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14. Multimedia

Fedora Core includes applications for assorted multimedia functions, including playback, recording and editing. Additional packages are available through the Fedora Extras repository. For additional information about multimedia in Fedora, refer to the Multimedia section of the Fedora Project website at

14.1. Multimedia Players

The default installation of Fedora Core includes Rhythmbox and Totem for media playback. The Fedora Core and Fedora Extras repositories include many other popular programs such as the XMMS player and KDE's amaroK. Both GNOME and KDE have a selection of players that can be used with a variety of formats. Third parties may offer additional programs to handle other formats.
Fedora Core also takes full advantage of the Advanced Linux Sound Architecture (ALSA) sound system. Many programs can play sound simultaneously, which was once difficult on Linux systems. When all multimedia software is configured to use ALSA for sound support, this limitation disappears. For more information about ALSA, visit the project website at Users may still experience issues when multiple users log into the system. Depending upon hardware and software configurations, multiple users may not be able to use the sound hardware simultaneously.
Helix Player has been removed from this release since it duplicates the functionality of Totem. Totem also uses the GStreamer media framework, which is used by other multimedia applications in Fedora Core. With GStreamer, users can easily add support for additional codecs to all included applications.