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When and how to add proprietary software to your desktop Linux

Jul 27, 2010, 04:33 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

[ Thanks to Jodie for this link. ]

"Some people hate the idea of adding proprietary software to their desktop Linux. For these people, there are Linux distributions such as gNewSense that use only free software. For the rest of us, who use distributions such as Fedora, openSUSE and Ubuntu, there are times we either want to, or feel forced to, add proprietary programs such as Adobe Flash or Skype or the ability to play proprietary audio and video formats such as MP3 or commercial DVDs to your Linux desktop. Here's how to do it.

"Before taking this path though, you should consider that there are many open-source programs that can deliver the same goods as proprietary software. For instance, Gnash plays most Flash animations and videos just as well as Adobe's own Flash does. For an overview of free and open-source software that can give you the same functionality as Windows software, check out the Ubuntu's Free Software Alternatives page. You may well find that you can get by without proprietary software after all."

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