My wife Lisa has been teaching a friend of ours who’s never owned a computer, to use Etch and found there was no sound when they clicked the pronunciation button at Merriam-Webster Online. Solving the problem was a simple matter of installing mplayer (from the repository) and resetting the browser preferences to use mplayer to play wav files but, of course, being a newbie I’m not "permitted" to find simple solutions on the first try so, instead, I spent two days learning how to enable multimedia features. I shouldn’t complain though because my Etch machine will now play wmv files whereas my Windows 2000 Pro machine won’t always (which I assume has something to do with DRM). The best tutorial I found for adding multimedia capabilities to Debian Etch was from a fellow who calls himself Machiner. When I got confused and couldn’t make sense of his tutorial I emailed him and he carried on a conversation with me, via email, until I finally understood what he was saying at which point I had no trouble completing the process. That may be my favorite thing about Linux users as a group; I don’t believe I’ve ever encountered a more helpful, friendly group of people. I’ve seen comments from people who’ve had negative encounters but my own experiences have been 100% positive.
[tags]Linux Editors, Multimedia in Etch, giving up Windows[/tags]