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asked 2018-02-12 12:31:24 -0500

horndog gravatar image

Is there a media player that works for Fedora 27 that will play DVDs, *.mkv, *.mp4, and etc? Like VLC says it will but doesn't. I've spent hours looking for information to get VLC to play DVDs I own to no avail.

It seems pointless to use a "bleeding edge" OS like Fedora if I can play simple media files. Inaddition to it breaks VirtualBox every kernel update.

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Fedora is committed to free software, free formats, free technology, you better blame the corrupt politicians who allowed software patents and other abominations. Playing DVDs can be done installing 3rd party software (libdvdcss). VirtualBox contains proprietary bits and cannot be distributed by Fedora, dkms will rebuild VB kernel module after a kernel update. You can always use qemu/kvm for a free virtualization solution.

fcomida gravatar imagefcomida ( 2018-02-12 13:21:21 -0500 )edit

As is all too common, people fail to read or listen. As you can clearly see in my post that I've spent hours trying to get VLC to work properly. I did get a solution to rebuild the kernel for VB. Just exactly what were your trying to contribute? I'll won't waste time blaming politicians as I know that will go no where. What I have been looking for are solutions, and unfortunately I won't find them here.

horndog gravatar imagehorndog ( 2018-02-12 15:14:48 -0500 )edit

as someone who uses vlc, I am not sure what is missing from your copy, but the vlc I run plays every single dvd, and blueray I put in. No issues. Telling me that you have something configured wrong, or just missing some library or driver. Where did you get your vlc? I downloaded and compiled mine, from the vlc website. Have you tried that? HTH.

SteveEbey73701 gravatar imageSteveEbey73701 ( 2018-02-12 16:16:33 -0500 )edit

Oh gosh!!! So you @horndog are the one who read and listen? I'm quoting you (since you are blaming Fedora): ""It seems pointless to use a "bleeding edge" OS like Fedora if I can play simple media files. Inaddition to it breaks VirtualBox every kernel update."". I explained to you exactly why a bleeding edge OS cannot play simple media files and why you have issues with VirtualBox, which is not in Fedora repositories and so it is not synchronized with regular Fedora updates...why am I wasting my time with someone who cannot read and listen anyway?

fcomida gravatar imagefcomida ( 2018-02-12 16:44:54 -0500 )edit


1) Virtual box, man! it uses a basic mode in graphical things... Then cry to Oracle....

2) Vlc is provided for third-party repositories... rpmfusion, unitedrpms, negativo... If you don't like the "politicians" en Fedora; Well then make a solution with your hands...

3) Do you want support; pay for it... Here we help in an altruistic way (the majority).

I invite you to watch this video

davidva gravatar imagedavidva ( 2018-02-13 00:02:35 -0500 )edit

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answered 2018-02-12 17:37:29 -0500

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Welcome to ask.fedora, but please leave that chip on your shoulder at the door. If you want to play various multi-media formats, you have to install the appropriate codacs, not all of which are directly available from Fedora. The easiest way to do this is to install the repositories at RpmFusion and install what you need from there. Or, you can walk off in a huff because things don't work the way you want them to. (If you really want, you can take a minute and a huff to tell us how evil we all are.) Whatever floats your boat.

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Would hazard a guess, that @horndog has gone back to Windoze 10, where he feels comfortable, and does not have to take responsibility for what he does, and can rely on Microsoft to feed him his information.

SteveEbey73701 gravatar imageSteveEbey73701 ( 2018-02-13 12:38:51 -0500 )edit

The problem is Digital Millennium Copyright Act which makes it impossible for a US based company or organization like Fedora to distribute the coded required to decode and play copy-protected DVD contents.

Read this about why Rpmfusion does not include the software needed to play certain DVDs.

Microsoft is probably able to get permission to distribute closed source code to play these DVDs, but that would be quite impossible without revealing the anti-piracy protection secrets.

villykruse gravatar imagevillykruse ( 2018-02-13 14:10:35 -0500 )edit

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