Well, day ten of using only linux and aside from the fact that it’s monsoon season and the internet and electricity goes on and off, the linux seems to be working fine.

My program is ubuntu feisty fawn (cutsy name, nicht wahr?) so this is my diary on figuring out how to use it.

When I moved to the Philippines, I burned all my cd’s to mp3 discs to save space. When I bought the laptop, I loaded my favorites onto my hard drive for convenience.

But when my hard drive crashed, it ate my files along with windows.

So when I changed to Linux, I just popped in my mp3 collections, and made a “music” folder on my computer. Cut and paste, and voila, my music was on the computer for me.
But how do I play them?
When I “hit” an icon of the music file (the little symbol of what your data file is) my default (first choice) is MoviePlayer, which plays music…

But it’s a hassle to make playlists.

So I checked out the second music player that comes with feistyfawn Ubuntu. Rhythmbox.

I went to the top, where it says “music” and then opened this, and up popped a square that included “import folder”. Voila, instant music. I simply hit the square that says “shuffle” and voila, instant playlist.

I haven’t figured out how to separate my talking files (audio digest medical lectures) yet so they won’t play with my music, so I just put them in a different file folder and play them one at a time. Give me time. I’m new at this.

But what about podcasts?

Well, without itunes doing it for me, I just add the podcast site to my newsburner, and if I want to keep it or listen later, I hit the “down them all” extension on Firefox tools, and choose which one I want to download. You can also right click to save the ones you want.

It took me years to figure out how to use newsburners. There are a lot of different burners, and usually if you look really closely at the web blog or page that updates, you see a little thing saying feedburner or a tiny orange square. Hit that, and it saves it for you. Go to the website and voila, all your stuff on one page. Read the headlines and pull up what you want.

I use bloglines, but only because I stumbled on it and it was easy to use.
Again, this works the same as when I had windows. This way, I can chose if I want the podcast or not. But I miss the automatic download for the few that I routinely listen to.
Now, the Rhythmbox player that came with Ubuntu has a place to add the feed for your podcasts: go to the top where it says music, open the box, and hit “new podcast feed” . But I haven’t gotten around to searching out all my podcast link information to paste in there. They also connect to internet radio, but I haven’t tried that one yet.
If you go to Applications, add/remove programs, you find that there are a lot of optional programs if you like music. I I tried a few, but prefer the two above.

In fact, there are lots of different program on the “add/remove” button.

But what about other programs? There’s lots of them, but the problem is how to add them.
I tried reading the instructions, and whoa. Sudo gooblygook to program obscure…MEGO…my eyes glazed over. I couldn’t read the instructions, and was absolutely confused on where to write all this gobblygook.
So I tried this site: LINK

And there is a link to HERE:

If you see a bluish box, this means you have to execute the commands in Terminal mode (Applications -> Accesories -> Terminal) or use the content of that box as mentioned in some other instructions.


Hey, mom, go to the Applications box in that bar up top.

Hit it. Windows pops up. See where it says Accesories? Put the little arrow on that and click. Another box pops up. One says Terminal. click on that, and you get a big window saying hi.

Oh yes, you will have to sign in with your password.

Then you enter the gobblygook.

Where do you find the gobblygook to enter?

In the “bluish box”

Cut and paste so you get it right. Hint to paste you can’t right click you have to hit the paste part of the new box.
Since I like to listen to what my kids call elevator music, and you just can’t buy it here, I use P2P.

So let’s start with P2P. Bittorrant comes with the Ubuntu program, but I haven’t figure out how to restart the download after I turn the computer off and on.

So let me see: There is a program called Azure. And UbuntuGeek has instructions on how to load it.

So I pasted in ” sudo apt-get install azureus ”
then it asked my password, which I typed in.

Then it did a lot of stuff, and said whoops…seems like my internet connection died again.

So I repeated and this time it worked. From then on, Ubuntu Geek has instructions.

Does it work?

Let you know later.

But now that I figured out how to use the Terminal program, I will probably add more programs.


Nancy Reyes is a retired physician living in the rural Philippines, Her website is Finest Kind Clinic and Fishmarket.

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