Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Medibuntu & How to Install DVD codecs

Please read this post before installing anything. You are responsible for not violating copyright law, not me. I do not endorse theft.

Medibuntu (Multimedia, Entertainment & Distractions In Ubuntu) is a repository of packages that cannot be included into the Ubuntu distribution for legal reasons; copyright, license, patent, etc. But, if you want to play restricted formats like the w32codecs, quicktime videos or encrypted DVDs you'll need to intstall the Medibuntu repository. First have to make sure your allowed to download these packages because Legal Notice Patent and copyright laws operate differently depending on which country you are in. Please obtain legal advice if you are unsure whether a particular patent or restriction applies to a media format you wish to use in your country.

To add the repo:
sudo wget -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list

Then add the key that authenticates the repo:
wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add -

The reload the your sources to add Medibuntu:
sudo apt-get update

Then in order to play encrypted DVDs download this package:
sudo apt-get install libdvdcss2

There are many other things in this repo that you may find useful besides codecs. Skype, Opera, Java, Realplayer & GoogleEarth. While they might not be free and open source, they are FREE to use. For a list of packages in the Medibuntu look here.
edited by pHreaksYcle


Anonymous said...

thank you so much dude, your a lifesaver!

I dont know what I would do without this blog!

Anonymous said...

One thing Im wondering though, is why is it illegal to have codec's on your computer to play DVD's?

Im not stealing DVD's, I just want to play movies I bought on my laptop. They look better on my laptop than they do on my TV.

redDEAD said...

Yeah I would also thin that if I bought the disc I bought the right to play them on my laptop. Except this isn't the case, not only do you have to pay for the content but you have to pay for the ability to play them. Comes bundled in the price on an operating system or software like PowerDVD. I also prefer to watch DVD on my laptop.

Luobotou said...

Ubuntu is a great Linux OS. Your BLOG is a much needed addition.

To Zebulus: Manufacturers of DVD players PAY royalties to Sony-Phillips for the codes (well, except the DVD player I bought in China . . .