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NautTboy 02-21-2007 12:04 PM

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I have several questions. Instead of scatter them out individually I figure I'll ask here as a newbie. Yes, this is my first post also.

I have 2 oringal disc
Stormix 2000
Mandrake 7.0
Are they any good compare to others?

I'd also downloaded Ubuntu,
Took awhile for it to come to a desktop screen with monitor flickering. I'd noticed the cdrom has stop running. I only saw an icon for install. Does that sound normal?

I'm in the process of installing Linux XP that I just downloaded and it looks good so far.

Testing on Emachine 400Mhz 128Ram.

When you download all this distribution for free, I dont quite understand is it really free or just free to try?

pljvaldez 02-21-2007 12:38 PM

I don't know about Stormix 2000, but Mandrake 7 is really old. I think the newest version is probably Mandriva 10 or so. Ubuntu probably won't run really well on your machine because you don't have enough RAM. You can try the sister project, Xubuntu and will probably get a little better results.

As for free, all of linux is free as in freedom, but not all of them are free as in free beer. I think Linux XP's "free" version probably doesn't have things like multimedia codecs (for playing videos or mp3) or advanced graphics drivers or any "commercial" software. The paid for version probably does.

Ubuntu is completely free to use. You'll have to install multimedia codecs by hand, though there's a great site for helping Ubuntu users do that sort of a thing.

NautTboy 02-21-2007 02:08 PM

Well, i can say that I like Linux XP very much. Very similar to MSW XP, dah. Tho, i've noticed a message came up on the bottom right corner of screen saying my Linux XP is not register. We'll see if i encounter any problem. Thanks for your input.

pljvaldez 02-21-2007 04:21 PM

It may be that they don't give you access to updates and stuff if you don't register. I don't know having never used a paid for distro before.

NautTboy 02-21-2007 05:29 PM

pljvaldez, thanks again.
I have another question. I was just testing out CD and the audio works fine, it autodetect. I tried VCD(karaoke) cd but there's nothing that pop up. I did a search, i came across MTV. I downloaded it and extracted with rolling something. My question is how do i run it or install it? Do i need a software to install that software? In the MS world it would be known as the setup.exe or install.exe. Or what is the extension for application file, is it .bin?

pljvaldez 02-21-2007 05:54 PM

Typical VCD/movie players are Kaffeine, Mplayer, Totem, Xine, or VLC. I don't know what was included with your distro, so you might have to look around, but I suspect there is something there. You might also need some sort of codec that wasn't installed.

Installing programs are a bit different in linux. Typically, your distro will have a collection of all the programs you could want, called a repository. Each distro has a tool that you use to install programs. Generally you can't just download a program like exe or bin and use it. You can look into things like Autopackage or Klik. But I've never used these.

Here's a link to a list of equivalents to some windows software.

NautTboy 02-21-2007 07:32 PM

I'd looked at Xine and liked it. I was going to download it but need to ask question first. Here's the file i got from xinehq:

xine-engine and many plugins, required


Are these version, or parts that need to commind up.
There's also Xine-ui, is that the GUI for the lib?

Would it be to much to ask for you to look at what i'm looking at? it's at download section of xinehq. Could i post a link from here?

pljvaldez 02-22-2007 11:28 AM

I can look at it, but what I'm driving at is there should be a package either already installed on your machine or in a repository somewhere. I don't know enough about this LinuxXP distro to know what is and isn't installed. It looks from some screenshots on their webpage that they use Totem.

Mostly when you download stuff from sites like this, you have to compile it from source code. As a newer user, you probably don't want to do that just yet. Not that it's hard, but it's easy for things to not work correctly when you're done if you don't know what you're doing.

Having looked at these sites, it appears Linux XP is based on Fedora. so you might be able to install an RPM for Fedora from Or you might have to compile from source code. Here's the link to the directions.

NautTboy 02-22-2007 02:04 PM

Here's what i have under multimedia:
CD Player - work
GQradio - Dont - no such file or directory /dev/radio
Music Plyr- Work
Sound RCDR- Work
Totem Mply- Dont - nothing comes up when execute
TV Time - Work

NautTboy 02-23-2007 05:55 PM

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Ok This Thread Is Closed!
I've quit testing Linux XP because I have to register for $19, not bad of a price. Why pay when you can get it else where.

Decided to try it on a real system 2.0Ghz(testing Vista) instead of my test system eMachine 400Mhz.

Load Ubuntu just fine. It even did the partition for me, I chose automatic. Guess what?! I've lost everything in Vista. Oh well, nothing I can't get it back.

Just saw another thread about partitioning and they mention video how-to. I'll start from there.

Thanks for your help pljvaldez.

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