Thursday, August 13, 2009

Howto make Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope) Multimedia Ready

AS per the request from my readers I am re-publishing this article

Ubuntu 9.04 Required the foll0wing steps to Run Multimedia files like MP3, AVI, Mpeg, Flash file etc...

In Ubuntu 9.04 "Jaunty jackalop", the universe, multiverse and restricted repositories are activated by default.

For installing Multimedia files you need to add medibuntu repositories.

Run the follwing in command mode it will add medibuntu repositories in your sources list

$ sudo wget --output-document=/etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list

then Add the GPG Key:

$ sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install medibuntu-keyring && sudo apt-get update


$ sudo apt-get update

Now you can Install non-free-codecs

$ sudo apt-get install non-free-codecs

It will enables your system to support for MP3 and various other audio formats, unrar. Java runtime environment, Flash plugin, Microsoft fonts, w32codecs etc!

You can install more codecs and DVD Support by using

$ sudo apt-get install libdvdcss2 libxine1-ffmpeg gxine mencoder

It will help you to run DVDs, AVI files and other mpeg codecs.

Now Install Famous VLC player and Mplayer

$ sudo apt-get install vlc mplayer

You can Install following interesting and useful utilities

Audio Editing Software Audacity

$ sudo apt-get install audacity

Adobe Acrobat Reader

$sudo apt-get install acroread acroread-plugins


Steven Pemberton said...

Didn't work for me.

ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo apt-get install non-free-codecsReading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
or been moved out of Incoming.
The following information may help to resolve the situation:

The following packages have unmet dependencies:
non-free-codecs: Depends: ubuntu-restricted-extras but it is not installable or
kubuntu-restricted-extras but it is not installable or
xubuntu-restricted-extras but it is not installable
Depends: w32codecs but it is not going to be installed
E: Broken packages

Steven Pemberton said...

So here's what worked for me:

Start synaptic up (System>Administration>Synaptic)

Click on Settings>Repositories

Check all the repositories downloadable from the internet, and Close

Click on Reload.

When it is finished with reloading, close synaptic.

Double click on an MP3 file.

Movie Player then starts up, asks if you would like to install the codecs, and does it all for you.

Anonymous said...

thank you for posting this. the worst part of linux is searching for stuff like this. I'm glad you put it together for us

Anonymous said...

thanks for posting this. the worst part of linux is searching for stuff like this. i'm happy you put it all in one place for us.

Anonymous said...

Thanks a bunch for this easy to understand How-To.
Now i can enjoy 1080p video encoded in x264. :)

David said...

Thank you for this very useful guide!

Unknown said...

I'll add my thanks to the list and also ask a question. In the "You can install more codecs and DVD Support" section you have us type "libxine1-ffmpeg" twice. Is that a typo or am I dyslexic or am I just not understanding something?

Unknown said...

Another comment/question. apt-get could find acroread but not acroread-plugins. Suggestions?

sundar said...

if you dont have internet connection download ubuntu_restricted_extras_9.04 fron here before installing read the "read me" file.

shibuvarkala said...

If any problem with acrobat use the following link

Doug Holton said...

Medibuntu no longer provides acroread (Adobe Acrobat Reader).

Use the Canonical Partner repository instead (in Software Sources->Third Party Software):

snadrus said...

just get "ubuntu restricted extras" and don't mess with another media player. It confuses things & people to have 2 installed at once because then the default actions are always in question.

snadrus said...

If you must use it offline, I've always followed this process:
Go somewhere online and use the same ubuntu (even boot CD) to download "Ubuntu restricted Extras". Then grab everything it added to /var/lib/cache and copy that to your offline machines.
You can add a folder as a software source, copy the stuff there, then refresh and install.

Johny Silfreddi said...

I have finally founded the true information. acroread is no longer in medibuntu. Thanks for saving my time (I have tried to install it without success for almost an hour).