Installing Adobe AIR 1.x on 64bit Linux

Adobe AIRAdobe currently offers an installer for AIR for almost all operating systems. Windows, Mac, and Linux, all of the major platforms are covered. However, one installer is missing… a 64bit one for Linux. For those of us who are die-hard Linux users who also prefer the speed and power of running 64bit operating systems, Adobe AIR won’t just install out of the box and work. This article is to help you get Adobe AIR installed and running on your 64bit Linux system in no time flat.

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Ripping DVD’s and CD’s to ISO format in Linux

There are many reasons why one would want to rip a disc to an ISO file. The ISO format stores the disc locally on your hard drive in a way that it can be easily and quickly burnt again to removable media. If you’ve ever wanted to keep a backup copy of some software on your computer, or you would like to store entire DVDs locally on your filesystem, Linux can help you out with that. The program “dd,” provided by most Linux distributions by default, allows for quick, simple ripping of CD’s and DVD’s from a terminal. Let’s get ripping. Continue reading

Music Management in Linux: Ripping CD’s with abcde

When one sets out to rip a CD in Linux, he is confronted by many options. The user can use a graphical music player such as Rhythmbox, Banshee, or Amarok to rip said CD, along with many other dedicated ripping solutions. I recently purchased Rosetta Stone Hebrew Levels 1 – 3 which comes with 12 (read ‘em, TWELVE) discs of audio companion material. Let’s just say I needed a way to rip 12 discs fast, preferably in a terminal. Enter abcde. Continue reading

Flash Player on Linux – Installing Native 64bit Flash Player

It seems that installing Flash Player on an Ubuntu desktop is getting easier and easier with every release of the popular Linux operating system. However, its still very apparent that there are still problems pairing the two together in some areas. In the past, it has been less-than-easy to install the 64bit Flash Player plugin in Linux. However, Adobe just released ┬árefresh to the alpha, so let’s see if it has taken care of some of the ease-of-installation problems. Continue reading

Music Management in Linux: Using EasyTAG

If you’re like me and you love music, you probably have thousands upon thousands of songs in your library. It’s good to have choices, right? If I want to listen to Led Zeppelin, then I should have that option. If I’m more in the mood for some instrumental folk music like John Fahey, I should be able to play it wherever I’m at. Managing the filenames and ID3 tags of such a library, though, is anything but easy. Enter EasyTAG, literally easy tagging and renaming for your entire music collection.

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Installing Flash Player 10 Debug on 64bit Ubuntu

I just finished installing the Flash Player 10 debugger on my 64bit Ubuntu machine. All props go to “Me and Ubuntu,” with the article located here:
http://meandubuntu.wordpress.com/2008/08/20/flash-10-rc-on-ubuntu-amd64/

It involves using nspluginwrapper and some other libraries to emulate a 32bit environment for Flash Player to run in. Totally rad.

Vote for a Linux version of Flex/Flash Builder!

If you’re on the same page with me in wanting a Linux Flash/Flex Builder edition, you can vote for it here:
http://bugs.adobe.com/jira/browse/FB-19053

Make your vote and comments count! Even if you don’t use Linux per se, please vote for the issue. By doing so, you’ll be expanding and encouraging the Flex/Flash community to another OS!

[Linux] Flash Builder 4: Will Adobe Help Us?

The question that has been plaguing me for some time now is this: Will Adobe release Flash Builder 4 for Linux? I don’t think I’m alone on this one. Most every linux-using Flash/Flex developer needs a development environment to use. And up to this point, there really isn’t anything out there.

Sure, there’s Flex Builder 3 for Linux, but it has extremely limited capabilities, and you have to hack it just to get it to work with Eclipse 3.4+. Did I mention that it won’t install in a 64bit JVM? Yes, I was able to get it working, but it’s a huge pain for something that shouldn’t be. It’s been a beta for nearly a year now, and with no real hope in sight. Since Adobe just released Windows and Mac beta editions of the new Flash Builder 4, what does it mean for us? Is there a plan out there for Adobe to save the day?

Yes, there is FDT. Enough said. But the full-flavored version of FDT is like $600+! I don’t know about you guys, but I don’t have that kind of money laying around. However, FDT IS DOING SOMETHING AWESOME and giving their best product away for FREE for open source project teams. I guess I just need to jump on it and get my secret projects (insert evil laugh) into the mainstream. Even so, MXML support is limited, and as far as I know, you can’t visually create Flex applications like you can in Flash/Flex Builder.

So my statement is this: Help us help you Adobe. There ARE people out here that are waiting desperately for a Linux Flash/Flex IDE to come out. We DO have money and we’re willing to spend it. Just please try and meet us halfway :)

If there were any other way, we’d do it. But there isn’t. Wine is a long ways off from being able to virtualize a Windows JVM, so our only real option is to run it natively on Windows or Mac. Hear our cries, Adobe, we’d love to give you money for your product!

Ubuntu: Record Your Desktop

For the longest time, I had been having problems using recordMyDesktop, which is actually a really nice desktop recording utility for Linux: Ubuntu in particular. The gtk-recordMyDesktop package provides a really nice front-end for the internals of the screen recorder.

Now, I’ve had far too many problems to list when using recordMyDesktop, so many, in-fact, that it basically made it impossible for me to do any real recordings. On Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron (my first Ubuntu distro), recordMyDesktop was sketchy at best, and would basically fail all of the time. I could record reliably for about 10 seconds about 50% of the time, without audio. Luckily, it seems pretty reliable on my new Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty 64bit distribution.

I recently bought a Plantronics USB headset by which to do my screencasts, and that has given me no end of troubles, until now. When I’d record my desktop in the past, the audio would be horrible, all jumbled and super fast: compacted into the first few seconds of the recording. Then I realized how stupid of a mistake I overlooked. I needed to set the kHz to the right setting. By default, recordMyDesktop uses 22100 Hz, which gave me horrible results. 44100 Hz gave me crappy audio too, but only after I punched in ’48000′ Hz did I get awesome audio.

This mistake of mine was especially hilarious because I used to do audio recording, production, and mastering all of the time using my Windows XP machine and Cakewalk’s Sonar 6. To this day, I still use Sonar from time to time, as it’s basically the best DAW available anywhere. (My main computer is kind of screwed up right now, but that’s another story.)

Basically, the point is this: if you’re recording from an audio source and getting jumbled, crazy-sounding audio, try different Hz/kHz settings and different bit-rates. This should go without saying, but hey, we all make mistakes sometime.