‘Fedora’ GNU/Linux distribution, like many others, does not ship with proprietary multimedia codecs by default. However, as long as you have access to an internet connection, installing these codecs are pretty easy. And once installed, both ‘Totem‘ and ‘Rhythmbox’ will be able to play your multimedia content as usual.
However, though ‘Totem’ media player is a pretty decent one, I personally don’t like it that much because it does not let one change a lot of settings. So once the codecs are installed, I also make sure to install other more powerful media players such as SMPlayer, VLC etc es well.
But when comparing with other distributions like ‘Ubuntu’, installing those players in Fedora is a little bit difficult, as Fedora does not hold proprietary software applications on their servers. Yet you still can install them easily, once you have setup a third party repository that holds these types of software packages nevertheless.
So, if you are already a newly introduced Fedora 18 user and looking for a way to install SMPlayer, then please follow the below steps for that.
First, we have to enable a repository called ‘RPMFusion’ into Fedora 18. For that, open your Terminal and enter the below command.
su -c 'yum localinstall --nogpgcheck http://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-18.noarch.rpm http://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-18.noarch.rpm'
When asked, enter the admin password that you created while installing Fedora. Or, if your user account has administrative privileges (disabled by default), then enter that password.
Now enter the below command to install SMPLayer.
su -c 'yum install smplayer'
If at the very end of downloading packages, you were asked whether you would like to import the ‘GPG key’ of ‘RPMFusion’, make sure to type ‘y’ and press the ‘Enter’ key to accept it and continue with the installation.
That’s it, now you should have SMPlayer installed on Fedora 18.