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Old 04-15-2005, 04:34 PM   #1
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Why can't Linux be easy , I need help with

Hi guy's yet i love Linux i sometime wonder why can't linux be easy , i brought ie paid cash for Linspire version 5 yet i love it so much and its better than windows but still it has a bit of a way to catch up windows and then beat windows.
anyway what i want to know is ,

I am using a program call Audacity and i just want to export my file as mp3 its asking for a file call , my first question where can i get this file from and how would i install it and then find it.

my second point is i know Audacity is free and it can't import this file as they have to charge for it. dam the Capital world.

please help.
Old 04-15-2005, 05:25 PM   #2
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Linux isn't hard, it's just different. Linux is already way ahead of windows, the only thing lacking is support for certain hardware and for more publishers to produce linux versions of their software.

Anyway, that file is part of lame so either install lame or if linspire has RPM you might find a suitable RPM at

I don't know what linspire is like for installing from source, they probably don't give you the development tools by default.
Old 04-15-2005, 05:37 PM   #3
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Just download LAME and compile it. I preferr to use ogg files instead of mp3 because ogg files sound more natural. mp3 sound synthetic to me. I use flac for archival purposes.

I paid nothing for Linux.
Old 04-15-2005, 05:50 PM   #4
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I am still a newbie and really want to rid the world (starting with my family) of Windoze.

I tried a distro (that recently changed its name) which is supposed to be good for newbies and it very nearly sent me away from Linux for a long time.

Just before the Linux community saw my back, I tried Ubuntu (after reading much good stuff about it) and now I'm hooked. It's got a fantastic dedicated community and forum but mainly, it just works. I've had some niggly little problems, like setting up the serial modem, but found simple step by step instructions in the forum (search first!!) and had it sorted in minutes, as compared with 3 weeks of frustration with the other distro. Installing new applications is a cinch, forget RPMs.

So, try Ubuntu. It may not be for you, but I'd be surprised. If you prefer KDE desktop, try Kubuntu. Same distro with KDE.

Hope this helps.
Old 04-17-2005, 02:25 PM   #5
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wow many thanks for your support i shall try LAME out and visit the above site Linspire 5 is good guys but it just lacks of information on HOW to in Linux , you know the very basic things , like if you want to trouble shoot a printer how to go about that in linux , change wallpaper in linux that kind of stuff
Old 04-17-2005, 06:59 PM   #6
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Linspire (then Lindows) was my first foray into linux with a GUI. I only kept it a week and then went to knoppix/kanotix/then just debian. But it is good start for a newbie. I believe Linspire has KDE by default. Check out kde control center in the kmenu and you will find answers to a lot like the wallpaper and printers (under peripherals) and they have nice help section in kde too

The audacity bit may be a little obtuse, even once you install lame. When you try to encode and mp3 you will get the dialog. There is a trick - it will be looking only for that exact file, choose to show extended libraries and you may have to pick it will work A little googling sometimes is all it takes.

Again, a nice choice to start with - check out kcontrol center and those help files and you will be on your way.
Old 04-17-2005, 09:18 PM   #7
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Originally posted by Electro
Just download LAME and compile it. I preferr to use ogg files instead of mp3 because ogg files sound more natural. mp3 sound synthetic to me. I use flac for archival purposes.
What does that mean? I find it very interesting that you find music files "natural" or "synthetic".


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