January 1, 2007
Viewing WMV, XviD, DivX and more in Suse 10.2
These days I just can't use Linux unless I can play all videos encoded with the latest and greatest codecs. Luckily, this turns out to be pretty easy in OpenSuse 10.2. Now there are many ways to get XviD, DivX, WMA, MOV, etc. to work, But this is probably one of the easier ways to go.
First we need to install the SMART Package Manager. Then we'll use it to install MPlayer with all the latest and greatest codecs. SMART is a software package manager that has "notable advantages over native tools currently in use". Basically it's faster and easier to use then the YaST package manager that comes with Suse by default. And it works along side YaST, so hopefully you will keep it around and continue to use it in the future.
The long versions of these instructions for installing SMART are here. Follow it though to the point about running the SMART GUI.
If all goes well, at this point you should be able to find an icon for Smart Package Manger in your program launcher. Go ahead and start it. It will require your root password.
Once Smart has launched, select from the edit pull down menu Edit->Find... Search for the word "mplayer". When the results are displayed, expand the category named "Productivity/Multimedia/Video/Players" and click on the box next to "MPlayer". If you are using KDE, you may wish to select "kmplayer" instead. Now from the File pull down menu, select File->Execute Changes... Smart will show you a change summary. Select OK. When the operation is completed, you may close Smart.
You should now have MPlayer installed, along with all the necessary codecs to play just about anything. Give it a try!