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OSVids Shows Video Clips of Linux in Action

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 8 years ago | from the glass-bottom-web-site dept.

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

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Diggstyle (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15521610)

Shortest summary ever. I'll start tagging short summaries like this one with 'diggstyle'...

Re:Diggstyle (3, Informative)

antdude (79039) | more than 8 years ago | (#15521675)

Actually, mine was even shorter as "NewsForge shares a new Web site, OSvids.com, that shows video clips of various Linux distributions in action." on my Web site [aqfl.net] . I couldn't think of anything else to add. Basically, it is K.I.S.S.

Re:Diggstyle (2, Funny)

kestasjk (933987) | more than 8 years ago | (#15522286)

To get it accepted you should have added a stupid question, like "Will this be the end of screenshots?", or "Do video reviews mark the beginning of the end for reading?"

Re:Diggstyle (1)

antdude (79039) | more than 8 years ago | (#15522840)

Bah, it was already accepted. :P

Re:Diggstyle (1)

jb.hl.com (782137) | more than 8 years ago | (#15524490)

*sings* Video killed the Linux pic sites, video killed the Linux pic sites... :)

Re:Diggstyle (1)

earnest murderer (888716) | more than 8 years ago | (#15522294)

Actually, mine was even shorter as "NewsForge shares a new Web site, OSvids.com, that shows video clips of various Linux distributions in action." on my Web site. I couldn't think of anything else to add. Basically, it is K.I.S.S.

KISS indeed. But is it really "digstyle" if the link goes to the acutal subject instead of a maze of AdSense driving blog posts with the exact same summary?

Re:Diggstyle (1)

Poltras (680608) | more than 8 years ago | (#15521952)

In fact, there was no need for a summary since the title was enough :D

Ah.. So VA is getting into Nerd porn. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15521621)

Just kidding.

Linux porn. (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15521626)

"OSVids Shows Video Clips of Linux in Action"

Whoo Hoo! Take it all off!

Re:Linux porn. (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15521655)


Just the kernel, baby!

Re:Linux porn. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15521720)

Eww, what are those Vista clips doing in there. Totaly ruined my hardon.

Re:Linux porn. (1)

Poltras (680608) | more than 8 years ago | (#15521974)

I personally like the CCux video, though I'm still not sure how I should pronounce it...

Re:Linux porn. (1)

Sabalon (1684) | more than 8 years ago | (#15523017)

After watching those, my stack is much larger now...until I dumped my core.

Re:Linux porn. (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 8 years ago | (#15523307)

Thanks for ruining my breakfast, you insensitive clod!

-Eric

Re:Linux porn. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15525299)

You can see their source code... Can they *do* that?

Nice (5, Funny)

ickyellf (903367) | more than 8 years ago | (#15521668)

I'll start popping the corn, or would that be compiling kernels? I've been saving that joke for such a long time.

Re:Nice (1)

notanatheist (581086) | more than 8 years ago | (#15521897)

might as well mod the poor guy up if you've got the points.

Re:Nice (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15522043)

You should have saved that one for runlevel 1.

Re:Nice (1)

Valdrax (32670) | more than 8 years ago | (#15527878)

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! (3, Informative)

Beuno (740018) | more than 8 years ago | (#15521709)

"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! (2, Insightful)

Toba82 (871257) | more than 8 years ago | (#15521754)

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! (2, Insightful)

ElleyKitten (715519) | more than 8 years ago | (#15522653)

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?

Re:Not for linux! (2, Funny)

Toba82 (871257) | more than 8 years ago | (#15524028)

They don't know that until it's too late.

Mwahahahahahaha.

Re:Not for linux! (1)

BrokenHalo (565198) | more than 8 years ago | (#15523650)

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! (2, Informative)

Beuno (740018) | more than 8 years ago | (#15521778)

Actually, I noticed later on they do provide an OGG download for linux users...

Re:Not for linux! (1)

Eideewt (603267) | more than 8 years ago | (#15521898)

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.

Re:Not for linux! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15521978)

Not sure if it is linked from the main page, but http://www.osvids.com/linux.html [osvids.com] has everything in ogg theora.

Re:Not for linux! (1)

jZnat (793348) | more than 8 years ago | (#15525696)

Just use the Ogg link. I'd assume those work in Windows as well provided you using a good media player like VLC [videolan.org] .

Yay! (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15521730)

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!

Re:Yay! (1)

Paperweight (865007) | more than 8 years ago | (#15521867)

Now I can say it: The linux bootup sequence is sexy!

Woo hooo!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15521845)

Linux porn.

linux (1)

maniac/dev/null (170211) | more than 8 years ago | (#15521854)

Pictures of Linux! Revolutionary! Take that, Redmond!

Seriously, how is this news? //its not news its... slashdot...

