DVD playback with SUSE 10.1

2006-11-14 22:31:00 +0100

As already mentioned, getting Linux to playback DVDs is a little tricky, because in some countries (including Germany) it’s illegal to use the needed library. It’s OK if you use Windows as your OS and have a commercial software like WinDVD or PowerDVD, but it’s considered to be illegal if you have open source software to playback css-encoded DVDs??? I cannot see the sense in paying for a DVD and than have to pay again for a (Windows-)software to play it.

 

Multimedia in SUSE 10.1

2006-11-13 15:54:00 +0100

As for all major Linux distributions SUSE comes with almost no support for multimedia. At least mp3 playback is possible via Real Player or amaroK if you install “amarok-helix” and choose it as playback engine for amaroK. If mp3 support is all you want, you’re set! But I like to go a little further here.

 

Compiling Gaim2 on SUSE 10.1

2006-11-09 22:59:00 +0100

Recently I couldn’t resist installing Gaim2. As there are no rpm’s for SUSE 10.1 (you could take a look at Guru’s repository, but that would be the easy way!) I had to compile from source. And by the way: it worked! ;-) So, here’s a little HOWTO.

 

"Zune" Theme for Windows

2006-11-04 23:48:00 +0100

Due to the upcoming release of Microsoft’s Zune-Player they released a new theme for Windows XP. Looks nice if you like black and it kind of fits to the new Windows Media Player 11 which is also mainly colored in black.

 

A short glimpse at "Edgy"

2006-11-03 23:37:00 +0100

Recently I couldn’t resist (those voices in my head told me to…) and give Kubuntu’s Edgy a try. I downloaded the “desktop install” iso for amd64 ignoring the known bug which said that the desktop installer “ubiquity” cannot reuse an existing root partition. I couldn’t believe such thing because in Dapper it worked well. OK, this annoying bug does exist… Very disappointing! So, I downloaded the “alternate install” iso and gave it another try. Installation went smoothly but then another bug: logging in and out of KDE makes all mounted partitions under /media disappear. You have to sudo mount -a to get them back mounted.