Chapter 9. Audio, Video, and General Amusement

This chapter has been written to give you a look at the lighter side of Red Hat Linux. From games and toys to audio and video applications, Red Hat provides many packages to help keep the kid in you alive.

Playing CDs

You should be able to put a music CD in your CD-ROM and see the CD player start automatically. If not, in GNOME, go to Main Menu => Programs => Multimedia => CD player to open the CD player. In KDE, go to Main Menu => Multimedia => CD Player.

Figure 9-1. GNOME CD Player Interface

The CD player interface acts like a standard CD player, with play, pause, and stop functions. A volume control slider is located at the bottom of the interface. You can also edit the track listings for your CDs and change the way the utility functions by clicking on the Open Track Editor and Preferences buttons and making your selections.

Set your preferences to use CDDB to have the CD title located in an extensive online database and its song titles listed in the GUI (if the CD title and songs do not appear in the GUI, the CD is not in the database). The first time you play a CD, you will need to be online for this feature to work; the information will be stored and displayed in the future whether you are online or not.