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Chapter 18. Linux Multimedia (If Music Be the Food of Love . . .)
Playing music on your Linux system is only the beginning of the multimedia experience. After all, multimedia isn't about just music. It represents a cornucopia of
Most modern Linux installations offer an impressive selection of programs to
In this chapter, I cover some of the more popular multimedia tools for your Linux system. So, as old Will Shakespeare might have said, "If music be the food of love, then multimedia must represent the smorgasbord."
Adjusting the Levels
Think back for a moment to those days of old when Mom or Dad would yell into your bedroom to "TURN THAT NOISE DOWN!" Doesn't that bring back memories? In particular, it
Most music or multimedia players you are likely to use under Linux have some kind of a volume control. Your speaker system likely has one as well. There is, however, a third set of controls you should know about—KMix, the master mixer controls on your system (Figure 18-1).
Figure 18-1. KMix controls.
The various sliders
If you close KMix now (click the x in the top right-hand corner), you'll still have quick access to probably the most important item, the master volume control. Look down at the system tray at the bottom right corner of your screen, and you should see an icon that looks like a speaker. Click on that speaker icon, and a simple volume slider will appear (Figure 18-2). This provides a fast means of making volume-level adjustments.
Figure 18-2. A volume control in your system tray.
Now that you can easily modify the level of
coming from your
KsCD, the KDE CD Player
You might remember that I mentioned KsCD earlier on in this book, when I was discussing command execution (Chapter 4). This is the default CD player included as part of the KDE desktop (Figure 18-3).
Figure 18-3. KsCD, the default KDE CD player.
If all you want to do is play your CDs and have a simple, easy-to-use interface, look no further. Click the application starter (the big K), and look for KsCD under the Multimedia menu (the command
Once KsCD is started, look in your system tray. You'll see a small icon that looks like a CD with a musical note across it. Left-click the icon, and the CD player disappears into the panel. Right-click it, and you'll have access to the basic CD player controls (forward,