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23 Amarok, Zappa, Isle of Man, Nurburgring
tips on the multimedia section makes Suse 10.0 play all multimedia
video, DVD and SUSE 10.0
22.11.2005. Your feedback
Playing multimedia in Suse 10.0 has recently been the most frequently
asked topic about Suse in the
usenet today, so that's where I'll start my English pages.
problems with playing music
a taxi driver I listen to a lot of Mp3 music. It's far from the best
format, but it's so generally supported that it was a natural choice at
built a music collection of my old vinyl records and CD records to
be played outside home.
car audio did not support (still it does not) much else than CD and
Mp3, so it was simple to choose the format. Fair enough, you'll have 10
CD 's in the car and you have like 120 to 150 albums on them.
my file server at home my directories show like this:
32.3 GB 4423 files 482 sub-folders.
26.1 GB 4271 files 471 sub-folders
problems with playing video
a lot of different video in the Internet. And there's
the DVD, which by default can not be played at all in computers.
this can be simplified in a very straight forward manner saying:
the video has
been converted to a file format using a codec. Now, we need a codec to
play it, right?
the Internet you can watch video using plug-ins in the browsers for
streams and you can download video files. Also a lot of it is based
DVD, in addition is country coded
this has been solved, so here we just apply the solutions.
of all we'll need an audio player, a video player, a browser with
plug-ins, some codecs and decryption
I am using Suse and KDE all here applies to them
we at the time of installation opt for KDE, we by default get a
plenthora of applications for multimedia. My favorite there for video
licencing and legal stuff cause Kaffeine coming with
Suse to be somewhat cripple.
It needs some fixing up.
addition I always install the MPlayer.
These two cover pretty much everything.
I leaveKaffeine and Amarok out of the basic installation. If it's
installed it can be fixed afterwards, no worries. Screen shots of the
actions are linked to the text.
The images are
>50 - 150 kB, download may take a few moments.
is left out by not
choosing it. It can be removed. if it's already there. In the
summary you choose Software.
the opening window you type kaffeine in the search field (kaf will
and click radio button search.
untick everything that has kaffeine. We'll put them back later as
better versions. Screen shot.
favorite audio player is Amarok.
of the features is its ability to use MySql. That's then
another story, server.
Finnish only at
leave Amarok out the same way as Kaffeine
this is where you can finish the installation. Or If you already
had, read on
the installation for video play
of all we need a couple of installation sources to get new
is a good idea to copy/paste the addresses from here to avoid typos.
Open Add > FTP
(Image 143.2 kB)
on Server: pub/linux/misc/suser-guru/rpm/10.0.
packman, but now the protocol is HTTP:
on server: suse/10.0.
the sources are there Mplayer, Kaffeine and Amarok can be
few good installation sources
Thunderbird, rkhunter webalizer,
KDE updates here:
Manual install from http://packman.iu-bremen.de/suse/10.0/i586/
can be obtained
A very good Bittorrent-client:, running on Java
Additional Installation Sources on Novell pages.
more stuff is needed
installation sources and open Software
Management. There search again.
libxine -1, check that.
also all plug-ins for browsers by typing plug in Search
wil take automagically everything we need in addition
might also want to type divx4linux and xvid to the search field to get those.
DVD requires one more thing: libdvdcss. You used to get it from
could then just download
the RPM and save it and install it with YaST.
This has changed as the new copyright law has come into force. There
are now instructions for a workaround, the link to that is here:
you have back up ISO images of DVD disks on you hard drive,
can be played, too. One way is to mount them so that the players see
them as DVD or CD drives. More of that later
for this, it can be obtained from here:
find Ogle, download it and install with Yast. There's also a front
end for Ogle, called Okle. Not necessary, but you can take that, too if
good to make a directory somewhere for RPM packages, you'll need
now and then.
easiest, and at the same time the safest for the system stability
is to just click on an RPM and let Yast do the rest. It'll take care of
dependencies, and configuration. In case of for example Ogle Yast wants
from Packman. If there's an error maybe because of too many connections
on servers or similar, just try again, do not let Yast finish by
letting it skip any of the needed packages.
in cases like this it is worth refreshing the source. Abort
and go to installation sources
choose the source in question e.g. Packman, > edit > refresh.
like Packman are updated often, the contents change. It may make
sence to put automatic refreshing on. This will cause the source to be
updated whenever something is installed. It takes some time, of course
and may be irritating to update sources which are not needed everytime.
