Mono jukebox for the Gnome desktop


Article from Issue 68/2006

In Irish mythology, the banshee’s mourning call is heard when a member of the family is about to die. The Banshee tool on Linux makes noise too, but for a far happier purpose. This banshee helps you organize your musical collection.

If you have hundreds of digitized tracks on your PC, you’ll eventually need to impose some form of structure. The trend launched by Apple’s iTunes has led to a crop of powerful, but easy-to-use, audio players on Linux. In this article, we will be looking at the Banshee audio program, which was written in Mono, and which has gathered a steadily growing community of fans. This article focuses on the current Banshee version 0.10.8. Installation

Banshee is based on the Mono framework, so you do need to resolve a number of dependencies before you can get started. Fortunately, pre-compiled binaries exist for more recent versions of the Suse, Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora, Gentoo, Mandriva, and Foresight distributions. A Howto on the Banshee homepage [1] tells you how to add the installation resources to your system.

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