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Posted 12-01-2008 at 04:50 PM by cliffy

why is it that some distros seem to have everything you want, like plugins and flash, and other distros dont. I find that even some later distros dont have these extras already programed in and ready to use. We are not all geeks and some of us are still struggling to download and get packages up and running.I have just this week installed Suse 11 onto my computer.Have had lots of crashes since installing this distro. I have also dowloaded codecs for totem, and it still is giving me trouble, and not working yet. With all the trouble I seem to have with most distros I sometimes wonder why I ever left Windows. and yet I honestly do like linux far better. I have had a computer from when the first pc came available, and I am certainly no newbie as far as computers go. But linux is still baffling me at times. i have all the linux books for almost every distro. I follow there instructions and still most of the time they dont work. I seem to get lots of ERRORS, this failed and that failed, codecs unavailable, and yet I had the same codecs working fine on an earlier distrobution of the same kind. has anyone else had all this bother, I just can't be the only one.
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    Many linux distros attempt to be truly free. This is why you may find MP3, encoded dvd playback, and many other common tasks missing. Sometimes its not a matter of "is the program free of proprietary source code?". It is more a matter of "is that file format 'open?'" Many of the linux distros that you can only purchase because there is no free version has proprietary things that they paid for the right to use. At least this is what I have gathered... I could be wrong.
    Posted 12-02-2008 at 12:25 AM by lumak lumak is offline
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    I think that in some countries it is OK to load say a codec but not OK in other. by not having such things included you can d/l the distro with no worries in those countries but still be able to add to your system in the countries you are allowed. If you see what I mean..
    Posted 12-02-2008 at 05:34 AM by ctsiow ctsiow is offline
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    there R some owners2some file v cant sell our software without paying2owner. thats why v shud d/l codecs from the web. I ALSO USE OPENSUSE11 & IT WORKS WELL VT ME. Iv installed mplayer to watch wmv ,mpg & etc files. it's a small package but works vt several file types. windows is a commercial os. so they pay 4da owner to use some filetypes. pls d/l mplayer source & untar it & install it acordin2da readme files & msg.
    hv fun vt opensuse
    Posted 12-04-2008 at 03:48 AM by roshantux roshantux is offline


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