Friday, October 17, 2008

Reinstallng Media Codecs

Ubuntu strives to make all software that meets the licensing terms in the Ubuntu License Policy available. However patent and copyright restrictions complicate free operating systems distributing software to support proprietary formats.

Ubuntu's commitment to only include completely free software by default means that proprietary media formats are not configured 'out of the box'.

Configuring these formats after a fresh install is simple. This guide will allowing you to play Flash, Java mp3, aac, DVDs ,mp4, avi, wmv and many more formats. It also installs the Microsoft true type fonts for better compatibility with Word documents.

In a terminal type:
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras

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Anonymous said...

your guide rocks! Have you figured out how to make the sdhc reader work yet? Thanks!

redDEAD said...

It works out of the box

Anonymous said...

Hmm. I tried this, but I can't get past the Java license screen in the terminal. How do I get past that?

redDEAD said...

its been a while but use tab and enter

Anonymous said...

damnit i tried this but all that comes up is

E: couldnt find package ubuntu-restricted-extras

redDEAD said...

the command is correct, try again.

rovanxl said...

is something wrong. I can't get any of the packages such as unr or the restricted-extras

All I get is couldn't find package....

redDEAD said...

Ubuntu increasing popularity is the problem. The servers are getting hammered by new users. Patience is key.

Anonymous said...

If the terminal is rocket science to you then:


Change the top show field to "All Available Application"

Search> Type Restricted in the search box for Ubuntu Restricted Extras

Enable unsupported resticted software


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