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Banshee is an audio player for GNU/Linux operating systems, that uses Mono and Gtk#. It also uses the Helix and GStreamer multimedia platforms to play, encode, and decode Ogg Vorbis, MP3, FLAC, and other formats. Banshee can play and import audio CDs and play and synchronize music with iPods, as well as Creative Zen players. Developers are also adding MTP (PlaysForSure) support, as well as Rio Karma support in the near future. Additionally, it is capable of reporting played songs to a user’s playlist. Using a plugin architecture, Banshee is highly extensible and customizable. Current plugins include: Smart playlists, Podcasting, iTunes Store, DAAP Music sharing, a Metadata searcher using Musicbrainz, an Alarm/Sleep timer, Recommendations using, and a Mini-Mode plugin. Multimedia keys support in GNOME. Banshee is free software, licensed under the MIT License.

The latest version of Banshee is 0.11.3, released on December 9, 2006.


Here are 10 Reasons why we should switch from the much bugged and flawed Internet Explorer to Mozilla Firefox.
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Inkscape is a free software vector graphics editor. Its stated goal is to become a powerful graphic tool while being fully compliant with the XML, SVG and CSS standards. The primary development platform is Linux, but it is cross-platform and runs on Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and Unix-like operating systems.
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GIMPshop is a modification of the free/open source graphics program GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP), intended to replicate the feel of Adobe Photoshop. Its primary purpose is to make users of Photoshop feel comfortable using GIMP.
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OoO is a free office suite of applications available for many different operating systems including Linux, Microsoft Windows, Solaris and Mac OS X. It supports the OpenDocument standard for data interchange.
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Here are several reasons:

1. It’s free…legally free.
2. Almost every useful application you would ever want to run on Linux is free.
3. When you want to update to the latest and greatest version, with all the latest and greatest features, you don’t need to buy a new version…and if you want to stick with the old, you can.
4. Security. Defaults are much better than Windows. There are so many free options for increased security, SeLinux and Grsecurity just to name a couple.
5. All you need to learn about it is out there somewhere, for free, whether it’s online, in a man page, or in a forum or newsgroup somewhere.
6. Performance…Linux almost never forces you to upgrade your hardware, and it always runs better on older hardware than windows.
7. Simplicity. Yes simplicity. Most young people think Windows is easy because that’s what they grew up with and had the most exposure to. That’s like someone in the US saying english is the simplest language.
8. The choices…the free choices, are endless. What filesystem do you want to use, what do you want installed or not installed on your system, what graphical interface do you want to use and how do you want to configure it, which pdf viewer do you want to use, etc. Windows will never be that flexible.

Those are just a few reasons….

As for some of your reasons why Windows is better…on Gentoo Linux I can type emerge -v vlc and in a few minutes it’s installed, no issues whatsoever. If I choose to I can also use root as my main login and never have any issues or warnings. It’s not secure and it’s not smart, but it can be done for convenience on just about any distribution. And as for installing anything good on Linux, that’s not even worth arguing. There is so much great software available and on most distributions, most of the time, it’s not difficult to install.

I agree that some applications just don’t exist for Linux, interoperability is more difficult than it should be, and there are lots of other issues. Most distributions are still somewhat difficult to install for people used to windows. There are plenty of good games that are never ported to Linux. People still design web pages for IE only and who wants to run IE on Linux? I could go on and on, but I can’t think of anything that would ever make me pay for Windows over using Linux for free.

As of October 26 2006, Ubuntu has released their latest Linux operating system, version 6.10 aka Edgy Eft, which can be downloaded here. Ubuntu has been the up and coming star company in the Linux O.S. scene for the last couple of years. They just seem to get more popular with each release and along with their releases getting better with each release. I would dare say they have nearly the cult following like Apple Computers or Google. Ubuntu, as you might be able to tell, is an unorthodox company, even for a company in the Linux scene! Ubuntu was originally founded by Mark Shuttleworth, a South African multi-millionaire, who once paid $20 million to ride into outer space on the Russian Soyuz TM-34 mission.

The company’s name Ubuntu actually derives from the South African (Zulu) concept of ubuntu, which means “I am because you are” or “humanity towards others.” Ubuntu tries to apply that concept into their business model. The companies slogan is “Linux for human beings” and they go as far as to offer to ship for free a copy of their distribution to anyone in the world. The concept of Ubuntu fits perfectly into the world of Linux and open source software. Without the work of others, there would be no way that Linux would be what it is today and the same applies to Ubuntu.

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This would be my first entry for this blog. Free and Open Source Softwares Blog deals with the increasing advancements of the GNU/GPL softwares and Linux and Unix Operating Systems.