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Re: playing mpeg has cone screwey.

Rahul Sundaram wrote:
Aaron Konstam wrote:
On Sat, 2008-10-04 at 01:57 +0530, Rahul Sundaram wrote:
Aaron Konstam wrote:
OK, installing those extra rpms make totem work. But that leaves us with
two questions:
1. Why did the displaying of the videos work until yesterday?
I have no idea.
I have no idea either. But something is wrong with the uopdates it seems
to me.

If you figure out specifics, then you can file bug reports.

All of that would be fine if you did not tell me to install rpms
supplied by Fedora to make totem work.

It is not necessary for Totem to "work". Ogg for example works just fine without these additional packages.

I understand why you can not
supply propriety codecs but why can't the rpms you told me to install be
suppled by default. They are not propriety.

There are two basic classes of software that Fedora excludes:

1) Non-free software
2) Free but other legal issues such as patents.

Playing worked before the upgrade, therefore I assume that the codecs were previously installed (somewhere in his system). Then playing stopped working after the upgrade. So those previously working codecs seem to have been disabled if not actually removed.

The additional packages I told you about falls into the second class.

Do the policies of the nanny state require upgrades to disable working codecs? Or were they just working in some way the cleanup script couldn't use? In other words, was the reduced functionality deliberate to cover your ass, or was it just collateral damage?

Bill Davidsen <davidsen tmr com>
  "We have more to fear from the bungling of the incompetent than from
the machinations of the wicked."  - from Slashdot

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