How to Enable Firefox to Play Videos in Sabayon Linux

If you want to play videos on a Linux system, you can always install Google Chrome, but if you want to watch videos in Firefox then, depending on your Distro, you have to add some plugins.

In Sabayon Linux, which is a Gentoo-Made-Easy distribution, you definitely can watch videos both in Google Chrome and Firefox. How, you ask?

How to Install Google Chrome in Sabayon

Simple as this: Open a terminal and copy and paste.

su -
emerge google-chrome

Firefox in Sabayon Linux

Open a terminal and here are the instructions:

su -
emerge media-plugins
emerge media-libs
emerge lsp-plugins

Then exit and restart Firefox. Worked for me!

Which Linux Boots the Fastest?

I’ve been using most of the linux Distros and DEs (desktop environments like KDE Plasma, Gnome, XFCE, Mate, LXQt, etc.) going all the way back to the previous century (I’m not joking… 1997).

Some I really have liked a lot, but they, for whatever reason, seem to hang on boot while waiting for a “start job” to complete, and it will wait for a minute and 30 seconds before continuing with the boot process. Haven’t you ever had issues like that?

Obviously, a Linux Distro is going to load faster if it doesn’t encounter any glitches while booting.

The fastest I’ve found so far, no kidding, is Fedora XFCE. I can boot the system and time it from the instant it leaves the GRUB menu to the instant it is in full graphical mode, at 19 seconds.

That’s the fastest so far. It’s what I am using on one of my partitions right now.

Fixing Firefox in Fedora Linux to Play Hulu, Amazon, Disney+ and Netflix

Are you using Firefox while running Fedora Linux and have trouble playing videos on Amazon, Netflix, Hulu and Disney+ ?

I had previously discussed how to fix this inside an Arch linux system in an article entitled How to Get Firefox to Play Amazon, Netflix and Hulu Vidos on Archlinux. Since then I’ve discovered the same problem crops up in Fedora linux and required a different solution.

The problem is that Google Chrome will play videos from Hulu, Disney+ and Amazon Prime, but Firefox will not on some systems. Fedora seems to be one of those systems.

EDIT:

Everything from here on in has been updated.

Here’s what I did to fix this problem on Fedora.

Install non-free repository

 sudo dnf install \
https://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-$(rpm -E %fedora).noarch.rpm

Change Root User

sudo -i

Install Adobe Repository 64-bit x86_64

rpm -ivh http://linuxdownload.adobe.com/adobe-release/adobe-release-x86_64-1.0-1.noarch.rpm
rpm --import /etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-adobe-linux

Then do this on Fedora 31/30/29/28

dnf install flash-plugin flash-player-ppapi alsa-plugins-pulseaudio libcurl
sudo dnf install https://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-$(rpm -E %fedora).noarch.rpm https://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-$(rpm -E %fedora).noarch.rpm
sudo dnf install ffmpeg-libs
sudo dnf config-manager --set-enabled fedora-cisco-openh264
sudo dnf groupupdate Multimedia

Finishing up

Then restart your browser.

Worked for me. Hope it works for you.

Antergos Bites the Dust

In the past I have written about Antergos Linux. A great distribution based on Arch Linux. Well, it’s no more. Sadly, Antergos has been discontinued.

Most Linux distributions are maintained by volunteers. Linux distros are largely free operating systems created and maintained by volunteer enthusiasts who know a lot about Linux coding. Often, as with Antergos, the developers run out of time to maintain it and the distribution gets continued.

Over the course of history of Linux distributions, many well known distros have fallen by the wayside, only to be over taken by yet another Linux version.

Antergos developers plan to keep their forum and wiki open for about 3 months more, but eventually they expect the bulk of their community will have moved on to other options.

I used to run Antergos for awhile, but now I’m pretty much settled on Arch Linux. The last few times I tried to install Antergos I ran into install errors, so I could tell the project was running into problems.

Good luck to the developers and community at large! We’ll be sorry to see you go!

Plasma 5.14 Just Released – Here’s what to discover.

