1. hi,

    as an ubuntu user, the worst thing you can do is install the default multi media pack with everything.

    on my computer it makes the sound not work and several video formats will not run.

    But when I install selected programs (most of the media pack actually) everything runs smooth and without an issue.

    as for editing programs have a look around because I remember something was pre-installed in SUSE 10.0 when I was using it a while ago. should also work from ubuntu just need to find it and add the repository.

  2. Thanks for the advice. I definitely need to look for more programs. I’m sure there are suitable alternatives for most of what I do. Unfortunately, there is no suitable alternative for Quicken, so it looks like I’ll be running a Windows PC, dual booting, or a creating a VMware virtual machine. Also, I haven’t found anything that offers all of the features of AnyDVD + CloneDVD, which I use to backup the DVDs I purchase. Linux has many advantages, but the wealth of easy-to-use software is the decided advantage of Windows.

  3. Hola Carlton,
    For a quicken workalike try gnucash, for backing up DVDs try K9copy. You’ll need to install libdvdcss for your DVDs and I’m not familiar with how Ubuntu handles this. You should be able to find the appropriate .deb file here: http://download.videolan.org/pub/libdvdcss/1.2.9/
    For video editing unfortunately there’s nothing that will approach Final Cut Pro or even Adobe’s woeful Premiere. There are some workable solutions out there according to my colleagues, alas their names escape me at the moment.
    I highly encourage you to check out the list of software analogs at the following URL:
    I think you will be pleasantly surprised by the free software communities offerings.

    Feliz año nuevo,

  4. have you looked at gnucash as alternative to quicken? has been around for many years and just recently released v2.0 i believe. i haven’t used quicken for years and not sure of the entire feature set anymore thus can’t say how gnucash compares, but for desktop finance gnucash is a good solution.

  5. Not really an analog to Quicken, but a useful financial tracking consolidation web service is http://moneycenter.yodlee.com . Fidelity and other large firms use Yodlee to offer additional services to their customers.

  6. This really says it all. It’s the learning that keeps you from being senile. Exercise for the brain.

    >>I guess I like the challenge of learning something new, because I’ve definitely spent more time working on the scripts than I did saving time running them.

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