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Multimedia Support in Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope

Latest free Ubuntu Linux operating system version is officially released today. Ubuntu 9.04 for desktop, server and “netbook remix” is available for immediate download, CD purchase or you can request a free CD.

Ubuntu is a free operating system that can be used on desktop PCs, notebooks, work/business PCs as well as other devices that support either the x86 CPU or ARM CPUs (beginning with version 9.04, previous versions only supported x86). It is a version of Linux that includes a graphical desktop.

Often the case (and especially) when it comes out a new version of Ubuntu, that repositories from which we tend to download software are highly saturated. If you want to download and install the software more quickly, we will have to modify the list of repositories.

There is an option to Synaptic, which allows us to select a server closest to our region. To change this to a server closest go to System> Administration> Origins of software under the tab "Software Ubuntu", choose "download".

Install the software basics of compilation
If you want to compile some of the package that only have the source code, in this case we need to install packages basic Basic compilation:

    sudo aptitude install build-essential

Installing the extra restrictive.
There are certain packages that do not come by default in Ubuntu for legal issues. for example, may be the plug-in flash, or codecs to be able to play some video formats. There is a metapackage (a package that includes many more packages and installs) called ubuntu-restricted-extras that can install all the required restricted packages.

    sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras

Repository for mediubuntu Jaunty Jackalope
Mediubuntu is a repository where we can find some applications and codecs that are not installed by default. We can add to the list of repositories from command terminal:

sudo wget -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list

and then

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install medibuntu-keyring &&  sudo apt-get update

Multimedia Codecs
    sudo apt-get install libdvdread3
    For i386 -- sudo apt-get install w32codecs
    For amd64 -- sudo apt-get install w64codecs
    For ppc -- sudo apt-get install-ppc codecs

Install VLC, Smplayer and Mplayer with all codecs and DVD support
    sudo apt-get install vlc
    sudo apt-get install smplayer
    sudo apt-get install mplayer 

Install Flash Player Plugin
    sudo apt-get install flashplugin-nonfree libflashsupport
    sudo apt-get install mozilla-plugin-gnash  


Anonymous said...

I still don't understand the logic behind not having build-essential a base installed package. Silly. That and having dbus/rsync showing in the Services menu. Disable those 2 and you've effectively Hosed yer system.:)

Johannes said...

The non-free-codecs meta-package will install a lot of very useful packages, and includes ubuntu-restricted-extras.
It also includes the right version of w32codecs/w64codecs so you save time...
Thanks for this post!

SB said...

how do we install the non-free-codes meta-package?

jaunty said...

you can install all codecs including libdvdcss when not connected to internet. download the package from here read the read me file. have fun.

Anonymous said...

libdvdread3 should now be libdvdread4 in 9.04, according to thread 1139830 on ubuntuforums. If you got an error saying libdvdread3 wasn't found, try libdvdread4. Though when I tried to install that, it was already installed, possibly through the prior install (ubuntu-restricted-extras)

Unknown said...

Thank you!

This is the solution that worked for me after searching official docs.

Great work!

Unknown said...

Handy Tutorial. Thanks very much. When I ran things, apt-get choked on libflashsupport. flashplugin-nonfree-extrasound is supposed to replace it.

And like anonymous said, it now looks like you're to use libdvdread4, but this is already installed.

Anonymous said...

sudo apt-get install-ppc codecs no longer works - the package cannot be found - when will the package be put back into the Jaunty distro?????

Anonymous said...

i dont understand y the cd is havin no packages with it.. hopeless

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