Virtual Desktops Have Changed in Favor of Activities

It doesn’t seem possible to switch virtual desktops with a programmable keyboard shortcut anymore, however, in my pure Archlinux KDE Plasma 5.14 install, it is possible to switch desktops by placing the cursor on a blank area of the screen and using the mouse wheel – if you have one. You can also switch to virtual desktops by pressing Ctrl-F1 / Ctrl-F2 etc.

Activities, on the other hand, can be programmed to switch with your own programmable keystrokes, AKA keyboard shortcuts.

For example, on my computer I set up four virtual desktops and four Activities. I also set up so I can switch to any activity on the left with Ctrl-Alt-Left or on the right with Ctrl-Alt-Right. I used to do that with virtual desktops, however, now activities behave much like virtual desktop switching used to but each activity has it’s own set of virtual desktops completely separate from the other virtual desktops. Therefore, I have 16 virtual desktops! These things are relatively easy to figure out how to do in the new KDE Plasma 5.15 release.

Since each activity can have a diffent keyboard shortcut, unlike KDE Plasma virtual desktops which all share the same wallpaper, it’s more like XFCE in that sense. The default (and perhaps only) animation in switching activities is sliding. I hope they change that. I like the cube.

Every time you set up a new activity you have the same setup of virtual desktops you had in the original. That’s probably a flaw that could be corrected, but who cares? I like four virtual desktops, so I set that up. Then I set up four activities, and each has four virtual desktops, and I can now switch from activity to activity with CTRL-ALT-LEFT (or RIGHT). It gives me 16 virtual desktops, if you follow me. Mind you that configuring how to switch activities is up to you.

I now have a super easy way to switch activities and a super easy way to switch to desktops within that activity. Essentially, I have 4 x 4 desktops, or 16. You can have as many or as few as you want. I think some projects might get buried or lost – like this article. I lost which activity and/or virtual desktop out of my 16 contained my article while I did research. Fortunately, I found it again!

KDE is still under development

KDE is still changing and I’m an old school Linux user. I used to use KDE but then abandoned it in favor of Cinnamon and Mate until years later. I’ve tried, of course, Gnome, XFCE, etcetera, but now I’m back examining Gnome after 21 years of Linux experience.

KDE is improving all the time. It is resource heavy, unlike XFCE which is lighting fast, but it’s prettier and more functional if you don’t mind the lag. Of course, if you’ve got a modern computer, there’s no lag. Go with KDE Plasma 5.14.

Remember, my personal recommendation? Kde Plasma 5.14!

What would the world be like if everything ran Linux and Windows and MAC/OS never came about?

This is a very interesting question with two answers. The short answer and the long answer.

The short answer is….

The stock market would be much different and many industries that depend on revenue from Windows and Mac/OS would not exist. Computers would be more secure and although there would still be some hacking into computer systems, it would be much less.

However bad that sounds, it simply would be a different parallel universe because….

The long answer is…

Bill Gates and his wife have done a lot of good in the world with all of their money. That wouldn’t have happened.

On the other hand, the whole idea of ransoming and monetizing an operating system is bad for a freedom seeking society.

Even now, all of the top 100 mainframe supercomputers in the world run Linux, not Windows or Mac/OS.

Windows is fading as the desktop computer fades (but will never completely go away). Now we have a lot of reliance on smartphones, tablets, smart TVs and consequently the cloud. Even so, although the Android operating system is in itself a Linux distro, it certainly has been monetized and ransomed in almost all major brands of phones, including Google who created the Android OS.

The conclusion is…

The world would be a little different, but there would be and always will be big fortune 500 companies making money one way or another off of operating systems.

When is enough enough?

I’m not old. Sixty five. I look younger, but how much more time do I have? Eighteen years from now I will be the age my father died. Twenty-nine years from now I will be the age my mother died. I still have some time.

Right?

I notice, however, that I think about “the end” a lot more. I think about what I should do.

