Why doesn't Linux Mint 18 install multimedia codecs by default?

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Why doesn't Linux Mint 18 install multimedia codecs by default?

Post by DrM » Wed Aug 03, 2016 10:35 am

In the previous versions of Linux Mint multimedia codecs were installed by default. Why has Linux Mint 18 abandoned installing these codecs by default during the installation of the OS? I think that installing multimedia codecs by default is a great thing.

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Re: Why doesn't Linux Mint 18 install multimedia codecs by default?

Post by chrisuk » Wed Aug 03, 2016 11:05 am

From Clem:
Changes in release management

Recently, a lot of work was done to improve and simplify release management and the production of our ISO images.

Until now our release cycle consisted in the production and testing of 18 ISO images (4 Beta, 8 Stable, 2 OEM and 4 NoCodecs) and 5 separate events (Beta, Cinnamon/MATE Stable, OEM/NoCodec, Upgrade path, Xfce/KDE). This represented a formidable amount of work but although some of it greatly contributed to making Linux Mint better, some aspects only marginally improved things. For instance, our QA process, BETA releases, and the feedback we get from them are invaluable and they are key in the quality of our distribution. Upgrade paths which were introduced in Linux Mint 17.1 are also very appreciated. In contrast, although the absence of codecs is important for magazine and distributors and OEM installation images are required for manufacturers to pre-install Linux Mint on computers they’re selling to their customers, this is an area where a lot of work is done for a very small portion of our audience.

Although the rationale made sense (codecs could be played in live sessions, the decision to have them could be made prior to downloading the ISO and thus didn’t require additional installation steps, OEM installations were clearly separated from mainstream ISOs and out of reach of novice users, particularly people previously experienced with downloading and installing Windows and who interpreted “OEM” as an opposite to “Customized”), it was very costly and it only slightly improved our distribution.

With this in mind, OEM installation disks and NoCodec images will no longer be released. Instead, similar to other distributions, images will ship without codecs and will support both traditional and OEM installations.

This will reduce our release cycle to 4 separate events and the production and testing of 12 ISO images.

Multimedia codecs can be installed easily:

From the welcome screen, by clicking on “Multimedia Codecs”
or from the main menu, by clicking on “Menu”->”Sound and Video”->”Install Multimedia Codecs”
or during the installation process, by clicking a checkbox option.
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Re: Why doesn't Linux Mint 18 install multimedia codecs by default?

Post by Habitual » Wed Aug 03, 2016 11:31 am

chrisuk wrote: From the welcome screen, by clicking on “Multimedia Codecs”
or from the main menu, by clicking on “Menu”->”Sound and Video”->”Install Multimedia Codecs”
or during the installation process, by clicking a checkbox option.
Ironic question from a person whose only identifier are the letters d,r, and m. :twisted:
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Re: Why doesn't Linux Mint 18 install multimedia codecs by default?

Post by Prsman » Wed Aug 03, 2016 5:34 pm

Stupid question time. How can one tell if the Codecs are installed?

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Re: Why doesn't Linux Mint 18 install multimedia codecs by default?

Post by richyrich » Wed Aug 03, 2016 5:36 pm

Open and login to Synaptic Package Manager, and do a search for mint-meta-codecs.

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Re: Why doesn't Linux Mint 18 install multimedia codecs by default?

Post by Hoser Rob » Fri Aug 05, 2016 9:50 am

It's not that unusual for a Linux distro to ship without codecs because they aren't all open source. Most of these distros don't have nice prepackaged codec libraries like Mint does with mint-meta-codecs (and Ubuntu has with ubuntu-restricted-extras which you shouldn't install in Mint BTW). It ain't so bad.

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