Micro Vidcast Reader

Micro Vidcast Reader

As promised I am now on a more regular publishing schedule, at least for the podcast anyway. And it is good to have the ship righted once again. We here at Fresh Ubuntu are working hard to bring the latest happenings in Ubuntu-land on a weekly basis.

Overall, it has been a good week, many things are happening all at once it seems with many open source packages including Ubuntu. What, with Gnome, Pidgin, and OO.org coming out with new versions of their respective packages in advance of the Gutsy Gibbon release in October.

Both Tim and I agree they will all be included in the upcoming release of Ubuntu. Here are the links that we talked about in the news segment. Please click on the links to find out more about what is going on with the respective news segments.

  1. iPods Won’t Work in Linux
  2. New Gnome Version to be Released Sept 19th 2007
  3. Pidgin 2.2.0 Out In The Wild
  4. Open Office Release incremental Upgrade
  5. IBM Throwing Developers at OO.org
  6. Lenovo Mulling New Distro on Its Laptops
  7. Dell To Offer Ubuntu Restore Disk
  8. Looking for an Ubuntu Laptop? Go Here FirLooking for an Ubuntu Laptop? Go Here First! System76st! System76

Package Highlight


This week I wanted to highlight a package that I think will be getting a fair amount of attention because it has so much potential. Online video is getting big and about ready for a huge explosion. And in my opinion, I think the best video content is not offered on the TV. Either through satellite or cable. I think, and I am truly serious about this, the best content is on the internet. For example, today I saw a video clip of a very funny Japanese game show, a French Beatbox Idol, and Jack Black Top Ten List. All very funny and I found though Youtube. Which brings me to Miro, the once named Democracy TV, now made available with new name. Miro is an RSS reader for video podcasts and will lay a multitude of video file formats. In fact they pride themselves on this. It is by no means perfect, yet. And I say yet because it is just a few minor details that are keeping this from being THE vidcast client for the emerging online video segment. As I stated in the podcast, navigation is a bit slow but that has been my experience with many RSS readers/players (think iTunes). A couple of improvements with the navigation could make the user experience a little less frustrating. Like, hard coded forward and back buttons that always are present. Maybe tabbed browsing? I’m sure they are working on it. Anyways, I am giving a couple of thumbs up for Miro and am watching the development closely. You can click here to read more about Miro and learn how to install it on your machine.


This week I wanted to highlight a package that I think will be getting a fair amount of attention because it has so much potential. Online video is getting big and about ready for a huge explosion. And in my opinion, I think the best video content is not offered on TV. Either through satellite or cable. I think, and I am truly serious about this, the best content is on the internet. For example, today I saw a video clip of a very funny Japanese game show, a French Beatbox Idol, and Jack Black Top Ten List. All very funny and I found though Youtube. Which brings me to Miro, the once named Democracy TV, now made available with new name. Miro is an RSS reader for video podcasts and will lay a multitude of video file formats. In fact they pride themselves on this.

It is by no means perfect, yet. And I say yet because it is just a few minor details that are keeping this from being THE vidcast client for the emerging online video segment. As I stated in the podcast, navigation is a bit slow but that has been my experience with many RSS readers/players (think iTunes). A couple of improvements with the navigation could make the user experience a little less frustrating. Like, hard coded forward and back buttons that always are present. Maybe tabbed browsing? I’m sure they are working on it. Anyways, I am giving a couple of thumbs up for Miro and am watching the development closely. You can click here to read more about Miro and learn how to install it on your machine.

the TV. Either through satellite or cable. I think, and I am truly serious about this, the best content is on the internet. For example, today I saw a video clip of a very funny Japanese game show, a French Beatbox Idol, and Jack Black Top Ten List. All very funny and I found though Youtube. Which brings me to Miro, the once named Democracy TV, now made available with new name.

Miro is an RSS reader for video podcasts and will lay a multitude of video file formats. In fact they pride themselves on this. It is by no means perfect, yet. And I say yet because it is just a few minor details that are keeping this from being THE vidcast client for the emerging online video segment. As I stated in the podcast, navigation is a bit slow but that has been my experience with many RSS readers/players (think iTunes). A couple of improvements with the navigation could make the user experience a little less frustrating.

Like, hard coded forward and back buttons that always are present. Maybe tabbed browsing? I’m sure they are working on it. Anyways, I am giving a couple of thumbs up for Miro and am watching the development closely.

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