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Old 02-07-2014, 04:00 PM   #1
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Adding java, flash, multimedia plugins to Linux installation


Hi All,
I have an old PC where hard disk died, and would like to use this PC with some of the Linux LiveCD/DVD distros.
There isn't an option in the BIOS to boot from USB, so I have to use CD/DVD.

Basically, this computer is being used for browsing internet, mostly watching videos online, watching livestream videos ...
So, I am looking for linux distribution that comes with rich multimedia support included with installation: flash player (Firefox or Chrome), java plugin, maybe some other multimedia browser plugins ...

I have downloaded Lubuntu and Xubuntu, burned them on DVD's, both run fine. Youtube videos could play, but on some other sites, where I am watching live streams, there was flash player required, which doesn't come with these distributions. Then, on one other site I am watching movies, and there is required to have Java enabled/installed in browser.

Which distro offers best multimedia support? Or how could I add these things to linux installation, .iso file I have downloaded?
 
Old 02-07-2014, 04:15 PM   #2
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The best varies from sysadmin to sysadmin.

I foresee a problem for you you in updating. Fedora is good on multimedia, but wants to update your system every few days. Nearly every system has some updates, and with good reason.
 
Old 02-07-2014, 04:24 PM   #3
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Thanks for reply,

Yes, I am aware I will not be able to update, running from DVD. I was thinking that after some time I will again download latest release.
As I said I started with Lubuntu and Xubuntu, and both come without flash plugin and java, so I believe there are distributions that comes with better multimedia support then L/X-ubuntu.

I am just googling around and it looks to me that Linux Mint has flash, java and important codecs included in installation?
 
Old 02-07-2014, 05:22 PM   #4
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Thanks for reply,

Yes, I am aware I will not be able to update, running from DVD. I was thinking that after some time I will again download latest release.
As I said I started with Lubuntu and Xubuntu, and both come without flash plugin and java, so I believe there are distributions that comes with better multimedia support then L/X-ubuntu.

I am just googling around and it looks to me that Linux Mint has flash, java and important codecs included in installation?


Xubuntu

you use these commands to install those plugins

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install xubuntu-restricted-extras

Lunubtu
very similar but different package
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install lubuntu-restricted-extras

For playing encrypted DVD and other media related iisues go to
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/RestrictedFormats


Another distro if you wish to try is PClinuxOS. PClinuxOS also comes with flash, jave and other media codecs pre-installed. To play encrypted dvd in PclinuxoS, you need to install the libdvdcss or libdvdcss2 codec via the package manager.

hope this helps

Last edited by Tux1000; 02-07-2014 at 05:28 PM.
 
Old 02-07-2014, 05:29 PM   #5
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PClinuxOS also comes with flash, jave and other media codecs pre-installed. To play encrypted dvd in PclinuxoS, you need to install the libdvdcss or libdvdcss2 codec via the package manager.

Anyway, for xubuntu, you use these commands to install those plugins

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install xubuntu-restricted-extras

For lunubtu, very similar but different packake
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install lubuntu-restricted-extras
Yes, I am aware I could add these codecs, packages (in *ubuntu), -restricted extras... But, the point here is, which distribution has all these codecs(or most of them), plugins and java included within installation file. Because, I will use this Linux as Live DVD, so I won't be able later to install packages.
 
Old 02-07-2014, 05:36 PM   #6
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Yes, I am aware I could add these codecs, packages (in *ubuntu), -restricted extras... But, the point here is, which distribution has all these codecs(or most of them), plugins and java included within installation file. Because, I will use this Linux as Live DVD, so I won't be able later to install packages.
Mint and PclinuxOS definitely come with those codecs that you want pre-installed in the livedvd. If you go the Mint route, don't download the "No Codec" version.

** the libdvdcss may or may not be included

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Old 02-07-2014, 05:56 PM   #7
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I hope you saw my last message, Mint and PClinuxOS comes with those codecs pre-installed in the LiveDVD.

Just a little info about Adobe flash player. Adobe has stopped supporting flash in linux and android at version 11.2.x. So some sites you go to may not be playable because it reqiures a higher version of adobe flash player. However, adobe still provide security fixes for it but not updates.

Google maintains something called Pepper Flash Player, and is newer than Adobe Flash Player and Google provides newer features in Pepper Flash Player. However, Pepper Flash Player is currently used with Chromium and Google Chrome browsers only at this time.

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Old 02-08-2014, 08:25 AM   #8
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Mint and PClinuxOS comes with those codecs pre-installed in the LiveDVD
(Sorry for late reply)
I've downloaded Linux Mint 16 (with Xfce), and it works just fine. But, I'll take a look at PCLinuxOS also.
Thanks for advice.
 
Old 02-08-2014, 02:45 PM   #9
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(Sorry for late reply)
I've downloaded Linux Mint 16 (with Xfce), and it works just fine. But, I'll take a look at PCLinuxOS also.
Thanks for advice.
You're welcome...

BTW, PClinuxOS also publishes monthly magazines with tutorials on a vast amount of subjects. The tutorials is focus on the PClinuxOS OS, but some concepts can be used in other linuxes to some degree.

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