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Ubuntu on Thinkpad X41 – Installing Multimedia Components

Posted by Shane O'Sullivan on February 16, 2007

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This is one of a number of posts detailing how to install Ubuntu 6.10 (codename Edgy) on a Thinkpad X41. This post focuses on installing multimedia components.

Out of the box, Ubuntu Edgy has problems playing MP3s and some video codecs, due to the fact that it cannot ship non-open sourced software, while most codecs are free, they are not open source. For this reason, you have to download them yourself.

To get MP3s to play:

  1. Click Applications->Add/Remove, choose to show “All Available Applications and search for GStreamer
  2. Check the “GStreamer extra plugins” box and click “Apply

To get extra movie codecs:

  1. Click System->Administration->Synaptic Package Manager->Settings->Repositories
  2. Check the “Software restricted by copyright or legal issues” box.
  3. Click OK. If downloading fails, change the server to “Main Server” and try again.
  4. Open a Terminal by clicking Applications->Accessories->Terminal and type
    sudo apt-get install gstreamer0.10-pitfdll gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad-multiverse gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly-multiverse gxine libxine-main1 libxine-extracodecs ogle ogle-gui
  5. When asked if you want to continue, type “Y” and hit Enter.

To play DVDs:

  1. download http://www.dtek.chalmers.se/groups/dvd/deb/libdvdcss2_1.2.1-1_i386.deb.
  2. When Firefox promts you about how to handle the file, choose to open it with the default, which should be “Gdebi Package Installer

To install RealPlayer:

  1. Download the RealPlayer installation package from http://archive.canonical.com/pool/main/r/realplay/realplay_10.0.8-0ubuntu1_i386.deb
  2. Firefox should prompt you to open with the package installer, but if not, double click on the downloaded file and install it.
  3. To make RealPlayer work inside Firefox you have to delete the Totem plugins that tell Firefox to play RealMedia files with the open source program Totem. Source Link. Type:
    cd /usr/lib/mozilla-firefox/plugins/
    sudo rm libtotem-complex-plugin.*

To install the best mp3 player ever created by man, woman or beast, Amarok, see my follow up post at http://shaneosullivan.wordpress.com/2007/05/11/ubuntu-on-thinkpad-x41-working-with-amarok.

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