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  • The Grip window can also be used to play CDs. Use the buttons on the bottom of the display to play or pause, skip ahead or back, stop, and eject the CD. The toggle track display button lets you shrink the size of the display so it takes up less space on the desktop. Click toggle disc editor to see and change title, artist, and track information.

    Creating CD Labels with cdlabelgen

    The cdlabelgen command can be used to create tray cards and front cards to fit in CD jewel cases. You gather information about the CD, and cdlabelgen produces a PostScript output file that you can send to the printer. The cdlabelgen package also comes with graphics (in /usr/share/cdlabelgen) that you can incorporate into your labels.

    Here's an example of a cdlabelgen command line that generates a CD label file in PostScript format (type it all on one line or use backslashes, as shown, to put it on multiple lines): $ cdlabelgen -c "Grunge is Gone" -s "Yep HipHop" \-i "If You Feed Me%Sockin Years%City Road%Platinum and Copper%Fly Fly \ Fly%Best Man Spins%What A Headache%Stayin Put Feelin%Dreams Do Go \ Blue%Us%Mildest Schemes" -o yep.ps

    In this example, the title of the CD is indicated by -c "Grunge is Gone" and the artist by the -s "Yep HipHop" option. The tracks are entered after the -i option, with each line separated by a% sign. The output file is sent to the file yep.ps with the -o option. To view and print the results, use the evince command like this: $ evince yep.ps

    You'll want to edit the cdlabelgen command line to include the title and song names for the CD label and rerun the program a few times to get the label correct. When you are ready to print the label, click Print All.

    Working with TV, Video, and Digital Imaging

    Getting TV cards, Webcams, and other video devices to play in Linux is still a bit of an adventure. Most manufacturers of TV cards and Webcams are not losing sleep to produce Linux drivers. As a result, most of the drivers that bring video to your Linux desktop have been reverse-engineered (that is, they were created by software engineers who watched what the video device sent and received, rather than seeing the actual code that runs the device).

    The first and probably biggest trick is to get a TV card or Webcam that is supported in Linux. Once you are getting video output from that device (typically available from /dev/video0), you can try out a couple of applications to begin using it. This section explores the tvtime program for watching television and the Ekiga program for video conferencing.