Linux Mint ISO Images Will no Longer Have Media Codecs Pre-packed
Linux Mint is a community driven Linux-based operating which is both convenient and easy to the use especially for those new to Linux as it provides both free-open-source as well as proprietary software right out of the box.
One of the biggest differentiator for Linux Mint that makes it a standout distribution among a very long list of Linux-based operating systems – usually, the distro recommended to newbies to the Linux world – doesn’t only lay in its ability to be easy and highly customizable but in the availability of full set of media codecs right out of the box in every ISO release.
But an announcement from the Linux Mint development team is expected to cause few grunts especially those that like to have everything pre-packed in the ISO image saving them the hassle of having to look around the web for additional software.
The team said it’s ditching adding full out of the box media codecs support in its next release of the Linux Mint operating system which is going to be Mint 18 “Sarah.”
According to one of the team’s member, the reason for cutting the media codecs from the installation images is based on two very important factors for the project.
First, adding the codes has been very costly for the project as a whole as some of the software that is added, are proprietary and not guided by the free and open source licenses,
Secondly, the addition of media codecs only slightly improved the distribution as a whole thereby additional work is required for little or no reward. With the inclusion of Media codecs, the developers are faced with a bigger number of ISO images to test out before release.
In cutting codecs from install builds the team also cuts the number of images that needed to be tested during each release cycle, it drops from 5 milestones across 18 ISO images to a lesser 4 milestones across 12 ISO images.
This does not mean that users won’t be able to install media codecs at all, though internet connection is required during OS installation as well as few extra clicks.
According to Linux Mint, it is as easy as:
Checking a box during installation, or;
Clicking a button on the Welcome screen, or;
Instaling them via Menu>Sound and Video>Install Multimedia Codecs