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Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Enable Complete Media Playback in Fedora 7

As we all know, Fedora 7 ships without support for playing MP3s, DVDs, and many other media types that we are exposed to every day. The default repositories don't offer much help with this problem, but luckily it is an easy one to fix.

First, we must add the Livna repository. This can be done through the following command issued as root:

rpm -Uhv http://rpm.livna.org/livna-release-VERSION.rpm
The Livna repository provides an excellent array of packages to satisfy most all your needs.

To install all the packages necessary to enable MP3, DVD, and other media playback, issue the following command:

yum -y install totem-xine totem-xine-plparser rhythmbox mplayerplug-in mplayer mplayer-gui xine-lib-extras-nonfree libdvdcss libdvdread libdvdplay libdvdnav lsdvd libdvbpsi compat-libstdc++-33
This method was found through an excellent guide on the Fedora Forums. PLEASE READ THROUGH THIS GUIDE. I could reproduce it here, but it would simply be a waste of time as it works splendidly as it is, and will answer all your questions. Check it out to satisfy all your media cravings!

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