Kubuntu annoyances (check list)

James Gray james at grayonline.id.au
Mon Apr 10 13:12:56 BST 2006

On Mon, 10 Apr 2006 06:05 pm, John Campbell wrote:
> James Gray wrote:
> > On Fri, 7 Apr 2006 12:53 am, Gavin Dudley wrote:
> >> Buggy multimedia playback is by far the most irritating factor, followed
> >> by unpredictable cut and paste between apps.
> >
> > Media playback isn't helped by the fact most of the CODEC's required are
> > proprietary (closed source) and have restricted redistribution.  The
> > K/X/Ubuntu project must err on the side of "legal" in order not to be
> > sued for copyright violations.  SuSE/RedHat and others distribute CODEC's
> > under license from the original authors (M$, Real etc).  Ubuntu doesn't
> > charge for
> So SuSE does mp3 again?  What's it been, 5 years?  Last I heard they had
> eviscerated their system to remove even the option of running mp3s with
> non-supplied external modules.  You had to re-compile major portions of
> the desktop to get mp3 to work.
> Are you sure you didn't mean Mandriva/Fedora rather than SuSE/RedHat?

Nope - I was referring to their commercial offerings, not their "free" or 
"community" versions.

BTW - the bundling of mp3 CODEC's in Fedora breaches copyright in a number of 
countries, as does the redistribution of win32 CODEC's in Ubuntu.  Some 
countries it isn't a problem, but many are.

> I know that Mandriva's multimedia support is pretty decent and I seem to
> remember being able to actually get faad and mp3 working under Fedora,
> which I never managed under SuSE.

Can't speak for Mandriva.  Never used it.

Lack of capability is usually disguised by lack of interest.
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