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8. DVD & video players

DVD playback

In order to play DVDs you must install the appropriate codecs.

$ sudo yum install libdvdcss libdvdread libdvdplay libdvdnav lsdvd libdvbpsi

Video Files playback

This way you will be able to play almost any video file.

$ cd ~/Download
$ wget http://www1.mplayerhq.hu/MPlayer/releases/codecs/all-20071007.tar.bz2
$ tar -jxf all-20071007.tar.bz2
$ sudo mkdir -p /usr/local/lib/codecs
$ sudo cp all-20071007/* /usr/local/lib/codecs
$ sudo ln -sf /usr/local/lib/codecs /usr/lib/codecs
$ sudo ln -sf /usr/local/lib/codecs /usr/local/lib/win32
$ sudo ln -sf /usr/local/lib/codecs /usr/lib/win32
$ rm -rf all-20071007

Now choose one of the following Video players and install it.

mplayer

I prefer mplayer for video playback which is a very good player. It supports almost any video type, as well as DVD playback as long as you have the needed codecs installed as shown previously.

For KDE users:

$ sudo yum install kplayer
For GNOME users:

$ sudo yum install mplayer-gui

totem

If you want to play DVD and video files with totem type:

$ sudo yum remove totem
$ sudo yum install totem-xine totem-xine-plparser xine-lib-extras xine-lib-extras-nonfree
$ sudo yum install gstreamer-ffmpeg ffmpeg ffmpeg-libs

xine

$ sudo yum install xine xine-lib-extras xine-lib-extras-nonfree
$ sudo yum install gstreamer-ffmpeg ffmpeg ffmpeg-libs

vlc

vlc supports almost any video type.

$ sudo yum intall vlc

kaffeine

kaffeine is another KDE media player that uses the xine engine.

$ sudo yum install kaffeine
$ sudo yum install xine-lib-extras xine-lib-extras-nonfree

RealPlayer

Download RealPlayer rpm from here . Next open a terminal and go to the Folder you downloaded it. Install it by typing:

$ sudo yum install compat-libstdc++-33
$ sudo rpm -hiv RealPlayer10GOLD.rpm
$ sudo yum remove HelixPlayer 

9. IRC Clients

Some good Internet Relay Chat programs are the following.

Konversation

KDE users try Konversation

$ sudo yum install konversation

xchat

GNOME users try xchat

$ sudo yum intall xchat

10. MSN Messenger Clients

kopete

If you are using KDE you should have already install Kopete under Start menu -> Internet. Kopete supports many different instant messaging accounts such as AIM, ICQ, Jabber, MSN, Yahoo etc. If it is not installed type:


$ sudo yum install kdenetwork

pidgin

$ sudo yum install pidgin

amsn

$ sudo yum install amsn

11. CD/DVD Burning/Copying/Authoring

gnomebaker

For GNOME users you can try gnomebaker to burn your cds/dvds.

$ sudo yum install gnomebaker

k3b

k3b is a burning utility similar to Nero Burning Rom.

$ sudo yum install k3b

k9copy

K9copy is the linux version of DVDshrink.

$ sudo yum install k9copy
$ sudo yum install libdvdcss libdvdread libdvdplay libdvdnav lsdvd libdvbpsi

I have also written a guide on How to backup your DVDs (in dvd, xvid, mpeg-4, x264 formats) using k9copy .

DeVeDe

DeVeDe is a very good dvd authoring tool. It allows you to convert any type of video format to DVD so that you can watch it in any player you like.


$ sudo yum install devede
I have written a guide on How to create a custom DVD using DeVeDe.

12. Download manager


$ sudo yum install d4x

13. PDF Readers

kpdf

KDE users can try kpdf. You can find it in Start menu -> Graphics KPDF Viewer. If it is not installed type:

$ sudo yum install kdegraphics

xpdf

You can also try xpdf.

$ sudo yum install xpdf

acrobatreader

If you prefer adobe acrobat reader you can download it from here . The latest version at this time is 8.1.1. Download the Linux x86 rpm. When the download completes open a terminal and install it with:

$ sudo rpm -hiv AdobeReader_enu-8.1.1-1.i486.rpm
And you are ready to use it.



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