10 Things to do after installing Ubuntu 8.10

Karmic Update: All this pretty much still applies, but you’ll find that some individual packages have already been combined with Ubuntu Restricted Extras and something you might want to remove won’t be there in the first place. It still serves as a general guide. Have fun !

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Edit:  Try this guide on this site if you have problems with this (Newbies).  Also, when referencing a repository be sure and change for example Hardy to Intrepid or Jaunty, whatever version of *buntu you’re using.  https://linuxchronicles.wordpress.com/category/ubuntu-multimedia/

The latest version of the popular Linux distribution Ubuntu, code named as Itrepid Ibex (Ubuntu 8.10), has been released to the public. You can download it here or even get a CD shipped to you absolutely free of cost.

Though the users are free to add these features themselves, it is always a pain in the neck to figure out all the various procedures involved and then apply it. This post will help you in getting all the required information on a single page (but you’ll still have to do the ‘applying them’ part yourself). Make sure that you book mark this page.

1. Add the Medibuntu Repository

Medibutu stands for Multimedia, Entertainment & Distractions In Ubuntu and is a repository of packages that cannot be included in Ubuntu due to legal reasons. We need to add this repository to enable MP3, DVD playback, install certain codecs etc.

Take a terminal and enter:

sudo wget http://www.medibuntu.org/sources.list.d/intrepid.list --output-document=/etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list && sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install medibuntu-keyring && sudo apt-get update

Now we’ll enable all repositories (including Universe and Multiverse repositories) that Ubuntu provides. Take a terminal and enter:

sudo sed -i -e "s/# deb/deb/g" /etc/apt/sources.list && sudo apt-get update

2. Enable Playback of Encrypted DVDs in Ubuntu 8.10

Once the Medibuntu repository has been added as said above, take a terminal and enter:

sudo apt-get install libdvdcss2

3. Playing MP3, WMA, Real and Apple QuickTime Files in Ubuntu 8.10

Once the Medibuntu repository has been added as said above, take a terminal and enter:

For a 32 bit machine:

sudo apt-get install w32codecs

For a 64 bit machine:

sudo apt-get install w64codecs

For a PPC machine:

sudo apt-get install ppc-codecs

4. Install Skype in Ubuntu 8.10

Once the Medibuntu repository has been added as said above, take a terminal and enter:

sudo apt-get install skype

5. Install Adobe Acrobat Reader in Ubuntu 8.10

Once the Medibuntu repository has been added as said above, take a terminal and enter:

sudo apt-get install acroread

6. Install Google Earth in Ubuntu 8.10

Take a terminal and enter:

{updated:  install from the Ubuntu repos via synaptic}

7. Install VLC Player in Ubuntu 8.10

VLC is the media player that is said to play all media formats under the sky. Install it by running the following command from a terminal:

sudo apt-get install vlc

8. Installing OpenOffice 3.0 in Ubuntu 8.10

Take a terminal and run:

echo 'deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/openoffice-pkgs/ubuntu intrepid main' >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/openoffice.sources.list && sudo apt-get update

9. Install Flash Plugin for Firefox in Ubuntu 8.10

The latest flash plugin (Flash player 10) can be installed using this command:

sudo apt-get install flashplugin-nonfree

10. Install Google Picasa in Ubuntu 8.10

F-Spot sucks if compared to Google Picasa. Run this command from a terminal to get Google Picasa:

sudo echo 'deb http://dl.google.com/linux/deb/ stable non-free' >> /etc/apt/sources.list && sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install picasa

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22 Responses to 10 Things to do after installing Ubuntu 8.10

  1. Mustafa Emre says:

    I have just installed ubuntu 8.10 64bit to try. This informatin is very usefull for me. Thanks.

  2. matt74953 says:

    It wont let me enter the second half of the step 1.

