Linux Mint removes multimedia codecs from its installation ISO

Bloatware is software that comes preinstalled on an operating system and sometimes cannot be removed. I think most of us don’t like this kind of software and would rather decide whether to install or not, but there is software that comes pre-installed that we do prefer to have, like multimedia codecs. The fact is that Linux Mint has announced that already will not include these multimedia codecs in your installation ISO image.

Linux Mint is a famous distribution to work very well and offer many options just install the system and personally I just don’t like this change. The team behind this Ubuntu-based version says to launch images with codecs pre-installed it cost them a lot of work and only slightly improved the distribution. Do you agree with them?

Linux Mint will make us install the codecs by other means

By removing these codecs from the installation images, the Linux Mint computer as well reduces the number of ISO images they need to test during the launch cycle: from 5 milestone of 18 ISO images to 4 milestone of 12 ISO images. In short, less work in this regard that will allow them to focus on other aspects.

But that they do not come installed by default does not mean that they cannot be installedNo way. In fact, they can be installed in three ways:

  • Checking the box when installing the operating system.
  • From a button on the home screen.
  • installing from Menu / Sound and Video / Install Multimedia Codecs.

So, don’t spread the panic. In fact, this reminds me a bit of the first time I tried Ubuntu, when I was trying to play a song in .mp3 format for the first time and the operating system invited me to download the codec. What do you think of the Linux Mint decision?

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