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Lsongs and Lphoto

This Thursday and Friday (April 22-23) Lindows, Inc. will be busy hosting the Desktop Linux Summit here in San Diego -- the premier event dedicated to using Linux on the desktop. I've mentioned the top notch speakers that will be at the event, but many attendees will probably be interested in new Linux programs debuting at the show. I know that many of you won't be able to make it to the show but are still interested in the latest news, so I'm sending you this special Michael's Minute with a sneak preview of a couple products that will be announced and shown at the Summit.

One of the few remaining criticisms of desktop Linux is that there aren't enough polished applications out there. We agree that there is room for improvement, and on Friday I'll be demonstrating some new products which we have been working on in our labs, and some of our Insiders have been testing for us.

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Since the advent of MP3, computers have become popular for use as music machines. You can rip your favorite songs from your CD collection, then put them on your MP3 player and have music on-the-go. Computers are great for organizing your entire music collection, and you can even make mix CDs from your computer for use in your car. With Linux you've traditionally needed one program for digitizing CDs, another for playing them, and yet another for burning playlists to CD. Lsongs combines the best Linux components into a powerful music manager that will play your CDs, MP3s, organize your music collection and even stream Internet radio, all with an elegant drag and drop interface. It also brings cross media format support to Linux by playing MP3, Ogg, Windows Media, QuickTime and Real media, ensuring that Linux users can play the most popular formats they might encounter on the Internet.

A text description probably can't accurately convey the convenience and power of the Lsongs music manager. You'll want to experience this program for yourself. We'll be giving hands-on demonstrations of Lsongs at a booth at the Desktop Linux Summit. Linspire users will find Lsongs available in the Warehouse beginning on Friday, and can add it to their computer with a single click using CNR. The source code is also being published.

Much like we are filling the audio gap with Lsongs, we have been working on a superb photo manager program also debuting at the Summit. Lphoto is intuitive software that makes it easy to work with digital photos on Linux. First, it allows for easy connection and downloading of images from hundreds of digital cameras. Blazingly quick thumbnail browsing and resizing on-the-fly, make organizing albums a snap. Rating and sorting features will help to catalog your best photos.

Watch the demo of Lphoto

There's an array of advanced functionality to improve individual photos and publish them all with one-click ease. Enhancing color, cropping, and reducing red-eye, is as easy as hitting a button. Plus there's a brilliant zoom-in with the scroll wheel wherever the cursor arrow is pointing feature which is sure to become an industry standard. Once your pictures are perfected, Lphoto can help e-mail pictures to friends or create web pages. It will even compress images to make them email and web-publishing-friendly sizes. Lphoto will be available in the Warehouse sometime soon, and like Lsongs, it will be open source.

My hope is that Lsongs and Lphoto will help fill some needs of desktop Linux users and illuminate the expanding library of quality programs making desktop Linux a more practical computing platform. Lindows has some other surprises at the Summit, and I know other companies are planning their own announcements. If you haven't signed up yet, now is your last chance. Online registration closes today (Monday), so if you'd like to come, head over to You can register at the door, but it will be double the cost of registering online. So sign up now, then come see Lsongs, Lphoto and more at the Summit!

~ Michael

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