Linux Screenshot of the day for 07/26/2008 – Amarok rediscover your music.

In the wide variety of media player choices available to Linux users, Amarok is certainly worth a look. Their tag line is “rediscover your music” – and the program does facilitate that rediscovery well.

After telling it where all of my digital media was, Amarok provided the usual album covers as well as an expected set of features as far as file/playlist management, and such. I was pleased to find a Lyrics tab that displays the lyrics of the currently playing song, as provided by various configurable services, and an Artist tab that connects an ever-growing list of your favorite songs and artists to biographical and “discographical” information through Wikipedia. I found myself listening to songs that I haven’t heard in along time, even though the cd is probably in my car. There’s also good integration with services like lastFM – and, of course, your media-player-of-choice should work with little or no configuration.

When you rip CD’s, the files are saved in the .ogg format, an open source media encoding technology that results in files around 30% smaller than an mp3 of the same track with no loss in quality. Don’t worry though, your mp3s and their tags are read just fine too.

You know that song that you are never quite sure what is being sung? Well, Amarok made me realize that The Prodigy has the pulsating, rythmical remedy. My lip-syncing should look much more believable now.

Linux Screenshot of the day for 07/24/08

This is the default view from my home directory (think “My Documents” on Windows) in Konqueror. I’m using The Reinhardt Icon Set (Official Thumbnails) for my system default – those are the nice mininmalist ones, with some more detailed icons from various other sets for a bit of contrast.

Linux Screenshot of the day for 07/22/08 – 24,958 software packages & counting.

“I’ve got 1949 programs installed today, and the potential to install 24958 others to fit most every need.”

This is some of the information available from the Adept Manager about software that I have installed on my system. Adept is a native kubuntu package manager via apt that is fairly idiot proof.