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Multimedia support in Linux

One of the most common complaints about Linux is that users are unable to play common media files such as mp3’s etc. This is mainly due to Copyright Restrictions, which prohibit bundling of the required codecs. The following steps indicate how to get those mp3s of yours blasting:

For *buntu Users:

Well it pretty simple, All you’ve to do it click on Add/Remove Programs and choose “Ubuntu Restricted Extras”. The snapshot below indicates the package under Kubuntu Feisty Fawn.


For Debian users:

Have a look at this post

For OpenSUSE users:

First, get the Restricted Format 1-click installer. Here’s the links:

This will enable you to have:

  • Flash
  • Java
  • Latest Amarok (with MP3 Support) for KDE, or Helix-Banshee for GNOME users
  • Encrypted DVD (libdvdcss)
  • Extra xine codecs, for MPEG-4 etc. (libxine1)
  • K3b with MP3 Support (k3b-codecs)
  • Win 32 Codecs (w32codec-all) well as the option of installing many more applications (select Advanced mode at the screen), including:

  • Opera
  • KMPlayer
  • Kplayer
  • MPlayer
  • Azureus
  • VLC
  • Codeine
  • ..and more

If you skipped installing VLC, then fear not! Install VLC via the 1-Click installer! Here’s the link.

That’s it!

For Fedora users

All the below operations require Root privileges, so switch to root first by opening the Terminal and typing

su root

Step 1. Add Livna repo

rpm -ivh livna-release-8.rpm

Step2. Add the Macromedia Repo

rpm -ivh adobe-release-i386-1.0-1.noarch.rpm

Step 3:  Install Multimedia Applications

yum -y remove totem totem-mozplugin
yum -y install totem-xine totem-xine-mozplugin libdvdcss libdvdread libdvdplay livdvdnav lsdvd xine-lib-extras-nonfree libdvdcss libdvdread libdvdplay flash-plugin libquicktime gstreamer-plugins-ugly gstreamer-plugins-bad

Step 4: Install w32Codecs in order to play everything under the Sun.

rpm -ivh mplayer-codecs-20061022-1.i386.rpm
rpm -ivh mplayer-codecs-extra-20061022-1.i386.rpm

(optional) Install VLC

yum install vlc
yum install python-vlc mozilla-vlc

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