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Choose the DVD ripper that's right for you

By Andrew Min   Linux is sometimes belittled for having inferior applications, but that's simply not the case. Take DVD rippers, for example -- a plethora of them work on Linux machines. With so many to choose from, which is the best? I performed three tests on five programs: HandBrakeGTK...
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CHM viewers for Linux

By Federico Kereki Microsoft developed CHM as a proprietary format for Windows 98, leaving behind the previous WinHelp (HLP) format. CHM is still alive and kicking in XP and Vista, though some applications use the newer Microsoft Help 2 format. CHM files comprise a set of Web pages, plus a...
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A quick guide to DVD authoring

By Rui Lopes Let's say you want to create a DVD with video footage made with your camcorder (if you just want to create a photo slideshow, I'll deal with that in a bit). The first thing you'll want to do is capture the footage to your computer using Kino. Kino is a very basic video editor, but is...
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All about Linux swap space

Â¬â  By Gary Sims Linux divides its physical RAM (random access memory) into chucks of memory called pages. Swapping is the process whereby a page of memory is copied to the preconfigured space on the hard disk, called swap space, to free up that page of memory. The combined sizes of the physical...
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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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