Linux Mint removes multimedia codecs from your installation ISO

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Bloatware is software that is pre-installed on an operating system and sometimes cannot be removed. I think that most of us do not like this type of software and we would prefer to decide whether to install it or not, but there is software that comes pre-installed that we do prefer to have, such as multimedia codecs. The point is that Linux Mint announced that already will not include these multimedia codecs in your installation ISO image.

Linux Mint is a famous distribution for working very well and offering many options as soon as the system is installed and, personally, I do not like this change. The team behind this Ubuntu-based version says to release images with codecs pre-installed it took a lot of work and only slightly improved the layout. Do you agree with them?

Linux Mint will make us install the codecs by other means

By removing these codecs from the installation images, the Linux Mint team also reduce the number of ISO images they need to test during the release cycle: down from 5 milestones of 18 ISO images to 4 milestones of 12 ISO images. In short, less work in this regard that will allow them to focus on other aspects.

But they do not come installed by default does not mean that they cannot be installed, far from it. In fact, they can be installed in three ways:

  • Checking the box at the time of installing the operating system.
  • From a button that will be on the home screen.
  • Installing them from Menu / Sound and Video / Install Multimedia Codecs.

So, don't panic. In fact, this reminds me a bit of the first time I tried Ubuntu, when I was trying to play a song in .mp3 format for the first time and the operating system was asking me to download the codec. What do you think of the Linux Mint decision?

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  1.   odieelsexamens (@odieelsexamens) said

    Well, I honestly do not understand this decision, the only difference between an ISO with codecs and one without codecs are the codecs, so it would not involve a lot of extra work. What's more, since they eliminate the ISO without the codecs. Users who do not have internet will be annoyed not being able to watch a movie or listen to music ...

    By the way, excellent work on the blog, I've recently known him but he's cool ^^

  2.   vladimir said

    == Linux Mint removes multimedia codecs from your installation ISO == Not all ISOs. Only in ISO OEM: «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 ».

    1.    Andrés said

      If it is all ISOs, because from now on all ISOs are going to be OEM without codecs, that's what the announcement refers to

  3.   oscar hdez said

    o_o that was the good thing about the distribution

  4.   carlos ferra said

    Linux Mint is the best ... I have already tried them all ... I started with Ubuntu until Unity ... I do not leave mint.

  5.   Jose luis navarro said

    It was one of the best things about Mint, that's why I preferred it to others like suse or fedora.