Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 12th Jan 2012 22:54 UTC
FreeBSD Some people already submitted this news last week, but it wasn't until today that it became official: the FreeBSD team has announced the release of FreeBSD version 9.0. As you may expect from the major version number change, this is releas eis packed with new stuff.
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tuma324
Member since:
2010-04-09

Can you play the linked video? If so, what obscure codec did you install to allow it?

Regarding your silly distinction between kernel and OS, that's a classic FSF double-talk ploy. Linux distros have never been very good at dealing with the variety of codecs out there. And much of it is not that they can't do it, but that many of them won't. The more aligned they are with FSF the less likely it is that they will be able to play any particular video without a lot of fiddling by the end user. Denying that obvious fact doesn't help the situation.

I will ask you again, for emphasis. Can you play the video? And if so, what did you have to do to play it?


I've tried playing it and it works with MPlayer, VLC and ffplay, it also works with any other player and distro I try.

Your problem is called PEBKAC.

Edited 2012-01-13 04:26 UTC

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sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

It doesn't work in Totem or VLC here. Both are dependent upon the specific codecs and libraries installed. You can hide your head in the sand all you want. But few users are willing (or capable) of jumping through the hoops you and I might be willing to jump through to watch a video.

Getting Windows for free, or even paying for a Mac is preferable to most. You know that as well as I do, as much as you might want to deny it. It's an area where we need to be doing a lot better than we are.

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Uh, I navigated to the video in chromium it opened mplayer in browser told me it need to install some codecs, then found the codecs and installed after I authenticated and approved. It could not get any easier in Fedora 16.

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darseex Member since:
2010-12-06

Step 1: Install a popular linux distro
Step 2: Watch almost any video ever made

Whoo! All those hoops. I can't believe I was able to wrap my mind around it.

No shit, non-flash video in linux is easier than it is in Windows for me (until I discovered VLC at any rate). And even where flash is concerned, use a distro made in the last half-decade and you're golden.

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