all files on the hd within a file? if so is there a way to remove elements that are not valid on windows i currently use registy first aid.

last and not least mp3gain. i haven't checked yet, but maybe there is a linux version of the program, otherwise is there a program out there that "boosts" the noise output from a mp3 file, helps with low level mp3s on my minidisk player

most of my programs i have found ports to already just by reading posts hehehehe.

but my god i was looking through my start menu, at least 60% of my programs are:
A. ms bloat crap that i haven't worked out how to remove
B. spy,ad,virus removes
C, defrag,reg cleaner,useless crap cleaner

so many apps just to keep windows clean

*needs to force gf to use linux! and college, hmmm feels gf will be harder*

alienDog 03-28-2005 05:47 PM

Re: Win - Lin Software
 
Quote:

Originally posted by Damnation
Ok, i have a site that lists ports of software, but unfortunatly there is alot i use that isn't on there.

first of all does linux need defragmenting, now personally i feel it does, linux isn't going to use a harddrive differently to other os's.
files are going to be written randomly over the disk, even if its partiton'd in that area still random writing, its quicker than waiting for a spot to be avaliable

ie disk + header are over the next area on the disk.

i use O&O defrag is there a linux alternitve?

Filesystems under Linux do frament some, but fragmentation is well under control ant the files aren't going to "explode" all over the disk like in Windows. Linux does indeed use harddrive differently from Windows. About the performance question: everything that is to be written on the disk goes through cache, so there is no performance reduction in having to wait for the drive. No deframentation is necessary. Honestly.

Quote:

Originally posted by Damnation

windows use's a registry, how does linux work? does it keep a log of all files on the hd within a file? if so is there a way to remove elements that are not valid on windows i currently use registy first aid.

Linux doesn't use registry (thank god). System wide configuration files are placed under /etc and each user's individual configuration files under the user's home directory. It is possible that some of these configuration files (and when it comes to user's individual config files, likely) are left behind if you install/remove software. As they are just regular files instead of a monolithic database like registry, they have no affect on the system's performance and you can remove them simply by using a filemanager of your choice or shell commands if you like.

Damnation 03-28-2005 05:53 PM

yes whilst i was typing the question, i did have a thought about usign a cache then writing. much cleaner.

wasn't sure linux did that. but hey nice to know that linux is better even on a hardware level : o)

good to know i won't need those apps bloating my system.

just need to get mp3gain and sonicstage working. and i shall be happy : o)
obviously i might leave windows on my computer so i can run games, but that would be about it really : o).

although thats a rare occurance.

kevinatkins 03-28-2005 05:55 PM

Hi,

SonicStage -

Writing to MiniDisk? MD uses the 'ATRAC' codec, which is proprietary to Sony, so I don't think you're going to have much luck on this! I'd start Googling, but don't hold out hope... (As an aside, I seem to remember reading somewhere that MP3 was the algorithm developed for the now-defunct Philips DCC, which was an early MiniDisk competitor...I might be wrong here..)

Alternative 'music management' / jukebox software is readily available for Linux - XMMS; amaroK; etc..

mp3gain -

sounds like you're trying to apply audio compression - try Audacity.

Damnation 03-28-2005 06:01 PM

ah, well maybe will need win for sonicstage as well

audio compression, mp3gain doesn't shrink the files, say for example you record a tape onto your pc, mp3gain will increase the files output volume, by not just normalisation but some other method.

its a good lil app. but if i need win for it then thats all good. i demand all software vendors port to linux! would make my life easier : o)

mrGenixus 03-28-2005 06:04 PM

Most linux filesystems use a binary-tree-theory based idstibution over the disk, this means that you should never need to defragment you hard drive under linux. If the disk format requires a periodic reformat, the driver for the filesystem ususally does it passively as it performs rutine functions.

so in brief no, defrag not required on linux, this is why I wish woindows supported filesystems like XFS that are actually very quick and allow better responsiveness than a fully defragged windows partition

alienDog 03-28-2005 06:05 PM

I think kevinatkins means dynamic compression with "audio compression". It doesn't reduce the size of files, but amplifies the silent sounds so you can hear them better (that's probably what you are after).

kevinatkins 03-28-2005 06:09 PM

yep, dynamic compression was what i meant - useful for preparing material for playback in a car or other noisy environment, for instance...


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