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[openFATE 306917] Improvements to restricted-multimedia codecs installer
  • From: fate_noreply@xxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 11 Aug 2010 20:13:32 +0200 (CEST)
  • Message-id: <feature-306917-12@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Feature changed by: jpxviii jpxviii (jpxviii)
Feature #306917, revision 12
Title: Improvements to restricted-multimedia codecs installer

Hackweek V: Unconfirmed
Priority
Requester: Important

openSUSE-11.2: Unconfirmed
Priority
Requester: Important

openSUSE-11.4: Unconfirmed
Priority
- Requester: Important
+ Requester: Mandatory

Requested by: Atri Bhattacharya (badshah400)

Description:
At the moment the execution of opensuse-codecs-installer leads to a
rather unnerving chain of events for beginners starting with the
webpage.
http://software.opensuse.org/codecs?client_version=10.3.1&lang=en_GB.
UTF-8&os_release=openSUSE 11.1 (x86_64)&kernel=2.6.27.23-0.1-
default&gstreamer=gstreamer-utils-0.10.21-3.13&
The request is to either have a different implementation of codec-
installer itself (for example, clicking the search for codecs button on
the codec installer automatically starts a one-click-installer for
installing required multimedia packages), or improve the codec-
installer website to make things easy (reduce number of clicks required
to just 1 or 2) and trivial (ie. no decision-making about
fluendo/community, etc).
 

Use Case:
New user (openSUSE virgin ;) , i.e., any MAN or WOMAN who hasn't used
openSUSE yet, possibly only has used windows till now) tries to play an
mp3 file. Then the following sequence starts:
1) Codecs-installer pops up.
2) User clicks on install codecs (preferably call it restricted-
multimedia support).
3) Browser opens, shows up website with version of opensuse and desktop
environment detected.
4) User clicks to start one-click installer.
5) Installatin completes, user retries playing mp3 file, it works, user
happy.


Discussion:
#1: Atri Bhattacharya (badshah400) (2009-07-19 23:50:31)
The present sequence of processes while installing restricted-formats
has drawbacks:
 
1) The first page gives option between Fluendo and Community codecs,
leading to confusion/decision making. Fluendo support will be dead by
the time 11.2 releases, so this needs a change anyway.
2) Clicking on the Community codecs further leads to the following
page: http://opensuse-community.org/Multimedia which is, in itself,
even more confusing.
3) It may not be very clear to the user that he/she needs to click on
the restricted formats link in the first paragraph of the page.
4) Clicking on the above link takes one to the following webpage
http://opensuse-community.org/Restricted_Formats
5) whereupon, one needs to click the link corresponding  to version of
openSUSE he/she is using.
6) Here one is again presented choice between KDE and Gnome codecs, and
one has to click the corresponding .ymp link to start the one-click
installer process which will definitely require more than one-click.
How many clicks to get to the installer process starting from clicking
on the codec-installer application? 5 (not even counting the one-click
installer clicks that will now take over). For a newbie this is not
easy at all.<!--EndFragment-->
 

#2: Robert Davies (robopensuse) (2009-12-18 17:08:05)
This is one area where Kubuntu wins on easy of use, staring Konqueror
for first time resulted in a dialog, offering to install them.  That
may not be possible for openSUSE, but perhaps some "Post-Install What
Next?" page could guide new users, to getting codecs, and allowing
update to get web fonts and flash might help the impression the distro
makes.

#3: Jimmy Berry (boombatower) (2010-01-03 04:27:02)
Yea, making it straight forward any easy to install codecs is an
overall useability win. Seems trivial to provide a link to the codecs
page on a trigger, eithe just a first boot message or w/e. Possibly
even for video drivers? Pretty easy to detect card manufacture and
point to a one click or instruciton page.
Installation is already easy, but to new users it isn't obvious how or
where they are to go to find the installers.



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