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Add Multimedia support in Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (Lucid Lynx)

Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (Lucid Lynx) cannot include support for MP3 or DVD video playback or recording. MP3 formats are patented, and the patent holders have not provided the necessary licenses. Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (Lucid Lynx) also excludes other multimedia software due to patent, copyright, or license restrictions, such as Adobe Flash Player and RealNetworks RealPlayer.
That doesn’t mean you can’t play .mp3 files in Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (Lucid Lynx), it just takes a bit of work (not much).

Follow these instructions to get mp3 and other multimedia support on your Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (Lucid Lynx).
$ sudo wget --output-document=/etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list$(lsb_release -cs).list
$ sudo apt-get --quiet update
$ sudo apt-get --yes --quiet --allow-unauthenticated install medibuntu-keyring
$ sudo apt-get --quiet update
After adding the repositories, install the codecs:
Install non-free-codecs:
$ sudo apt-get install non-free-codecs
Install DVD Support by using following command:
$ sudo apt-get install libdvdcss2
Windows codecs:
sudo apt-get install w32codecs
VLC player and Mplayer:
$ sudo apt-get install vlc mplayer
Adobe Acrobat Reader
$sudo apt-get install acroread acroread-plugins


Anonymous said...

Can you tell me how this is different from installing 'ubuntu-restricted-extras'?

Unknown said...

Surely there is a better PDF reader than the Adobe one, which is a known vulnerable app. Okular for KDE is great, so I would guess GNOME has something usable.

Anonymous said...

I can't install acroread and plugins:

localhost:~/temp>sudo apt-get install acroread acroread-plugins
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
Package acroread is not available, but is referred to by another package.
This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
is only available from another source
However, the following packages replace it:
E: Package acroread has no installation candidate

Anonymous said...

Medibuntu has 64-bit acroread only. You can get acroread from the Ubuntu partner repositories. See

Patrick V said...

Great post. I certainly appreciated
finding the new Lucid Linux multimedia


Nevada said...

Thanks alot...I am new to Linux and need all the help I can get! Will bookmark this site for sure. :)


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