Suggestions for Ubuntu Article

Arjan Geven arjangeven at
Thu Jun 9 12:35:35 UTC 2005

On 6/9/05, Brian Astill <bastill at> wrote:
> On Wed, 8 Jun 2005 06:46 pm, Alexander Goncharenko wrote:
> > But from the box it cant't play media files, so ....
> ... you are incorrect?
> Ubuntu can indeed play media files "out of the box", but there IS a limit to
> the types of files that can be played.  Perhaps you are trying to play some
> obscure format?
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Yeah, it plays .ogg perfectly, but who in the world uses THAT? You
know it's better, I know it's better, but does the world know it?
No... :-). So the world is stuck with a collection of mp3 songs they
can't play out of the box with Ubuntu. The same goes for video and

I think it's a point worth discussing (still) for new Ubuntu releases.
Installing it isn't hard, but why does it have to be necessary in the
first place? Try to explain that to someone who just comes from
Windows. I think Alexander has a good point, but still, Ubuntu is
ready for the world! :-D. (the new XP N version also has no
out-of-the-box media support by the way, because media player is
stripped out).


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