Jan Schrewe jschrewe at googlemail.com
Tue Sep 21 22:53:12 CEST 2010


On 21 September 2010 22:43, Robert Marma <robert_marma at yahoo.com> wrote:

> Hi all,
>  (1) Has anyone in the group had any experience with media players in
> openSUSE?  I could get
>      neither Banshee nor Totem--the default Gnome media players--to play
> ANY of
> my video
>      files.  Then I recalled having used VLC in Windows a few years ago,
> and
> decided to check
>      out their web site.  Being a Newbie, I wasn't sure about the
> installation
> procedure, but
>      tried downloading their latest RPM, and the package installer took
> care of
> the rest.  To
>      my utter amazement, VLC played EVERY video file format perfectly,
> except
> for my .mov
>      files, which it also played, but in a jumpy, hesitating fashion.  To
> be
> perfectly honest,
>      I've also had trouble getting media players to play my .mov files in
> Windows.  Even with
>      additional XP or Vista codecs installed, Windows Media player usually
> was
> useless, and
>      even iTunes and QuickTime didn't do the job, and .mov is supposed to
> be a
> QuickTime
>      format!  The only media player that appears to play my .mov files
> halfway
> decently in
>      Windows is Media Player Classic Home Cinema, which is also free.
> Unfortunately, they
>      don't appear to offer a Linux version.  My question is: "Does anyone
> know
> of a reliable
>      media player--or at least codecs--that will play my .mov files?"
Opensuse does by default exclude most libraries needed for playing audio and
video files (apart from some free formats). A guide for installing the
needed libraries can be ound here:

>  (2) In intend to log onto the Linux and openSUSe forums for advice, but I
> also
> was wondering
>      if anyone knows of an instructive document or publication available
> for
> download--perhaps
>      something along the lines of "Linux for Dummies"  or  "Bash for
> Dummies"--that would offer
>      examples with illustrations for learning the Bash commands and writing
> scripts.

There are some how-tos for bash programming. For example:

And generally if you want to know the specifics how to use a certain
programm you can use *man <program name>*. Most of the docs are quite good.

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