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Posted: July 11, 2000
Written By: Keith "Farrel" McClellan

More Program Replacements...

Grip - This is one of the available CD ripping programs. What it does is read the table of contents off of a music or data CD and then gives directions to the actual encoding/decoding program as how to copy the data. Several companion programs exist, the most popular being cdparanoia and cdda2wav. Cdparanoia is generally considered to be a better ripper but cdda2wav is much faster.

LAME - Lame is a wav to mp3 encoder and is generally thought to be the best MP3 encoder available for Linux.

If you are looking for more information on some of these applications, or just need to find a place to download them, is the place to look. also has information on new applications and the like, so it is definitely a place to check out.

Compiling a New Kernel

Originally, I was going to describe to you how exactly to go about compiling a new kernel revision (or your current revision to add/remove features). However, has an excellent article on the subject so I will give you the link to that and leave it to that. When I decide to write a kernel-tweaking guide (there is a veritable cornucopia of tweaks to perform within the kernel), I will go into the subject in more depth. When you are recompiling your kernel, particularly the first time, there are a few things that should really be taken into account that I would like to reiterate from the NHF.

The first thing to make sure you have is a working boot disk. If you royally screw things up, at least then you can get back into your system and 'hopefully' fix everything. Another thing to think about when compiling is to make sure you backup your current compiled kernel (this will facilitate in fixing the computer if you screw something up). It might also be wise to do a backup of the system if at all possible. It's more difficult to do it within Linux (disk imaging programs aren't quite as…evolved in Linux as they are in Windows - they aren't put to use quite as often because less errors crop up), but it is definitely worth the effort if you run into a problem.


Hopefully, you have found this article to be enlightening and it has solved at least some of your Windows-to-Linux migration problems. As always, feel free to email me with your comments and questions, but remember that by Linux world standards I'm not the most experienced kid on the block, so I might not be able to help with as many of the problems that crop up in Linux as I can with Windows questions.

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