Been playing with gtk-sopcast of late, and would like to configure it to be launched whenever I click on a sop:// link in Chromium (5.0.375.55), but for the life of me I can't see how I can set this? In Firefox it would presumably just be a case of adding a preferred application, but I'm struggling to see how to do this in Chromium? This is on Mint 8 and Gnome, so my guess was it's tucked away in gconf somewhere? I've got as far as gconf/gnome/desktop/url handler, but damned if I know what to do next. Clicking on a sop:// link directly gives a xdg-open message, but doesn't offer any way of adding the protocol anywhere. Anyone offer any thoughts?
I guess mentioning Ubuntu + Pulseaudio + Skype is no original contribution here...
but it is a contribution; every fire needs fuel
I managed to "fix" that on my machine by ripping out the Ubuntu Skype package and installing the Debian one. No idea how or why that worked, as it was an act of sheer desperation, but it did, so I'm not touching it any more!
Can't really think of any Mint annoyances off the top of my head, beyond not having a nice GDM splash screen at boot, but I guess that's due to Ubuntu? Some of their bespoke packages strike me as not really necessary (Mint Nanny and suchlike), and I've never used their software management tool, but beyond that I have no real issues since I declared a moritorium on tweaking. Ooh, Compiz sometimes dies for reasons I can't fathom, but that's about it.
I can't remeber exactly, but it was probably an evolution of using free software on my old XP machine - Firefox, Foxit, Open Office and the like. I think in the course of exploring free (as in beer) software, I must have happened across a free (as in speech) website. I liked the idea behind it, plus I thought it was a useful way to avoid temptation to use cracked stuff, which a lot of my friends were doing at the time. I purchased a bundle of liveCDs from someone like cheaplinux.co.uk and settled on Knoppix 3.9 (I think), which I ended up installing as a dual boot with XP. I then found myself using the Linux partition much more than the XP one (not a gamer), so finally decided to nuke XP, which was an interesting experience. Much more cathartic than I'd expected! Anyway, then bounced around assorted distros for a bit, landing on Kanotix, as that was the only one that could handle the crappy Speedtouch modem I had at the time. Kanotix then went into hibernation (and I think spawned Sidux?), so I got a decent modem and then dabbled a bit before trying Mint, which I'm still using today.
A quick summary of my banking site woes...
HSBC - works with Chromium, Midori & Epiphany, so well done to them.
Santander - used to work with Chromium, works with Epiphany and doesn't work with Midori
TD Waterhouse - Hit and miss with Chromium, doesn't like Epiphany or Midori
They all work with Firefox, which begs the question why on Earth did I stop using it
I've been using Chromium for a few months now, but there are still one or two banking websites (glares at Santander) that throw a wobbly, so I still have Firefox as reserve. Oddly, TD Waterhouse used to work ok, but has recently become a bit hit and miss, so not sure what's going on there. The OCD part of me dislikes needing two browsers, but annoyingly it's necessary until the webkit stuff is more widespread.
Here's my rather boring desktop. Quick question - how do I configure the Window List on Gnome Panel to show icons only, rather than icon+text for active windows? For example, I want just the Pidgin icon, not icon + [Buddy List]. I've been digging and a-Googling but to no avail. I assume it's possible?
Why are you still on 7? Why haven't you moved to 8? Just asking.
I am on 8, I just forgot to update my profile :-)
Edit - IT WORKS!
Had a complete "clutching at straws" moment and uninstalled the Ubuntu specific Skype package and reinstalled the Debian Lenny package instead. I have no idea how or why, but test call now WORKS with no twiddling, swearing or dangerously high tea intake.
[frantically notes down all settings and backs everything up]
While I certainly do seem to be in the minority, I have had a fair amount of success getting Pulse Audio to work. So are you using a program which uses ALSA or OSS to attempt to capture sound from the mic, if so are you sure you have the mic volume turned on and unmuted via the it's mixer *in addition to* the Pulse Mixer? Does the audio capture device appear on the list of Input Devices in the pulse audio volume control?
