Linked by Eugenia Loli on Mon 11th Jan 2010 08:10 UTC
Multimedia, AV I followed the hype: Reddit, Slashdot's front page, months of thumbs up on my blog and various video forums by Linux users for OpenShot. Given that I'm longing for a usable Linux video editor since 2003, and given that OpenShot version 1.0 had just been released, I naturally gave it a go, by also downloading its provided dependencies on my Ubuntu Linux 9.10.
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RE[5]: I hate when...
by spiderman on Tue 12th Jan 2010 06:44 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: I hate when..."
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The API is annoying, but hardly limiting. It's actually considerably more powerful than what you get on Unix. Check out WMI, for example, and see how much it provides. The problem, of course, is that it is a bit of a pain to use because you have to create objects, pass weird initialization strings to them, etc. But that's a very surface problem that, for larger projects, could be handled with a convenience library.

By that logic, linux has better multimedia capabilities than Windows. You can fire up mencoder, provide the proper switches and do exactly the same thing as in Windows with $4000 software.
On a day to day basis, Windows' scripting capabilities suck. You can't do a ps, you can't use grep, it is a pain to use.

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