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Old 09-03-2008, 12:56 PM   #1
wbamarillo
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Linux Mint promising to help Vista haters switch


Hi. I'm a long time computer user, who originally started programming in Basic on a Tandy Radioshack running the TRSDOS operating system. Later I fooled around with Commodores and various IBM compatibles running DOS in the days before Windows, and then came Windows, which I hated from the onset. "I don't want a GUI sitting on top of my operating system" was a common comment. But Windows got more flashy in time. Windows 3.x didn't have any direct support for accessing the Internet and we had to use winsock in those days. Microsoft apparently thought the Internet wouldn't take off. But with the release of Windows 95 that all changed.

Being a maverick, however, *my* computer ran OS/2 rather than Dos/Windows, and I stayed with OS/2 until Microsoft made it impossible for Windows programs to run under OS/2 (on purpose), which was pretty effective in forcing me to go back to Windows for awhile.

My first version of Linux was Redhat Linux. Don't remember the version, but I became a contributing member and later even a shareholder in the company. From Redhat I migrated over to Mandrake which eventually became Mandriva. I experimented with FreeBSD, Debian and Ubantu. In recent adventures I was unsuccessful 3 times in setting up a dual boot computer running Windows, and wiped out my entire hard disk. My wife harassed me so much after that that I just installed XP software and said the heck with it. Mostly I have to work for a living, you see, but I do enjoy photography (and fortunately I'm pretty handy not only with Photoshop, but also with The Gimp) and Video editing (which I have never successfully accomplished in Linux/GNU yet) and yes, ripping some DVDs. All that apart from writing (I'm an author) and programming with PERL and MySQL.

Anyway, was looking at Mint, installed it, and found it fairly easy. My sound driver worked off the bat. My Nvidia driver wasn't hard to install. Cannot find a DVD ripping utility that does what I want to replace my windows apps. (Lots of utilities, including DVD:RIP take the main video file on a DVD and shrink it down to an AVI file. Nope. that's NOT what I want. I use DVDFab and DVDShrink to copy the whole dvd, menus and extra features and EVERYTHING and burn an ISO image that will copy on to a 4+ gig DVD.)

I've tried using DVDfab under Wine with limited success, but DVDshrink, although runs, crashes when it's done, producing a non-usable ISO image.

So alas, I still have a dual boot machine and even now am writing this diatribe inside a Windows Firefox session.

-Wayne

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Old 09-03-2008, 01:41 PM   #2
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I have to agree with the DVD copying. I haven't found anything in Linux that will do what the Windows apps can do. I use Windows for 3 reasons: gaming (very little these days), copying DVDs (also very little) and using Video chat in MSN. For the last one I really wish there was something that worked for linux so I could basically not turn on my Windows machine at all. Oh well.
 
Old 09-03-2008, 02:29 PM   #3
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Smile dvd copy

You should try K9copy for your dvd needs.It will copy a dvd with menus and produce an iso or it will rip to a mp4 file if you desire that.Cheers.
 
Old 09-16-2008, 08:21 PM   #4
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I did the same thing, held onto Windows. It was my life preserver. I switched fully to LinuxMint just over a year ago and literally have not turned back to Windows since.

For my Audio & Video utilities in Linux Mint 5 (even beginning as far back as 3.2) I use:

(first try to find these apps in the Linux Mint Portal as approved and tested with Linux Mint then if not there use Adept Manager, as a third result, Google it for a .deb Debian or .tar.gz raw Linux file)

DVD Ripping: AcidRip
WMV and FLV encoding to AVI (and other video manipulation): AVIDemux (KINO takes up too much room to encode a file, a simple 300 MB WMV can take up 2 GB)
Audio Manipulation: Audacity
another Audio Manipulation: LiVES (takes some tweaking to install and get running)
DVD Movie disc creation with menu & sub menus: ToDisc & ToVid
DVD movie disc creation w/o menus (simple auto run): DeVeDe
 
Old 09-18-2008, 01:29 AM   #5
wbamarillo
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ACIDrip vs K9Copy

While the problem I have with K9copy it's a KDE application, I've settled with using that rather than acidrip because I'm not interested in making an AVI file, but I want to copy a DVD with all it's menus, etc, and K9Copy does just that, better than what I was using in Windows (DVDFab and DVD Shrink). K9copy works better than my former windows apps because it doesn't hog my system as much when copying a DVD, and it works better than DVD:rip or acidrip or any of a variety of other linux apps because it copies the whole dvd, including menus, previews, extra features, the main movie, etc.

Last edited by wbamarillo; 09-18-2008 at 01:32 AM. Reason: Didn't make sense until I edited it.
 
Old 09-18-2008, 01:51 AM   #6
wbamarillo
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I have to agree with the DVD copying. I haven't found anything in Linux that will do what the Windows apps can do. I use Windows for 3 reasons: gaming (very little these days), copying DVDs (also very little) and using Video chat in MSN. For the last one I really wish there was something that worked for linux so I could basically not turn on my Windows machine at all. Oh well.
Regarding video chat, just came across this, but have not yet checked it out: aMSN is a free open source MSN Messenger clone for Windows,Linux,Unix & Mac

Some of the Features include,

Offline Messaging
Voice Clips
Display pictures
Custom emoticons
Multi-language support (around 40 languages currently supported)
Webcam support
Sign in to more than one account at once
Full-speed File transfers
Group support
Normal, and animated emoticons with sounds
Chat logs
Timestamping
Event alarms
Conferencing support
Tabbed chat windows
 
  


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