Using Sound Recorder to test capture, which works fine. Firing up Skype gives only "PulseAudio (local sound server)" in the sound options, whereas previous versions had a dropdown where you could specify other devices (HDA Intel xxx). I've checked in Alsamixer, pavucontrol, paman and any other Pulse control you care to mention - nothing is muted and the mic is recognised, it just doesn't work. I've searched forums, FAQs and documentation and there doesn't seem to be an obvious fix. I'm sure PulseAudio has its uses, but for the average user who just wants BASIC AUDIO FEATURES TO WORK it's a right royal pain in the arse. Why on Earth should I have to check two or three obscure mixer settings to get an inbuilt mic to work? The Skype FAQ talks about PA "autospawning" on launch, but doesn't really offer a fix. It's crazy and has to be damaging take-up of Linux on the desktop. A normal user isn't going to have a CLUE how to fix the problem, they just want to click "record" and for sound to, well, record. This is on a bog standard Mint 8 install as well, we're not talking a custom Gentoo install or anything, this is an out of the box Ubuntu system. Linux for Human Beings....who don't want audio.
You may have gathered this is driving me MAD.
. Now, what odds it'll work out of the box with Skype? Stay tuned...
Aaaaand the answer to that was "No". Skype 2.1.047 gives me no input options other than the local server (so Pulse) and the test call isn't hearing anything, yet the internal mic works in Sound Recorder. ARGH! No amount of twiddling in pavucontrol and padevchooser seems to sort it. Bastard Pulse bloody Audio. Grrr. How can it be so difficult to get a bloody mic working?! Time for a generic external mic maybe?
Well, we have a reprieve of sorts. This post is coming from the Mint 8 liveCD, and would you believe it, the internal mic works. The volume control and Sound Recorder options are also far less cluttered now, which helps. Was just a case of checking nothing was muted and selecting mic one or mic two. I'm wondering if it was also kernel related, as both Mint 8 and OpenSUSE are using 2.6.31, whereas I was previously on 2.6.27.x. Anyway, one less thing to stress about. Now, what odds it'll work out of the box with Skype? Stay tuned...
On my Eee (1011ha), I cannot use the bult-in microphone to talk with my parents through Skype. Works through Line-in though.
I bet it's that pesky Pulseaudio again, does anyone know the address of the main developer so I can torch his house?
Can I come and watch? Pulseaudio and internal mics are driving me MENTAL. Seriously considering nuking the lot and jumping over to openSUSE 11.2, as capture worked out of the box. I'm sure Pulseaudio is very useful and everything, but this is just nonsense, as I've never once managed to get it working (Mint6 & 7). Going to play with the Mint 8 liveCD in the (probably forlorn) hope it'll work, but otherwise I think it's distrohop time. Hugely frustrating, not to mention all my (XP/Vista) friends on Skype are now baiting me.
Still struggling to get my laptop's internal mic working in Mint7. Tried OpenSUSE 11.2 on liveCD earlier on, and sound capture works out of the box, so I'm considering switching, as this is doing my head in. I notice that OpenSUSE has PulseAudio disabled by default, so whatever is causing the issue, Pulse is involved somewhere. I've tried mirroring the SUSE setting in Mint, twiddled with seemingly every sound option under the Sun, even tried purging PulseAudio entirely, but still no joy. What is it about PulseAudio in Ubuntu that is so apparently broken? I really don't want to jump over to OpenSUSE, as there's a great deal of time and effort in this laptop (could dualboot I guess), but I'm at the end of my tether now! I just want the mic to work, damn you!
