Help for installing softwares in ubuntu 8.10

Asked by abhishek sreepal

Hello guys,
I am a newbie to ubuntu as well as linux. I was looking for a good linux for my desktop and in this forum I was suggested to get ubuntu 8.10. Now I have installed ubuntu 8.10 from a Live CD.But I need some help regarding the folowing issues.
1.I don't know the ubuntu I have installed is 32bit or 64bit. How to check? (just for curiosity)
2.Audio and video players need codecs. Where do I get it from.(Which files to download) I dont have internet connection to my system. So I cannot run "apt-get ... <some http:// link>". I have to download it in a system in cyber cafe and have to carry to my system where I have to install. Please guide me stepwise as how to install.

How to get them?
I am googling in the net, but not being able to follow....
Please guide me.
Thank you.

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Bernd Schlapsi (bernd-sch) said :

>> uname -a

without internet it could be really hard to install codec-support, flash ....
Normally I would recommend to install
>> sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras
but this is only a metapackage which installs a lot of other packages. You could look at
and download all the dependent packages.

I don't know if this packages are allready on the cd. Perhaps you could download the Ubuntu-DVD
and try if all necessary packages are included

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Bernhard (b.a.koenig) said :

Well, for the bit issue: you can go into the directory /lib and check if there are some names like "x86_64" (64bit) or "i386" (32bit). It basically depends on the libraries that are installed, your system is not 64bit or 32bit "per se" since you can even run 32bit programs on a 64bit machine by installing extra libraries.

As for the updates, can't you go to a cyber-cafe with your laptop and do the updates there? Or is it a desktop machine? If you really cannot do that, there is a possibility of downloading updates and storing them on a pen drive, but I never checked it out, it's here:

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abhishek sreepal (abhishek-sreepal) said :

I have installed ubuntu restricted extras but to no avail. My player still asking for some codec.
I cannot install Nvidia 177 due to some dependicies problem. Can u please give me the link for
Nvidia 177 driver for ubuntu 8.10 with all the dependent packages.

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nhasian (nhasian) said :

ditch mplayer and go with VLC instead.

sudo apt-get install vlc

no more codec issues :)

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Bernd Schlapsi (bernd-sch) said :

Which codecs causes you problems?

I think the nvidia link is:

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abhishek sreepal (abhishek-sreepal) said :


whats the difference between Live CD and DVD(UBUntu 8.10)
  will the dvd contains all the packages.

I have installed UBuntu 8.10 from a live cd to my hard disk.
I am going to get a internet connection.
Should i need to install from the dvd or just can i update all the packages.

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Bernd Schlapsi (bernd-sch) said :

If you have internet connection I would recommend to install from your ubuntu-mirror and don't install from the dvd

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