Mike’s Linux Desktop Experiences

March 21, 2008

The Promise of Ubuntu 8.04, Data Recovery and Video Editing

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mr. Mike @ 10:37 am

There are some promising improvements in Ubuntu 8.04. I’ll have to try an upgrade, maybe even to fix the boot sequence of my Linux drive (after my repairs, it is reporting Error 17 on boot). Simplified X11 configuration, support for multiple monitors of differing sizes, and that new audio system are all promising.

I might just need to fire it up today just so that I can try taking a binary dump of a flash card to try to recover all the photos and videos I lost. The data recovery worked partially. I lost all my MP3s. Most were truncated, all the file names were lost and the organization of them. The same unfortunately applies for a detailed set of films and photos I took of some archaeological sites in Crete, and a hiking trip through the Samarian Gorge.

I’m still very bitter about that.

In the meantime, I’m downloading Adobe Premiere elements. Can somebody explain to me why I might want to consider comparing it to Broadcast2000/Cinelerra/Open Movie Editor

You can watch the history of Linux video editing unfold with these three apps:




Of course I can’t actually get it to work, and nothing in Linux seems to have a deshake filter, so while it is almost there, it took 8 years to get there, and there are free tools in Windows that get most of the job done, but still leave me quite willing to fork out $100 for a reasonable tool. Wine doesn’t seem to cut it for the free Windows tools.

Film Gimp/Cinepaint and Open Movie Editor might help me in 2012.  In 2008, I just don’t have time to think about it.

Time to take the Richard Stallman Philosophy. I think it was Richard Stallman, the idea that if there is no free software available to do what you need to do, then it’s reasonable to use commercial software.



  1. If you want an awesome commercial Linux video editor get Piranha. Costs five figures.

    I thought the OSS philosophy was if you want something for nothing, build it yourself. It wouldn’t take so long if more people did that…


    Comment by Robin Rowe — March 21, 2008 @ 1:08 pm | Reply

  2. I don’t want an awesome video editor, just an adequate one with a deshaker filter.

    FOSS has nothing to do with getting something for nothing. Well, very little to do with getting something for nothing. FOSS has to do with building the collective works of humanity. Programming and video editing are both creative vehicles, and both are equally valid.

    There’s no point in telling someone who’s cobbling together some video that they should instead concentrate on writing programs which would enable them to do so. IMHO, throwing roadblocks like that at people does more to inhibit creativity than closed software does.

    I agree that it would be nice if the FOSS tools were in a good enough state for me to learn, share and contribute to them. But they’re not. I’m not that skilled a programmer and I’m certainly not skilled enough at video editing to make an intelligent contribution to video editing software.

    Comment by Mr. Mike — March 22, 2008 @ 9:16 am | Reply

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