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ponmuralli 08-07-2009 12:15 AM

Codecs for multimedia applicationds & wireless in fedora 11
May I know how to enable root login in fedora 11 & how to enable wireless in fedora 11.......
Please tell some links to get codecs for playing multimedia applications in fedora Linux

Simon Bridge 08-07-2009 02:58 AM

First stop is the search page on LQ - your questions have many previous answers.

Since you are clearly new - here are some fedora resources with some answers you want.

Check with those, and get back to us if you still don't know what to do.

For wireless issues, we need to know which wireless card. Unfortunately, the brand name is usually unhelpful. The trick is to open a terminal and enter


this will give you a big list, find the bit that says "wireless" and post the whole line to your reply.

For multimedia - fedora 11 plays audio and video files which come in non-restricted formats.
Restricted formats are available in the livna repos - but you should be careful to make sure that their use on your linux computer is legal in your country.

for root login - you have to change the root password.
But you usually don't need it - just use sudo instead. For a root terminal, use sudo su -

ponmuralli 08-07-2009 01:27 PM

Thank you for your reply.

John VV 08-07-2009 01:43 PM

DangerMouse also has a script /program called "autoten/eleven" that makes some extras easer to install . all you need to do is check a check box and run the program

Simon Bridge 08-07-2009 11:33 PM

Autoten and autoeleven seem to be scripts to be run suid root to install commonly wanted packages. We do not like to suggest such things due to security issues. Particularly, this risks social-engineering users to run suid-root scripts from third parties. GNU/Linux has an exemplary record for security, and this is the number one risk.

It is too early to assess autoten, autoeleven, properly. A quick hunt finds only one issue in autoten (fixed) which involved failing to take account of the possibility that selinux=0, and installed one too many packages. This issue was subtle and would have been easier to troubleshoot had the user installed by hand.

Usually works better to design a meta-rpm, then...

yum install restricted-multimedia

...for eg. would install from information in restricted-multimedia-f11-i386.rmp say - which just lists the commonly wanted installs (lame, libcss etc) as dependencies. It would also have to add repos. It would be maintained as part of a standard repo, and kept up to date with each distro release.

Those of us on deb systems recall what happens with easyubuntu and automatix sometimes. These programs also recieved lots of positive reviews from people who did not understand what was happening under the hood. As far as they cared, it worked. Except that it didn't always, and could leave the system in an unstable state. Fortunately, rpm based systems tend to be less fussy.

Since autotens principle advantage is the gui interface with yum, it would appear that a generic yum gui would be a more generally applicable approach. There are several for fedora. I thought the project was installing one by default?

IIRC: Gnome already has a gui for commonly installed add-ons in applications > add/remove software.

One of the effects the popularity of automatix et al on debian repos was to stimulate the creation of meta-deb files to install commonly wanted bundles of restricted software. Perhaps something similar is needed for fedora? It's been a while since I've had anything substantive to do with that project.

There are also moral reasons to avoid using restricted software where possible. While not everyone agrees with them, it would be arrogant to just assume that the new user will not care. By making the install non-obvious, new users who are likely to benifit from the knowledge will ask how to install the things. Then, software freedom advocates get to explain why it is not easier. In this way, new users are introduced to ideas they are probably not aware of, and can make an informed decision about where they stand on the core issues affecting our community.

Experienced users do not need the sermon, but also know how to install what they want without receiving one. A meta-rpm would help them. I'm having trouble believing that this has not come up before.

John VV 08-07-2009 11:57 PM

one could always do this

rpm -ivh
rpm -ivh
rpm -ivh
yum  -y  install  xine-ui gstreamer-plugins-bad-extras gstreamer-ffmpeg gstreamer-plugins-ugly gstreamer-plugins-bad
yum  -y  install totem-xine mozplugger gecko-mediaplayer xmms xmms-faad2 libmad libid3tag libdvdread libdvdnav  libquicktime vlc ffmpeg wget libdvdcss
yum -y install xine-lib-extras-freeworld xmms-mp3
tar -jxvf all-20071007.tar.bz2
mkdir -p /usr/local/lib/codecs
cp all-20071007/* /usr/local/lib/codecs
ln -sf /usr/local/lib/codecs /usr/lib/codecs && ln -sf /usr/local/lib/codecs /usr/local/lib/win32 && ln -sf /usr/local/lib/codecs /usr/lib/win32
rm -f all-20071007.tar.bz2
rm -rf all-20071007


Simon Bridge 08-08-2009 01:57 AM


Originally Posted by John VV (Post 3635394)

Yep - that's a good step-by-step.
The pages include partial non-free installation too.
The index page includes links to fedorafaq, fedora guide, and fedora forum.
I'll have to see if I can get dn to link to mjmwired and here too. That would pretty much complete the set.

Just needs a wee note about why all this stuff is not the default. Otherwise newcomers just go "sweet!" and grab the lot without thinking. That's OK, as far as it goes, it just undermines a lot of what us old-timers have been trying to achieve.

Looks like I'm adding dangermouses site to my standard list of fedora references.

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