Monday, April 7, 2008

Medibuntu for Hardy Heron

Medibuntu (Multimedia, Entertainment & Distractions In Ubuntu) is a repository of packages that cannot be included into the Ubuntu distribution for legal reasons like copyright, license or patent restrictions. It also includes many popular media .debs for ffmpeg, w32codes, skype and google earth.

Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron can't play encrypted DVDs out of the box. In order to play DVDs you need to install a couple of codecs. This guide will show you how to install the Medibuntu repository and codecs.

This will add the Medibuntu repository to your repository lists
In a terminal type:
sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

Add this to the end of your source list:
## Medibuntu - Ubuntu 8.04 "hardy"
## Please report any bug on
deb hardy free non-free

Then you have to add the GPG Key to authenticate the packages
In a terminal type:
wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add - && sudo apt-get update

Now update your system to load the Medibuntu repository into your apt-get sources
In a terminal type:
sudo apt-get update

Download the DVDs playback packages
In a terminal type:
sudo apt-get install libdvdcss2 libdvdread3

edited by pHreaksYcle


Art Redwood said...

Many thanks for such a clear and concise article, on how to get the whole thing up and running on Ubuntu with the minimal amount of fuss and stress...

You save me countless hours, and a lot of frustration...

Greg said...

I would like to echo Art´s comment. Your guide is very helpful to me. I contains all the details without being bloated.

ShAgGy said...

Thank you so much, perfect noob(me) guide!

Ezra said...

Hi, I tried what you suggested, but I got the following:

dvdread error: DVDRead cannot open source: /dev/hda
main error: no suitable access module for `dvd:///dev/hda'

Ezra said...

If anyone else has this problem, try /dev/scd0. Some disks use this, while others use /dev/hda.

Kaede said...

muchas gracias.. desde chile!!!!! all perfect!!!!..thanks!!!!

Kaede said...

muchas gracias....desde chile!!!!! all working perfect!!!!...thanks!!!!