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what programs work with Linux ?

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what programs work with Linux ?

To be more accurate how can you tell if a specific piece of Linux software will work on your particular version of Linux ?
Sometimes you may see a note that something works for example in Mint 9 & 10 but how do you know it will work in Mint 11 ?
You could say install it and see but if it failed to work could this not cause problems with your OS ?
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VileReynard
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Re: what programs work with Linux ?

Normally you would get your software from the distro repositories.
So (in this case) it would be guaranteed to work.
If something works in Mint 9, then you would expect it to work in Mint 11 - although if there is a Mint 11 version, you should use that.
However, if something works in Mint 11, it may not work in Mint 9.
Even if you are installing something from a totally different distro, it stands a very good chance of working properly (see the alien package).
Make sure that you install 32 bit/ 64 bit according to your OS.

Waldo
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Re: what programs work with Linux ?


$ cat /etc/apt/sources.list
#Marillat
# deb ftp://ftp.nerim.net/debian-marillat/ sarge main
# deb ftp://ftp.nerim.net/debian-marillat/ sid main
deb http://www.debian-multimedia.org sid main
deb http://ftp.uk.debian.org/debian sid main contrib non-free
deb-src http://ftp.uk.debian.org/debian sid main contrib non-free

If in doubt get it from the repos of the distro you're using and you can expect it to work.
If you're using Mint 11 you'll have Ubuntu 11.04 and Mint 11 repositories in your sources.list(s).
If you choose to use unofficial sources like PPAs they should specify which distro/release they're intended for.
Or you can grab the source and compile it yourself.
VileReynard
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Re: what programs work with Linux ?

If you compile source over the top of existing bits of your distro, it will eventually suffer.  Smiley

Waldo
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Re: what programs work with Linux ?

It has never caused me any grief to date; I use checkinstall to create a .deb package which installs to /usr/local. If dependencies can be satisfied from the repos, all the better. Admittedly it's difficult to say with certainty that it won't cause problems eventually but I do tend to do a fresh install every five years or so (usually on a new machine)  Grin 
Steve
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Re: what programs work with Linux ?

Does any of you more knowledgeable Linux users know how banshee does not fetch my music CD data when I rip It? Its the only thing bugging me.
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VileReynard
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Re: what programs work with Linux ?

Try Edit -> preferences -> Write metadata to files in Banshee?

Steve
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Re: what programs work with Linux ?

Thanks foxy I will try that tonight when I get home, Not a big deal If I cant get It to work as I can use my MP3 player.
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Re: what programs work with Linux ?

@Foxy that didn't work, Next I'm going to try creating a last FM account and see if it fetches the data that way.
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Re: what programs work with Linux ?

@SteveM that is listed a  fault on Banshee. It will not grab cd data automatically.
I use "Audio CD Extractor" which does rip the title from cddb etc.
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Re: what programs work with Linux ?

Hi HB.
I thought as much, Might give that a go Instead then, Thanks. Smiley
A patch has been accepted that fixes this for most cd's, though it's not likely to show up in natty at this point.
While not in the 11.10 banshee atm it should be included before release.  https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/banshee/+bug/813836
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