Linked by David Adams on Tue 27th Jul 2010 07:35 UTC, submitted by sjvn
Linux Some people hate the idea of adding proprietary software to their desktop Linux. For these people, there are Linux distributions such as gNewSense that use only free software. For the rest of us, who use distributions such as Fedora, openSUSE and Ubuntu, there are times we either want to, or feel forced to, add proprietary programs such as Adobe Flash or Skype or the ability to play proprietary audio and video formats such as MP3 or commercial DVDs to your Linux desktop. Here's how to do it.
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RE[4]: D'oh!
by sPAZbEAT on Fri 30th Jul 2010 11:47 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: D'oh!"
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from consumers perspective, the biggest trouble with media formats is the insanely multifarious codecs. "codecs" may be the foulest of curse words in modern western culture. any day now I expect to hear a top40 humor song named, "a boy named codec".

slight digression: one problem apple has in introducing/leading anything cross platform is that their updater pops up often with half a cd's megabytage of download.

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