ronch wrote:Ok, everyone here probably knows that XBMC 11.0 just came out and a lot of us have been toying around with it, me included.
ronch wrote:Before I go on I must say it has some of the prettiest OS desktop environments I've ever set my eyeballs on. However, I feel disappointed that it may not be the OS I was hoping it could be.
ronch wrote:Now, I know XBMC is designed for HTPC use
ronch wrote:Ok, everyone here probably knows that XBMC 11.0 just came out and a lot of us have been toying around with it, me included. Before I go on I must say it has some of the prettiest OS desktop environments I've ever set my eyeballs on. However, I feel disappointed that it may not be the OS I was hoping it could be. I've been playing with it on my Lenovo G470 laptop which I intend to use for web browsing, watching videos, scanning potentially dangerous flash drives for viruses with instead of my Windows machine, as well as running some office programs like LibreOffice.
ronch wrote:1. I can't seem to be able to copy files from my external hard drive. I created a / partition as well as a /home (and swap) partition as per standard practice, but I can't do any copying from the external drive to /home/movies or any other location. Am I missing something here?
ronch wrote:2. I noticed that volume levels on movies (haven't tried music yet) are quite weak. I'm familiar how loud my movies play on my systems and no matter how much I crank up the volume slider in the movie player, it's just too weak.
ronch wrote:3. Now, I know XBMC is designed for HTPC use, but it has a program launcher which you can add, so I expect that it can also play ball with other purposes, namely, perhaps an office suite and an antivirus such as Avast!. Any idea how I can do this? Does the .iso come with an office suite such as LibreOffice?
ronch wrote:4. Trying to find a back door with which to copy files to my /home partition, I tried exiting XBMC and into the standard Ubuntu desktop, but the system just hangs up with a black screen every time I try to do so. Oh boy.
ronch wrote:My problem with antivirus apps for Ubuntu 11.10 is that I downloaded the 64-bit version of Ubuntu 11.10, and Avast!, which I've been using for a couple of years now, just wouldn't install (it's 32-bit and I can't find a 64-bit version). AVG also wouldn't install (it's apparently also 32-bit). Have to look for a 64-bit antivirus... any suggestions?
ronch wrote:And oh yeah, this is the first time I am using the new GNOME. Before this I've been using Ubuntu 10.04 LTS for the longest time. I don't know if it's just me, but I find the new style of putting the drop down menus for each and every app on top of the screen simply annoying. I kinda like the old GNOME better. Simple and straightforward. It just feels more natural and intuitive.
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