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Re: centralized site for FC2 multimedia?



Robert P. J. Day wrote:

> On Sun, 20 Jun 2004, Matthew Miller wrote:
>
>> On Sun, Jun 20, 2004 at 05:35:16PM -0400, Robert P. J. Day wrote:
>>
>>>   so, any sites devoted to MM on FC2 that have legitimately
>>> useful and tested info?
>>
>>
>> The freshrpms site you mention has been very good to me.
>
>
> oh, i know about freshrpms and the other RPM sites for FC2.  it's not 
> the availability of RPMs that i think is the issue -- it's the 
> apparent lack of a centralized site for FC2 support that can get 
> frustrating sometimes.
>
> first, consider www.tldp.org, the linux doc project.  reasonably well 
> laid out, HOWTOs broken into convenient categories for fast
searching, 
> but some of the stuff there is hideously out of date, making it
fairly 
> useless for a lot of newer topics.  in short, the overall structure
is 
> fairly good, but must of the content is obsolete from the fedora 
> perspective.
>
> then there's a number of fedora-related sites that have sprung up, 
> like fedoranews.org and fedorafaq.org.  fedoranews has lots of cool, 
> timely stuff, but its organization of articles is totally chaotic
and, 
> in some cases, inappropriate -- some of the "fedora" articles have 
> nothing whatever to do with fedora.  so the content is, with some 
> exceptions, top notch, but the organization is missing entirely.
>
> fedorafaq.org is another fedora-related site that has some good
stuff. 
> it's a little more organized -- has some definitely useful FAQs --
but 
> is obviously not complete, being a FAQ, which is fine in that respect.
> then there's fedoraforum.org, which also has good stuff, and of
course 
> the fedora mailing list archives, and on and on.  lots of sites and 
> sources of information, all with their respective strengths and 
> weaknesses.  and, of course, the RPMs themselves are at yet other
sites.
>
> it seems that what's missing is some centralized structure to all of 
> this.
> it would be handy to some kind of hierarchical umbrella over all this 
> scattered information, so people don't keep asking the same question, 
> like, "how can i mount my NTFS filesystem?"  the fact that questions 
> like this come up *repeatedly* is pretty solid evidence that
something 
> is lacking.
>
> as one thought, while many people want to start fedora-related 
> information sites that are as comprehensive as possible, it might be 
> more useful for some of these people to focus more narrowly.  
> personally, i was interested in a multimedia-related site for FC2,
but 
> i haven't found one.
> for the most part, if you ask the question, "how do i play DVDs on
FC2?",
> what you typically get as an answer is "yum install xine", or 
> something like that.  very terse, and nothing to help you out if 
> something goes wrong.
>
> given that most of this information is out there *somewhere*, i think 
> it would be immensely useful to start an *organized* set of links to 
> URLs which explain this stuff, broken into categories like 
> www.tldp.org.  i can already see, let's say, a multimedia section:
>
> Multimedia
>   Sound configuration (OSS, ALSA)
>   MP3s
>   Playing DVDs
>   Digital video
>
> perhaps another section on, say, filesystems:
>
> Filesystems
>   Getting NTFS support
>   Working with encrypted filesystems
>   ...
>
> like i said, i know all this info is out there somewhere, but it's 
> just annoyingly hard to get to at times.  you need to go *here* for a 
> HOWTO, *there* for a user guide, *there* for the FAQ and *there* for 
> the actual RPM.  surely there's a better way to do this.
>
> rday
>
>
http://rpm.livna.org/ really good site for fedora addons including 
mulitmedia but its best used with apt-get.


I agree but, If you look closely you will see that of the contributors
are all volunteers and they provide all of this in their spare time in
locations which are easy for any Fedora Core user to find. I have made
links to all these sites and that made it easy to find answers to most
of my questions, and if I don't find them there I come here to see if
there is any resolution or fix. That is what I like about the Fedora
community. Eventually you will be directed to the the proper location of
the fix for any type of problem you might have with any version of
Fedora Core. Also if you have a fix or a HOW-TO that you want to
contribute there is a place for that as well. That is why I have been an
avid Fedora Core user.  

Mike




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