This is more of an aide-mémoire for me than a public guide. If it is helpful for other people then I am happy to make it available. If anyone has any comments or suggestion please contact me.
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After installing Ubuntu Desktop (10.10) you need a few extra packages to read/play DVDs. These packages are provided by: http://www.medibuntu.org/
First thing to do is open up a terminal window and add the new source locations to APT:
$ sudo wget http://www.medibuntu.org/sources.list.d/hardy.list -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list
Then update APT and install the mediabuntu keyring:
$ sudo apt-get update $ sudo apt-get install medibuntu-keyring $ sudo apt-get update
Then install the required packages:
$ sudo apt-get install libdvdcss2
(Optionally) Install the w32 codecs to support (wmv, quicktime, realplayer):
$ sudo apt-get install w32codecs
If you haven’t already done so install VLC (the absolute king of media players):
$ sudo apt-get install vlc
If all went well you should now be able to play DVDs…