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Re: Linux fun things

  • Subject: Re: Linux fun things
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2006 11:24:22 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: schestowitz.com / MCC / Manchester University
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__/ [Kelsey Bjarnason] on Friday 13 January 2006 07:59 \__

> [snips]
> On Sun, 08 Jan 2006 08:31:08 +0000, Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> Sorry to infiltrate this thread, but you inspired me to try something new.
>> I have just (5 minutes ago!) finished writing and testing another little
>> script that displays kpager on-line and refreshes it every 10 minutes.
> Speaking of trying new things...
> Been looking for some DVD authoring tools.  There's loads out there, but
> mostly they're iffy at best.  However, I did run across KDE DVD Authoring
> Wizard, which, while hardly the most powerful app in existence, does
> *exactly* what I need.  Minus one point - it expects the files to already
> be in correct mpeg format.
> No prob.  Another little app, ffmpeg, and about three lines of scripting,
> and I've got something that'll convert all the AVI files in a directory to
> the right format, with any scaling, etc, performed as necessary.  I've got
> a DVD I just finished authoring ready to view, right now.  Custom menus,
> background menu images, lead-in animations, the lot.
> Life is good. :)

Wow. I never think of Linux in the context of production, but I heard about
specialised Linux distributions that come with all the necessary software in
a well-integrated form. This makes production work intuitive and free. Free
as in freedom to extend, improve, and contribute.

Posting a top-level thread listing the names of the programs, the shell
script and the outcome of the work is worthwhile (under an informative
title). This may help other people who are undertaking the same task and
also impress some of the subscribers to whom production is rarely
investigated and assumed to be best handled by pricy bloatware.


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