10 Things to do after installing Ubuntu 8.10

January 24, 2009

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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Installing Multimedia Support in Ubuntu Hardy

July 3, 2008

[I have modified an original posting by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes @ blogs.zdnet/hardware]

Adding support for common media

Let’s first add support for common media file types.

Note: I’m going to assume that you have access to the Internet to make any required downloads.

  1. Click Applications > Add/Remove … to bring up the Add/Remove Applications screen (you may be prompted to update the list of available applications).
  2. From the Show dropdown box select All available applications.
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  3. In the Search box type mp3 and wait for the list of applications to be updated.
  4. From the list of applications select the following to install:
    – Ubuntu restricted extras
    – Gstreamer extra plugins
    – Gstreamer ffmpeg video plugin
    – Mplayer Movie Player
    – Exaile Music Player/Manager
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    To select these you will have to confirm the installation of restricted software and enable installation of unsupported and restricted software.
  6. Click Apply changes and confirm the installation of the software.
  7. Once you are done close the Add/Remove Applications screen.
  8. Click System Administration > Synaptic Package Manager to bring the Synaptic Package Manager screen (you will have to enter your password to conform the launch of this application).
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  9. In the toolbar click Search and look for openjdk.
  10. From the list right-click on openjdk-6-jre and openjdk-6-jre-headless and select Mark for Complete Removal. You will next be asked to confirm the removal of other components such as icedtea_gcjwebplugin, which are OK to remove.
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  11. Click Apply and Apply again. The system will carry out the changes you requested. Click Close when done.
  12. In the toolbar click Search and look for sun java.
  13. Find sun-java6-jre and sun-java6-plugin, right-click on each and select Mark for Installation. You will be asked to confirm additional required changes.
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  14. Click Apply and Apply again. The system will carry out the changes you requested. Click Close when done.
  15. In the toolbar click Search and look for vlc plugin.
  16. Find mozilla-plugin-vlc, right-click on this and select Mark for Installation.
  17. Click Apply and Apply again. The system will carry out the changes you requested. Click Close when done.
  18. In the toolbar click Search and look for mplayer plugin.
  19. Find mozilla-mplayer, right-click on this and select Mark for Installation.
  20. Click Apply and Apply again. The system will carry out the changes you requested. Click Close when done.

Enabling the Almighty Medibuntu Repository

By getting this far you’ve added support for a not of different multimedia file types, such as MP3, MPEG1, MPEG2, DivX and WMV. If this is enough support for you then you can stop here. However, if you want to add support for commercial DVDs and other proprietary media formats, read on …

  1. Click Applications > Accessories > Terminal to bring up a terminal window.
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  2. Type the following:
    sudo cp /etc/apt/sources.list /etc/apt/sources.old
    Press Enter. You will then be asked for your password. Note that when you type this noting will be displayed on screen. Press Enter again.
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  3. Type the following:
    gksudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
    Press Enter.
  4. A text file will be opened in gedit. At the very end add the following line:
    deb http://packages.medibuntu.org/ hardy free non-free
    Save the file and close gedit.
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  5. Switch back to the terminal window and type the following:
    wget -q http://packages.medibuntu.org/medibuntu-key.gpg -O- | sudo apt-key add –
    Press Enter.
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  6. To reload the software repositories, type the following into the terminal window:
    sudo apt-get update
    Press Enter.
  7. Click System Administration > Synaptic Package Manager to bring the Synaptic Package Manager screen (you will have to enter your password to confirm the launch of this application).
  8. In the toolbar click Search and look for w32codecs.
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  9. Find w32codecs, right-click on this and select Mark for Installation.  You will be asked to confirm additional required changes.
  10. Click Apply and Apply again. The system will carry out the changes you requested.
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  11. In the toolbar click Search and look for libdvdcss2.
  12. Find libdvdcss2, right-click on this and select Mark for Installation.  You will be asked to confirm additional required changes.  Do the same for msttcorefont, Mark for Installation, Apply.
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  13. Click Apply and Apply again. The system will carry out the changes you requested.
  14. Finally, go to System > Administration > Software Sources. Click on the Third-Party Software tab and uncheck http://packages.medibuntu.org/ hardy free non free. Click Close (ignore the request to reload the list).
  15. Job done!

Enjoy!