Leaving the Games icon to the end of this section, first up in
the Play tab is
the Media Player, SMplayer. As SMplayer is a front-end to MPlayer
it can play a huge variety of video and audio formats including
Cinepak, DV, H.263, H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, HuffYUV, Indeo, MJPEG, MPEG-1,
MPEG-2, MPEG-4 Part 2, RealVideo, Sorenson, Theora, WMV,
AAC, AC3, ALAC, AMR, FLAC, Intel Music Coder, Monkey's Audio, MP3,
RealAudio, Shorten, Speex, Vorbis, and WMA. SMplayer can
also play DVDs, providing that
an external DVD drive is connected. The software has a variety of
deinterlace modes, pan & scan, equalizer, and filters.
A few video files exhibited tearing when the picture panned
horizontally, but in general SMplayer performs really well. There
is another front-end to MPlayer installed (GMPlayer), which doesn't
suffer from tearing, although it has a more
minimalistic interface, and has to be launched from a console,
or the file manager when using the 'Easy' interface.
Music Manager is the Amarok
application, an audio player offering a large number of features, yet
at the same time being intuitive to use. It can play media
files in a number of formats including AAC, ALAC, FLAC, Ogg,
MP3, Musepack, TTAm, WavPack, WAV, and WMA. Features include:
Last.fm support, MusicBrainz support, podcasts, and playlists.
Photo Manager is the Gwenview program, an easy to use image
viewer. It can load and save all image formats that are supported by KDE.
It has a full screen mode, slide show, as well as a raft of
plugins to perform batch processing, calendars, MPEG slide shows, basic
image processing, exporting to Flickr and Remote Gallery, as well as
the ability to locate duplicate images.
Video Manager starts up the KDE
File Manager, navigating to the /home/user/My Documents/My Videos/
The Webcam icon represents the UCView software, an easy to use
and audio capture application. It uses the Ogg Vorbis and
Theora codecs. In good lighting video is viewed and recorded at 30
frames per second; in poor lighting this can drop to as low
as 7.5 frames per second. UCView also takes snapshots.
The final application in the Play tab is Sound Recorder. This
spartan program lets you record from the built-in Eee's microphone.
Files are saved in the wav format.
Now let's go back to the Games icon.
Solitaire is the KPatience card game. It offers a wide
variety of different card games: Klondike, Grandfather, Aces Up,
Napoleon's Tomb, Mod3, Calculation, Gypsy, Forty & Eight,
Simple Simon, Yukon, Grandfather's Clock, Golf, Klondike (draw 3), and
(with 3 levels of difficulty).
Frozen Bubble is a fairly simple 3d game in which you attempt
to shoot "bubbles" to knock the other "bubbles" down, clearing the
It is a type of tetris game and features multiplayer play over the
internet and internal networks. It has 100 levels, a level
editor, great soundtracks, and sound effects. A simple but
Crack Attack! is an OpenGL puzzle game where you must keep a
stack of blocks from reaching the top of the screen.
Penguin Racer is PlanetPenguin Racer, an OpenGL racing game
Tux, the Linux mascot. The goal of the game is to slide down a snow-
mountain as quickly as possible. It features five cup modes, 22
courses, adjustable weather conditions, and a practice mode.
Sudoku is GNOME
Sudoku, a simple sudoku generator and player. If you haven't
heard of Sudoku (where have you been?), it's a neat Japanese logic
puzzle. It comes with 32 easy, 19 medium, 17 hard, and 4 very
hard puzzles, with a puzzle generator to generate oodles more.
Potato Guy is the KTuberling game, a potato editor intended to
played by small children. The purpose of this game is simply
to make as funny a face on a potato man as possible.
The last game is LTris, a Tetris clone with nice effects,
sound. It has a menu, a highscore, a two player mode, and an advanced
game mode in which you
get a new figure in each level and later suddenly-appearing tiles and
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