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CLI Magic: Video conversion with mencoder

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linux.com: Mencoder is part of the MPlayer media player package. While MPlayer can play audio and video files, mencoder converts and manages multimedia files. The application has a ton of graphical user interfaces, but you can use it from the command line to produce video files in almost any format you want. Here's how.

Create Video DVDs With ManDVD

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tombuntu: ManDVD is an application for creating video DVDs from a wide variety of video formats. Using this application, you can also create eye-pleasing menus with video, audio, and chapters.

some early howtos:

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  • Motorola Razr custom Ringtones with Kubuntu 7.10

  • Making Sound Work in Ubuntu 7.10 on Laptops, even the MX7118
  • Over 10 power user tips for Vim editor
  • OOo: Using the Advanced Filter
  • Supercharging package management with yum plugins and utilities
  • Red Hat / CentOS Linux Setting a Default Gateway

How To Enable Multiple HTTPS Sites For One IP On Debian Etch Using TLS Extensions

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This guide is Debian specific but could be ported to other distributions since the concept is the same. In order to use TLS Extensions we have to patch and recompile Apache2 and recompile OpenSSL with the enable-tlsext directive.

Perform GnuPG Functions Within Vim

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savvyadmin.com: Performing GnuPG functions from Vim is actually pretty helpful if you work heavily with both applications on a regular basis. I was recently looking for a simple way to both word wrap and clearsign various text files within Vim, and found just what I was looking for.

more howtos:

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  • Getting a Gravis GamePad Pro to work on Linux

  • Hidden Linux : Finding Stuff Fast
  • Install Mplayer and Multimedia Codecs (libdvdcss2,w32codecs) in Ubuntu 7.10

Installation Guide: Fedora 8 Desktop (a.k.a. The Perfect Desktop)

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This document describes how to set up a Fedora desktop - including how to enable special mouse buttons, improve laptop support (depending on your model), set up printers (especially HP) and the usage of Compiz Fusion.

Making K3b rip DVDs on Ubuntu 7.10

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blogbeebe.blogspot: I've complained repeatedly that K3b supplied via Ubuntu 7.10's repositories can't rip DVDs on Ubuntu 7.10. After repeated attempts to find a solution on forums and via Google, I solved my problem the old fashioned way; I downloaded the source to K3b 1.0.4 and built it myself.

Using Evolution with Gmail

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ubuntu1501.com: Evolution is the official personal information manager and workgroup information management tool for GNOME. It combines e-mail, calendar, address book, and task list management functions. If you find you need help setting up Evolution with your Gmail account, this guide will get you setup in less than five minutes.

How to compile program under Linux / UNIX / FreeBSD

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nixcraft: Many new users find it difficult to compiling programs in Linux. Usually following steps are involved:

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3 open source alternatives to Office 365

It can be hard to get away from working and collaborating on the web. Doing that is incredibly convenient: as long as you have an internet connection, you can easily work and share from just about anywhere, on just about any device. The main problem with most web-based office suites—like Google Drive, Zoho Office, and Office365—is that they're closed source. Your data also exists at the whim of large corporations. I'm sure you've heard numerous stories of, say, Google locking or removing accounts without warning. If that happens to you, you lose what's yours. So what's an open source advocate who wants to work with web applications to do? You turn to an open source alternative, of course. Let's take a look at three of them. Read more

Hackable voice-controlled speaker and IoT controller hits KS

SeedStudio’s hackable, $49 and up “ReSpeaker” speaker system runs OpenWrt on a Mediatek MT7688 and offers voice control over home appliances. The ReSpeaker went live on Kickstarter today and has already reached 95 percent of its $40,000 funding goal with 29 days remaining. The device is billed by SeedStudio as an “open source, modular voice interface that allows us to hack things around us, just using our voices.” While it can be used as an Internet media player or a voice-activated IoT hub — especially when integrated with Seeed’s Wio Link IoT board — it’s designed to be paired with individual devices. For example, the campaign’s video shows the ReSpeaker being tucked inside a teddy bear or toy robot, or attached to plant, enabling voice control and voice synthesis. Yes, the plant actually asks to be watered. Read more

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