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OpenSUSE 10.3 Repositories

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I finally got around to getting the database completely synced with the OpenSUSE 10.3 repositories. You should now see a link to those files from the RPM section for each package that is included.

New Filter Option

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I added a new option for filtering results. Previously, anything that used a terminal interface was grouped under the command line interface umbrella, but now it has been separated out into command line and Ncurses. For those of you unfamiliar with Ncurses, it is a graphical interface for a terminal environment. Because this is a new distinction, there are undoubtedly still some apps listed incorrectly as command line when they actually use Ncurses, and some will have both interfaces available. Please comment if you find any that need to be corrected. I plan to update them over time as they are found.

Create Video for an iPod Using Thin Liquid Film

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Thin Liquid Film is specifically designed for converting videos to an iPod compatible format. It also supports transfering files to an iPod. I've been aware of it for a while now, but only recently got around to giving it a try, and I must say that I'm impressed. If you own a video iPod then Thin Liquid Film is a must have app.

Rediscovering Betrayal at Krondor Using DOSBox

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While I was in high school a game I really enjoyed was Betrayal at Krondor. It's based on a fantastic series of novels by Raymond E. Feist. I've been re-reading them this summer and it made me nostalgic for the game as well. In looking for my copy of the game I came to discover that it has since been released as freeware and can be played on Linux using DOSBox.

Video on the Web: Browser Support

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While researching the plug-ins piece of this series a problem with browser support became very obvious. My original intention was to test the websites with multiple browsers and report any differences, but quickly determined that my plan wasn't going to work. The sad fact was that Firefox (and presumeably Mozilla as well) was the only one to use the plug-ins properly.

Video on the Web: Plug-ins Required

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There are many different video formats used by websites these days, and unfortunately, most of them are proprietary. After getting frustratrated by so many commercial sites ignoring Linux, I decided to do my own investigation of some noteworthy content sites to see if they are Linux friendly, can be made to work, or are downright exclusionary.

Transferring Files Over Bluetooth using a BlackBerry Curve, Pearl, or 8800

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If you own, or are considering buying, one of BlackBerry's Curve, Pearl, or 8800 smart phones then here is a simple guide for transferring files to and from it using Bluetooth.

Part 1 of this investigation focused on setting up a USB connection. Part 2 described how to use a BlackBerry with Amarok.

Single-Click Installs

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I'm pleased to annouce that apturl support has been added to Linux App Finder. apturl is a program enabling single-click installs from within a browser. It is currently in the Ubuntu Gutsy repositories, but versions for Debian and Ubuntu Feisty are also available.

Using Amarok to Transfer Music to a BlackBerry Curve

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Now that I have a memory card installed in my BlackBerry Curve, it's time to load some music. Amarok is my player of choice so I decided to focus my efforts on syncing using it.

Part 1 of this investigation focused on setting up a USB connection. Part 3 will describe how to transfer files using Bluetooth.

Using a BlackBerry Curve with Linux

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I recently got a BlackBerry Curve for work, and being a Linux user I was immediately interested in getting them to work together. The bad news is that RIM doesn't make a driver for Linux. The good news is that you can still get them to work together anyway. Here's how.

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