[xubuntu-users] Multimedia support
peter at silmaril.ie
Tue Sep 2 21:22:30 UTC 2014
Until now I have had little time or need for playing music or videos on
my Linux systems, and the few times I have tried, very little has
worked. Skype used to work, but has gone badly downhill recently, and
the SIP systems are unusable.
I would like to be able to:
1. play music I download or rip from my CDs (most of this actually
works, except that I'm a classical music person, so the tagging
is largely meaningless)
2. use a webcam to videochat with colleagues (usually via some kind
of Flash-type net.meeting system) and with family (until now, Skype)
3. speak and hear for 
4. watch DVDs (and hear them too)
So my questions are (given that  isn't really a problem):
A. What webcam can I buy that is 100% guaranteed to work on a Linux
system AND be recognised by Flash-based systems AND Skype? I have
no problem if it needs some installation, libraries, and config, but
these must be KNOWN to work, not experimental).
B. How do I make the built-in microphone on Dell laptops work? I have
old D610s and D810s, but even borrowing colleagues' newer systems I
have never found a laptop with a microphone that works under Linux.
C. How do I make Linux read modern DVDs (movies) and play them? I have
several systems with DVD drives, but they only work for data DVDs;
any attempt to use them for movies (lots of different player
software tried) claims things like "can't find a chapter index" or
"no readable files found". I'm not talking about de-regionalization
(that would be nice too) but simply reading a DVD and playing it.
(I know my current D810 hardware is working, because the system was
running Windows 7 until I took it over, and all the above worked. AFAIK
there isn't anything physical in the box that is bound to Windows.)
Currently I am running Xubuntu 14.04 with Enlightenment, simply because
it's light enough to work very nicely on a D810. I'm in the market for a
new laptop, but I won't buy one unless A, B, and C are known to work (so
I'm looking for recommendations too).
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