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Moovida – the free open source media player for and Linux

Moovida is much More than a media player…

Moovida is much more than a simple media player… it is a cutting edge media center bringing the best of the internet to your TV screen. Automatically creating your own digital library you can browse from your sofa with a remote control. The elegant and easy to use interface automatically displays artwork and fan art throughtout and gives you access to movie synopsis and artist info.

Check the Features section for full details on what’s on offer…

Watch movies & TV shows

Watch movies & TV shows

Catalog your movies, tv shows and other videos with integrated online content. Moovida supports HD and almost all file formats like divX, mkv, flv, h264, mov, ogg and much more without need for additional codecs.

Enjoy your pictures

Enjoy your pictures

Visualize the photos of your latest trip either from your hard drive or your flickr account in a nicely animated slideshow.

Manage your music

Manage your music

Access all of your songs easily, enhance your library with online services and find new music to listen to.

Get connected

Get connected

Flickr, Youtube, Yes.fm, SHOUTcast and much more – extend the functionality of Moovida with new content from top internet sites. Listen online to your favorite songs, share your media with your friends on your network or scan other devices like your iPod with Moovida.

Full features list…

Install Moovida in Ubuntu Jaunty

First you need to edit /etc/apt/sources.list file

sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

Add the following lines

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/moovida-packagers/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/moovida-packagers/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main

Save and exit

Add the GPG key using the following command

sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com e478bb3b6bcd9f67c5137df13135cd5c26c2e075

Update the source list

sudo apt-get update

Install moovida using the the following command

sudo apt-get install moovida

This will complete the installation

Using Moovida

Open Moovida from Applications—>Sound & Video—>Moovida Media Center

Moovida Media Center is loading in progress

Moovida Media Center main Menu

Music screen

Movie Screen

Picture Screen

TV Shows screen

Plugins Screen

Devices & Screen

You can download plugins from here


Format External Memory Media in Linux with Gnome Format

Gnome Format is a tool to easily format (erase and initialize) external memory media like USB sticks or SD/MMC flash cards for your PC. It is designed for Linux based operating systems using the GNOME desktop.

gparted is really good to format hard disks and make partitions and so on, but if I have a *non-formatted* usb stick and plug it into my system, the system usually does nothing at all! And thats the field for gnome-format! It’s easy to use, simple and small. For bigger tasks such as making partitions there is gparted!

You can download the source from here, or if you have Ubuntu, the gnome-format package is already in the universe repository (Jaunty), so all you have to do is:

sudo apt-get install gnome-format

Safely Remove External Media in Linux with Ejecter

photobucketEjecter is a small but very useful utility to safely, easily remove external media. A simple menu that sits in the system notification area, providing you a quick way to unmount external peripherals such as usb pendrives, cd/dvd, external hard disks and so.

To install Ejecter in Ubuntu Jaunty, open a terminal and type:
sudo apt-get install ejecter

For Ubuntu Hardy and Intrepid, download it from here.

You can also install it in any other Linux distro by downloading the source files.

Use Twitter in Pidgin [Downloads for Windows, Ubuntu and Source Files]

We already covered one way to use Twitter in Pidgin but here’s another way.

photobucketPidgin-Twitter is a Pidgin plugin which supports Twitter, Wassr, identi.ca and jisko.

Among it’s general features are: the display of the user’s image, translate sender’s name and @<username> to link to the user’s home, play sounds for specific senders/recipients, show letter counter on the format toolbar and filter messages from specified users.

Download the latest version:

source files
Windows binaries
Ubuntu .DEB file (unfortunately, the latest version does not have a .DEB file)

10 Useful Linux / Unix Commands

1. Show installed but unused linux headers, image, or modules:

dpkg -l 'linux-*' | sed '/^ii/!d;/'"$(uname -r | sed "s/\(.*\)-\([^0-9]\+\)/\1/")"'/d;s/^[^ ]* [^ ]* \([^ ]*\).*/\1/;/[0-9]/!d'

If you would also like to purge them too:

dpkg -l 'linux-*' | sed '/^ii/!d;/'"$(uname -r | sed "s/\(.*\)-\([^0-9]\+\)/\1/")"'/d;s/^[^ ]* [^ ]* \([^ ]*\).*/\1/;/[0-9]/!d' | xargs sudo apt-get -y purge

2. Rip audio from a video file:

mplayer -ao pcm -vo null -vc dummy -dumpaudio -dumpfile <output-file> <input-file>

You can also extract the sound from a flv and make an mp3 with:

ffmpeg -i input.flv -f mp3 -vn -acodec copy ouput.mp3

3. Stream YouTube URL directly to mplayer:

mplayer -fs $(echo "http://youtube.com/get_video.php?$(curl -s $youtube_url | sed -n "/watch_fullscreen/s;.*\(video_id.\+\)&title.*;\1;p")")

(Replace $youtube_url with any youtube URL)

4. Download all images from a site:

wget -r -l1 --no-parent -nH -nd -P/tmp -A".gif,.jpg" http://example.com/images

5. Create a nifty overview of the hardware in your computer:

lshw -html > hardware.html

(then open hardware.html in a web browser).

6. Cut a part of a video:

ffmpeg -vcodec copy -acodec copy -i orginalfile -ss 00:01:30 -t 0:0:20 newfile

Where 00:01:30 is the start time (replace with your own) and 0:0:20 is the length of the video you want to cut out (replace with the length you desire).

7. Purge configuration files of removed packages on debian based systems:

sudo aptitude purge `dpkg --get-selections | grep deinstall | awk '{print $1}'`

8. Play high-res video files on a slow processor:

mplayer -framedrop -vfm ffmpeg -lavdopts lowres=1:fast:skiploopfilter=all

9. Convert images to a multi-page pdf:

convert -adjoin -page A4 *.jpeg multipage.pdf

10. Find the 20 biggest directories on the current filesystem:

du -xk | sort -n | tail -20


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