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  • There are a few problems.

    16 34.04%
  • It is difficult to make Linux live up to my expectations.

    6 12.77%
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    Constructive Debate: What Should You Expect From Linux When It Comes To Multimedia Performance?


    I would like to hear what kind of expirience others have in this field. The reason is that i would like to know if it would help me to keep trying to fine-tune my not so modern computer, or i should just accept that i can't get it to be any faster.

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    Thank you for rephrasing this. I've had no serious issues with multimedia in Linux. My games run, my music plays. I don't deal with streaming video or music and I don't mix things so I can't comment on that respect. The only annoyance I have is that a lot of distributions don't include all the codecs I need out of the box. I can't really fault them (some are illegal depending on the country you're in), but it's still annoying.
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    Quote Originally Posted by techieMoe
    The only annoyance I have is that a lot of distributions don't include all the codecs I need out of the box. I can't really fault them (some are illegal depending on the country you're in), but it's still annoying.
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    I have virtually no problems using MM with Linux, other the comment made my Techie and some forms of RealMedia. With all due respect to RealPlayer, I've found that if you can't get it to work on Linux, it's really not worth it anyway. They change their codecs more then anyone!

    Other then that, I play mp3's, oggs, DVD's, CDs, stream music and videos, etc... all the time. Hell, I even use Linux to watch/record TV and listen to the radio, complete with remote control and everything!

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    I think both "linux is mostly fast" and there are "still some problems" are both appropriate when describing linux and MM. When you can get it to work it is great. But sometimes things are difficult to get to work and just don't work at all. I personally think getting MM to work on linux was one of the hardest things to do but once everything is in place it is a very pleasurable experience that works as well as M$. Just my 2 cents.

    Note: Gaming is far behind windows. There are very few native linux games that are up to par with M$. I have been using neverwinter nights which is great but it is a rare standout for gaming and linux.
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    Multimedia Expectations

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    While I agree that it is awesome that Linux is free, multimedia is one of the areas I am least happy with. I understand that there are legal issues and such. I would just like to be able to listen to WWW.SKY.FM or such without having to go through so many hoops to get there. Don't get me wrong, I got it working it just took a while. I wouldn't mind paying for a lInux Distro that had Multimedia out of the box. As long as it was economical and did the things I needed. I would consider that a viable alternative to using Windows.
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    Re: Multimedia Expectations

    Quote Originally Posted by Hiko
    I wouldn't mind paying for a lInux Distro that had Multimedia out of the box. As long as it was economical and did the things I needed. I would consider that a viable alternative to using Windows.
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    You bring up a good point. I've often wondered why pay distributions like SuSE, Xandros and Mandriva couldn't license the respective codecs and ship them with the pay versions of their products. Linspire offers a DVD player program for $5. Surely the company could include the price of licensing an MP3 codec, some WMA codecs, and a DVD player in the price of the distro.

    TurboLinux 10F actually shipped with a Linux version of PowerDVD, so this sort of thing is possible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by techieMoe
    Thank you for rephrasing this. I've had no serious issues with multimedia in Linux. My games run, my music plays. I don't deal with streaming video or music and I don't mix things so I can't comment on that respect. The only annoyance I have is that a lot of distributions don't include all the codecs I need out of the box. I can't really fault them (some are illegal depending on the country you're in), but it's still annoying.
    I second the codec thing. That's why I voted 'few problems'. Also, I found the ALSA engine to provide rather bad quality sound (I notice this when using BMP). It simply sucks with bass tones. ARTS however provides far better sound. Unfortunately I didn't manage to get the bmp-arts plugin to work on my slackbased box.
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    I guess the most common problem is with codecs etc. Though they're *generally* easy to install.

    In terms of "Expectations" Have low expectations, then when it does more than u thought, u will be ecstatic!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sdousley
    In terms of "Expectations" Have low expectations, then when it does more than u thought, u will be ecstatic!
    That's the spirit!

    Once you get all the required plugins and such, multimedia is just fine. Once I figure out how to play my mp4's from iTunes, I'll be set.

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