02-22-2012 06:16 PM
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Yes, VLC 2.0 has blu-ray support, I believe there is an mplayer decoder library as well
Is there a way to play blu-rays?
no... and I wouldn't expect it anytime soon. Use icefilms.info or torrents :cop: You can also try using a Windows VM on Virtualbox and using the windows netflix client on that, but I get really bad sound performance on VMs for some reason (hardware I think).
Is there netflix support yet?
Ardour is probably the most mature DAW out there for linux but it's kind of a pain to set up. Not a whole lot of hardware support from the interface companies is what really shoots you in the foot (ie. exactly jack shit from m-audio, presonus, etc. except what's been reverse-engineered). Reaper will also work fairly well in WINE from what I've heard.
Is there some decent recording software apart from audacity (free of course)?
Like what, for instance? winehq.com has a huge database of how-tos for installing windows apps using WINE. Also check out playonlinux - abstracts away a lot of the complicated scripting that's sometime necessary for a windows app to be useful in WINE. There's always the windows VM option as well as mentioned above.
Has anyone had any compatibility issues with school programs or uses?
Sun/Oracle bought Openoffice and kinda privatized it about 2 years ago - Libreoffice is just a fork of OO from that point and gets vastly more updates that OO will/does. IMO it's (both look pretty much the same) easier to work with than MS Office 2010 - all the buttons are where they should be instead of hidden away in their stupid ribbon interface. The only time you might run into issues is if you're translating file formats back and forth between say .xlsx and .obs spreadsheets or docx and odt - sometimes the formatting gets screwed up there.
Open Office vs libreoffice? Pros/Cons?
Some that I use quite a bit: KeePassX - password management Tuxguitar - opens most powertab and guitar pro files GIMP - photo editing - it's a little different than photoshop but you can still do most things you'd want to do unless you're a hardcore digital artist. RawTherapee - Camera RAW converter - Seems to work better than darktable (lightroom ripoff). YMMV Guake - dropdown quake-style terminal window... handy for if and when you start learning some command line stuff (recommended, even if just the basics). Chromium - Dev branch of Chrome... I think it's the default browser in Ubuntu now. PlayonLinux - wine frontend with scripts to install a bunch of windows apps. Handy if you don't like manually figuring out what windows libraries need to go with what program. KSplice - lets you upgrade kernel modules on the fly - no reboots necessary. Also bought by Oracle last year so I don't know how long until they kill it off or make it unusable. Dropbox - handy for cloud storage - I use the android client to synch my password database (encrypted of course) - workout routines for the gym, stuff like that to my phone. Ubuntu One will also work... same deal Virtualbox - VMs can be handy for trying out other distros or for running windows if there's one or two apps that you need that you can't get working in WINE. Other tips... don't expect it to be windows or OSX... it is what it is. If you're a heavy gamer don't expect your directx games to work as well as they would in windows, or at all. Get a command line cheatsheet and learn the basics. Get the unity cheatsheet and learn some of the keyboard shortcuts... they're pretty handy actually. If you're new and uncomfortable with the linux stuff, maybe think about dual booting for a while - I know I did for a couple years.
Any must have software or any other tips you cats can throw at me will be much appreciated.
02-22-2012 07:05 PM
This is 100% my opinion, but here it goes. You will frustrated again and again by finding things you were used to doing easily on Windows that you either can't do in linux, or its a royal pain to do in linux. Linux is great in many ways, but it is far from being a relatively cohesive system like Windows. Ubuntu, which is one of the better user friendly ones (which is what I use) is great for what it is, but it is not windows. All the programs are opensource, therefore no frills, and often not overly user friendly, or have little documentation. You can get a variety of windows programs to work in WINE, but it can be time intensive and many just will not work, or won't work correctly. I've mentioned the driver's issues. Many things will plug and play perfectly, but the first time you buy something that doesn't (and music stuff is very hit or miss) its really annoying. There are many powerful and wonderful programs for linux. Its great. But it isn't really a replacement for someone who wants Windows functionality. Its better for those who either 1) just want very basic computer abilities for free or 2) like tweaking and being part of a community of developers and enjoy fiddling with their computer to get things to work. This only applies to average computer users as its a powerful OS with tons of applications as its very modable if you're into that sort of thing. I'm not saying don't give it a shot, but don't be disappointed when you run into all sorts of things you can't do, or that are more of a pain to do then you remember.
Basically you spend all your time trying to get it to function like windows. Which it never will. I use linux mint 12 as well as windows 7.
02-22-2012 07:13 PM
Fixed. Windows is only "easier" because that's what we all pretty much grew up using. As far as windows apps being more polished I'd say for every incomplete linux app there's at least one shitty visual basic developer out there who had good salesmen and sold his equally shitty program. I don't view the hardware stuff as an issue with the OS. I view it as laziness from the hardware vendors to supply any sort of API to people who want to use their product but not Microsoft's. Many of the music hardware companies have dozens of posts on their forums or FAQ's asking about linux support and it's usually answered with a dismissive "Nope - figure it out yourself or use windows". If they would get off their fat asses and help some people out a lot more stuff would work... and probably better than it does on windows.
But it isn't really a replacement for someone who has only ever used windows and wants to point and click their way through everything exactly the way they did in windows
02-22-2012 07:18 PM
Oh hell yes I agree. Hell, my main program I use at work now is exactly what you described. :mad: So, I agree with your edit, but sort of stand by my original version too. I'm not saying that linux apps are incomplete, they just don't have the features most are used to. If you're doing a labor of love for free, how much time you gonna waste on fluff? Not much. And hell, lots you still have to load from the command line which confused the hell out of me at first. :facepalm: :lol:
Fixed. Windows is only "easier" because that's what we all pretty much grew up using. As far as windows apps being more polished I'd say for every incomplete linux app there's at least one shitty visual basic developer out there who had good salesmen and sold his equally shitty program.
02-22-2012 07:20 PM
Has anyone had any compatibility issues with school programs or uses?
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tried it tonight, it works. I guess my recent experiences with linux have been better than what you guys have had, a few years ago I couldn't get a wireless driver but I haven't had any issues with that on this pc previously so I know the hardware will be fine. Thanks for the list harvest Overdriven, you're probably right, the thread won't last long, mine usually don't.
Blackboard is just a web portal thing, no? I think the university here uses it as well. If so there shouldn't be any issues running that... maybe try it on your laptop I guess.
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02-23-2012 05:57 AM
this. its somewhere on the microsoft website under the students stuff. get your XXXXXX@college.edu email address and enter it. you'll get the discount directly from microsoft.
You don't buy Windows from your college, you just need a valid institution provided email address.
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