Re:linux (1)

smash (1351) | more than 8 years ago | (#15521980)

Apparently it's more newsworthy than the submission i had rejected regarding the pirate bay's traffic doubling since they were raided... :D

Mirror (5, Funny)

jasonwea (598696) | more than 8 years ago | (#15521862)

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

Debian GNU/Linux testing/unstable server.example.com tty1
server.example.com login: _

Ahh, I could look at that for hours ;)

Great site for developers! (1)

babbling (952366) | more than 8 years ago | (#15521873)

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.

Re:Great site for developers! (2, Informative)

mfaras (979322) | more than 8 years ago | (#15521926)

They already had. Well, not the actual developers, but the guys at Viamatic.
Check this out, the Viamatic foXpose extension [mozilla.org]
--
OMG! My first post!

Re:Great site for developers! (1)

Jussi K. Kojootti (646145) | more than 8 years ago | (#15522707)

There are extensions that do this for Firefox. Which doesn't sound that stupid -- I can't imagine most people would be interested in a feature like that.

short topic... short answer (1)

carlosGames (943841) | more than 8 years ago | (#15521903)

Yey!!

OT: What do they use to creat these videos (1)

pembo13 (770295) | more than 8 years ago | (#15521959)

I am curious as to what software they use to creat these videos. Anyone?

Re:OT: What do they use to creat these videos (5, Informative)

Plug (14127) | more than 8 years ago | (#15522427)

Camtasia Studio. [techsmith.com]

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."

Re:OT: What do they use to creat these videos (3, Insightful)

zcat_NZ (267672) | more than 8 years ago | (#15522489)

No Linux replacement?

What the hell is wrong with Istanbul Desktop Video Recorder? It's open source, it's in the repositories, and it records directly to ogg-video (with an option of recording raw if you have more free drivespace than CPU power).

And if you want to do editing afterwards, try kino.

Re:OT: What do they use to creat these videos (2, Informative)

xtracto (837672) | more than 8 years ago | (#15522830)

but I have not found anything that provides the same level of functionality,

I have used Camtasia studio before and from what I have read from Istanbul [gnome.org] it only does something like 1% of what Camtasia studio can do [techsmith.com] . Granted, the "basic" functionallity is still the same (capture in video a section of the screen), but then again Istanbul is far, far, FAAAAR away of being a replacement of camtasia.

Re:OT: What do they use to creat these videos (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15523739)

then again Istanbul is far, far, FAAAAR away of being a replacement of camtasia.
It's all the way over in Turkey.

Re:OT: What do they use to creat these videos (1)

someone300 (891284) | more than 8 years ago | (#15523756)

Maybe so, but what of those features you listed are required for this particular task and cannot be done with istanbul+kino?

Re:OT: What do they use to creat these videos (1)

zcat_NZ (267672) | more than 8 years ago | (#15527187)

It's the usual UNIX philosophy; do one job and do it well.

If you want to record desktop video, use istanbul. That's what it does and from what I can tell it does a fairly good job of it (my CPU is a little underpowered to run it properly)

For editing and cropping the video, use a video editor.
For streaming the resulting video, use a streaming tool.
For recording presentations.. hell, why record them as bulky video clips when OpenOffice can save them directly to a flash file anyhow?!!

Re:OT: What do they use to creat these videos (1)

idonthack (883680) | more than 8 years ago | (#15525917)

Thanks for that post! I've been looking for one of those for a little while but googling for "linux desktop recorder" never turned anything up. Kino will prove useful too.

Re:OT: What do they use to creat these videos (1)

Christian Linhart (976188) | more than 8 years ago | (#15548774)

Try googling for "linux desktop recorder" again. :-)

Re:OT: What do they use to creat these videos (1)

bean123456789 (938830) | more than 8 years ago | (#15528110)

Perhaps they were fed up with using Constantinople Desktop Video Recorder and feared the upgrade?

Wow. (1)

radicalnerd (930674) | more than 8 years ago | (#15521982)

This is so exciting. What's next, videos of slashdotted sites loading?

Gentoo Video (0, Flamebait)

gbobeck (926553) | more than 8 years ago | (#15521983)

Sweet! The site features all of the various Linux distros in action, including Gentoo doing its endless install compile.

( As a side note, http://webpages.cs.luc.edu/~gkt/ [luc.edu] has a video of a Gentoo install. )

Re:Gentoo Video (1)

siberian (14177) | more than 8 years ago | (#15522009)

( As a side note, http://webpages.cs.luc.edu/~gkt/ [luc.edu] has a video of a Gentoo install. )

Even at low resolution a video that long must take up a lot of HD space..

Re:Gentoo Video (1)

gbobeck (926553) | more than 8 years ago | (#15522038)

The video was heavily edited.

