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[openFATE 306917] Improvements to restricted-multimedia codecs installer
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  • Date: Thu, 2 Dec 2010 15:43:03 +0100 (CET)
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Feature changed by: Andreas Jaeger (a_jaeger)
Feature #306917, revision 14
Title: Improvements to restricted-multimedia codecs installer

openSUSE-11.2: Rejected by Andreas Jaeger (a_jaeger)
reject date: 2010-11-15 10:28:58
reject reason: Not done in time for openSUSE 11.2.
Requester: Important

- openSUSE-11.4: Unconfirmed
+ openSUSE-11.4: New
Requester: Mandatory

Requested by: Atri Bhattacharya (badshah400)
Partner organization:

At the moment the execution of opensuse-codecs-installer leads to a
rather unnerving chain of events for beginners starting with the
UTF-8&os_release=openSUSE 11.1 (x86_64)&kernel=
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

#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: 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
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

#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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