Linux referrers to all the UNIX like operating systems designed to run around and use the Linux kernel to control the system hardware. Linux can run on a very wide variety of hardware like laptops computers, desktop computers, net books, servers, mobile phones, gaming consoles,
mainframe computers, supercomputers and even be custom designed for other hardware like routers, switches, robots etc.
Linux kernel was originally bought to life by Linus Torvalds in the 1991 and was announced as a GNU project by Richard Stallman in 1993. Linux is one of the most reputed examples of a project released open source maintained and has become successful remaining free of cost and
all the efforts are put in by freelance programmers and open source enthusiasts round the world. The penguin logo of the Linux is quite famous and is known widely by the people connected to the internet.
Now Linus is just actually a kernel that is it can deal with the hardware right. That doesn’ t simply mean that it will generate simple outputs for me and you to understand. There needs to be built a framework, an architecture that can use this kernel so that people can use it. Operating
systems right, operating systems are generally defined as codes of software combined together so that it can manage an understandable contact between the user and the computer. Where we all go wrong is that we do not understand the fact that even the operating systems cannot directly deal with the hardware and they require and intermediation between, that is the kernel. Windows has its own kernel, Macintosh works on the UNIX kernel and many other operating systems have been designed to work around the Linux kernel.
Now Linux comes in various flavors like Ubuntu, fedora, red hat enterprise, puppy, etc but one of our favorites is the Ubuntu. Ubuntu one of the most successful flavors of Linux has been one of the most innovative, good looking, lightening fast operating systems and developing
environments. The best part is it has been updated regularly for past many years and still opted in to be distributed for free to anyone, a newbie, an expert or an intermediate learner. They even supply you with the operating system’ s disk totally free of cost but as it takes long they
recommend downloading the disk image. Currently the Ubuntu is running on the latest Linux kernel that is the version 2.6.36.
Linux has got lots into it and includes loads of softwares along with all of them along with the operating system being and have been able deliver a complete satisfied user experience. Most of the users are through with what windows can provide but don’ t know that even linux has a bunch
of apps which can help you create and watch multimedia content. Discussed below are some audio and video applications on Linux
We can make use of some audio applications in the Linux operating system using Ubuntu with the following programs:
* RythemBox: it’s an application that comes free with the operating systems as an inbuilt application. It does the music playback from CDs, mp3, ogg, and audio format you like, its decent jukebox stuff all for free.
* Audacity: the pros use this software. It is free to use very advance audio editor. It is one of those which contain almost any feature related to digital sound. It has been a reliable program not only for the programmers but for the audio pros too. This program has found its place and proved its mettle in the entire audio industry. You can use it to create any type of audio and is available in the Ubuntu repository too. You can take time getting used to it. But this one is really awesome.
*Gtk-record: it is yet another Linux application but only helps you record sound as ogg format. But that’s what we want we want sound in the digital format. So it solves the purpose. But this one is neither hi-tech nor fancy stuff like audacity but as we said solves the purpose.
Now if you are going to make podcasts in Ubuntu you might also be interested in the podcasts movies. For that you will be requiring a video editor to work on the video podcasts. Actually there aren’t quite a bunch of video editors available. Still:
* VideoLAN VLC: VLC is undoubtedly the king of software formats. You will never see VLC prompt to you that a particular file format is not supported. It plays anything you throw at it.
* ManDVD: it’s good video editing software. It will easily create videos from stills and even burn a DVD for you (actually that’s what the manual says!). But to be quite general it is not that good like the ones we have in windows.
* Recordmydesktop: this one is good. We do not have many good screen cast creators in windows (talking about free ones.) this software is too good for being free. Will create beautiful screen casts and store them in the popular xvid format.
* Kdenlive: this is one of the all time favorites. It creates movies like in the windows movie maker on the fly. It’s got some pretty cool gizmos and effects to try out and all of these things work absolutely perfect for free.
Being an only owner of the Linux system in the entire discussion I came out with the conclusion. Windows apps were cool but hey Linux apps were free. Later we discussed that the best part of Linux was that everything in the Linux world is free. So whether you are doing anything
related to computers, pc, laptop etc you should give Linux a shot and a fair chance. Ubuntu is what we have been using here, and is one of the greatest things we have ever discovered. Linux may emerge as the future of all operating systems because of its versatility and effectiveness.
Moreover it’ s quite inspiring with programmers who are selfless and provide their quality time without any charges to the open-source revolution.
The author is a full time tech devotee and for pass times loves to writes articles on things he loves. He keeps on testing new stuff in the world of technology and loves to share his experiences with others. Lately he wrote tips on “ Make Money from Podcast” , and “ how to podcast movies”