Ok, the Xine install has been going on for like 30 minutes now and doesn't seem to have any end in site (it's currently configuring libxine1).  I'm also not seeing items saved to my desktop actually showing up on my desktop.  (i can see them from inside the terminal, but now from any Nautilus windows.  weird).   So i'm going to come back and try to play one of my friend's movies tomorrow morning.  Until them it's sleep time for me :)