Linux

How to play MP3 files in Fedora

First, a tiny bit of history. You can skip this entirely and just get to the tutorial if you’d like.

Why doesn’t Fedora support MP3 ‘out of the box’?

Fedora cannot include support for MP3 or DVD video playback or recording. MP3 formats are patented, and the patent holders have not provided the necessary licenses. Fedora also excludes other multimedia software due to patent, copyright, or license restrictions, such as Adobe Flash Player and RealNetworks RealPlayer.

That doesn’t mean you can’t play .mp3 files in Fedora, it just takes a bit of work (not much).

If you’ve seen the following screen (or something familiar), follow the steps below and you’ll be playing MP3s in Fedora in no time at all.


20 Free RSS Readers Reviewed

Now that almost everyone knows what RSS is, I figured I’d review a few of the ways you can read RSS feeds. With a heavy emphasis on cross-platform and/or open source, here are 20 (albeit somewhat brief) reviews of the free RSS readers available. Links to download, screenshots and system requirements are included with every review.
 

Name Type Supported Platforms
Alertbear client windows icon
Attensa for Outlook client windows icon
Blam client linux icon
BlogBridge client apple iconwindows iconlinux icon
Bloglines web apple iconwindows iconlinux icon
Firefox client apple iconwindows iconlinux icon
Google Reader web apple iconwindows iconlinux icon
Netvibes web apple iconwindows iconlinux icon
Newsgator Online (Ajax beta) web apple iconwindows iconlinux icon
QuickRSS client windows icon
Rojo web apple iconwindows iconlinux icon
RSS Bandit client windows icon
RSSOwl client apple iconwindows iconlinux icon
Sage client apple iconwindows iconlinux icon
Shrook client apple icon
Straw client apple icon
ThinFeeder client apple iconwindows iconlinux icon
Thunderbird 2.0 client apple iconwindows iconlinux icon
Vienna client apple icon
Vista Media Center RSS Reader client windows icon

An Introduction to Synaptic

Synaptic is a graphical package management program for apt. It provides the same features as the apt-get command line utility with a GUI front-end. What does that mean? It’s a program that allows you to easily install other programs (and any software required to run them) in Linux. You can also use it to update and/or remove software.

Synaptic is included with a number of the popular versions of Linux, including: Debian, Fedora and Ubuntu. …

My GIMP resources

I’ve recently decided to start using GIMP, in large part because I can’t afford to purchase Photoshop for OS X right now (and it’s a pain to use XP in Parallels just for Photoshop). Below you’ll find the list of resources I used to learn the GIMP …