Trying to DUMP Windows.... But

David McNally david3333333 at
Thu Mar 26 20:24:01 UTC 2009

Hi Richard (and everyone else).

I completely switched from Windows Vista to Ubuntu about a year ago. From
what you're saying, you do a lot of things on your Windows machine that I
used to do in Windows. Since then, listening to music, watching videos,
photo editing, and most of the other things that I did in Windows have
actually been _easier_ than they were in Windows. There are open-source
alternatives to nearly everything for Windows, and Wine is great for the few
programs that don't have open alternatives.

Just like you said, I also have tons of videos, and I need a good media
player that plays every codec that I can think of. I also needed a good
music player that could burn and rip CDs just as well as Windows Media
Player, and that was easy to use. I also needed something to edit my photos,
because I have tons of pictures. When I started using Ubuntu, I found that
there are usually several options, and it's easy to try all of them and see
what you can do with them. If you find more than one program (and you will
most of the time), it's a good idea to try them all out.

An important thing to remember is that learning how to do everything in
Ubuntu is, at first, a bit tricky. It'll take you a couple days to get
completely used to living on Ubuntu. You'll get used to it after about a
week. If it starts to seem too difficult and you want to switch back to
Windows, remember that, just like switching from training wheels to a
two-wheeler, it's confusing and difficult and tricky for a little while, but
it becomes really easy really fast.

In general, Ubuntu comes with some pretty good programs for doing those
kinds of tasks. There are plenty more in the repositories, but the programs
that come with Ubuntu should be good enough for most things. If you want
something better, head over to the repos and see what's there.

And Ubuntu is way better than Vista at just about everything.


2009/3/26 Richard <rick0009 at>

>  Been watching Linux for the past few years, and have wonder "if" its ready
> to replace my Vista Desktop.
> There are a few factors, that would need to be address, before I can change
> my Desktop OS.
> *1a.*    With Audio, been using Windows Media Player, and foobar...all has
> been great,
> Since, I only rip in Lossless formats like .WMA lossless or .Flac Lossless,
> I can covert to any other format if need be, also Windows Media Player
> (Library/JukeBox) has no problems,
> with 32,000+ songs.
> Using Windows Media Player, I can grab 12 or more songs, from different
> CD's, and BURN my own Audio Mix,
> they come out perfect, *referring to quality and sound levels, when
> switching from track to track...* Windows Media Player,
> adds sound leveling to the CD when the .wma lossless file,  gets
> UN-Compressed.... I've done this, about a few hundred's time,
> and works like a charm... i.e. ( grab some Dido, Sarah McLachlan, Smith,
> ...etc) and make a all Girl Vocal Disk.
> all in a couple of clicks.
> *1b. *   Now, DOES Ubuntu (or any other linux) offer Anything, that can
> match this ? (Yes or NO) if Yes, please explain.
> *-------------*
> *2a.*   Video, I have a massive collection of Video Format Movies, in
> .mkv, .avi, .mov, .mp4...etc
> Now, Windows Media Player (Stinks) for playback, so I have install "The
> KMPlayer"
> *<snip>*: *The KMPlayer is a video and audio player for Microsoft Windows
> which can play a large number of formats such as VCD, DVD, AVI, MKV, Ogg,
> OGM, 3GP, MPEG-1/2/4, WMV, RealMedia, FLV and QuickTime among others. It
> handles a wide range of subtitles and allows one to capture audio, video,
> and screenshots.
> The player provides both internal and external filters with a fully
> controlled environment in terms of connections to other splitters, decoders,
> audio/video transform filters and renderers without grappling with the
> DirectShow merit system. Interestingly, it is said that internal filters are
> not registered with a user's system to keep it from being messed up with
> system filters.* *</snip>*
> Play any kind of Video Format, is a breeze with this player, install it and
> your done, playing video with subtitles, (anime) works like a charm,
> to skipping or timing issues... heck, this app can even enhance the video
> quality as well as audio quality too.
> So, with a 500 GB Drive full of Vids, I do have some concerns... it would
> be nice, if there where just a few standards... but that's not the case
> *2b*.  So, DOES Ubuntu (or any other linux) offer Anything, that can match
> this ? (Yes or NO) if Yes, please explain
> *------------*
> *3a*. Photography & Photo Scanning & Photo Editing,
> Now, Yes I do use Photoshop... installed works great...  Now I have played
> with Gimp, But lets get real shall we...
> *3b*. Now Does Ubuntu (or any other linux) offer Anything that can match
> Photoshop and or beat it ? ( Yes or NO) if Yes, please explain
> (I do allot of photo manipulation ) yes layers... filters..etc..etc.. (
> started doing stitching for panorama  shots)
> *---------*
> Thank You for your Time.
> Regards-
> Richard
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