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Anyone tried Ubuntu Multimedia Center?

post #1 of 13
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I've read a little bit about this distro online, but I know next to nothing about it.

Anyone tried it?
How close to final realease is it?
What are strengths/weaknesses?
How's app support? I use MediaMonkey/Audacity/TotalRecorder under XP SP2, and would be looking for packages that offer the same degree of power and flexibility.

Note: I did do a search before starting this thread. If I missed a pre-existing thread, please point me to it and forgive me my redundancy!
post #2 of 13
I haven't tried Ubuntu Multimedia Center, but I am using the precursor to Ubuntu Multimedia Center, in fact the inspiration for UMC, it's called Linux Mint!
post #3 of 13
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Originally Posted by nelamvr6 View Post
I haven't tried Ubuntu Multimedia Center, but I am using the precursor to Ubuntu Multimedia Center, in fact the inspiration for UMC, it's called Linux Mint!
So...how is it? What are your likes and dislikes so far?
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Is it good? Or is it bloatware?
post #5 of 13
Mint?

I love it! Everything just works right out of the box. Everything is already configured, java, flash, mp3 support, all the codecs you could mention are already there. It's quick and resource light too.

(BTW, I was only kidding about Mint being the precursor and inspiration to Ubuntu Media Center)
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Originally Posted by nelamvr6 View Post
Mint?

I love it! Everything just works right out of the box. Everything is already configured, java, flash, mp3 support, all the codecs you could mention are already there. It's quick and resource light too.

(BTW, I was only kidding about Mint being the precursor and inspiration to Ubuntu Media Center)
Sounds good! How's the app support? I'd be most concerned with keeping the functionality that I get from Media Monkey (good library features, broad codec support) and Audacity (strong waveform editing, processing, etc.) Actually, based on your post, sounds like the codec support is good...
post #7 of 13
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Originally Posted by DrBenway View Post
Sounds good! How's the app support? I'd be most concerned with keeping the functionality that I get from Media Monkey (good library features, broad codec support) and Audacity (strong waveform editing, processing, etc.) Actually, based on your post, sounds like the codec support is good...
I haven't tried any sound apps since I can't get my sound card to work in Linux, no matter what distro. That's the one thing I would fix about Linux, the support for sound cards is pretty bad.

In fact, that's the only reason why I'm still dual booting.

But I have played flac and ogg-vorbis and mp3 files in several players. I have installed Audacity, though I haven't used it for anything.

As far as other apps are concerned, it's every bit as stable as Ubuntu, it's really more of a flavor of Ubuntu that a distro.
post #8 of 13
What soundcard are you using, an external or onboard one?
post #9 of 13
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What soundcard are you using, an external or onboard one?
It works fine with the on board sound card on my Dell desktop and on my Acer notebook.

But I can't get my current E-Mu 0202 USB to work, and my previous E-Mu 0404 PCI wouldn't work. Neither would my ESI Juli@ or my M-Audio Transit.

My notebook gets a Alien USB DAC when I want to do serious listening, and on the desktop I just boot into windows when I need to do audio stuff: needle drops etc.
post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by nelamvr6 View Post
It works fine with the on board sound card on my Dell desktop and on my Acer notebook.

But I can't get my current E-Mu 0202 USB to work, and my previous E-Mu 0404 PCI wouldn't work. Neither would my ESI Juli@ or my M-Audio Transit.

My notebook gets a Alien USB DAC when I want to do serious listening, and on the desktop I just boot into windows when I need to do audio stuff: needle drops etc.
Non of your EMU's will work. Creative refuses to support them.
post #11 of 13
I think it's the same with the X-Fi cards too, I don't think Creative have drivers for those either
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Non of your EMU's will work. Creative refuses to support them.
Yeah, I gathered as much.

But I don't want to give up Linux, and I still need to do audio stuff.

And so I dual boot.

I did invest in a full retail copy of WinXP, I'm not gonna be saddled with vista!
post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by nelamvr6 View Post
Yeah, I gathered as much.

But I don't want to give up Linux, and I still need to do audio stuff.

And so I dual boot.
Talk about a mixed blessing! Finding out that there is indeed a Linux version of Audacity tempted me to take the plunge and go off the Wingrid. Until I read of the problems you mentioned with sound card support. So close, yet so far...

Anyway the info is much appreciated.

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Originally Posted by nelamvr6 View Post
I'm not gonna be saddled with vista!
Amen, brother. I see evidence all over the net that lots of other people feel the same way. I've even heard of some PC vendors demanding that MS make it easier to continue to sell XP. Looks to me like MS has some serious trouble brewing, and it couldn't happen to a nicer company.

I think Windows did improve to some degree with each release through XP, but Vista offers me nothing that I am remotely interested in. And when was the last time a compelling feature was added to MS-Office?

These folks have really painted themselves into a corner, in my opinion. They now find themselves in the position of having to sell the same product every few years to users who already have it.

Should be interesting to see how this plays out over the next few years.
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