I can understand not having GIMP in the default install, as (shoot me here...) I see it as far too powerful a tool for most day to day photo stuff. I've never used it in all the time I've been using Linux, and there has been plenty of basic day to day photo editing in that period. People who need complicated editing will know about GIMP anyway and will still be able to install it, whereas those who only want basic crop/rotate/red eye reduction won't know (or care) about GIMP, so won't know it's missing in the first place. If they don't know it exists to start with, they have no need for it, so why have it in the default install? Ardour and Audacity aren't in the in the default install and I'd put GIMP in that sort of bracket. That said, F-Spot?! What's wrong with gThumb? Already imports, edits and can be used as a viewer. I don't understand the reasoning there at all.
IMO Chromium is the one you want your links to open with - so fast - and you get the same 'application' function but it's faster... and there are a few nice add-ons which edge it ahead of Midori (I love flashblocker, and adsweep is okay - there's a gmail button too).
Go for the Swiss Army Knife rather than a single option, it pays to keep in touch - lots of people missed out on Gnome-do and Docky for a while after first trying it - it was very poor.
Hasn't Adsweep been discontinued? I tried installing that a while back but it didn't appear to actually do anything (unless I was doing something wrong?), hence why I run everything through Privoxy at the moment. Midori claims to support adblocking, but I haven't really looked at it much. What I really want is the ability (in either browser) to right click and block an on individual basis, a la the Firefox Adblock(plus) extension, plus Flashblock and NoScriptesque functionality. Get that into Midori and Chromium and I'll be a very happy bunny. I suppose on that basis people will ask "why not just use Firefox?". They have a point, but it just seemed too slow on my machine, plus Midori/Epiphany just feel like that fit more with the Gnome desktop, and it's nice to see them and Chromium developing, even if that does create frustrations at times.
I'm also now hooked on Gnome-Do and docky. I was one of the people who didn't really see the point of it at first, but I think it's great now!
Anyone else here using Midori? I've sort of switched to Chromium for main browser duties, but was using Epiphany for backup and general twiddling duties, but have become a bit fed up with little niggly things of late, so decided to have another look at Midori. All I can say is "Blimey!", it's come on miles since I last tried it, when it wouldn't even open a page without crashing. Seems to be going great guns now, so has replaced Epiphany in the "other" browser position on my machine.
I'm probably going to wait for Mint Helena before I upgrade, if indeed I actually upgrade at all. I'm in that weird position where I've got things working how I want and now find myself almost annoyed I don't have any issues to solve! Well, I need to get an external mic that works (for Skype use, any suggestions?), but that's it. I daresay I'll give in to temptation eventually, but for now I think I might just, you know, use a working system. Anyway, I've got PPAs scattered about all over the damn place (Chromium, Claws, Liferea & Epiphany), so that'll probably upset things during upgrade. Might hold on to the next LTS release before my next bout of upgradery.
I watched it and enjoyed it, even though I don't know that much about the history behind it beyond having a (still functioning) Spectrum 48k+ tucked away somewhere. I likewise enjoyed the 70s Electric Dreams episode, even if it did make me feel rather old, as I can vaguely remember quite a few of the items from about 1978 onwards being around our house. Lovely mkII 'Tina as well
Just caught the story and the video - pretty good stuff. Thought the Canonical guy could have corrected the "I want to download a program from the internet" bit to maybe explain the concept of repositories a little bit (from a security point of view if nothing else...no pot luck .exe files), but the fact the coverage is there at all has to be good news. Good to see a bit of Compiz action in there as well.
Another vote for Mint. I used it on my old desktop, but thought I'd try Intrepid on my laptop when I first bought it, but for some reason I find it a less pleasant experience than Mint, so I switch back and now use Mint Gloria. I must admit, when it first came out, I thought "great, another Ubuntu spin-off, what's the point?", but I'm happy to admit I was wrong. I much prefer the way it looks and feels to regular Ubuntu, although I do sometimes worry that they're getting too big with all these "Mint x" specific packages. Always uninstall them I guess.
This raises an interesting problem, in that I haven't distro hopped for ages now, which simply will not do