Asked by lookatawijeet

I AM NEW TO UBUNTU, WHEN I INSTALLED 64 VERSION, I FOUND MY COMPUTER USELESS, AS DEFAULT PLAYERS were NOT ABLE TO PLAY ANY MEDIA. I TRIED INSTALLING VLC from official site, but there was nothin to download (i mean any exe file), i FOLLOWED da instructions, efficiently, and i think i need to know more! i am gettin error massag, shall i switch to 32 version..? any help.....? AWIJEET

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marcobra (Marco Braida) (marcobra) said :

A) You must install software compiled for Linux platform. (usually are .deb packages not exe files, exe files are for dos/Windows)
B) You have already a lot of installable software included into repositories
C) Have you already tried to install software using the usual method of Debian derivated distribution as Ubuntu...?

I thing the online guide is the best resource to read https://help.ubuntu.com/

Play mp3 and dvd under Ubuntu install skype googleearth acroread and other stuffs using Medibuntu

First please install https://help.ubuntu.com/community/RestrictedFormats

You need to have extra repositories enabled..

Please first enable the universe and multiverse repository:

Open System → Administration → Software sources → [ Tab Ubuntu software ]

enable "Community-maintained Open Source software ( universe )"
enable "Proprietary drivers for devices ( restricted )"
enable "Software restrictecd by copyright or legal issue ( multiverse )"

Close and confirm the repository reload.

Then open a Terminal from the menu Applications→Accessories→Terminal

Tip: right click with mouse on the terminal title caption and select the item "Always on Top" doing this you will force the terminal window to stay on top of the other windows and you will find very easy to copy single row from this web page into the terminal...
Something more about using the terminal https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UsingTheTerminal

Then type or better copy and paste a row a time then press enter:
(Tip: select the single row to copy then right click into the terminal and to quick paste click with middle button of mouse )

and type or better copy and paste:

sudo aptitude install vlc smplayer mplayer

To get better dvd playback and optional packages here the medibuntu available software list http://packages.medibuntu.org/
you need to add the medibuntu http://www.medibuntu.org/ repository to your /etc/apt/sources.list file:
( here the medibuntu howto https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Medibuntu but see below )

In short please open a Terminal from the menu Applications → Accessories → Terminal and type or copy and paste:

sudo wget http://www.medibuntu.org/sources.list.d/`lsb_release -cs`.list --output-document=/etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list; sudo apt-get -q update; sudo apt-get --yes -q --allow-unauthenticated install medibuntu-keyring; sudo apt-get -q update

-- give your user password when requested, you don't see nothing when you type it, then press enter

Now to install, type:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras libxine1-ffmpeg
sudo aptitude install libdvdread3 libdvdnav4 libdvdcss2 regionset gnome-mplayer
sudo aptitude install non-free-codecs w32codecs
sudo aptitude install gstreamer0.10-pitfdll gstreamer0.10-plugins-good
sudo aptitude install gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly-multiverse

give your user password when requested, you don't see nothing when you type it, then press enter.

You can also install other Medibuntu repository provided optional software http://packages.medibuntu.org/ :

sudo apt-get install skype
sudo apt-get install googleearth
sudo apt-get install acroread

Hope this helps

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Tom (tom6) said :

Hi :)

Try working through all of the steps in this guide

But i would recommend keeping the non-free (as in Freedom of Speech rather than free beer) components

Good luck and regards from
Tom :)

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lookatawijeet (lookatawijeet) said :

thanks for responding.....

50% of da idea suggested is working, but i still have problem in installing software, (deb packages) for example avast antivirus for debian,

i have installed 64 ubuntu version,

installer says it does not support da 32b packages,

 i am facing similar problem with other softwares...

(i hav even tried gdeb, And it jus asks password, 1st crap software discovered by me on linux)

any help....

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marcobra (Marco Braida) (marcobra) said :

Might be this can help http://www.netwinsite.com/surgemail/help/avast.htm

In Ubuntu and usually in all Linux distribution viruses are not a real problem...

Hope this helps

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lookatawijeet (lookatawijeet) said :


thanks for quick response!
i know that there is no virus problem in linux system.
BUT, My friends are using windows, and they fear that my system will act as host for viruses (even though they won't affect my system)

 we use pendrive normally, which is the matter of concern for them....

anyways ur suggestions worked...(not all of them, due to 64b compatibility problem)

with regards,AWIJEET

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Tom (tom6) said :

Yes there were some famous and much-publicised problems with some linux servers and corporate machines accidentally hosting some malware. If you really check these stories you find the machines had not had any updates in the last 6 years. Note that is years not days. I think there were other maintenance problems and stupidity such as SuperUser passwords being totally inadequate - not much of an issue on a home machine but on a server it's a serious breach of company security likely to affect a lot of machines. With such a negligence a Windows machine wouldn't have lasted for many months, let alone years.

For a home machine it's fine to just update every few months but it is much better to keep it more up to date if you can. That's usually more than enough to prevent problems.

Good luck and regards from
Tom :)

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Tom (tom6) said :

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