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3. Tweak Your Desktop > 39. Install Multimedia Codecs

Install Multimedia Codecs

Grab extra codecs and libraries so you can play just about any kind of multimedia content.

Knoppix comes with a number of multimedia tools to play video and audio, but Knoppix might not be able to play your particular video out of the box. This isn’t a deficiency in Knoppix itself—it’s that certain video and audio codecs are not free to distribute in particular countries (such as the U.S.) without the permission of the patent holder for that particular codec. However, it is possible and easy to add these codecs once Knoppix has booted.

Before you begin, be sure to check with your lawyer (you always have him on-hand before installing software, right?) to confirm that you may legally install commercial codecs. Then add a new package repository to Knoppix’s list:


  

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