Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 19th Mar 2007 19:41 UTC, submitted by elsewhere
Red Hat Red Hat is planning a packaged Linux desktop solution that it hopes will push its Linux desktop offering to a far broader audience than exists for its current client solution. The move is designed in part to compete with Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 platform, which includes SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop, which were released in July 2006.
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audio / video support
by MacMan on Tue 20th Mar 2007 18:18 UTC
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Member since:
2006-11-19

I have not used Red Hat for some time because of two issues:

1: rpm / yum sucks compared to synaptic

2: zero support for audio / video standards like MP3 / MPEG, etc...

An OS in 2007 that requires you to download / compile / install software just to play an mp3 is ridiculous. (bear in mind, I have not use Red Hat for some time, and I do not know if they changed thier policy about installing codecs).

All that will happen by having someting like RedHat pre-installed and having Joe average computer user try to use it and realize that they can not listen to an mp3 or watch an mpeg is just going to give a really bad impression of Linux to average users.

Linux distros NEED TO SUPPORT audio / video out of the box!!!

OpenGL support is getting better with the the new open source Intell drivers and usable (although not the fastest) open source ATI drivers.

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RE: audio / video support
by Finalzone on Tue 20th Mar 2007 19:07 in reply to "audio / video support"
Finalzone Member since:
2005-07-06

1: rpm / yum sucks compared to synaptic

A command line interface vs a graphical interface? Let remind you it took a long time for apt-get to really mature on what it is today. Yum is very functional and keeps improving time by time.

2: zero support for audio / video standards like MP3 / MPEG, etc.

An OS in 2007 that requires you to download / compile / install software just to play an mp3 is ridiculous. (bear in mind, I have not use Red Hat for some time, and I do not know if they changed thier policy about installing codecs).


It does if you use Fluendo MP3 which is the legal gstreamer plugin of that codec
https://shop.fluendo.com/product_info.php?products_id=40 Otherwise, MP3 and other codecs cannot be included by default due to US Patent laws. Microsoft has learned the hard way http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/business/304871_msftalcatel23.html

If you really want Red Hat to include MP3 and other codecs, ask those patents holders to grant permission to redistribute and modify under either BSD or GPL.

All that will happen by having someting like RedHat pre-installed and having Joe average computer user try to use it and realize that they can not listen to an mp3 or watch an mpeg is just going to give a really bad impression of Linux to average users.

They will get an educational information about these codecs and will be more aware they have choice other than mp3.

Linux distros NEED TO SUPPORT audio / video out of the box!!!
They do with open source codecs like OGG Vorbis, Theora.

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RE: audio / video support
by factotum218 on Tue 20th Mar 2007 22:55 in reply to "audio / video support"
factotum218 Member since:
2007-03-20

Quite a few have for some time. Problem is the Box that it would be coming out of is usually for the "unbelievible retail price of" X-amount of dollars at your local chain electronic store.

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RE: audio / video support
by fsckit on Wed 21st Mar 2007 00:16 in reply to "audio / video support"
fsckit Member since:
2006-09-24

To be as blunt as possible, if the biggest task you have for your desktop is playing mp3s, RedHat is not for you. Go get yourself some Ubuntu. RedHat is built, marketed, and sold to professionals, who quite frankly, don't really give a damn about mp3 support.

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