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How to watch encrypted DVDs in Ubuntu?

This is one of the questions people often ask me when they are trying Ubuntu for the first time. For in Ubuntu, unlike in Linux Mint (one reasons why I recommend Linux Mint for those who new to GNU/Linux), watching encrypted DVDs doesn’t work right out of the box. This is because this feature is a part of the package repository Medibuntu (Multimedia, Entertainment & Distractions In Ubuntu) that isn’t included into the Ubuntu distribution for legal reasons (copyright, license, patent, etc).

I’m just going into show you how to install the package that let you play encrypted DVDs and not how to add the Medibuntu repository (but if you want to you cant read about how to do that here: Medibuntu.

The GUI Way

  1. Open Synaptic (System >Administration > Synaptic Package Manager ) or Ubuntu Software Centre if you’re using Ubuntu 10.04 (Applications -> Ubuntu Software Centre)
  2. Search for ubuntu-restricted-extras (Ubuntu users), kubuntu-restricted-extras (Kubuntu users) or xubuntu-restricted-extras (Xubuntu users) and install this package
  3. Then search for the package named libdvdcss2 and install it
  4. You should now be able to watch encrypted DVDs on your system :) If you didn’t find libdvdcss2 try the Terminal Way’s step

The Terminal Way:

  1. Open the Terminal:
    Ubuntu: Applications > Accessories > Terminal
    Kubuntu: KMenu > System > Terminal Program (Konsole)
    Xubuntu: Applications menu -> System -> Terminal
  2. Install Ubuntu Restricted Extras with this command:
    Ubuntu: sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras
    Kubuntu: sudo apt-get install kubuntu-restricted-extras
    Xubuntu: sudo apt-get install xubuntu-restricted-extras
  3. Then install try to install libdvdcss2 with the command sudo apt-get install libdvdcss2 if it didn’t work try the command below that’s matching your system (if you don’t know which one, try the one for i386).

    1. wget -c
    2. sudo dpkg -i libdvdcss2_1.2.9-2medibuntu4_i386.deb


    1. wget -c
    2. sudo dpkg -i libdvdcss2_1.2.9-2medibuntu4_amd64.deb


    1. wget -c
    2. sudo dpkg -i libdvdcss2_1.2.9-2medibuntu2_powerpc.deb
  4. And there! You should now be able to watch encrypted DVDs!

And in case someone is wondering: I recommend using VLC for watching DVDs in Ubuntu (you can find it in Synaptic and Ubuntu Software Centre or you can just install it by using this command: sudo apt-get install vlc).


16/06/2010 at 21:24 4 comments

How to install Wolvix on a USB drive

This guide can be used with Linux, Windows and Mac OSX.

Wolvix is a desktop oriented GNU/Linux distribution based on Slackware. It features the Xfce desktop environment and a comprehensive selection of development, graphics, multimedia, network and office applications. It’s mainly targeted at home users and strives to provide a balance between everyday computing tasks, creativity, work and enjoyment.
Read more…

You need:

  • A computers that’s able to boot from a USB drive
  • A working CD/DVD burner for burning yourself a Live CD (or a program for making a Live USB)
  • 1 USB drive and a CD/DVD (or 2 USB drives)
  1. Download the .iso file from (Cub is designed to fit on a 256MB USB stick, while Hunter is designed to fit on 512MB)
  2. Then burn the .iso file to a CD or DVD (Click here to get a guide: BurningIsoHowto – Community Ubuntu Documentation)
  3. Turn of the computer and boot from the Live CD (or USB):
    – This is a different procedure on almost every computer depending on which BIOS your machine is using
    – Look at the fist image that shows up when you turn on your computer there should be a text like “Click F2 to enter setup” (note that this is different for every computer and that some has different buttons for different actions)
    – Now you want to find the place where you can change the order in which your devices is going to boot, change the setting so that the CD is on the top
    – Save and exit and the system should boot from your Live CD if you have done everything right.

    My Acer’s BIOS looks like this:

  4. When this screen shows up hit [Enter]
  5. Log in. The username is root and the password is toor
  6. Then there is the fun part ^^
    – Fist click on the icon with the red ring around it
    – The window Wovix Control Panel shold show up
    – Select the tab named HD-Install
    – Select USB Install
    – Find you usb key (this process will erase everything on your drive, so remember to do a backup)
    – Hit Start install
  7. And you now you should have your very own Wolvix USB drive!

11/06/2010 at 21:24 Leave a comment

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