Put the right tag to your MP3 – Kid3

November 23, 2006

Kid3 0.8 (Default branch)

ScreenshotKid3 tagger can edit the ID3v1 tags and all ID3v2frames in MP3 files and the tags in Ogg/Vorbis and FLAC files in an efficient way. It is easy to convert between ID3v1 and ID3v2, set the tags of multiple files to the same values and generate the tags from the file name or vice versa. Import impossible from freedb.org, MusicBrainz, and other sources of track data.

There are already binary packages available for the major distribution (debian, dapper, rpm). There is also the windows binary available.

Easy to install, it took just 2 minutes on my KUbuntu Edgy. I used the Dapper package.  Immediately after I was already able to use it. It is pretty straightforward, you select the directory with the music you want to tag. Kid3 automatically will import all the file in the directory and try to attribute the right information to the ID tag. If it doesn’t work then it is possible to check the various web database. The process is easy and most of the time it is required to just insert the Album name  and voila‘ all the info are imported and put in the right place. It is possible to edit the same field on all the file in one shot and save the file with a new generated name from the updated information.

The help file is well done and clear.


Easy to use, easy to install, stable and well done.


Still some small bug. The user interface can be improved with some caption.


It is worth to install and spend the few minute to practice. You will save time when you have to adjust your music collection.

License: GNU General Public License (GPL)

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Video Editing in Linux

November 21, 2006

I have tryed video editing in Linux, there is a choice of open source software to do it but don’t expect you can get the same quality of tools like Adobe premiere. Some times can even be frustating, since your project are not compatible from one revision of software to the other or the crashing is always near.

I am sorry to say that but is the crude realty. Anyway, I was able to create a good video from my wedding shooting with Kino, so the situation is not so bad. Take a look to this article, even  if I don’t agree with the first part of it, it is a good revire of the tools available.

While digital video editing today is an affordable, popular activity for both the computer hobbyist and amateur cinematographer, many people seem to think that video creation under Linux is either impossible or too difficult for the average computer user. Not so! From video capture to editing to DVD authoring and encoding, you can create high-quality videos easily with free, open source software.The applications you will require are:Cinelerra – Non-linear digital video editor and compositorKino – FireWire DV video captureXawdecode – analog (VHS and camcorder) video capture, DVB capture, streaming and TV/DVR functionalityMEncoder – video conversionDeVeDe – MEncoder GUI for easy DVD and VCD creationMPlayer – DVD and video playbackdvd::rip – for ripping DVD videoFirefox with the Flash 9 plugin and VideoDownloader extension – for capturing video off the WebK3b – for burning DVD or VCD images

Linux.com | Easy video creation using only FOSS software

Samba and Firestarter: Howto

November 20, 2006

I use samba to share the folder on my Kubuntu machine with the XBOX that I use as media center. After installing Firestarter, I couldn’t access anymore the folder from any computer in my home network, XBOX included. Of course I have enabled the Samba policy in Firestarter (Port: 137-139 445) and my network address (, but still no results.

An explanation of the reason can be found in this thread of the Ubuntu Forum : http://www.ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=190542&highlight=samba+windows+unauthorized+access

The solution is rather simple. Open Firestarter, then Edit -> Preferences -> Advanced Option, just remove the check on “Block broadcast from external network”.

Firestarter setting

That’s it. You will be able to run Firestarter and view you Samba share again.

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Blog from pocket pc

November 3, 2006

I’am trying to write a post from my pocket pc directly on the web.

Easily run free Linux software under Windows…for free

July 29, 2006

Sometimes, you need to connect from Windows to a Unix or Linux system just to run a specific software, for example, if you want to run some Linux open source program under windows. What you need is a Linux machine in your network or a virtual machine running  a linux server under windows itself. Here I describe an easy way to do it using Xming + VMWARE player if you want to run linux in the virtual machine.

Xming is a open source X server that runs under windows, easy to install and use. Just go to the homepage: http://freedesktop.org/wiki/Xming.

VMWARE player is a free computer emulator from IBM. You can download an already made virtual machine (called “virtual appliance”) from the VMWARE website. There are many, just install a Linux distribution that you like or want to experience. I suggest Ubuntu but there is a big choice. You can also create your virtual machine if you like, it is pretty easy with VMWARE server and it is free. It is not required to have a complete installation of Ubuntu with a GUI, a server installation is enough and take less memory. Your GUI will be the Xserver under windows.

The installation of XMING is pretty forward. Once installed, the easiest way to use is to run it straight away. You have an X icon on your windows desktop, run it.

Then you need a remote terminal connection software, the best open source is Putty.
It is an executable, just download it and lunch it. Depending from the remote terminal service that is running on your virtual server under VMWARE player, configure Putty to use it. I suggest OpenSSH. You have also to configure the X11 Forwarding setting in Putty to forward the X session to your windows machine IP address. Done.

You will get a console, login in on your Linux server and lunch the application you want. Magically, it will appear on your windows desktop. I use this method to run application like Kivio (no need to buy Visio ) or other good open source that I will mention in other articles, on my office notebook when I am at home. The server is my Linux machine.

I repeat the instruction:

1) Install under Windows the VMWARE player, Xming and Putty. Run under VMWARE player a Linux server that you simply download form VMWARE website.

2) Have a terminal server running under Linux in the virtual machine, like OpenSSH

3) Execute Xming under windows: double click the X icon

4) Execute Putty: configure it to connect your virtual server Ip and to forward the X11 to your Windows machine IP.

5) Login and run the Linux application.

If you need more help just drop a line in the comment.

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ATI driver in Dapper

July 26, 2006

I have an ATI9550 and my experience with Dapper is very positive. The difficulty of installing ATI card under Linux and Ubuntu are pretty much referring to more than 1 year ago. Since beginning of 2006, the effort of ATI to make easy the integration of their driver with the various Linux distribution is giving good results.

For sake of truth, I found that the only howto really working is this:

Ubuntu Dapper Installation Guide

I suggest to use the Method 1. It works, hassle free, guaranteed. There is really no reason to use method 2, unless you are a masochist. Using method 1, the driver will be automatically updated everytime the system will be updated. If you use method 2 then for every kernel update (3 times a month at least) you have to re-compile the driver.

Anyway, the fun with Linux is that you have the control and you can choose, so method 2 can be fun too.

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Read files under Windows that are stored in your Linux partition (ext2, ext3)

July 26, 2006

Sometimes you want or have to use Windows. I know, it is not your fault but there is one application that you cannot really run under Linux. For example, some people want to use Linux to download file from p2p network but they need it under Windows later on. If you have to keep the PC connected to the internet 24h, it is better to run it on Linux.

Windows cannot access the Ubuntu ext3 filesystem by default but there is a nice application that wiil help you:

Ext2 Installable File System For Windows



It works both with ext2 and ext3 file system. After installation, the ext2 or ext3 partinion will be visible under windows and available for reading. No writing support.

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