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Adding Multimedia Extras to Fedora 7

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Thanks Randall for reminding me to do this :) Please note this is for the 32 bit installs, if you find this article useful, then I'd appreciate if you'd digg it !


As root (su -) install the current livna rpm to get access to livna's goodies

# rpm -ivh  http://rpm.livna.org/livna-release-7.rpm


Now let's add freshrpm's to that list:

# [rpm -ivh http://ayo.freshrpms.net/fedora/linux/7/i386/RPMS.freshrpms/freshrpms-release-1.1-1.fc.noarch.rpm

OK done. Now lets have some fun:

  • Let's install the MP3 plug-ins (currently gstreamer-plugins-mp3 is BAD so will error, but try again in a day or two):
    # yum -y install xmms-mp3 gstreamer-plugins-mp3 libmad libid3tag


  • Let's install the Flash plug-in. Use vi (or any other editor) to create a new file as root:
    # vi /etc/yum.repos.d/flash.repo

    Now copy the text below and paste it into the new file (press i to INSERT text...):

    name=Macromedia for i386 Linux

    Save the file with :wq

    # yum -y install flash-plugin


  • Next up for multimedia action and DVD playing we will install xine:
    # yum -y install xine xine-lib xine-skins


  • A Fedora install would not be complete without the coolest video player mplayer, so let's install it
    # yum -y --disablerepo=livna install mplayer mplayer-skins mplayer-fonts

    And now we'll install the windows codecs for mplayer

    # wget http://www1.mplayerhq.hu/MPlayer/releases/codecs/essential-20061022.tar.bz2
    # tar -xjvf essential-20061022.tar.bz2
    # mkdir /usr/local/lib/win32
    # mv essential-20061022/* /usr/local/lib/win32

    Now we need to install the mplayer plugin for web browsers:

    # yum -y install mplayerplug-in


  • Install Java 6.0 Update 1. Get over to Sun's Java download site and choose the Linux RPM in self-extracting file version.
    Location: http://java.sun.com/javase/downloads/index.jsp
    Linux RPM in self-extracting file: https://sdlc5d.sun.com/ECom/EComActionServl...0FBE7FAEB98B511
    Open a Terminal.
    Become root (su -)
    Change back to your home directory (cd ~username)
    Where "username" is your normal username.
    Run the file that you downloaded, by doing:
    # sh Desktop/jdk-6u1-linux-i586-rpm.bin

    It will display a license agreement. You can press q to skip it.
    Type "yes" when it asks you if you agree. Then it will install Java.
    Finally,you can enable the Java plugin for your web browser:

    # ln -s /usr/java/jdk1.6.0_01/jre/plugin/i386/ns7/libjavaplugin_oji.so /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/

The above was taken from anyweb's pinned post on adding multimedia extras with just a few changes for Fedora 7. Dont forget to diable Livna repos so you dont trash your system by mixing Freshrpm Repos and Livna Repos.


They are not compatible trust me I know this one :)



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I have done everything on this post on how to install java on Fedora 7 but I cannot get the thing to work. I had no problem in Fedora Core 5 but nothing is working on this version. Has anyone else had this problem?



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Couple of fixes on your code. The second line of code should read:


rpm -ivh http://ayo.freshrpms.net/fedora/linux/7/i386/RPMS.freshrpms/freshrpms-release-1.1-1.fc.noarch.rpm


Then you left out a / in this corrected code for the java install.


ln -s /usr/java/jdk1.6.0_01/jre/plugin/i386/ns7/libjavaplugin_oji.so /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/

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