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    HP Pavilion dv 1000 notebook. 1.4 ghz intel celeron processor / 80 gb HD / 512 mb shared RAM
  1. Not to rain on the parade, but there are more add-ons for this purpose than I can count. And I think download helper is much, much better.
  2. bg1256

    netflix user

    I was disappointed when I started a trial of netflix to learn Linux is not supported. However, if you own an Xbox 360, you can stream directly to that. And the streaming features is at no additional charge, so it's not like you're losing anything if you are already a Netflix subscriber.
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    Ubuntu for torrents

    Assuming you want to use torrents legally, there are a couple options. First, azureus is in the repos, albeit an older version. Azureus Vuze is on www.getdeb.net in a .deb package. I use utorrent, when I torrent, in wine, because I think it's the best program for torrents. And before I get thrown under the bus, I use torrents legally -- at least I do now, in the present.
  4. I don't disagree, and I like what you're saying. I would add, however, that I think migrating from the culture MS and its software solutions has created to the Linux culture (for lack of a better word) is a transition. When I began to make the switch, I barely had an idea what open source was, and I was blown away with the idea that I didn't have to pay for software. I guess what I'm trying to say is this: I see a little bit of myself in the posts you made earlier... but I have learned a whole lot in a variety of ways -- from asking questions here to googling to searching the ubuntu forums, etc. (So obviously, I'm not completely like the person you are describing.) But I think a lot of people start just like you described, but it's not entirely their fault. It's not as if they teach classes in school about open source software and all the great benefits it can have. Instead, you get intros to MS Office and Photoshop. And then, of course, are the people you describe who don't ever change and aren't willing to learn. As involved as you are here in the Linux forum providing constant help and TA, I can only imagine how frustrating it must be...
  5. Bruce, If you had only used Windows (like me) before migrating to Linux, the thought of entering anything into a command line was foreign at best, intimidating at worst. The only way I knew how to install software was by clicking through a Windows installer. So, when someone told me to compile ./configure make sudo make install, you might as well have been speaking Japanese. Ultimately, I think people complain is one of two reasons: 1) People are unfamiliar with / don't understand the concept of compiling from source, which usually includes meeting dependencies. subpoint: a lot of people, including me sometimes, don't know where to find dependencies 2) People are lazy.
  6. Thanks Bruce. I tried your command, but it gives an error: [email protected]:/multimedia/TV/SG-1$ ffmpeg -i thearkoftruth.mkv -acodec mp3 -vcodec mpeg4 -sameq thearkoftruth.avi FFmpeg version SVN-rUNKNOWN, Copyright (c) 2000-2007 Fabrice Bellard, et al. configuration: --enable-gpl --enable-pp --enable-swscaler --enable-pthreads --enable-libvorbis --enable-libtheora --enable-libogg --enable-libgsm --enable-dc1394 --disable-debug --enable-libmp3lame --enable-libfaadbin --enable-libfaad --enable-libfaac --enable-xvid --enable-x264 --enable-liba52 --enable-amr_nb --enable-amr_wb --enable-shared --prefix=/usr libavutil version: 1d.49.3.0 libavcodec version: 1d.51.38.0 libavformat version: 1d.51.10.0 built on Jul 29 2008 18:21:25, gcc: 4.2.3 (Ubuntu 4.2.3-2ubuntu7) [matroska @ 0xb7f67110]Ignoring seekhead entry for ID=0x1549a966 [matroska @ 0xb7f67110]Ignoring seekhead entry for ID=0x1654ae6b [matroska @ 0xb7f67110]Ignoring seekhead entry for ID=0x114d9b74 [matroska @ 0xb7f67110]Unknown entry 0x73a4 in info header [matroska @ 0xb7f67110]Unknown track header entry 0x55aa - ignoring [matroska @ 0xb7f67110]Unknown track header entry 0x23314f - ignoring [matroska @ 0xb7f67110]Unknown track header entry 0x55ee - ignoring [matroska @ 0xb7f67110]Unknown track header entry 0xaa - ignoring [matroska @ 0xb7f67110]Unknown track header entry 0x55aa - ignoring [matroska @ 0xb7f67110]Unknown track header entry 0x23314f - ignoring [matroska @ 0xb7f67110]Unknown track header entry 0x55ee - ignoring [matroska @ 0xb7f67110]Unknown track header entry 0xaa - ignoring Input #0, matroska, from 'thearkoftruth.mkv': Duration: 01:37:39.3, bitrate: N/A Stream #0.0: Audio: ac3, 48000 Hz, 5:1 Stream #0.1: Video: h264, yuv420p, 1920x1080, 25.00 fps(r) Output #0, avi, to 'thearkoftruth.avi': Stream #0.0: Video: mpeg4, yuv420p, 1920x1080, q=2-31, 200 kb/s, 25.00 fps(c) Stream #0.1: Audio: mp3, 48000 Hz, 5:1, 64 kb/s Stream mapping: Stream #0.1 -> #0.0 Stream #0.0 -> #0.1 Error while opening codec for output stream #0.1 - maybe incorrect parameters such as bit_rate, rate, width or height Not sure where the error is. Ideas?
  7. Thanks, all. Bruce, I've heard of ffmpeg. I'll do some searching. duanester, I had no idea VLC could do all that! I use it all the tiem and was completely unaware. Thanks again.
  8. Hello everyone, I am looking for a (relatively) simple way to convert mkv files into a format in which I can view them on an xbox 360. Converting to .avi would be ideal, but I'm not necessarily attached to that. I have been experimenting wiht DeVeDe, which uses mencoder, and it works alright; however, I cannot do any batch encoding with this program. Also, it seems to create some sort of video glitch in every file it converts. The files I want to convert are currently in HD resolution, and I would prefer not to lose any quality. I've read several different command line 'solutions' using mencoder, but I'm hoping for something simpler, as I have only a basic understanding of video encoding. I am willing to learn, though, if a simple gui solution doesn't work. Thanks in advance to for the help I know I will receive! edit: I should add that the files I want to convert currently contain subtitles, which I would like to remove if possible..
  9. This post should have a disclaimer that any utility such as this will make changes to integral components of the OS, which could result in system instability or worse... Use things like this at your own risk, and always back up before using it.
  10. Sounds like a bad burn or an install that was cancelled. I would re-download the .iso file (assuming a fast internet connection) and re-burn the .iso to CD. Then, re-install.
  11. They didn't blow it with UAC - they blew it with how it is implemented. UAC is, imo, a step in the right direction for Windows security. However, the amount of prompting specifically has made it feel restrictive rather than secure, if not down right annoying.
  12. I wouldn't worry about the files in apt cache unless you see the folder getting over a few hundred MB... unless you are really hurting for the HDD space
  13. I am enormously skeptical of this product for two reasons: First, it's a Norton product, which tend to be very poor in my estimation. Second, it's a third party application which modifies an essential component of the OS's security. It seems like it's begging to be exploited somehow.
  14. Defreggning? Now there's a blast from the past... If you'er using Ubuntu (which I though you said you were, could be wrong), you will accumulate quite a bit of "junk" in the "apt cache" folder. When you install packages, it will cache a lot of the installation files there, which can be safely removed. Last week, I emptied that folder because it had accumulated about 2 gigs of data since this install of Ubuntu (over 6 months ago). That might be larger than normal, since it did include several games and such.
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