multimedia support needed!

Asked by alind billore on 2008-07-29

hello sir,
i m new to ubuntu so please help me
i tryied to play one movie cd in brothers laptop at ubuntu
it did'nt played that cd ,said missing codecs.
so please tell me how to get codecs that support MPEG format
and can we install free sowtware available at various websites!
i mean are there software available to support ubuntu platform!!!
please help
have a goodday!

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Best Jensen Somers (jsomers) said : #1

For the multimedia codecs, see,, and for more information. Although some documents are created for 7.10 the steps provided will be similar when using Hardy.

The second question depends. You cannot use software developed for Windows on Linux unless you want to emulate it. Some software however is available on both platforms. Examples are Firefox and OpenOffice which can be installed using Synaptic. Take a look at the how-to on If the software application you need is available on Linux, take a look at Synaptic to see if it's available before attempting to install it from scratch. If it is not available on Linux you could try to emulate it using Wine (

alind billore (alindbillore) said : #2

thanks for the answer Mr.jensen somers !
have a nice day!!

alind billore (alindbillore) said : #3

Thanks Jensen Somers, that solved my question.