Make. It. Simple. Linux Desktop Usability — Part 4

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Jan 4, 2018 · 9 min read

Filesystems

CentOS 7 Live ISO cannot mount a NTFS partition, giving a cryptic error message
NTFS partition mounted in Deepin Linux

Proprietary hardware drivers

sudo apt-get install bcmwl-kernel-source

Media codecs

CentOS 7: Worst in class

In CentOS 7, the default browser asks to open mp4 files with “Videos (default)”
CentOS 7 dealing with mp3 files
CentOS 7 cannot play m4a out of the box but offers to “search” for an “additional plugin”
CentOS 7 “searching for plugins” to play m4a
CentOS 7 showing a black window with no content despite having searched for an “additional plugin”
CentOS 7 cannot play mp4 out of the box but offers to “search” for “additional plugins”
CentOS 7 “searching for plugins” to play mp4
CentOS 7 showing a black window with no content despite having searched for “additional plugins”

Ubuntu 17.10: Not a tiny bit better

Ubuntu 17.10 asks to open mp3 files in “Videos (default)”
Ubuntu 17.10 is unable to play MP3 out-of-the-box but offers to “find” the decoder in “Ubuntu Software”
Ubuntu 17.10 “unable to find requested software” while looking for a MP3 codec
sudo apt-get update
deb cdrom:[Ubuntu 17.10 _Artful Aardvark_ - Release amd64 (20171018)]/ artful main restricted
deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ artful main restricted
deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ artful-security main restricted
deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ artful-updates main restricted
VLC media player AppImage running on Ubuntu 17.10, playing all files immediately

Deepin Linux

Deepin Music playing mp3 and m4a files without a hitch
Deepin Movie playing mp4 file without a hitch

Netease Music Player on Deepin Linux

Printing

Xubuntu 16.04. Printer “HP LaserJet 4100” shows up twice, each with two Connection options, making a total of 4 choices. Whereas on the Mac, it “just works” without further fiddling around. And has been for the last decade or so.


Thanks to pdfkungfoo

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