You will know what is the best practice for you.
Java and Flash
First add the following to your install source:
(or another mirror carrying this tree)
Yast install then the following:
easiest way is to Yast> Software Management > type "sun" in
the time of writing the latest versions that then come from YOU update
Java here: http://www.java.com/en/download/help/testvm.xml
easiest way of installing Flash
is to surf to a URL that requires Flash with Firefox.
It can install Flash so we
let it! Konqueror in its turn is able to use Mozilla plug-ins so we
just configureit to use them:
> Settings > Configure Konqueror > Plug-ins >
Scan for plug-ins. Also tick Scan for New
Plu-ins at KDE Startup.
you test Flash. I put some nice URLs here for you to test. I also
use the opportunity to show some stuff of my liking.
first one is a guy who's been my hero
ever since I first heard of him, Frank
conjunction to music, computers, networking, open source and RIAA.
He was the first and biggest enemy of RIAA. He just hated RIAA.
listen to My Mothers every day. I have everything ever officially
published. As soon as something gets published again from the vaults,
I'll get it. No matter what.
does he and computer multimedia have in common? Well, there's not
been another visionary who has been able to predict what is going on in
the music business and distribution today the way he did like twenty
years ago. It's another incredible story. Read all about it "The Real
Frank Zappa Book", you'll find it easy. His site:
Novell Gives credit to Zappa
next one is more like Motorcycles.
It's somebody (sorry I don't know who) riding one full lap on The
Isle Of Man TT,
so it takes
about twenty minutes. It's awesome to anybody crazy about that kind of
stuff. Like myself. IsleOfMan.mpg
a nice Flash clip, too. I don't put it
anywhere to everybody to find on my Motorcycle Site, of course, you
know what I mean ( put big smiley here).
Hans Joachim Stuck with BMW M3 GTR on Nurburgring.
Two warm up laps on the
circuit and then the whole lap. There's a couple of nice
overtakes and just listen to those sounds of him pulling the gears up
and down. 5 liter V8 engine suits there better than on a bike
IMHO. Here you go: BMW M3 at
As your Suse now has full multimedia
like to add a reader's request here.
A busy usenet Suse contributor from Belgium, Houghi, asked me to put
this link on my pages.
It's a Finnish SciFi parody Star Wreck that has
achieved a fabulous reputation round the world through the Internet.
I'm not skilled to write any cinema reviews, though. So I will let this
masterpiece speak for itself: In The Pirkinning
is needed for
interactivity and animations etc a lot of
things. We install it just as everyhing else, the installation source
is on my lists. Image
what's on the image, that should do.
test site: http://www.java.com/en/download/help/testvm.xml
player became my favorite right from the very first time I found
it. I'm trying to avoid Linux advocacy here (it's hard after using
Linux for a while, isn't it?) but it just works for me.
guess it's good to know that I've seen a lot of Windows in my life.
OK, I got familiar with other operating systems right from the moments
of birth of the PC and MS-DOS, then Apple's mistake Lisa and that on.
(I was in the printing business selling prepress systems at the time
PostScript was born). I knew nothing about Linux before it was maybe
ten years old. Or Linus Torvalds, who is pronouncing "Linux" here in Swedish
since I like Amarok
you still want to know why. Hard to rank the features, it's got them
all. While playing it can search the covers, lyrics, artist Wiki,
suggestions, connect to other users and so on. You can then follow the
lyrics for example while you listen. You get to upload them, too.
specially nice thing is that it can utilize MySql database. That
works fine and is really fast, of course. It can be configured to run
also database back ups by cron if you like.
is also well documented. So in my English part here it does not
make much sense to give any other type of Amarok advice than point you
it to play Mp3. Then
just follow the helps in it, youll be just fine.
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