apt-get install xmms-mp3
Once that package is installed, XMMS will be ready to work with your MP3 collection. To find any other XMMS packages that might interest you, issue the command:
apt-cache search xmms
the list this produces, and if something catches your eye a simple
Another possibly vital bit of functionality not included by default is DVD playback, since the commonly available tools for watching encrypted DVDs under Linux are technically illegal (at least for users in the United States). That is, watching a DVD you own under Linux, while legal in and of itself, is illegal because the required decoding libraries and algorithms violate the terms of the United States' DMCA. Bearing that in mind, if this isn't illegal for you (or if, like me, you are an American who doesn't mind becoming a federal criminal in your quest for digital entertainment that does not involve stealing from anyone) issue the command:
apt-get install ogle ogle_gui (specifiying multiple package names on a single apt-get install command line is perfectly acceptable)
Apt will offer to install a few additional packages (including the aforementioned felonious libraries) to resolve Ogle's dependencies for you. Say yes, and when you're returned to the command prompt you'll be ready to go. Invoke Ogle with (you guessed it) the ogle command. The GUI is logically organized, and assuming Red Hat properly detected your DVD drive you should be watching DVDs in no time.
Note that in my case, since this laptop has a CD-RW/DVD combo drive which uses SCSI emulation for the CD-RW portion, the DVD portion of the drive isn't recognized as such by Red Hat (or any other Linux distribution, so far). This doesn't mean the DVD drive doesn't work (that is, that you can't mount DVDs) simply that Red Hat didn't create a special device file for it in the /dev directory. That is easily remedied (as root):
ln -s /dev/cdrom /dev/dvd (this assumes /dev/cdrom is your CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive, which you can check by typing cat /etc/fstab and noting the device assignments listed there)
Now when you configure Ogle, you can simply point it at /dev/dvd for playback.
What follows is a rant you may safely ignore: In a recent column Robert Cringely suggested that the best way to defeat laws such as the Digital Millennium Copyright Act is to break them, not singly but en masse. He further suggests that we should then march in our thousands to the local police station and turn ourselves in, demanding the jury trial that is our due. That is by all accounts unlikely to happen. At the same time, something in the idea resonated with me: I do not like the idea that my government has enacted a law that turns me into a criminal for watching on my own computer a movie I paid for unless I do so using an operating system that same government acknowledges as an illegal monopoly (note that I'm not bashing Microsoft, just pointing out the absurdity of criminalizing me if I choose for moral reasons not to support a criminal corporation). You see, there literally cannot be a legal open source DVD player under current law, since providing the source code necessary to decode an ecrypted DVD is illegal. In line with Mr. Cringely's idea, I'm confessing to a federal crime: I own several DVDs and I have watched them using Linux. I own my computer and I choose to use open source software. In my defense, I claim that using “illegal” methods to decode DVDs I have purchased is in fact covered by the “fair use” provisions of copyright law, and that the DMCA as it stands is unconstitutional on its face. Laws like the DMCA presume guilt and seek to preemptively prevent “criminal” acts by certain members of society by restricting the rights of all citizens. What happened to “innocent until proven guilty”? Why should I surrender my rights to fair use because certain of my peers abuse those rights? I choose not to be punished for the actions of others. Nonetheless, under current law I should, no doubt, be removed from the sight of decent law-abiding American citizens. Mind you, I've never once watched a DVD (or other digitally stored movie) I do not own, and I've never “ripped” a DVD at all. Still, I am a criminal. I confess. Take me away, officer ...
Now, back to the topic at hand. At this point, all you GUI lovers are probably thinking, This apt stuff is cool, I guess, but there should really be a GUI...
There is. Type:
apt-get install synaptic
is a simple GUI front-end for apt. After you install it with the
command above, it is available in the system menus or by typing
synaptic into a command box. Fire it up and have a look
around. You'll find the GUI is straightforward and easy to navigate.
A link to SnyAPTic will also be added to Start Here -> System
Settings -> Synaptic.