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Old 01-11-2009, 03:26 AM   #1
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Installing Codecs


I'm a first time Linux user. I'm running a clean installation of Fedora 10 on a Gateway m-7317u notebook.

There are a number of things I don't quite understand, and a few issues I haven't figuered out yet, but this is the most pressing one at the moment and also probably the easiest to fix. None of my mp3 or video files will play. I installed Quod Libet audio player (through the add/remove software utility; I still haven't learned yet how to install downloaded applications in terminal), but its media library doesn't recognize any of my audio files. I seem to only be able to play .ogg's. I assume this means I need to install some codecs? (they aren't install automatically along with the player?) How do I do this? I detailed description or helpful website to follow would be much appreciated.
 
Old 01-11-2009, 03:37 AM   #2
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http://tldp.org/HOWTO/Fedora-Multime...llation-HOWTO/
 
Old 01-11-2009, 03:53 AM   #3
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Another question: Is there a Linux distribution that comes with all the multimedia codecs I need preinstalled? I'm not averse to learning what I need to learn, but this still seems too involved for an OS that is supposed to be poised to start winning over plain ol' Windows users like me.
 
Old 01-11-2009, 03:58 AM   #4
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Mint,Mepis,DreamLinux..right off my head..
http://distrowatch.com/

the major distros dont include multimedia support because of legal issues

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Old 01-11-2009, 08:38 AM   #5
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Another question: Is there a Linux distribution that comes with all the multimedia codecs I need preinstalled? I'm not averse to learning what I need to learn, but this still seems too involved for an OS that is supposed to be poised to start winning over plain ol' Windows users like me.
The problem isn't the codecs themselves, its the legality of including them for free in the distributions (which in my opinion, is up for debate). I know Linux Mint comes w/ most multimedia codecs involved, and being based on Ubuntu, it should have pretty solid support. Ubuntu doesn't have codecs installed, but the Medibuntu repository is easy enough to add, then just install w32codecs, and all will be working.

There's probably an easy way to do it in Fedora also, its just been years since I used Fedora. Fedora is not a very good Newb distribution.. I probably would have suggested one of the *buntus, LinuxMint, or PCLinuxOS.

IGF

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Old 01-11-2009, 09:22 AM   #6
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w32codecs is a set of codecs; if there's no w32codecs rpm, use alien to convert w32codecs to .rpm package format. There's also libdvdcss2, which allows you to rip DVDs.
About w32codecs, from the Debian site:
"This package contain video codecs for popular proprietary formats not
natively supported by mplayer.

ATI VCR-2 video codec.
Cinepak video codec
DivX ;-) video codec, ver. 3.11
DivX ;-) video codec, ver. 4.x
Indeo Video 3.2/4.1/5.0/4.1 quick/5.0 quick codecs.
Intel 263 video codec.
Microsoft MPEG-4 video codec, beta version 3.0.0.2700
Morgan Multimedia Motion JPEG video codec.
QuickTime
RealAudio
RealVideo 8
RealVideo 9
Windows Media Video 9

And more..."

About alien:
"Alien is a program that converts between the rpm, dpkg, stampede slp,
and slackware tgz file formats. If you want to use a package from another
distribution than the one you have installed on your system, you can use
alien to convert it to your preferred package format and install it."
 
Old 01-11-2009, 09:29 AM   #7
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Fedora itself released a full multimedia support in Omega 10 a re-spin of Fedora 10 with multimedia support and codecs included. Here is the official announcement with a link to download the iso. And here is the direct link to the Omega 10 Release Notes.
 
Old 01-11-2009, 11:28 AM   #8
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You can have a look at Fedora 10 Installation Guide.
 
  


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