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Using Debian Lenny I'm trying to install Soundconverter, because I want to convert swf files to ogg. I installed Soundconverter with the dependencies, but that didn't work. So I added ...
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    Trouble installing Soundconverter


    Using Debian Lenny
    I'm trying to install Soundconverter, because I want to convert swf files to ogg.
    I installed Soundconverter with the dependencies, but that didn't work.
    So I added one of the suggested files: gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg
    I tried to use Soundconverter after that. I opened a file and it freezes on me.

    First do I need the suggested files to convert swf files to ogg?
    Do I need to install the suggested files at the same time I install Soundconverter?
    Does installing them after mess up something?
    I could open Soundconverter before I installed the suggeted file: gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg
    (but it wouldn't convert the file).

    Thanks

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    gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg and gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly contain support for non-free or patent encumbered formats. Whether you need it depends on how the file you are converting is encoded.

    How did you go about installing the programs? Did you use the package manager?

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    Looks like this is a known bug.

    https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+s...er/+bug/335739

    It has been apparently been fixed as of soundconverter 1.4.3 (the latest release is 1.4.4), but Debian Lenny uses 1.3.1.

    You can either build the package from source, or the soundconverter project page has a deb package that may work for you.
    BerliOS Developer: Project Filelist

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    I installed soundconverter_1.4.4-2_all.deb
    (Got it from Debian testing )
    I started aptitude and examined soundconverter.
    It gave me 2 options: either remove soundconverter or
    install 12 dependencies, which I did.
    I tried to start soundconverter, but it told me I needed
    gnome-python 2.10

    I found python-gnome2
    It is marked like this, but it says it is not installed:
    piA python-gnome2

    I tried to install python-gnome2, but got the following:
    debian:~# aptitude install python-gnome2
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information... Done
    Reading extended state information
    Initializing package states... Done
    Reading task descriptions... Done
    The following packages are BROKEN:
    soundconverter
    The following NEW packages will be installed:
    python-cairo{a} python-gnome2 python-gtk2{a} python-numeric{a} python-pyorbit{a}
    0 packages upgraded, 5 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
    Need to get 0B/2158kB of archives. After unpacking 7737kB will be used.
    The following packages have unmet dependencies:
    soundconverter: Depends: python-glade2 but it is not installable
    Depends: python-gst0.10 but it is not installable
    Depends: gstreamer0.10-plugins-good but it is not installable
    The following actions will resolve these dependencies:
    Remove the following packages:
    soundconverter

    Score is 119
    I guess I'll have to find another program. I'm
    trying to find something to convert *.swf files to
    .mp3 or org.

    Thanks for help

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    How wedded are you to using Debian Stable? Kind of the point of it is tht it using older, well tested packages. But running Ubuntu or Sidux or Linux Mint or whatnot will solve this issue right off the bat.

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    I tried Kubuntu Jaunty, but I had problems with some of the programs. plus I couldn't get my video card working properly (couldn't edit Xorg).

    How do the distros you mentioned compare for availability of programs and stability?
    I also thought of trying Debian testing.
    Do you think that would be a good choice?
    I just don't have time now to be experimenting
    with distros.

    Thanks

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    I used to run Debian Lenny back when it was the testing version, and never had any trouble. In general, people seem to say that Debian testing is about as stable most other distros "stable" releases. But I really don't know with the current testing.

    Sidux's goal is to make a reasonable stable distro out of Debian Unstable. I also used that for a bit, and I also didn't have trouble with that. But it is a distro that requires you to pay attention and check on their forums before upgrading packages, in case there is trouble.

    Mint is based on Jaunty, but more "user friendly" if you will. It's goal is definitely to work as much as possible out of the box, and be easy to navigate for non-computer savvy people. And for the most part it succeeds in that.

    Kubuntu Jaunty...well, first KDE4 is still a little rough around the edges, though rapidly improving. And by most accounts, though I haven't tried it, Kubuntu is one of the worst implementations of KDE4 out there.

    If you have a working xorg.conf currently, make a backup and if you install another distro, you should be able to simply copy it right over. The file is not distro specific.

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