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Old 09-05-2003, 05:42 PM   #1
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RH10 multimedia support

Hopefully now that Red Hat has cleared up the issue between their enterprise line and their "community" product, they will reintroduce more out-of-the-box multimedia support in their community line (RH10 for example).

For example, I hope Red Hat 10 includes a good movie player -- like Totem from Gnome 2.4.

One of the worst experiences for me was trying to setup mplayer on RH9. It still doesn't work right. I get skins errors, and the codecs didn't get setup right, and I had lib problems when compiling from source. Just a plain pain in the butt.

In RH10, here's what I'd hope for--a pre-packaged movie player that works perfectly on it's own. And, an unofficial RPM that automatically installs all of the codecs that I could ever possibly want.

Imagine that. If all I had to do was "rpm -ivh codecs.rpm" and my movie player was up and running with support for all the formats that I could ever want to play.

Anyway, I hope RH addresses more multimedia issues in RH10. I was able to get xmms working well with the mp3 RPM from gurulabs, so I'm happy about that. But the xmms front-end could use a bit of work in my opinion. Maybe it needs to be HIG-ified or something, but it's not a really intuitive interface if you ask me.

It's the same issue with Java and flash player for the browser. I'm not shy of the console, but still I'd prefer an easier way to get plugins installed. Like the way IE does it for example: if you go to a site that has java or flash, a little pop-up comes up and prompts you to automatically install the software. I don't see why Red Hat can't accomplish this with the browsers they bundle in their distribution (epiphany, galeon, konqueror, mozilla).
Old 09-05-2003, 08:18 PM   #2
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You mention several reasons why I (and many others here, it seems) have a dual boot setup. I like to use Linux to learn new stuff and have accepted (and overcome!) the challenges it presents, but I also like having WinXP to handle whatever mulitmedia task I give it. When Linux matures into an OS than can do what Windows and OS 9 / X can with hardware, it will be a good day. I never did get Mandrake to detect my hardware modem (mumble, mumble).
Old 09-08-2003, 03:09 AM   #3
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Forget about Red Hat ever providing nice multimendia support out of the box. The licensing and patent issues are stopping them. Are they being too cautious? Maybe, but it's their distro,

Unitl something changes, install apt/synaptic from Fedora or FreshRPMs; all the multimedia you want.
Old 09-08-2003, 03:10 AM   #4
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I forgot to add:

apt-get install mplayer-gui
and the win32 and DVD codecs and watch all the movies you want. It's that easy.
Old 09-08-2003, 05:52 AM   #5
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Well, I struggled for 3 hours and finally got VLC running. I find it as good as any multimedia tool in Windows. I run GNU/Linux exclusively and till now, I'm having no problems except for "Your PC is too slow to play this" message from mplayer. try I found it to be a one-stop solution for all my multimedia needs(vidoe only) and I got mpg123(ok, i run RH 7.2) for mp3. Still had to figure out what plays .wma and .wmv files. Any suggestions?
Old 09-08-2003, 11:49 AM   #6
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apt-get install mplayer
that did it great once i installed apt-get even has a default skin installed
apt-get upgrade
apt-get dist-update

those will do wonders for your whole sys


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