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Iam trying to play an mp3 file on my fc4..and all I get is a box saying that due to conflict in proprietary issues fc4 has been ripped of its ability to play mp3s :S... what does that mean that I cant play mp3s on fedora 4...ive got a bunch of players installed and they all cant manage to play any of my songs...
Quick route: Install either freshrpms or livna releases to add their yum repositories, yum bmp-mp3 or xmms-mp3 (bmp [beep media player] is a replacement for xmms written in GTK+2, unlike xmms' GTK+1 engine)
Installing that package will make the freshrpms repository available to yum, so then you can simply use yum or yumex (found in Extras, there's i386, x86_64 and PPC builds) so you can install and browse the repos graphically.
Not too many distros come with them, again it is a legal issue and Linux distributors are often sued/threatened/whatever for including them. You can get codecs but they're almost impossible to find for movies.
I installed fedora, and was not happy to see the mediaplayers disabled, if you want that kind of thing use another distro.
And your point was? Sorry, but that's kind of point out the obvious.
Of course other distros do include this functionality, distros like Xandros who actually license the techology (or are based on countries where US law does not apply). Fedora has to play by US jurisdiction's law, and that includes mp3, mov and all the WMF (Windows Media® Fornats). You do have players for free formats (.ogg, theora, maroska, etc).
Aditionally, there are several repos available fo fedora that do include the necessary packages to play mp3's and other proprietory formats. The fact that they don't come on the installation cds/dvd doesn't mean they can't be easly installed.