Playtime…watching DVDs on Ubuntu 9.10

It’s not all sad geeky database type stuff here you know. Sometimes, I just want to kick back and watch a movie.
For some ( apparently legal) reasons, stuff like DVD and Flash doesn’t work on Ubuntu out of the box.
To access a veritable cornucopia of goodies, you need to do the following :

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras
sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/

Additionally, if you want to be able to access a DVD’s menu, you’ll need the totem-xine package :

sudo apt-get install totem-xine

Full details can be found in the Ubuntu Community Documentation on Restricted Extras – which is how they refer to this stuff.
I thought it was worth a post here because it’s something I stumbled across and, speaking to fellow Ubuntu ingenues it seems that it’s one of those things that isn’t particularly well publicised.


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