For example, I’ve loved computer programming most of my years since 30. Should I learn Python? I love amateur photography. Should I invest in a new camera? I like learning about the universe. When is enough enough? I was a religious leader. Should I go back?
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Did I reach the pinnacle somewhere back there and now I have nowhere to go forward, or do I have more to go forward?
Fortunately, probably because of anti-depressants (!) I’m not depressed. I’m positive about the future. But where do I go from here? Forward, or coast? Upward or level out? Should I learn Python, invest in a new camera and learn about the universe? (All stuff I love.)
I guess the answer to those questions is yes, because I love those things. I love my blog. I love Linux. I love programming. I love amateur photography. I do love the mysterious, religious side of life and I do love learning about the universe.

I guess I’m going forward. I answered my own question.

Fedora 28 can't play DVDs

I’m a 20 year Linux veteran. I’ve been using the KDE spin of Fedora 28 workstation for a while now, and I just discovered I can’t play commercial DVDs!
Now it seems to me this is a pretty important thing to do. I’ve already installed a bunch of packages and still I can’t get VLC, MPlayer or Kaffein to play my Johnny Depp movie inserted in my blu-ray/dvd drive.
Now I installed various packages that were recommended in various Fedora forums and I still haven’t got any luck whatsoever. So that’s where I am now and I’m going to document in this article where I go from here.
I’ve started a fresh login to my KDE Fedora spin. and now I’m on my main screen. I have a DVD inserted in the drive and I’m going to click on multimedia and Mplayer to see if I can’t play it.
Well I didn’t get anywhere with that so now I’ve started the program Kaffeine. I click on 4 play DVD and I get a title called The Ninth Gate which is a Johnny Depp movie that I have in my drive. The title goes away and I left of the black screen and nothing playing so I close out that program and next Sun going to try loading VLC media player.
So now that I have the VLC media player on screen I click on media and then I click on open disk and I have a selection DVD, Blu-ray, audio, CD, Etc and since it’s a DVD I click the DVD option and then click play. Naturally, nothing happens.
Someone on a forum said I needed to do this.
su
yum install gstreamer1-libav gstreamer1-plugins-bad-freeworld gstreamer1-plugins-ugly

I did. No help. Someone said I needed

sudo dnf install libdvdnav

No help.
Now wait. I just remember maybe I should install xine, another media player. So I did. sudo dnf install xine
So now I start xine from the command line and the program starts. I click on DVD.
Alas. I’m now back inside Kubuntu.

Where in the Linux world did I wind up?

#Fedora #UbuntuStudio #Kubuntu
If you didn’t read my blog post yesterday, you should know that I have installed Linux hundreds of times over the years. Lately I was quite happy in my KDE spin of Fedora 27 come 28. That is until I discovered the night before last that I could not play a Johnny Depp movie in my computer’s DVD player.
This led me to the conclusion that I should leave Fedora and go back to the Ubuntu world, or specifically Ubuntu Studio. That attempt was met with disaster when I discovered that under Ubuntu Studio my mouse moved so slowly that I had to keep picking it up and sliding it across my mouse pad six or seven times just to get to the other side of the screen to click something. I have no idea why it behaved in this way. I have run Ubuntu Studio before and had no problems. But this particular version of Ubuntu Studio, AKA the latest, was unusable for me. It was so painful to manipulate the mouse just to move from one corner of the screen to the other that I wasn’t even able to effectively search for a solution to the problem.
I was forced to reformat with a different version of Linux. So I looked through my collection of Linux DVDs and found a six-month-old copy of Kubuntu. (Kubuntu is a spin of Ubuntu that uses the KDE desktop.)
That’s where I am now. I reread an article on this blog where I wrote why I left Kubuntu and went to Fedora in the first place. Back then I complained that my videos (YouTube, Netflix, Amazon) we’re choppy when I watched them and so I switched to Fedora Linux and didn’t have that problem. Curiously, later that same problem also developed in Fedora and I discovered the reason was because I was rotating my desktop wallpaper behind the scenes every 60 seconds. It subsequently caused the system to drag sufficiently and make a slight jigaboo with any video I might be watching.
Now that I know that, and I’m back inside of Kubuntu, everything is fine and life is good. I was able to re-establish my backups and get my KDE looking pretty much exactly the way it did inside of Fedora 28. So that’s where I am today after my harrowing experience of yesterday!