Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Multimedia freedom with Mandriva Linux

Filed under
MDV

A Mandriva Linux PC is a multimedia powerhouse. It is excellent for playing and editing audio and video in many formats, although running multimedia applications under Linux poses challenges.

Linux also plays DVDs, but because commercial DVDs are encrypted, most official distributions will not play DVDs out of the box. The required software, called libdvdcss, is available for download, but breaches patents and is illegal to use.

If you buy the boxed version of Mandriva then a version of the WinDVD application called LinDVD is included; it’s legal to use for DVD playback. Another hassle is that Apple’s iTunes will not run on Linux, though it is possible to connect an iPod and manage its music library.

In some ways Linux users get the best deal, since free software such as Amarok lets you copy music from and to the iPod, which iTunes does not. Some things in Linux take a little more work, but the outcome may be better than the alternatives.

Essential multimedia add-ons

Full Story.

More in Tux Machines

Antivirus Live CD 20.0-0.99.2 Uses ClamAV 0.99.2 to Protect Your PC from Viruses

Today, September 25, 2016, 4MLinux developer Zbigniew Konojacki informs Softpedia about the immediate availability for download of a new, updated version of his popular, independent, free, and open source Antivirus Live CD. Read more

How to: Install Google Chrome web browser on Ubuntu Linux (and uninstall Firefox)

Ubuntu comes with a lot of quality software pre-installed. Unfortunately, the default web browser, Mozilla Firefox, has been on the decline -- it is slow and clunky. On Linux, Google Chrome is now the top web browser, and it is the best way to experience Adobe Flash content too (if you still need it). Installing Google Chrome on the Linux-based operating system is not totally straightforward. This is unfortunate, as the search-giant's web browser is an important part of having an overall quality experience on Ubuntu. Don't worry, however, as we will help you to both install the wonderful Google Chrome and uninstall the disappointing Mozilla Firefox. Read more

Parsix GNU/Linux 8.10 "Erik" Gets the Latest Debian Security Fixes, Update Now

A few minutes ago, the development team behind the Debian-based Parsix GNU/Linux computer operating system announced that new security fixes are now available for the Parsix GNU/Linux 8.10 "Erik" release. Read more

Gorgeous Apricity OS Linux Distro Now Works on 32-bit PCs, Build 09.2016 Is Out

Softpedia was informed by Apricity OS developer Alex Gajewski that the Apricity OS 09.2016 release is now available for download and it's the first to come with a 32-bit version as well. Read more