Mike’s Linux Desktop Experiences

December 21, 2008

Okay. I’m Cheating

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mr. Mike @ 12:40 pm

I’m kind of lacking in video editing software on Windows.  I thought about buying a license for a cheapo commercial package, but I want to give Cinelerra one more shot.

The trouble is that I’m travelling.  My Ubuntu distro can no longer reach anything using the external wireless adapter (pppbfft.  Who knows, who cares).  The distro was handy for Cinelerra, but dual-booting is not an option.

I’ve reformatted one of my ext2 partitions to NTFS because, FOSS being so superior, the FOSS IFS driver for EXT2 causes BSODs under what seems to be certain system calls.  It’s pretty reproduceable under WoW, or under… you’ll never guess.  Oh no…


So the reason I wasn’t able to encrypt my Windows volume was because I had EXT2 drivers loaded.  Now, it just seems to BSOD when it indexes stuff, so until I totally blow the EXT2 stuff, I’m not going to be able to use Truecrypt at all (!).

I also think this was preventing me from using VMWare.

Now that VMWare is working, I can let Windows handle all the fancy stuff like my suspend/hibernate, network, video, audio, power management bla bla.  I can dedicate a VM specifically to Cinelerra, and because it is behind a NAT system (ironically Windows), it will not be so high a priority to keep the thing up on security updates.

Video performance under Linux was crud anyway, so throwing the CPU intensive work over to VMware, letting it chug out some video, then playing it under Windows is just fine.  Preferable even.  Just kinda wasteful on memory, but this is for something which is an overnight process anyway.

It may also solve the problem that Cinelerra would overheat my machine when running overnight on Ubuntu.  (aggghhh!)

For those who’ll tell me that running Ubuntu 7.10 is hopelessly out of date, I have to only say that I’m already stealing wireless.  Downloading gigabytes of new distros is not an option.  I have a 7.10 iso.  I shouldn’t need another.  My Windows distro is from 2002, and I’m quite sure the service packs don’t exceed a gig.  This should work just fine.

Hopefully the Linux mencode will let me ditch my HORRIFYING Windows mplayer script. Yes, I look forward to having a nice shell environment.  Yes, I still love Linux, but I have a hate-hate relationship with it on the desktop.

Loading Ubuntu in VMware

Loading Ubuntu in VMware

You should see the video I created in Windows Movie Maker.  The thing is quite simple to use.  Not very capable, I mean, it gets the job done, and deters you from fiddling too much.  It’s got a serious weakness with input file types though.  It can only do AVI.  I don’t like converting everything just to use such a silly thing, but then again, my output medium (Youtube) is so low resolution that it doesn’t really matter I guess.

I do *want* to use Cinelerra though.  Despite being forced to use Linux on the Desktop to get it.



  1. For what it’s worth, I also encountered the IFS/Truecrypt bug. The previous version of IFS doesn’t have it, and the to-be-released one should fix it. Maybe it’s already been released – this was a couple of months ago.

    Comment by vegiVamp — December 23, 2008 @ 4:33 am | Reply

  2. It’s good to know that I’m not alone on that. I did a brief search for Truecrypt with IFS and I couldn’t see anything. Do you have any info on the bug report or anything? I like to report stuff like this when I can 🙂

    Comment by Mr. Mike — December 24, 2008 @ 5:33 am | Reply

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