Thursday, June 21, 2007

Dell + Ubuntu = Smart

As I'm sure many of you already know, Dell is releasing PC's with Ubuntu pre-loaded on the PC. Purchasing a new notebook or desktop has always been an easy process while shopping with Dell, but they just made it a lot easier for the Linux enthusiast and the overall wiser crowd.

Ubuntu is free. It always has, it always will be - just read the logo that appears on the back of the CD case:

"Ubuntu is software libre. You are encouraged and legally entitled to copy, reinstall, modify, and redistribute this CD for yourself and your friends. Share the spirit of Ubuntu!"

Therefore, since Ubuntu is most definitely free, why wouldn't you purchase a PC from Dell with this operating system already installed. If the price doesn't move you enough, would knowing that Ubuntu is the best operating system (and Linux distribution) available? I'm sorry all other Linux OS'es, but Ubuntu has it all.

Additionally, as I type this, I am using a Dell Inspiron 6000 with a Pentium M, Intel Graphics Board, and the Intel wireless card. I have found no hardware that is not working the way it should with Ubuntu installed. If I could some it up in one word, it would be seamless. It's smooth.

Ok, I'm off my soapbox, but for real, Dell's selling PC's with Ubuntu already loaded up, so if you are looking for a new PC and don't want to fight the battle of "I wonder if this wireless card will work in Linux", then stop by Dell's site and treat yourself. Get a new PC with Ubuntu.

Amarok Music Manager in Feisty

Now that Ubuntu Feisty (7.04) has been released to the public and Ubuntu's famed ShipIt program, several major improvements have occurred.

No longer does a man or woman's fingertips have to sweat from minutes of typing relentless commands to build, make, make install (or checkinstall) their favorite music manager. No longer does mankind have to wish they knew what "make install" or "checkinstall" meant and what language it comes from... least when it comes to installing Amarok with MTP and all the other cool bells and whistles, the installation is so easy, a caveman with a PC can do it.

Here goes.

1) Let's install.

sudo apt-get install libmtp5 libmtp-dev amarok

2) Connect. Play. Enjoy. (step 2 is all up to you)

Monday, June 18, 2007

Rhythmbox Music Manager

Well, Nic has brought it to my attention of the new capability to install Rhythmbox with PlaysforSure support. Anybody with Ubuntu (not Kubuntu) will already have Rhythmbox installed. It is the default music manager for Ubuntu, and is full of features. The latest version has even more features.

The rest of this post will explain how to install the latest and greatest RB with MTP (PlaysForSure) support and all the other goods.

Here's a quick run-down of the improvements on MTP in Rhythmbox:
  • It works. (awesome enough)
  • There is not much lag when it is scanning the device (maybe 15 seconds at the longest)
  • You can play straight from the device
  • You can send/recieve from device

This guide is for Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty).

1) Let's make sure we have the goods needed

sudo aptitude purge rhythmbox

sudo apt-get install build-essential gnome-common subversion libmtp5 libmtp-dev

sudo apt-get build-dep rhythmbox

2) Now we need to get the latest version of Rhythmbox

svn co rhythmbox
cd rhythmbox

3) And now the install

./ --with-mtp
sudo make
sudo make install

4) Plugin your player, run your new Rhythmbox for the first time, and make sure you go to Edit > Plugins and enable "Portable Players - MTP"

5) Enjoy.