Suggestions for Ubuntu Article

Kreg Schlosser liberaltugboat at
Thu Jun 9 21:49:14 UTC 2005

Arjan, the reason these formats arent playable "out of the box" is
because people own the patents to them and demand royalties to use
them. Windows can NOT play alot of media out of the box- DVDs, DiVX,
Ogg, quicktime, Real.... In fact the only thing it does play are the
proprietary Windows Media player files and MP3.
I dont understand why everyone complains about the media (which is
easy to install) capabilities compaired to XP. Look at the start menu
on a NEW XP install and you will see that it comes with almost no
software at all "out of the box".
(sorry if this is off topic)

On 6/9/05, Arjan Geven <arjangeven at> wrote:
> 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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> > Regards,
> > Brian
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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
> video-codecs.
> 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).
> Regards,
> Arjan
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