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Three MythTV Linux distros compared

My curiosity toward MythTV-specific distros was touched off by MythBuntu's latest release earlier this month, Public Alpha 3. I run Ubuntu on my primary desktop machine, and had a relatively painless experience installing MythTV on it courtesy of the official repositories. Only while waiting for...
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Editing basics for the xorg.conf file

By Bruce Byfield It's easy to understand users' caution. Not only does xorg.conf contain a lot that can go wrong, but it is only fitfully documented in man and Web pages. Moreover, because the file's settings are specific to each system, borrowing an example of the file off the Internet is...
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Become a digital video editing guru using Linux tools

By Alex Roitman The process consists of several steps. First, you transfer the video source material to your Linux machine (video grabbing). Next, you edit the video, possibly mixing it with other video and audio material, and then render it into an output video file. If your goal is to upload a...
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Note to new Linux users: No antivirus needed

By Joe Barr Savvy Windows users have to watch their virus checkers as closely as the head nurse in the ICU keeps an eye on patient monitors. Often, the buzz in the Windows security world is about which protection-for-profit firm was the first to discover and offer protection for the malware du...
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How to convert YouTube videos to DivX or XviD

By Manolis Tzanidakis Before starting the conversion you need to download the videos to your computer. Youtube-dl is the perfect tool for the job; check Joe Barr's article for more information. If you use Firefox you can also try the VideoDownloader extension. You will need a recent version of...
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Convert any video file to DVD with open source tools

By Manolis Tzanidakis Packages for both programs are available for most Linux distributions and BSDs, so you can install them on your favorite OS easily. Compiling the programs from source isn't difficult, as long as you get their dependencies right. Both programs provide adequate documentation...
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My quest for a Linux audio player

By Peter EnseleitÂ¬â  Before evaluating the Linux audio players, I considered what I wanted from them. I listen to MP3 and Ogg Vorbis music files, CDs, MP3 streaming Internet radio stations, and podcasts. Someday I may also want access to FLAC music files, RealMedia and Windows Media streaming...
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BitTorrent for Linux

By Mark SobellÂ¬â  This article is excerpted from the newly published book A Practical Guide to Linux Commands, Editors, and Shell Programming. Unlike protocols such as FTP, BitTorrent groups multiple files into a single package called a torrent. For example, you can typically download several...
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File managers For Linux

By Michael M. MurphreeÂ¬â  I tested these utilities on a Debian-based system. Debian's apt utilities made it easy to find and install a dozen file managers in about 15 minutes. I found filers for the console, for X Windows, and even a few with their own desktop managers. All provided the simple...
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Advanced XML-based typesetting and printing

Author: Advanced XML-based typesetting and printing Last time we introduced you to the simple tools you can use to do typesetting with the Document Style Semantics and Specification Language (DSSSL. In this concluding look at the topic, we'll look at some more advanced techniques, and at how to...
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