VLC is a popular open source media player, and it's earned its reputation as one of the best. Aside from playing your media files and DVDs, it can do other useful things, like streaming video and ripping DVDs for backups. This guide will help you use VLC to make digital backups of your DVDs on Linux.

In this tutorial you will learn:
  • How to Install VLC
  • How to Rip a DVD to Your Hard Drive With VLC

MP3 is still easily the most widly used and widely supported digital audio file format. As a result, working with MP3 tends to be simple, especially on Linux. There was a time when it was still a proprietary format, and required additional packages, but now, converting your MP3 files is a breeze.

In this tutorial you will learn:
  • How to Install SoundConverter
  • How to Convert To MP3
  • How to Convert From MP3

There are a few ways to convert video files on Linux. If you're a fan of command line tools, check out our FFMPEG video conversion guide. This guide is going to focus on HandBrake, a powerful graphical video conversion tool to covert video from and to many formats such as MP4, AVI, WebM and many more.

In this tutorial you will learn:
  • How to Install HandBrake
  • How to Use Video Conversion Profiles
  • How to Convert a Video

Most Linux users are at least familiar with VLC, and a good portion of them have it installed. What many don't know is that VLC can handle much more than just playing your videos. In addition to its many other options, VLC can easily stream a video over your network.

In this tutorial you will learn:
  • How to Set Up a VLC Stream
  • How to Connect to a VLC Stream

The PS3 was a great console, and it was home to plenty of awesome games. Keeping an old one around now might seem a little cumbersome. Thankfully, you can play your PS3 games on Linux with the RPCS3 emulator. This guide will walk you through the process of getting set up. Before you continue, please note that RPCS3 is still in Alpha. Expect bugs. That said, you'll still find plenty of games are playable.

In this tutorial you will learn:
  • How to Download RPCS3
  • How to Run RPCS3
  • How to Add PS3 Firmware to RPCS3
  • How to Launch a PS3 Game

HBO Now allows you to stream your favorite HBO shows and movies without a cable subscription to tons of different devices. Even though HBO doesn't explicitly support it, one of those devices can be your Linux PC as well. With the right browser set up, watching HBO Now on Linux is simple.

In this tutorial you will learn:
  • How to Set Up Your VPN
  • How to Create Your HBO Now Account
  • How to Configure FireFox to Watch
  • How to Configure Google Chrome to Watch
  • How to Sign In and Watch HBO Now

Introduction

Linux offers a wide range of choice, and music players are no exception. For quite a while, there have been fantastic options when choosing the perfect music player for your Linux computer. All of these players are just as good, if not better, than their proprietary counterparts on other operating systems. They range from the minimal, light weight, and targeted to feature-rich multipurpose players capable of nearly anything. There's a great choice for every music fan on Linux.

Table of Contents: These Music Players Are 2019’s Best.
  • Clementine
  • Lollypop
  • DeaDBeeF
  • Audacious
  • MPD + Frontends

The Nintendo Gamecube and Wii aren’t all that old as game consoles go, but many of their titles have already become beloved classics. Rather than keeping bulky consoles sitting under your TV, you can play your favorite Gamecube and Wii games on your Linux PC using the open source Dolphin emulator.

In this tutorial you will learn:
  • How to Install Dolphin on Ubuntu
  • How to Install Dolphin on Debian
  • How to Install Dolphin on Fedora
  • How to Install Dolphin on Arch
  • How to Play A Game With Dolphin

RetroArch is a popular collection of the best free emulators for the PC. It opens up a world of thousands of classic games across multiple consoles. Unlike more “hackish” emulation solutions, RetroArch is made for mainstream use, meaning it features a complete and polished interface that just about anyone can use to play their favorite games.

In this tutorial you will learn:
  • How to Install RetroArch on Ubuntu
  • How to Install RetroArch on Debian
  • How to Install RetroArch on Arch Linux
  • How to Install RetroArch with Flatpak
  • How to Navigate RetroArch
  • Play A Game With RetroArch

Steam Play and Proton represent a massive leap forward for Linux gamers. Valve has committed to making Windows games playable on Linux for everyone without the hassle of configuring something like Wine. So, they did it for everyone, with Proton, Steam’s own version of Wine. Learn how to enable Steam Play on your Linux system, and start playing your Windows games.

In this tutorial you will learn:
  • How to Install the Steam Beta Client.
  • How to Enable Steam Play.
  • How to Configure Steam Play and Proton.
  • How to Play Your Windows Games.

Lollypop is a beautifully designed graphical music player for GTK desktops, like GNOME. It’s exploding in popularity, but it’s not available in most distribution’s repositories just yet.

This guide will walk you through the process of installing Lollypop on several popular distributions and importing your music library.

In this tutorial you will learn:
  • How to Install Lollypop on Ubuntu.
  • How to Install Lollypop on Debian.
  • How to Install Lollypop on Fedora.
  • How to Install Lollypop on Arch Linux.
  • How to Add Your Music To Lollypop.

So, your favorite game isn't available on Linux. What now? It might come as a surprise that there are plenty of excellent games that run on Linux through Wine or Steam's new Steam Play feature. You can get up and running with them quickly, and enjoy decent performance.

Now, before you get started, Lutris is easily your best bet for handling Wine games outside of Steam. If the game is a Steam game, enable Steam Play on your account to play your Windows games like native through Steam for Linux.

Whether you want something free to play or you're looking for invest in a long term favorite, there are plenty of amazing options on Linux. Many of Linux's best titles are actually the best in their genre. This is especially true with some eSports games. Plenty of big names from other platforms have been ported over to Linux recently too, allowing for a ton of choice. That said, these games stand out above the rest.

Before Valve ported their popular Steam gaming platform to Linux, gaming on the operating system seemed like a hopeless pursuit. Most Linux gaming came in the form of a handful of open source games or messy Wine configurations to get Windows games to work, albeit at a huge performance hit. Now, the picture is much different, thanks in large part to Steam.

These games mark the best the platform currently has to offer natively for Linux. Keep an eye out, though, because that's all changing again with Steam's new Steam Play feature that allows you to play Windows games on Linux the same as you would a native game, changing the picture drastically again.

There are plenty of excellent games on Linux, and a fair amount of them are completely free. Some are open source, and others are fairly big names available through Steam. In every case, these are quality games that you can play any time on Linux at absolutely no cost.

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