Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 3rd Jun 2008 08:12 UTC, submitted by stonyandcher
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y Recently we've seen the releases of both Ubuntu 8.04 'Hardy Heron' as well as Fedora 9 'Sulphur', to mostly positive reviews. PCWorld Australia decided to pitch these two popular Linux distributions against one another.
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RE: Heh, 'experienced users'
by gilboa on Wed 4th Jun 2008 01:04 UTC in reply to "Heh, 'experienced users'"
gilboa
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2005-07-06

First, the codecs/MP3/etc problem is a legal problem that's being shared by -all- the major U.S. based distributions.
Don't shout at RedHat/Fedora/Ubuntu - shout at your lawmakers.

Second, AFAIR, your claim that the codec problem can be solved automatically under Ubunutu is false - much like Fedora you Ubuntu requires the unofficial RestrictedFormats package to start the process (of gaining the required codecs).

Fedora tried to solve the -legal- problem by giving the user the option (beyond using external repositories) to download legally licensed codecs - but this never remove the option to use unofficial software repositories such as Livna and FreshRPMs.

You may argue that adding these codecs to Fedora is less user-friendly - but that, IMHO, is a matter of personal taste.

- Gilboa

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