Ubuntu-qa Digest, Vol 20, Issue 1. Using Ubuntu

Mackenzie Morgan macoafi at gmail.com
Tue May 5 18:11:23 UTC 2009

On Martes 05 Mayo 2009 1:52:49 PM Kofi Anane- Kyeremeh wrote:
> My main concern is why doesn't the Operating System come with the codecs 
alraedy installed. Where exactly can I find these codecs on the internet as 

Because in some parts of the world (such as the US) patent-encumbered codecs 
require paying license fees (I notice you only named codecs which have patent 
issues), and if you don't have a license it's not legal to use them.  If 
you're wondering why for example, many codecs are already there on a Dell with 
Windows pre-installed, it's because Dell paid the license fees and then you 
paid Dell back in the price of the computer.  I believe Dell does include 
licenses for DVDs and maybe some other codecs if you buy an Ubuntu computer 
from them.

You can download packages from http://packages.ubuntu.com and put them on a 
flash drive to install that way.  Gathering all of the packages whose names 
start with "gstreamer" should provide pretty good coverage.

By the way....why send this to QA?

Mackenzie Morgan
apt-get moo
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