Originally Posted by zetabill
What is really all that different about the Chinese versions? (Specifically, I mean)
I looked over the differences and it just seems like that "Chinese" version is simply the windows version of the mplayer codecs. Both versions have a few files that the other doesn't have but most of them are the same.
You are correct - they are 'basically' the same... but not.
I do not know the little bits and pieces of 'why' the following is true, but it is: Certain laws in the United States and elsewhere prevent copyrighted (trade secret, proprietary) codecs (which, in this case, are created by the Windows developers) to be distributed legally. These laws or regulations are apparently not enforced in China.
Therefore, by downloading from a Chinese server, we are able to get the 'real' codecs.
The similar codecs available on the United States servers are open source codecs that try to do the same job as the actual 'real' Windows codecs. They do a good job, but sometimes they don't work for everything.
That is all the information that I have on the subject... after getting the "Chinese" codecs to work, I stopped researching the topic because it worked, so I didn't need any more information.
Regarding Fedora Core 6...
I myself have actually just upgraded my workstation to FC6 -- my server, home theatre PC, and other machines still use FC5. I have, however, not worked with Mandrake, Suse, or any other distributions. I have only dealt with Red Had 7, Red Hat 9, Fedora Core 5 and 6.
My reasons for choosing Red Hat / FC is (in my opinion) ease of use and familiarity of gnome --- gnome under FC looks a lot like Windows.
I am sorry, but that is all that I can really tell you on the topic... Red Hat / FC worked for me, so I pretty much stopped looking for distrutions after that... its the whole "If it's not broke, don't fix it" mentality.