Restricted Formats such as MP3 and DVD on openSUSE 10.3
Updated 27 April 2008



Background
One Problem many users run into with free community Linux distributions (such as openSUSE or Fedora Core) is a lack of built-in support for a variety of media formats such as DVD video and MP3 audio files. For a number of reasons these formats are not included with community distributions by default. This is usually because including proprietary software would place restrictions on the Linux distribution, would result in having to pay royalties to patent owners, or would otherwise violate ideals the makers of various Linux distributions hold about opensource software.

Warning: In some jurisdictions it may be a violation of the law or a violation of civil intellectual property rights to use some implementations enabling Linux support for various restricted formats. It is your responsibility to ensure that you comply with the laws and regulations regarding intellectual property in your jurisdiction.

Adding Support for Restricted Formats via openSUSE 10.3's one-click install
Many users will probably want to install support for some types of formats which have restrictions on their use such as DVD or MP3. The easiest way to do this is to install support via openSUSE 10.3's one-click install by clicking one (or both) of the following links for KDE and Gnome desktop's respectively:

KDE Desktop Environment:
http://opensuse-community.org/codecs-kde.ymp

Gnome Desktop Environment:
http://opensuse-community.org/codecs-gnome.ymp

The above links will enable openSUSE 10.3 to play DVD video and MP3 audio among a number of other formats. Also included are support for Java and Flash.



See Also:
Index of All Linux Related Documents
Index of openSUSE Related Documents
Running openSUSE 10.3 on a Dell Latitude D610
Add-On Repositories on openSUSE 10.3

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