Book review: Linux Multimedia Hacks

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Linux is rapidly gaining popularity as a desktop operating system. Its market share of desktops is rapidly growing. Whenever you think about Linux as a Desktop operating system, your first consideration should be Linux multimedia application. Linux has tons of multimedia application but selecting and finding all application is a big challenge. If you use Linux as a desktop everyday then this book is for you. It will answer essential question such as how to take screen shot or covert image format from command line and much more.

In nutshell, this book is all about Linux Multimedia hacks, author Kyle Rankin have done a superb job of illustrating the best available multimedia tools/apps so you can maximize the entertainment capabilities under Linux. It include killer tips and tricks for connecting to iPods, creating MP3s, watching and making DVDs, turning your Linux box into a MythTV (Tivo) and much more.

The best thing about this book is you do not have to be a Linux guru. Any one with basic knowledge of Linux can go ahead with this book’s step-by-step instruction to accomplish task. The book is divided into five easy-to-understand chapters:

  1. Images: Tips range from basic image edits (like removing red eye) to automated image manipulation. It also includes very nice coverage of digital camera especially the Pulling Images from a Digital Camera and managing them with f-spot application.
  2. Audio: It include audio format conversion, tweaking metadata within audio files, burning cds, using an iPOD with linux and coverage of other portable audio players.
  3. Video: Creating your own VCD or DVDs is a real fun. It includes rip & encoding of DVD and VCD, coverage of multimedia players and much more.
  4. Broadcast Media: I think this is the best chapter of this book. It includes how to access and create you own web broadcasts as well as watch and record TV. Amazing information tips for cutting commercials from TV and broadcasting or podcastsing from command line.
  5. Web: Learn how to make your multimedia creations available to the world. Perhaps this chapter every new Linux desktop user should read first. It includes very good information such as installing flash players, real players, watching video within FireFox, making an internet phone calls or even using Linux as a PBX.

However, please note that most examples written for RPM based distribution such as Red Hat Linux or Fedora Linux or Suse Linux. Nevertheless, you can easily replace all rpm command with apt-get Laughing
The best part is you can select the topic of your interest. After reading this book, you will not just agree that Linux is most powerful multimedia platforms around, but has far more capabilities and features than you ever imagined. You will enjoy it everyday. This is one of the best resources of information related to multimedia applications.


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Posted by: Vivek Gite

The author is the creator of nixCraft and a seasoned sysadmin, DevOps engineer, and a trainer for the Linux operating system/Unix shell scripting. Get the latest tutorials on SysAdmin, Linux/Unix and open source topics via RSS/XML feed or weekly email newsletter.