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I was using Arch, Kubuntu and Ubuntu the most recently.

I am considering Fedora for a stable KDE environment.

But since the Fedora team is actively discouraging proprietary software like Flash, NVidida drivers, wifi, bluetooth and MP3 support, is it easy to actually install them without jumping through hoops and breaking your system?

Is there any "software bundle" for enabling all of the above, like Ubuntu has non-free-extras?

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From the Licensing FAQ entry "What about putting Non-Free items in a separate Non-Free repository, like Debian/Ubuntu does?"

Fedora Project itself has no interest in this. Third party repositories exist for such purposes.

The unofficial Fedora FAQ includes some details on the specific items you asked for.

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I guess there are repositories like rpmfusion which distinguish the free and non-free packages for Fedora, RedHat and Centos.

Detailed instructions on setting up the repository package configuration are listed at:
http://rpmfusion.org/Configuration/

Details on how to enable other repositories in a quick guide is at:
http://www.ehowstuff.com/how-to-prepare-other-yum-repositories-for-rhelcentos-5/

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I've been using Fedora with NVidia graphics cards, MP3 playback (and encoding), Flash, etc. for years, and it all works fine, although it needs some manual work.

I can confirm, that arguably, it is easier to set things up than with Ubuntu, since RPM and yum works quite good with adding stuff like that.

They're trying to make a statement with this kind of behavior. As in pushing towards OSS favorisation. I think that practice is OK, although it brings up problems here and there...

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Want to note that "manual work" can be somewhat remedied with autoplus/autoten. –  TheLQ Jan 31 '12 at 14:48
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