Fun with ArchLinux, part 2

After trying to get KDE4 to work for me, I got tired of messing with it and decided to look at different window managers. Then I did something I swore I wouldn’t do — I started using Gnome. I’ve never liked the look of GTK apps (especially the dialogs), but I was pleasantly surprised this time. Gnome runs much better than KDE4 on my machine and it looks great, especially when I started running Compiz-Fusion. 🙂

I decided to use Yaourt instead of pacman to automate installs from AUR. However, I could never remember how to spell “yaourt” so I created an alias for it called…wait for it…mspacman! *laughs!*

My search for a decent media manager continued next (how I wish Media Monkey would be ported to linux!) and I found Songbird. It’s not perfect, but so far it works the best for me (after I installed the gstreamer-0.10-ugly + plugins package). I have yet to find a theme that looks nice, but that doesn’t matter to me much anymore — it’s just got to work well! 🙂

I’ve also been giving Banshee a try, but I’ve yet to find a Linux program that works as well as MediaMonkey.

Update: I got MediaMonkey working in Linux using WINE:

UPDATE 11/27/08: Now why didn’t I think about Rhythmbox? I installed it today and it does nearly everything I’m looking for, including playing internet streams (both MP3 and WM) and it handles podcasts. Woot!

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