Re: Linux distro/apps for encoded TV?

Discussion in 'NZ Computing' started by Malcolm, Mar 19, 2007.

  1. Malcolm

    Malcolm Guest

    On Mon, 19 Mar 2007 18:20:27 +1200
    "~misfit~" <> wrote:

    > Miguel wrote:
    > > Hi Shaun...First off...if this is all because you can't find an F1
    > > torrent I could send you an invite to diwana.org No need for linux
    > > at all.
    > >
    > > <snip diwana>
    > > 2007_Aus_F1_GP_Sunday_Race.mp4.torrent
    > > Full F1 Race including post-race interviews from Melbourne,
    > > Australia. 1000kbps h264 hi-quality WS cap
    > > 775 MB
    > > </snip>
    > >
    > > But if this is about being linux-curious then I would be surprised
    > > if a Linux distro didn't get you up and running.
    > >
    > > But I'd be even more surprised if getting to "up and running"
    > > wasn't a major exercise involving swearing, cursing and copious
    > > amounts of abuse hurled at the operating system.
    > >
    > > Linux isn't easy to get to grips with, especially coming from a
    > > Windows environment.
    > > http://linux.oneandoneis2.org/LNW.htm (only read this if you've a
    > > spare half-hour)
    > > But, strangely enough, after getting over the initial disorientation
    > > you realize it does "just work"TM.
    > >
    > > Anyway, if you want, you can quite easily put your mobo, Pinnacle
    > > card, ram, cd/dvd player etc into a spare box and then throw in a
    > > Linux installation CD (downloaded and burnt earlier by your current
    > > XP(?) machine) and just play around.
    > >
    > > Personally, for the specs you mentioned I'd go with the Xubuntu
    > > Alternate installation (mainly cos I'm more familiar with the ubuntu
    > > family and they do "just work"TM. I'm not saying Xubuntu is the
    > > best/ fastest etc)
    > > http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/xubuntu/releases/6.10/release/xubuntu-6.10-alternate-i386.iso
    > >
    > > File size is 680MB. The only non-intuitive part of the "alternate
    > > xubuntu install" is the partitioner. You're hit with "dev/hda1 ext3
    > > y/ n dev/hda5 swap y/n"....and you're left wondering what??? (Just
    > > go with the defaults)
    > >
    > > If you do try out Xubuntu then the beginners forum at ubuntuforums
    > > is your best friend
    > > http://www.ubuntuforums.org/forumdisplay.php?f=73
    > >
    > > Let me know if you want a diwana invite

    >
    > Hi Miguel, I'd love an invite to diwana. I didn't know it existed and
    > that torrent seems perfect for my requirements. Far better than the
    > 1.36GB one I'm not going to finish until sometime tomorrow. misfitnz
    > at gmail will get me. I can offer you a torrent-damage invite in
    > return. They're an excellent site but hard to keep a good ratio on as
    > their uploaders are mostly in Europe on fibre connections.
    >
    > Torrents will help in the meantime but I'd like to do the live to air
    > thing. I heard the result of yesterday's race despite taking
    > precautions and I'm bloody annoyed with that sort of thing happening
    > too often.
    >
    > I realise that Linux won't be easy for a beginner. Frankly I'm a
    > little daunted by it. Especially as I'm taking benzodiazapienes for
    > an anxiety disorder and they mess with the neural pathways involved
    > with creating memories. (I can't wait until I no longer need the
    > pills). I've decided to upgrade the machine I'm going to use to an
    > AMD Applebred Duron 1.6GHz with 512MB DDR RAM and a ti4200 with TV
    > out. (Still only a 20GB HDD though, I'm short of HHDs. At least it's
    > 7,200rpm/ATA133 [on an ATA100 controller]) The Applebred is a
    > surprisingly fast CPU, comparable to an Athlon XP 2000 IMO. That with
    > the increased RAM bandwidth going from SD to DDR (and doubling the
    > amount) gives me a more capable machine.
    >
    > This machine will be used almost exclusively for watching F1. (And
    > for cutting my teeth on a Linux distro) It doesn't need to do much
    > else, if anything. Malcolm has been trying to get me to try SuSE for
    > the longest time (I was originally going to dual-boot it on my main
    > machine but didn't want to risk my Win install with no experienced
    > person here to assist with set-up) so I see this as an opportunity to
    > use SuSE. Malcolm seems to think it's good and he's not put me crook
    > yet. :) Also, I have the full install (DL) DVD for SuSE 10,
    > including all optional packages, sitting next to me, no downloading
    > required. (I'm not sure if I'll have to upgrade to 10.2, or even if
    > an upgrade (as opposed to a re-install) is possible)
    >
    > I *am* Linux-curious. I'm also very good at swearing, cursing and
    > hurling copious amounts of abuse. <g>
    >
    > Hmm. Ubuntu or SuSE? That is the question. Whether 'tis nobler in the
    > mind to face the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or, to take
    > arms against a sea of troubles.
    >
    > Errr. Sidetracked there. :) I'll await a reply (or email) from
    > Malcolm re: whether I need SuSE 10.2. I'd like to minimise
    > downloading, especially until I get this damn torrent. I'll decide on
    > the distro soon.
    >
    > Thanks a lot for the reply, and the offer of the diwana invite.
    >
    > Cheers,

