August 2008


Well here I am again, it’s been a hole week without a post. I feel sorry about that T_T ( been kinda busy with lot of stuff ). So what else ? Well wondering around the web I found some very intersting Linux media center distros and apps here is a little list , some projects are still young but if you have time give them a try πŸ™‚

For first : GeexBox it’s a pretty nice media center distros that comes out in live-cd and can be installed on the hard driver as well on usb key, I tried this one about 2 years ago and I was satisfied. I’m gonna suerly give it a try sometimes soon. Here is the official descritption a pretty long one that defines somehow a media center distros :

GeeXboX is a free embedded Linux distribution which aims at turning your computer into a so called HTPC (Home Theater PC) or Media Center. Being a standalone LiveCD-based distribution, it’s a ready to boot operating system than works on any Pentium-class x86 computer or PowerPC Macintosh, implying no software requirement. You can even use it on a diskless computer, the whole system being loaded in RAM.

Despite his tiny ISO image size, the distribution comes with a complete and automatic hardware detection, not requiring any driver to be added. It supports playback of nearly any kind of audio/video and image files and all known codecs and containers are shipped in, allowing playing them through various physical supports, either being CD, DVD, HDD, LAN or Internet.

GeeXboX also comes with a complete toolchain that allows developers adding easily extra packages and features but that might also be used to give birth to many dedicated embedded Linux systems.

Then we have Linux MCE, this is the official description as it comes in the main page :

LinuxMCE is a free, open source add-on to Kubuntu including a 10′ UI, complete whole-house media solution with pvr + distributed media, and the most advanced smarthome solution available. It is stable, easy to use, and requires no knowledge of Linux and only basic computer skills.

Another linux media center is Elisa as the previous one here how they officially describe it :

Elisa is an open source cross-platform media center connecting the Internet to an all-in-one media player.They have a pretty nice web site πŸ™‚

The next one is XBMC, it is a multiplatform and what is special about it is that it comes for XBOX as well, again the official description :

XBMC is your one stop shop for all your media. Be it music, videos, pictures, streams, online radio or optical discs, XBMC can handle it and manage it for you and best of all, it’s free!

I hope this will be helpful for you if you’re looking at making a media center system πŸ™‚

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The title says it all so no more waiting let the drum rolls:

At first http://fracturedpsyche.wordpress.com/ a very nice blog if you look for something interesting go ahead you won’t regret it .

Then we have this one a linux blogs listing you will find great blogs over there .

And other two blog for Apple fanboys or fangirls : one and two they are pretty nice .

Another one ? Ok here is a site for all Japanese technology fans its called Akihabaranews after The famous Tokyo District known for it’s … well if you want to buy some good new technology stuff there you should go .

Hmm ok ok I’ll give you another one : a blog of a french that lives in Japan he actually founded a family and works there as a Photograph Journalist . He does works for the Akihabaranews sites and others Check it out , By the way it’s in french , but check it out anyways you got to love the photogaphic skills of the author .

And the last one will be tuxmachine.org : It’s a great linux web site news blogs and forum and other nice stuff.

That’s it for this session hope you enjoy πŸ™‚ .

Hmm while I was trying to find out about why not all the emoticons sent in Pidgin (even the official Tango theme) or Kopete, I found out an easy way to add emoticons in KDE. The thing is that it works for kopete only it seems .

Go to the personal settings

personal setting

personal setting

Then head over to the apperance, and from there to the emoticon tab .

adding new emoticons set

adding new emoticons set

After that click the add new themes button and you will be connected to kde-look.org emoticons .You can choose your favorite ones and install them easly. Or you can install from a downloaded file on make your own. I did choose the onion-head ones from the kde-look.org emoticons .

Now go ahead to the kopete configure pannel as shown below:

Kopete configuration menu

Kopete configuration menu

As you can see the theme has been added, now enjoy your new emoticons πŸ˜‰

These two linux distros are more friendly user than other distros .This doesn’t mean that other distros aren’t friendly user but these are more.Both distros are live-cd or live-dvd with the possibility to install on hard drive πŸ™‚ .

The first look will be for the linux mint distro. It’s based upon Ubuntu and what makes it a special distros is of course that it’s more friendly user than ubuntu. Mint Linux is available in different graphical environment such as KDE, Gnome, XFCE, FluxBox as you can see in the scree-shot below .

What is special about this distros is that they provide utilities that helps making the end user experience more comfortable by adding utilities that helps the users to configure their systems easly such as MintDesktop , Mintupdate and MintInstall . You can get more info from their web site and if you want check this PDF manual guide for Mint .

The sabayon distros is based upon gentoo linux distro, the special thing ubout this distros is that it comes already with software packages that aren’t usually per default installed like skype google earth and a bunch of gamesΒ  drivers, and the required media codecs . It’s desktop experience isn’t that great like mint but it’s got it’s own flavor, it just my personal opinion. About the live-dvd it is really intersting since you can boot with different option like anonymous web surfing or media center such as geexbox .If you want a complete distros out of the box without the need to install any additional software this distro is what you need . Here is a link to get more informations about this distro .

Be sure to check out these two great linux distribution πŸ˜‰ .