On Fri, 28 Oct 2016 12:14:55 +1300, Lawrence D'Oliveiro wrote:
Then he wanted to play CDs. ... I had a look round,
and found KsCD,
which will indeed play audio CDs without trying to rip them to audio
files first. As far as I know, this is the only GUI Linux app that
can do so.
Day 84: KsCD would only play one track at a time before stopping. Then
it gets into a funny state where it won’t skip to the next track
without a bit of faffing about. Had a look online, discovered that it
hasn’t had much TLC in a long time. After some experimentation on my own
machine, I discovered that VLC will also play audio CDs directly without
having to rip them first.
Set up VLC for him, and was even able to make it the default app that
comes up and starts playing when an audio CD is inserted. Just a couple
* For the first few seconds after putting in a disc, playback stutters
a little as it seems to be scanning all the tracks to determine their
durations. Easy enough to pause playback until this process
completes, after which it goes quite smoothly.
* Playback order goes by the lexical names it assigns to the tracks,
not the actual track order on the disc. Thus, “Track 10.wav” plays
before “Track 1.wav”. But he’s not too worried...
All in all, the desktop Linux experience seems to be holding up well.