LimeWire gone by court order, alternative FrostWire still here for us.

April 23, 2011

Well LimeWire, the world’s favorite P2P file sharing program, was given a court order on Oct 20, 2010 “to stop distributing the LimeWire software”. Fortunately for all the people who previously used LimeWire, there is a alternative call Frostwire. Frostwire is almost identical to the free version of LimeWire so it would take almost no new knowledge for a LimeWire user to use FrostWire. And Frostwire even includes some of the features of the LimeWire Pro version like Turbo-charged downloads.

So go ahead and get FrostWire is you like and you can be download in almost no time!

Frostwire has (package) downloads available for Windows, Mac OS X, Ubuntu/Debian, Android and a tarball for other Linux and Unix users.

How To Copy DVD’s that have Copy Protection

November 15, 2010

It is even easier to copy DVD’s with encryption or Copy Protection on Ubuntu than it is on Windows. Just follow these steps and you’ll be on your way.

1. Install libdvdread4 by following the section here for “Installing support for proprietary DVD formats”

2. Install a program for Coping your DVD’s. I highly recommend K9Copy, it is probably the easiest to use as well as offering a few features for more advanced users. K9Copy is available from the Ubuntu Software or Synaptic Package Manager. Another program that can be used is dvd::rip.

Now you should just be able to insert a DVD into you computer and copy it!
But please not that doing this is illegal in some countries, and you would be the one responsible.

Shoutcast removed in VLC 1.1

October 30, 2010

Many people are upgrading to the newest versions of their favorite distros and wondering where the Shoutcast Radio and TV lisings are in the latest version of VLC media player. For example Ubuntu 10.10 was released a few weeks ago and many users have upgraded from 10.04. Ubuntu 10.04 had VLC 1.0.6 which had Shoutcast, but Ubuntu 10.10 has VLC 1.1.4 and is missing Shoutcast.

The reason for this is Shoutcast was removed from VLC starting with version 1.1.0. AOL basically forced VLC to drop Shoutcast. They wanted VLC to either comply with the Shoutcast license or remove Shoutcast from VLC. VLC could not comply with the license and had to remove Shoutcast. VLC is talking with AOL and looking for a solution which would let them again integrate Shoutcast into VLC again.

How to Install Audio & DVD Support on Ubuntu

October 24, 2010

As you probably know an install of Ubuntu does not include support for non-open source multimedia codecs by default. That means the end user must install the proper packages before being able to take advantage of these media formats (such a Mp3 audio, WMA audio and video DVD). No problem, with this easy guide you’ll be playing music and watching DVD’s in no time. In the first section I’ll show you how to get all the audio formats to work and in the second section I’ll show you how to play all video DVD’s (including those that have copy protection).

Installing full Audio Support
This is very simple. All you have to do is install it by going to the Ubuntu Software Centre and finding the package called “ubuntu-restricted-extras”. Or you can just paste “sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras” in Terminal. Note: If you use the Kubuntu, Xubuntu or Lubuntu variants just use  kubuntu-restricted-extras, xubuntu-restricted-extras or lubuntu-restricted-extras (10.10 only) packages instead.

Installing support for proprietary DVD formats
Paste “sudo apt-get install libdvdread4” in Terminal and hit enter. When it is finished paste “sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/” in Terminal and hit enter.

That’s it! Now you should have full multimedia support working on Ubuntu.

Notes: (1) These instructions apply to Ubuntu 10.04 (including variants) and above, Lower versions are untested. (2) Terminal may be called Console or Konsole on other variants of Ubuntu.