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OSVids Shows Video Clips of Linux in Action 73

Ant writes "NewsForge (Also owned by VA) shares a new Web site launched last week called, that shows video clips of Linux distributions in action."
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OSVids Shows Video Clips of Linux in Action

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  • Diggstyle (Score:4, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 12, 2006 @11:46PM (#15521610)
    Shortest summary ever. I'll start tagging short summaries like this one with 'diggstyle'...
  • Linux porn. (Score:3, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 12, 2006 @11:51PM (#15521626)
    "OSVids Shows Video Clips of Linux in Action"

    Whoo Hoo! Take it all off!
  • Nice (Score:5, Funny)

    by ickyellf ( 903367 ) on Monday June 12, 2006 @11:58PM (#15521668)
    I'll start popping the corn, or would that be compiling kernels? I've been saving that joke for such a long time.
    • might as well mod the poor guy up if you've got the points.
    • I'll start popping the corn, or would that be compiling kernels? I've been saving that joke for such a long time.

      Well, I guess that's what you get for hording perishable goods.
  • Not for linux! (Score:4, Informative)

    by Beuno ( 740018 ) <(argentina) (at) (> on Tuesday June 13, 2006 @12:07AM (#15521709) Homepage
    "The Camtasia Studio video content presented here requires JavaScript to be enabled and the latest version of the Macromedia Flash Player. If you are you using a browser with JavaScript disabled please enable it now. Otherwise, please update your version of the free Flash Player by downloading here."

    Seems it only wirks for windows folks with the latest flash...
    why would they do a site like this and leave most linux users out of it??
    • Re:Not for linux! (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Toba82 ( 871257 )
      Because this isn't for Linux users. This is to convince Windows users to use Linux.

      But you already knew that.
      • Re:Not for linux! (Score:3, Insightful)

        by ElleyKitten ( 715519 )
        Because this isn't for Linux users. This is to convince Windows users to use Linux.
        By showing them videos they can't see in Linux?
      • I haven't investigated this comprehensively, but the clips do work with the linux Flash player on the second page of selections, so I guess someone's just goofed somewhere...

        In any case, once you've seen one, you've seen the lot. You get no idea of the what the underbelly of the distro looks like, you pretty much just get to see what colours they like to use for their default X themes.

    • Re:Not for linux! (Score:3, Informative)

      by Beuno ( 740018 )
      Actually, I noticed later on they do provide an OGG download for linux users...
    • I thought that was pretty funny too. Still, it's not there's a whole lot to see if you're running Linux already. Xgl demos, I guess. I liked seeing that.
    • Just use the Ogg link. I'd assume those work in Windows as well provided you using a good media player like VLC [].
  • Yay! (Score:2, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward
    Now I can enjoy the boot-up of various os's over and over without actually having to reboot! I can stare at various prorgress bars and text notifications, while pretending I await to be able to do something - except I can actually do something!
  • Pictures of Linux! Revolutionary! Take that, Redmond!

    Seriously, how is this news? //its not news its... slashdot...
    • Apparently it's more newsworthy than the submission i had rejected regarding the pirate bay's traffic doubling since they were raided... :D
  • Mirror (Score:5, Funny)

    by jasonwea ( 598696 ) * on Tuesday June 13, 2006 @12:42AM (#15521862) Homepage

    Just incase all this video streaming kills the server I have provided a mirror of my favourite below:

    Debian GNU/Linux testing/unstable tty1 login: _

    Ahh, I could look at that for hours ;)

  • There's probably tonnes of usability stuff to be learned from each of these videos. I noticed in the Vista one that IE7 has a nice feature where all of the tabs can be scaled down and shown at the same time, similar to the Mac/Compiz expose feature. Firefox developers should probably look into that.
  • I am curious as to what software they use to creat these videos. Anyone?
    • by Plug ( 14127 ) on Tuesday June 13, 2006 @04:09AM (#15522427) Homepage
      Camtasia Studio. []

      Originally, Buys says, the videos were encoded in QuickTime H.264, but "thanks to the feedback form [on the site] I quickly learned that this was far from optimal." Flash video seemed a good choice, except the software he was using to encode the video produced Flash that didn't work in Linux. "I received emails asking for Ogg-Theora videos, so I converted all the original QuickTime videos." Now, he installs the distribution of choice in Parallels Workstation on Windows and captures the virtual machine in proprietary Camtasia. "I've been looking for an open source replacement, but I have not found anything that provides the same level of functionality," Buys says. After the Camtasia capture, he exports the video first as Flash and then as a .mov file. "[I] convert the .mov to Ogg-Theora with ffmpeg2theora, then upload all the files to the server."
  • This is so exciting. What's next, videos of slashdotted sites loading?
  • ReactOS (Score:1, Offtopic)

    by sglider ( 648795 )
    You know, if a OS wanted to emulate (or be a replacement for) Windows, they should have at least tried to get rid of that damned registry. :-/
    • ReactOS is supposed to be a reimplementation of Windows. Getting rid of the registry would mean that it's not Windows anymore.
    • And then how would Windows software function under it? "Binary compatibility" means you should be able to just install Windows software and drivers as if ReactOS was just another version of of Windows, without modifying the software.
      • "just another version of windows" is right. Binary compatibility means it can run Win32 binaries. It doesnt mean all the drivers and APIs are available. There are many perfectly good Win32 applications written for Win9x that wont run on WinNT/2k/XP, despite having the same binary executable format. It is only going to get worse with Vista.

        Every new version of windows supports less old windows software. Every new version of cedega supports more old (and new) windows software. These trends will cross so
  • YOWZA (Score:4, Funny)

    by illuminatedwax ( 537131 ) <stdrange@alumni.uchic a g o . edu> on Tuesday June 13, 2006 @02:33AM (#15522173) Journal
    Oh yeah, baby, let me at that hot Linux action! I can't tell you how many times I've had to pay for sites to watch sweet videos of Gentoo compiling software, or videos of a Red Hat desktop where someone hits the little hat and the menu pops up!! Once I found this sweet video of someone configuring their It was HOT.
  • by HaydnH ( 877214 )
    Video clips of Linux in action? OK, I'm a linux advocate... but maaaaan! <sarcasm>I can't wait for the TV channel for this!</sarcasm>
  • Misspelling (Score:4, Funny)

    by impeachgod ( 982062 ) on Tuesday June 13, 2006 @04:18AM (#15522450)
    Imagine if this was misspelled: OSVids Shows Video Clips of Linus in Action.
  • I like how the Xgl video is prettier than the Windows Vista one. Great job, Microsoft!
  • I really do not want to see recorded ones. It is no fun and might be digitally altered. Want some live linux in action here. Yeah..bring it on.
  • The PCBSD demo boots with a sound driver malfunction (around time=42s)... not exactly a ringing endorsement. Bad example? Common problem?
  • Flash (Score:2, Insightful)

    A flash site to view linux distros in action that cannot be viewed from a linux distro. Quality that. And yes, I know that I can download the ogg theora equivalent and watch that, but I'm lazy, and have grown used to youtube like video on the internets.

    When is hell is flash 8 going to be available for linux? Yoohoo, macromedia, anyone home?

    • Flash 8 is never going to make it to Linux, Macromedia/Adobe have said they're working on Flash 9 for Linux and skipping the current version.

Thus spake the master programmer: "When a program is being tested, it is too late to make design changes." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"