    Hi Shaun
    I run Kubuntu on the note book :) and solaris...
    Just a thought, why not download the free vmware server or the free MS
    virtual PC and try it out on your windows machine?

    http://www.vmware.com/products/server/
    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/winfamily/virtualpc/default.mspx

    --
    Cheers Malcolm °¿° (Linux Counter #276890)
    SLED 10.0 x86_64 Kernel 2.6.16.27-0.9-smp
    up 1 day 21:15, 2 users, load average: 0.00, 0.05, 0.05
    Malcolm, Mar 19, 2007
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  2. Malcolm

    ~misfit~ Guest

    Malcolm wrote:
    > On Mon, 19 Mar 2007 18:20:27 +1200
    > "~misfit~" <> wrote:
    > > Hmm. Ubuntu or SuSE? That is the question. Whether 'tis nobler in
    > > the mind to face the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or,
    > > to take arms against a sea of troubles.
    > >
    > > Errr. Sidetracked there. :) I'll await a reply (or email) from
    > > Malcolm re: whether I need SuSE 10.2. I'd like to minimise
    > > downloading, especially until I get this damn torrent. I'll decide
    > > on the distro soon.
    > >

    > Hi Shaun
    > I run Kubuntu on the note book :) and solaris...
    > Just a thought, why not download the free vmware server or the free MS
    > virtual PC and try it out on your windows machine?
    >
    > http://www.vmware.com/products/server/
    > http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/winfamily/virtualpc/default.mspx


    I have MS virtual PC installed now that you mention it. I installed it,
    installed 98SE on it for a look-see and promptly forgot about it.

    To be honest I'd rather install directly onto the Duron machine. That way
    I'll know if there are going to be driver problems etc. and if I like what I
    see then I have it already. <g>.

    Kubuntu = Ubuntu with the KDE GUI? If so I've heard good things about it. I
    don't really want to be doing too much in the way of command line stuff or
    compiling.. Maybe another time. Right now, what I want is (relatively)
    simple to set up TV box.

