Using & Tips
I will first start with ripping and listening to CDs. I recommend that you be connected to the Internet while you are ripping your music because eAR OS automatically connects to the relevant website and receives the CD information as well as album covers, saving you lots of clicks later. Listening to CDs is as easy as selecting “Music" from the program’s main menu and then selecting the album.
To listen to radio, just go to the “Radio" option in the program’s main menu. There are lots of channels available through the program. Listening to online radio is a pleasure, but if you have a download limit by your ISP, watch out because you can easily consume your entire quota.
DVD ripping could not be easier. From the program’s main menu, select “More" and then “Rip DVD to hard disk." Depending on your computer’s speed either take a coffee break or go to lunch/dinner. When you get back, the task should be completed.
As mentioned previously, eAR OS Free edition enables you to watch digital TV. Selecting “Watch Television" from the main menu will take you to the station list. If you are running this for the first time, you have to wait for some time to let your TV card download the stations.
If you have an analog TV card, here’s something to try.
Close the eAR Media Center and open up a terminal. If you are using the 1.09 release, open up
with your favorite editor and change “kaffeine" to “xawtv" or “tvtime."
If you are using the 1.10 version, open up a terminal, change to root, and open
and then change “kaffeine" to “xawtv" or “tvtime."
If you do not have either of these installed, you can do so by
sudo apt-get install xawtv
sudo apt-get install tvtime
If everything goes well, you can then watch analog TV. (Our thanks go to Anonymous poster.)
“More" in the menu offers very pleasant options that one would expect from a good media center. Surfing the Internet, watching YouTube videos, visiting MySpace, burning CD/DVDs, and fetching 3D album art are all within this menu.
Finally, my opinion: I think that eAR OS has come far. The codebase is solid with the Ubuntu underpinning, and the experience is nice. However, it has a prohibitive price for the Enterprise version. With an additional USD 30, you could get Windows Vista, or even get other media center distributions and software for free. That said, I can recommend this for your home theater PC or for your everyday computer if you want elegancy in managing your multimedia files.