  3. matt74953 says:

    Permission denied
    Is the message on steps 8 & 10

  4. aizaz arafat says:

    i am a newbie to ubuntu… the above tips was really helpful..thanks

  5. John says:

    matt…let me check that out…I’ve been away for a bit…thanks for the comment

  6. TonyBinAK says:

    Matt – I have seen this before and had the same trouble. If you cut and paste directly from the web page it won’t work because of the character set. When you paste the line into your terminal over-type the quote marks with your keyboard. It should work then. – TB

  7. Mike says:

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  8. John says:

    Hi Federico…yes, Ubuntu either already has Compiz OTB or will install it for you…can’t remember which ATM.

  9. Tankerdog2002 says:

    Your google earth instructions do not work. The program crashes on launch. Then there is no way to uninstall it. It remains in 8.10 even though it does not show in any repositories.

    You need to remove this instruction.

  10. John says:

    Updated…instruction not valid as you say:

    to remove what you did:

    sudo apt-get purge googleearth

    reinstall it from the ubuntu repos

    thanks for pointing this out.

    ps: Learn some basic linux commands !

  11. hello says:

    did the first step and now “package manager” won’t open at all.. btw.. i’m on linux mint. tell me i didn’t need to do it in the first place.

    now my sources.list is f*****… it keeps telling me.. on line 53.. and I have no clue what is wrong..

    can somebody tell me how to undo what i did..

  12. John says:

    Easy to undo…but, it seems like you need a public key installed…that’s why you are getting that error.

    to remove that line from sources.list:

    sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

    find the offending line and delete it….be careful.

  13. eric says:

    PLEASE HELP!!!

    When I was trying to install Medibuntu Repository I got an error on the terminal window. I put this on the terminal window: sudo wget http://www.medibuntu.org/sources.list.d/intrepid.list –output-document=/etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list && sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install medibuntu-keyring && sudo apt-get update

    Then in the end I got this:

    W: GPG error: http://ppa.launchpad.net intrepid Release: The following signatures couldn’t be verified because the public key is not available: NO_PUBKEY 9423A34CCA967634
    W: You may want to run apt-get update to correct these problems

    What do I do?

    I went to update manager and it installed and removed some programs.

    – Thanks

  14. John says:

    Did you get it resolved? Are you running Ubuntu 9.04 or 8.10?

  15. seicean says:

    appreciate your help on the problem, but this article is simply not necessary.

    From your point of view, picasa, google earth and acrobat reader are the most important things to consider.

    From my point of view:

    1. Enable all repos

    2. Make Update to all packages

    3. ???

    4. Profit

    • John says:

      no no no….better think that through….what you want is the codecs, like libdvdcss2 to play dvd movies, etc. If you enable all the repos, you’ll update some things that you really don’t want to update and possibly make things unstable.

  16. eric says:

    Can’t install OpenOffice 3.0 for Ubuntu 8.10
    I just installed ubuntu 8.10 on my laptop two days ago and I was unable to to install OpenOffice 3.0.

    The command I put in the terminal window was this:

    echo ‘deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/openoffice-pkgs/ubuntu intrepid main’ >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/openoffice.sources.list && sudo apt-get update

    But it gave me this:

    bash: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/openoffice.sources.list: Permission denied

    Please Help

    – Thanks

  17. John says:

    eric, put ‘sudo’ just sudo in front of the whole string of commands…you lack permission…needs to be run as root or ‘fakeroot’ which is what sudo is.

  18. eric says:

    I put sudo in front of sudo echo ‘deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/openoffice-pkgs/ubuntu intrepid main’ >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/openoffice.sources.list && sudo apt-get update

    and it gave me this:

    g35celicaz@g35celicaz-laptop:~$ sudo echo ‘deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/openoffice-pkgs/ubuntu intrepid main’ >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/openoffice.sources.list && sudo apt-get update
    bash: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/openoffice.sources.list: Permission denied
    g35celicaz@g35celicaz-laptop:~$

    What can I do?

  19. DeergeBub says:

    Terrific site!! I will visit once more…

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