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Multimedia Support in Fedora 11

Why doesn’t Fedora support MP3 ‘out of the box’?
Fedora cannot include support for MP3 or DVD video playback or recording. MP3 formats are patented, and the patent holders have not provided the necessary licenses. Fedora also excludes other multimedia software due to patent, copyright, or license restrictions, such as Adobe Flash Player and RealNetworks RealPlayer.
That doesn’t mean you can’t play .mp3 files in Fedora, it just takes a bit of work (not much).

Follow these instructions to get mp3 and other multimedia support on your Fedora 11.
Open a terminal and become root, then run this command:

rpm -Uvh http://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-stable.noarch.rpm
rpm -Uvh http://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-stable.noarch.rpm  

Now, Install all other plug ins..

# yum -y install gstreamer-plugins-bad gstreamer-plugins-ugly xine-lib-extras-nonfree

After successful installation, open Amarok or any other multimedia player and try to play the mp3 file and see if all goes fine and you are able to hear the music.

XMMS
To install xmms and make it MP3-capable, start by doing this:

# yum install xmms xmms-mp3

MPEG, QuickTime, AVI, and DVDs
MPEG (the format used on DVDs) represents itself as an open standard, but most Linux distributions won't ship software that read it because of blocking patents held by MPEGLA. AVI and Apple QuickTime have proprietary codecs covered by patents, so most Linux distributions won't ship software that decodes them, either.

Unfortunately, the alternate front end xine is even more broken. It can be installed this way:

# yum install xine xine-lib libdvdcss

Doing this will also install a number of support libraries, including the libdvdcss plugin


12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot man. I seriously hope that these patents expire soon and multimedia codecs become free for anyone to program and implement.

Anonymous said...

Thanks! What about mov-files? H.264 decoder is missing. Not possible to install.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Dude

Vinay S Shastry said...

@Anonymous dude with h.264 problems:

Try installing gstreamer-ffmpeg

Anonymous said...

Thx man, you saved my day!

FransR said...

Hi, Could not get to the files mentioned above. Have they been removed? Any other suggestion? Thx

srinivas said...

hi gays i need know is there any automatic backup software
if there means plz let me know

thanks srinivas
cnus01@gmail.com

karel said...

Very helpful, thanks.
Btw i don't understand, why there cant be some explanation like this one on main fedora webpage.
I understand, why it's not in main repo, but why there can't be a guide on main fedora page??
Perhaps so that ppl might write to fedora forums over it for help over and over.
Is it only me, that's confused?? I don't need to be a 'freetard' at any cost, hey, its 2010, need sound and video on desktop ...

Anonymous said...

It's a legal issue. Most of these "nonfree" packages can cause a lawsuit if they are referenced to or recommended by Red Hat or the Fedora project. Until someone figured out a way to legally license the above packages for a small fee, it will stay a undercover thing.

moon said...

simply install vlc and play multimedia files.

#yum install vlc

Anonymous said...

how about h.264 decoder that can not be install in this case, how to get it ? Please help me and 10x u b 4

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