Author: Peter Alefounder Date: To: hampshire Subject: Re: [Hampshire] problem installing silentcast
Daniel Llewellyn said: > If it helps, a more recent release of Ubuntu (namely 16.04, Xenial
> Xerus) _does_ include ffmpeg so you might be able to get
> silentcast's deb package working easier there, but that will either
> require a complete reinstall of your system using the DVD download
> _or_ an online upgrade which requires you to be connected to the
> internet while it downloads everything for the upgrade. An upgrade
> downloads upgraded packages rather than a single OS Image, and
> upgrades each package in-turn similar to how security updates are
> delivered but in a more brutal way if it goes belly-up part way
> through. Anecdotally I've never had an issue upgrading using the
> online upgrade but I've heard others have had problems every time
> they try.
I don't want to risk converting a laptop that works into one that
doesn't, particularly as I've now done what I originally wanted
silentcast to do. I presume the DVD download could just as well go
onto a memory stick? I might try that when a system upgrade really
does become necessary, but not just yet.
> Though as you're running a Dell, there might be some packages that
> Dell provide in their default install (if it came with Ubuntu out of
> the box) which don't work on an updated release of Ubuntu.
None that I've noticed, unless that's the software manager which
recommends software without providing any way to install it.