Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Multimedia stack Centos 6

Continuing my Centos 6 trip, (as Fedora 15 is un-usable by my standards) tonight I'm following a tip to use elrepo for hardware support and rpmforge for video codecs and my favorite media player - vlc.

Well to install rpmforge and elrepo is rather easy just do a :

rpm -Uvh more details can be found here
rpm -Uvh or here

Now to get codecs working just try to play any of your video media with "Totem Movie Player" and because somewhere in Fedora we had packagekit with gstreamer support (good call about that one) you will see a search box like the one below. Supply the root password to install them and magic you'll be able to play your videos.

Well if you feel that this is not enough you can take the experts advice and yum install everything, this way you will not miss anything :

yum install compat-libstdc++-33 libdvdcss libdvdread libdvdplay libdvdnav lsdvd libquicktime --skip-broken
yum install flash-plugin mplayerplug-in mplayer mplayer-gui gstreamer-ffmpeg gstreamer-plugins-bad gstreamer-plugins-ugly

Moving to the hardware bit, last night I managed to get my funky wireless going, but thru an ugly compile hack. I got a tip today about elrepo and looking at the driver version that they offer you can find support for ati, nvidia and ntfs.

Broadcom BCM4313 the wireless driver that i needed is not by default offered by them (i guess legal issues) but they are explaining how to use the src.rpm to compile it yourself, with a bit more elegance then the way I've done it. You can read all about it here.


  1. Some other bad things you can try:

    Try download and install FC12 - FC13 binary packages. I managed to get avant-window-navigator (but not awn-extras) working under SL6 this way.

  2. "as Fedora 15 is un-usable by my standards"
    Why don't you write an article about this...

  3. I will write something about Gnome Shell that been my biggest drawback in Fedora.

  4. Whell I can confirm that Fedora 16 is also not so good ... Gnome 3 is biggest mistake ...