Monday, February 25, 2008

aTunes for your iPod

I was writting few days ago about alternatives for iTunes software. Nothing against Apple or any other company, just a pro Linux position: I prefer FLOSS software and I prefer run it on GNU/Linux. That's all.

So thanks to Sourceforge mail-list I've found iTunes, I don't find it in my former research so have a look on it 'cause it for three main reasons:

  1. multi-platform since it is written in Java (requires java 6, uses swing for interfaces, if you wanna collaborate to the project they told us they uses Eclipse, and if you may have a look at the sources, you know, free software is like that)
  2. it plays mp4 files, among others, in fact, they have choose the easy way, they relay on software installed on your system
  3. user interface its very iTunes alike so faster learning curve

Last but not least, they got releases since last year and those releases are delivered on regular basis. That releases rhythm and the fact they have joined some other audio player projects makes me perceive aTunes as an interesant software to consider.
Juanjo, I hope this would help you!


Thursday, February 21, 2008

What iPod manager choose for Linux?

This days I'm planning to use free software to manage my iPod instead of iTunes. So, which application should I choose?

Before choose one of them let's rebember what I said before; if I may find the same software across different distributions or even the same software across Linux and MS, this is a clear advantage for me.

I've found this choices:

  • gtkPod
    • fairly mature software
    • no new libraries needed, as long as it's a gnome app
  • amarok
    • it's a kde software, and I prefer not to run more libraries than gtk in order to keep my so limited memory free
    • it's a mature solution
  • Banshee
    • developed with mono, so it requires an extra runtime
    • plays AAC formats but I don't know they manage the whole license stuff
    • in their page does not appear nothing related with the iPod's
  • Yamipod
    • it seems to be the most iTunes similar solution
    • non free software
    • quite odd instalation
    • screenshots and features looks fine
  • Rhythmbox:
    • may require added software for tag edition
    • it seems no so mature software, very early versions at the moment

Does any of them support m4p format?... Banshee does it, and Yamipod seems to be able to do it, but Yamipod is not free software.

Everytime I've tested some software with my iPod, iTunes does not recognized later I have to attached again to my iTunes... nasty thing. Best solution would be if Apple relases a Linux version. You may sign a petition to port iTunes to Linux


Thursday, February 14, 2008

From Fedora to Debian

I upgraded from Fedora 7 to Fedora 8 without problems... 'till the day mplayer doesn't run anymore. A very competent guy from Red Hat who's working at our office told me to use livna repos ... I told him about how upset I feel about livna repos vs. freshrpms repos, they both does not run very well together

I believe him and I try livna repos... then begins the show: hal-daemons stops, autorun needs hal-daemon... and don't want to remember that hell. I know what to do: to get disable livna, also freshrpms, uninstall and reinstall hal-daemon (just in case it helps) and so on,...

Since I have been a Red Hat devoted users since Red Hat 7.2 (passing through all Red Hats 8.0, 9s, and Fedoras) I thought some other distro deserves a chance... so I keep my home and I install Debian. I also keep a server running CentOS, if you don't know it, try it.
I'll post more in a not too distant future but my first impression is that everything is clean, well organized, a little bit more fast, and quite different, I mean, there's no /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ or apache configuration file is under /etc/apache2/... and also their start up script is different but, time to learn, which is always good to keep us alive

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Finally Olympus E-510

I've bought a Olympus E-510 instead of E-410. There were three main reasons:

  1. Great discount plus 100€ refund from Olympus (yet waiting for it)
  2. Stabilization
  3. Grip

Grip really doesn't make a difference but is a plus. What really decides me is the discount, it makes affordable to pay the difference and buy the camera with the stabilization

I've done a few photos and also I've attended a workshop instructed by Olympus teachers. There I've got the chance to use the E-3 camera (professional camera from Olympus). Olympus divide their lenses in three groups:

  • Standard Lenses: the ones that you gonna find in your kit, the one that I use, such a 14-42(1:3.5-5.6) and the 40-150(1:3.5-4.5)
  • Pro Lenses: pro stands for professional: in that workshop I test the 8mm(1:3.5 Fisheye) and the 12-60(1:2.8-4.0) with SWD (Supersonic Wave Drive)
  • Top Pro Lenses: as you may assume this are the top lenses, for professional use. I test the 7-14mm(1:4.0), and my Good! I flip with the 150mm(1:2.0) in the studio photos, even more that with the 300mm(1:2.8) outdoors.

You may see a couple of photographies at pbenavent's Flickr, there're just a few of them...