[lug] Malware refuge?

Quentin Hartman qhartman at gmail.com
Wed Aug 28 15:43:38 MDT 2013

It really depends on what your looking for. I find that for most of my
needs, I can find something that is easy* to use and does what I want. I
find the frustration of Windows getting in my way usually far outweighs the
benefit of having "easier to use" tools available.

As to your specific question, it looks like the tool you are referring to
is open source, and available on linux natively from official repos (at
least Ubuntu):

03:35 PM:qhartman at qhstation$ aptitude search mp3gain
p   easymp3gain-gtk
                           - GUI for MP3Gain, VorbisGain and AACGain

p   easymp3gain-gtk:i386
                            - GUI for MP3Gain, VorbisGain and AACGain

p   easymp3gain-gtk-dbg
                           - Debugging symbols for easyMp3Gain-GTK

p   easymp3gain-gtk-dbg:i386
                            - Debugging symbols for easyMp3Gain-GTK

p   mp3gain
                           - Lossless mp3 normalizer with statistical
p   mp3gain:i386
                            - Lossless mp3 normalizer with statistical

Also this: http://sourceforge.net/projects/easymp3gain/


* This is the perspective of someone who has dabbled in *nix for about 20
years, and been using Linux as his primary OS for about 15 years, so my
perspective may be skewed. That said, I have little patience for obtuse

On Wed, Aug 28, 2013 at 2:06 PM, Davide Del Vento <
davide.del.vento at gmail.com> wrote:

> So, is Linux still, and likely to stay, a safe haven't from Malware where
>> I could avoid all this crap? Are there wrapped installers doing this same
>> crap on Linux? Is there a fast and efficient way to determine (or almost,
>> sort-of determine) that a cheap quick utility like MP3gain (or it's
>> utility) is available for the Linux platform and a way to get it where I
>> won't stumble while jumping through Malware hoops?
> Yes it is. You can install most software from the official repositories of
> your distribution of choice and those are 100% clean. If there isn't the
> software you are looking for, or the version is too old, you can compile it
> from source, which is pretty straightforward (unlike in windows). And those
> are unlikely to have any malware. I'm sure if you look hard you will find
> and come install some malware, but not as much as on Windows.
> Now, will you find the software you need? I have no idea. I personally am
> not satisfied by the software I have/use on Linux, but maybe that would be
> the same on Windows/Mac and we can start a philosophical argument about me
> not being satisfied by anything: following my example, my 5yo has started
> cursing at the GPS and the car because of their defects :-)
> Cheers,
> Davide
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