    Cheers,
    --
    Shaun.
    ~misfit~, Mar 19, 2007
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  3. Malcolm

    Malcolm Guest

    On Tue, 20 Mar 2007 01:44:03 +1200
    "~misfit~" <> wrote:

    > Malcolm wrote:
    > > On Mon, 19 Mar 2007 18:20:27 +1200
    > > "~misfit~" <> wrote:
    > > > Hmm. Ubuntu or SuSE? That is the question. Whether 'tis nobler in
    > > > the mind to face the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or,
    > > > to take arms against a sea of troubles.
    > > >
    > > > Errr. Sidetracked there. :) I'll await a reply (or email) from
    > > > Malcolm re: whether I need SuSE 10.2. I'd like to minimise
    > > > downloading, especially until I get this damn torrent. I'll decide
    > > > on the distro soon.
    > > >

    > > Hi Shaun
    > > I run Kubuntu on the note book :) and solaris...
    > > Just a thought, why not download the free vmware server or the free
    > > MS virtual PC and try it out on your windows machine?
    > >
    > > http://www.vmware.com/products/server/
    > > http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/winfamily/virtualpc/default.mspx

    >
    > I have MS virtual PC installed now that you mention it. I installed
    > it, installed 98SE on it for a look-see and promptly forgot about it.
    >
    > To be honest I'd rather install directly onto the Duron machine. That
    > way I'll know if there are going to be driver problems etc. and if I
    > like what I see then I have it already. <g>.
    >
    > Kubuntu = Ubuntu with the KDE GUI? If so I've heard good things about
    > it. I don't really want to be doing too much in the way of command
    > line stuff or compiling.. Maybe another time. Right now, what I want
    > is (relatively) simple to set up TV box.
    >
    > Cheers,

    See K = KDE, your a linux guru already dude..... ;-)

    There is also a good article in Feb 2007 issue of Linux Magazine
    (www.linuxmagizine.com) on building a media server with a conextant
    chipped card.

    --
    Cheers Malcolm °¿° (Linux Counter #276890)
    SLED 10.0 x86_64 Kernel 2.6.16.27-0.9-smp
    up 1 day 22:26, 2 users, load average: 0.34, 0.10, 0.03
    Malcolm, Mar 19, 2007
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  4. Malcolm

    ~misfit~ Guest

    Malcolm wrote:
    > On Tue, 20 Mar 2007 01:44:03 +1200
    > "~misfit~" <> wrote:
    >
    > > Malcolm wrote:
    > > > On Mon, 19 Mar 2007 18:20:27 +1200
    > > > "~misfit~" <> wrote:
    > > > > Hmm. Ubuntu or SuSE? That is the question. Whether 'tis nobler
    > > > > in the mind to face the slings and arrows of outrageous
    > > > > fortune, or, to take arms against a sea of troubles.
    > > > >
    > > > > Errr. Sidetracked there. :) I'll await a reply (or email) from
    > > > > Malcolm re: whether I need SuSE 10.2. I'd like to minimise
    > > > > downloading, especially until I get this damn torrent. I'll
    > > > > decide on the distro soon.
    > > > >
    > > > Hi Shaun
    > > > I run Kubuntu on the note book :) and solaris...
    > > > Just a thought, why not download the free vmware server or the
    > > > free MS virtual PC and try it out on your windows machine?
    > > >
    > > > http://www.vmware.com/products/server/
    > > > http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/winfamily/virtualpc/default.mspx

    > >
    > > I have MS virtual PC installed now that you mention it. I installed
    > > it, installed 98SE on it for a look-see and promptly forgot about
    > > it.
    > >
    > > To be honest I'd rather install directly onto the Duron machine.
    > > That way I'll know if there are going to be driver problems etc.
    > > and if I like what I see then I have it already. <g>.
    > >
    > > Kubuntu = Ubuntu with the KDE GUI? If so I've heard good things
    > > about it. I don't really want to be doing too much in the way of
    > > command line stuff or compiling.. Maybe another time. Right now,
    > > what I want is (relatively) simple to set up TV box.
    > >
    > > Cheers,

    > See K = KDE, your a linux guru already dude..... ;-)


    Heh!

    > There is also a good article in Feb 2007 issue of Linux Magazine
    > (www.linuxmagizine.com) on building a media server with a conextant
    > chipped card.


    Thank you kind sir, I will check it out.

    Cheers,
    --
    Shaun.
    ~misfit~, Mar 19, 2007
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