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Old 08-28-2012, 11:53 AM   #1
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I am an instructor and need my laptop to present movies, CD music, mp3, and mpg files regularly. I have tried Fedora (nothing that I need works) and to make matters worse my scroll lock key has been disabled, which turns on the back light of my illuminated keyboard.

Is there a distro that can seamlessly do what I need it to do without having jump through hoops to get things functional?
 
Old 08-28-2012, 11:58 AM   #2
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I'm surprised that nothing you need works with Fedora! Actually I suspect that you were just missing the media codecs. I think you'd do better with something that's a little more user-friendly. Try Linux Mint.
 
Old 08-28-2012, 12:02 PM   #3
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Tell us more about your laptop... CPU, RAM, video card, wireless chipset, etc...

Most distros (including Fedora) do not ship multimedia codecs, for legal or philosophical reasons. (Mint is an exception because they are based out of, I think, France?) But it only takes about 5 minutes to download and install them.
 
Old 08-28-2012, 12:02 PM   #4
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For Fedora,.. grab "Easylife" and select "DVD playback, codecs" and anything else that you feel that you need. It will auto install all that nasty non-free software that you crave.

 
Old 08-29-2012, 11:19 AM   #5
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Most distros (including Fedora) do not ship multimedia codecs, for legal or philosophical reasons.
For the record, of the 27 distros I've recommended in reviews, 24 come with codecs or will offer to download them for you.

Correction (for the benefit of pedants): 19 ship the codecs on the disk, 5 offer to get them, and 3 leave you to look for them.

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Old 08-29-2012, 11:37 AM   #6
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For the record, of the 27 distros I've recommended in reviews, 25 come with codecs or will offer to download them for you.
I don't think that contradicts what I said by "ship." The codecs are not on the install CD but can be easily installed after the fact. Even Mint (which does ship codecs) recognizes this and offers an alternate DVD with no codecs for inclusion in Linux magazines or use in countries that restrict the codecs.
 
Old 08-29-2012, 11:39 AM   #7
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movies, CD music, mp3, and mpg files regularly
Have you tried Ubuntu?

In case you do not like using the terminal very often then Ubuntu is the way to go.
Even Mageia 2 is good. But I would still recommend Ubuntu due to the number of packages available for it.
 
Old 08-29-2012, 02:28 PM   #8
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I would advise 1. Linux Mint or 2. Ubuntu in that order simply because Linux Mint comes with all the codecs, but they are trivially easy to get in Ubuntu.
 
Old 08-29-2012, 03:50 PM   #9
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I advice Ubuntu. I have not tried Mint, but Ubuntu has a large community, so that if you had some problems you would surely find people who would help you. Ubuntu also supports hardware out of the box very well.
 
Old 09-03-2012, 01:32 PM   #10
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I'd try Mint first, especially with the newer desktops like cinnamon. Kubuntu isn't all that bad either. PC-BSD has a different licence then Linux does, therefore it has all the multimedia codecs installed. All are very user friendly.
 
Old 09-03-2012, 11:02 PM   #11
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I would suggest an Ubuntu fork named Pinguy Os.

It is very similar to Ubuntu but even more beginner friendly and more importantly for you, out-of-the box support for most hardware along with a ton of codecs.

Should be able to play anything you throw at it w/VLC and is designed for beginners that "just want things to work".
 
Old 09-03-2012, 11:08 PM   #12
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Even Mageia 2 is good...
Mageia is awesome..but currently he would have to add the non-free repos post-install in order to add the proper codecs etc.
 
  


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