Over the last few weeks, my broadband connection has been a bit slow.
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As a GNU/Linux user myself, the thought of the BBC's iPlayer being Windows XP only, wasn't one I particularly relished. So I was particularly interested in the reports that the BBC Trust have told the BBC management that iPlayer must take a more platform agnostic approach.
So here's the story with getting the sound working again on my new Ubuntu Edgy Eft setup.
I've just been reminded why I tend not to bother upgrading my Linux setup very often. It generally causes more headaches than benefits...
Well I finally have persuaded Ubuntu Dapper to give me sound. After delving around in the depths of the Ubuntu forums, I finally found a thread where someone had realised the issue was a faulty sound module in the Ubuntu default kernels. One roll your own kernel later, and here I am with sound! As I type, I'm blasting out some Sigur Rós in celebration!
Well since by last post about going to Ubuntu Dapper things have changed.
Last night I left the computer ugrading itself up to the latest version of Ubuntu. Okay I didn't quite leave it to do everything - actually I had to sort it out a few times in the middle of the night, but that's only because I was checking it whilst I was struggling to sleep due to the heat.
Earlier in the week, I spent an evening trying to get my Hauppage PVR-150 to work under Linux. It's no easy task, taking me a couple of hours, and even now it's not exactly east. For starters, I'm only able to watch TV via Mplayer, whilst using a command line app to change channel.
Sometimes I just wonder about the quality of documentation from the world of open source. Take this question from the MPlayer FAQ...
Since getting my new PC, I've been taking stock and reviewing some of the stuff I've got on my hard drive - which is quite a lot actually. Old websites, copies of letters, and a bucket load of WAV files of goodness knows what. But most of all, I've been trawling through the several gigs worth of radio comedies that I've recorded from BBC7 and BBC Radio 4 over the last few years, and still haven't managed to listen to yet.