Actually, I've seen Gentoo installs take as little as 20 minutes on some of my lab machines. Of course, it was a new AMD64 machine from Compaq with 2 gigs of ram, which kinda helped things along.

The most time consuming part of doing a Gentoo install isn't the compile time, but the time spent waiting for the various packages and critical parts (Kernel) to download and unpack.

PFFT! (1)

SnottyRocket (958166) | more than 8 years ago | (#15526501)

Maybe if you're on dialup! Seriously, GCC, KDE, etc all take hours, even on a fast machine (X2 4400+ 2GB) it can take up an afternoon. Unless you're installing X-less, in which case you get to skip (most) of the heavy packages, it's gonna take some serious compile time.

Re:PFFT! (1)

gbobeck (926553) | more than 8 years ago | (#15528270)

Well, I guess I was cheating a wee bit... We have 32 machines in our Linux lab at Loyola University Chicago, so after getting a few machines Gentoo-ized, we do distributed compiles.

Also, we also image our machines using the tar command, so that also improves install time (30 - 40 minutes per machine).

But even so, we were clocking roughly 40 minutes to create one machine via full stage 3 install.

ReactOS (0, Offtopic)

sglider (648795) | more than 8 years ago | (#15522047)

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. :-/

Re:ReactOS (1)

babbling (952366) | more than 8 years ago | (#15522084)

ReactOS is supposed to be a reimplementation of Windows. Getting rid of the registry would mean that it's not Windows anymore.

Re:ReactOS (1)

bcmm (768152) | more than 8 years ago | (#15523303)

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.

Re:ReactOS (1)

Sparr0 (451780) | more than 8 years ago | (#15526777)

"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 some day.

YOWZA (3, Funny)

illuminatedwax (537131) | more than 8 years ago | (#15522173)

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 sendmail.cf. It was HOT.

Wow! (1)

HaydnH (877214) | more than 8 years ago | (#15522443)

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 (4, Funny)

impeachgod (982062) | more than 8 years ago | (#15522450)

Imagine if this was misspelled: OSVids Shows Video Clips of Linus in Action.

Re:Misspelling (1)

zenmojodaddy (754377) | more than 8 years ago | (#15522607)

Current fortune at bottom of page:

Charlie Brown: Why was I put on this earth?
Linus: To make others happy.


Oooo. Spooky.

Re:Misspelling (1)

MarkRose (820682) | more than 8 years ago | (#15523021)

Wow... look at him type!

Xgl vs. Windows Vista (0, Flamebait)

Schraegstrichpunkt (931443) | more than 8 years ago | (#15522623)

I like how the Xgl video is prettier than the Windows Vista one. Great job, Microsoft!

Modded Flamebait?! (1)

idonthack (883680) | more than 8 years ago | (#15525940)

But he speaks the truth!!!

Vista intro. (-1, Offtopic)

GrievousMistake (880829) | more than 8 years ago | (#15522667)

In other news, I'm starting to severely dislike Vista. Seems they can't fix anything from XP without breaking anything else, like an exchange.
Those user interfaces... Clean up the old start menu, good idea. Remove the entire hierarchy from the menu, not so good.
Also note the rather cluttered IE UI. And in Media Player, see the intuitive way clicking "Windows Media Player" in the topbar made the button change itself into "URGE", which the user could click to choose between "URGE->URGE" and "URGE->URGE->URGE".
And I'm sure Microsoft Hearts just *blazes* along now that it supports *Direct3D hardware acceleration*. Seriously, they did *extra work* to change that plain old 2d card game into... that plain old 2d card game with a reliance on Direct3D. The giant ESRB rating was also a nice touch. I sure wouldn't want my kids mind to get perverted by playing that obscene spider solitaire.

Re:Vista intro. (1)

GrievousMistake (880829) | more than 8 years ago | (#15522680)

This was all "Vista Intro 1", by the way.

Can We have a live webcam feed please (1)

k1980pc (942645) | more than 8 years ago | (#15522809)

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.

PCBSD boots with error (1)

rheobase (908211) | more than 8 years ago | (#15523044)

The PCBSD demo boots with a sound driver malfunction (around time=42s)... not exactly a ringing endorsement. Bad example? Common problem?

Aw crap... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15523267)

I ran the Vista video - ended up having to reboot 5 times, got 3 new viruses and ordered 6 tonnes of Viagra.

Linux? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15523395)

Am I the only one annoyed that this article makes no mention of the other Operating Systems the site has videos for? Namely BSD and Windows, which are /not/ Linux.

Flash (2, Insightful)

blackjackshellac (849713) | more than 8 years ago | (#15527095)

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?

Re:Flash (1)

Beuno (740018) | more than 8 years ago | (#15527789)

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.
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