Friday, May 28, 2010

Getting MP3 to work in Fedora 12

The question I am asked about Fedora most of the time is on how to get MP3,avi and the like to work.
First of all I want to explain that Fedora does not package any proprietary software with it. As part of our 4 foundations, we believe in Freedom hence our 100% commitment to the Open Source Community.
However there are other developers who have made open tools available to play media such as MP3.
So here are very quick steps to get mp3 working on your Fedora 12 and 13.

1. Start your terminal
Applications->System Tools->Terminal

2. Step in as root by entering the command
#su -
Enter your root password to get root access.
NB://the # sign should not be included in the command. It represent a bash environment.

3.#'rpm -Uvh'

4.#yum install gstreamer-plugins-bad gstreamer-plugins-ugly gstreamer-plugins-good gstreamer-plugins-bad-free gstreamer-plugins-bad-free-extras gstreamer-ffmpeg

5.#init 6

6. When your box restarts test all your MP3 files to be sure you can play them.

That's it folks. If you have any question, just drop a comment and I will get back to you.