I have been using a program called Wbar (GPL) for quite some time now. Wbar is a lightweight launcher tool/panel which gives you easy access to your favorite programs while being easy to customize. Wbar home page can be found from here:http://code.google.com/p/wbar/
Installing and using Wbar
Wbar should be available in a number of modern distributions. Just go to your package manager and searh something called wbar or similar and you should be good to go. If Wbar is not found from your system consider compiling it from a source which is usually a matter of executing the commands: ./configure && make (as a normal user) and then make install (as a root or a sudo) when all the needed dependencies are installed. Continue reading →
Checkinstall is a tool which creates so called uncomplicated Debian packages. These are not real Debian packages as they will hold no information of the actual dependencies needed by a program which is being build as a package. So in other words: Checkinstall packages are the ones which cannot (or more correctly: should not) be distributed as they will most likely not work outside of the host system. Continue reading →
Sometimes there may arise a need to transcode a file to another format, for example if you have a device or system in your hands that does for some reason read or understand certain types of files. In order to do achieve a simple transcoding with the sound file do the following:
Remember to place the ending you need (in the example mp3) to the resulting file so the file will actually get transcoded. With the abobe procedure you might experience fairly good results but some loose of quality might also happen. When transcoding files with Ffmpeg the general rule is not to try it with low quality sound files because then the result may be anything but quality.
Note. Some distributions ship with Ffmpeg which might not be able to transcode files with the procedure described above. If the previous is the case then compile Ffmpeg from the source by following the instructions found here: http://www.techtimejourney.net/?p=88