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Re: stereo component from laptop?

On Wed, 30 Nov 2005 13:17:56 -0500
Matt Price <matt.price@utoronto.ca> wrote:

> Hi folks,
> as a result of various events, I have an extra laptop and no cd
> player, so I would like to convert the laptop into a stereo
> component.  It's an HP Omnibook 4100, PII MMX 266, with 96 megs RAM, a
> pretty big hard drive (30 megs) and a CD-ROM (no DVD).  I'm trying to
> figure out which audio player to use and, more generally, how to
> configure the interface for maximum efficiency and ease of use by my
> (non-technical) family members.  
> Here's a few considerations:
> I want to support my PCMCIA wireless card, the suspend2 kernel patches
> from suspend2.net, and hopefully ACPI, so I think I will go with a
> recent 2.6 kernel and udev.  I know this is a significant strain on
> the limited CPU/RAM resources, but I hope it's not fatal.  
> GUI:
> When I had a little more RAM in this machine I used XFCE4, but I'm
> wondering if I should switch to something even more stripped down.
> Because security is of limited importance now (I'd want anyone to be
> able to just start the thing up) I would also be interested in
> dropping WDM and just starting X directly (I used to do that at one
> point; don't really remember how, but am sure I can dredge it back
> up).  My only requirements are that it be pretty to look at and
> relatively intuitive for a Windows user (so, window behaviour should
> be pretty similar to 'doze).  
> The idea would be to play mp3's and cd's off of this thing.  
> My family hates using xmms; they find it hard to look at and a little
> disconcerting, I think mostly because ofthe multiple windows.  Also
> there's no built-in playlist manager, which confuses them.  
> I've lately taken to using Amarok on my desktop, which I find a pretty
> satisfying experience (though occacionally buggy, e.g. crashes when it
> encounters a radio stream it doesn't like).  But I hesitate to install
> something that depends so heavily on the kde environment to work.
> Haven't used Rhythmbox for a while, but it used to crash on my all the
> time when I did use it.  BMP is easier to look at than xmms is, but it
> still doesn't have a playlist manager (far as I can tell).  [by
> playlist manager I mean a usable GUI that lets you choose among
> playlist you've created.  Not sure this is the right term...]
> So none of the options with which I'm familiar seem perfect.  Does
> anyone have any suggestions?  Like, can amarok work without loading
> hundreds of megs of kde/qt stuff into memory?  Is there a playlist
> manager plugin for bmp?  
> It would be great if all of this worked well enough for a 10-year-old
> to be able to use it.  
> I'm used to using esd , seems to work ifne, thought I'd stick with it
> unless there are other suggestions...  
> Thanks much fory our help!
> Matt

Hi Matt

Maybe it is wise to see what a normal desktop install of Debian 3.1 (Sarge) or Ubuntu 5.10 can do for you.
I think it meets your requirements.  On a side note: Totem is my favourite media player, but that is of course just an opinion.

Linux can be tweaked and fine tuned to your desires, it is just a matter of doing it.

For example suspend; downloading one of the latest kernel
(e.g. http://www.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/v2.6/linux- )
and the acpi patch 
(e.g. http://ftp.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/people/lenb/acpi/patches/release/2.6.13/acpi-20050902-2.6.13.diff.bz2 )
did the job on for me; that is suspend to memory and disk using acpi :) (forget apm in such case)

Rob de Graaf

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