So, you have a pesky DVD that you’d like to backup? The broader question is, do you have DVD ripper software? Well what is better than DVD ripping software? That’s right you guessed it FREE DVD ripper software!
At an average of around $20 per DVD* most can’t afford to have any of their DVDs lost, stolen or broken. Backing them up is a touchy subject depending on who you talk to, but here is how to do it anyway.
Backing up a DVD on Linux used to be much harder than it is with K9Copy. No more flaky DVD Shrink crashes under wine. K9Copy takes the hassles out of creating backups of your DVDs under Linux. As the name implies it is KDE software but works well under gnome provided you have the needed libraries installed.
It has many options to backup and really is pretty comparable in functionality to the infamous DVD Shrink for Windows. Take a look at the screenshots and give it a try yourself:
* 2007 US Entertainment Industry Report (www.mpaa.org/USEntertainmentIndustryMarketStats.pdf)
I was reading this: http://www.shankrila.com/tech-stuff/digsby-is-my-favorite-instant-messenger/ post and I thought I’d check out Digsby. Other then being a really neat idea I thought it would be a great app for me to test out and see if I could use it full time. The Linux / MacOSX version is not ready yet so, I thought I’d just give running it under Wine a shot.
With a bit of struggling I did get it to work. I needed some DLL’s so I borrowed some from my Windows install. Then I needed Python, got that installed with the msiexec. Same error under wine PYTHONDLL failed to load.
Back to the drawing board, I figured I’d give that WineCVS script a shot. I posted an article about it a couple of days ago, you can use it to download Cedega and all other kinds of Wine implementations. I got the latest Wine from CVS, compiled and installed. Same issues as with the stable Wine I run. So, again battled with DLL’s (this time I just copied them over from my other install) and low and behold, it looks like it works:
Looks pretty good huh?
When I try to sign in with my user name it doesn’t do so well. Here is the output:
I’m not sure how much I’ll get to mess with this to see if I can get it working before they release the Linux version but I’m going to keep trying. If your interested in more detailed instructions or information on running Digsby under Wine I’ll be happy to provide that information for you.
I’ll keep everyone posted by comments in this blog post. Also, let me know your thoughts on this, and comments!
There are a few options when it comes to playing Windows games on Linux. Cedega is a great tool to allow you to play these games under a Linux system. I was recently browsing around to find the Cedega Download from CVS instructions and found the normal source that I got them from no longer had them. I was wondering if it was an issue with Cedega but came to find out that there is an easier way then that now.
Check out: http://winecvs.linux-gamers.net/
You can download a script called WineCVS.sh This script allows you to freely check out the source code for Cedega and compile it. WineX and other versions of Wine are also included. I would highly recommend paying for Cedega if you can afford it, if not its worth a shot to use the Cedega Download utility.