Friday, October 5, 2007

PCLinuxOS - My Experience with amaroK

Last night I had a problem - I messed up my good-old xmms.

The default PCLinuxOS in my system had amaroK, the versatile music player in Linux World built for KDE. But I rarely used it for several reasons of which the most painful is “slow startup and response.” My favorite is XMMS, the darling of every music lover who has been using Linux for past couple of years.

At 1:30 last night, I was working on a friend’s project and a wild idea struck me, “how about removing amaroK as my chore is done through XMMS।” The next moment I opened synaptic and completely removed amaroK।

Sad... half an hour later I ran XMMS and lo… it’s gui opened but it could not play any media player. Then came the loop of installation and removal. I removed XMMS and libXMMS and did a fresh installation again through synaptic so as to resolve all the dependencies. But that never worked again.

If you are reading this blog. Please try it at home and if you are able to fix this problem, please let me know.

As for now I am happy with Kaffeine, it plays both audio files and video files.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

If you don’t really care about music management, Kaffeine is good for listening music and watching movies.

soni said...

is there any cli application to play wma files in linux?

manmath sahu said...

There are many applications to play music on Linux. On my pclinuxos I used to listen to wma files on xmms after installing xmms-wma (a small package). Amarok plays wma files quite well and Audacious plays almost any audio files after you install the non-free plugins.

Anonymous said...

Alt+F2(Run command) and type xmms

manmath sahu said...

hitting alt+f2 did not do the trick on my pclinuxos.

How about this