Ubuntu 9.1 noob needs help with vlc install

Asked by Rook on 2009-11-09

Noob to Ubuntu, 100%. I just loaded 9.1 to my laptop, solely for watching movies while traveling for work. I cannot figure out how to install VLC from a PPA as it suggests to do on the vlc website. I tried using the Movie Player that came with the download of ubuntu i have, however it is missing mp3 and mp4 plugins, and i cant figure that out either. If someone could walk me through, step by step, i would greatly appreciate it. Eager to learn, really want to avoid going back to windows.Thanks in advance!

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Vu Do Quynh (vu-do-quynh) said : #1

You can simplier install VLC from the Ubuntu Software Center (under the Applications menu).

You may also wish to install the package 'ubuntu-restricted-extras' which will provide you with essential packages to "survive" ont he web (looking at youtube videos, opening avi and mp3 files, etc.)

Rook (missalexrowsell) said : #2

Vu Do-

I did get as far as trying the software center, and it says

"Not available in the current data."

for both VLC itself and the restricted extras...

I'm terribly confused now, a little disheartened.

Best vashman (sunny.s) said : #3

Try to re sync with " sudo apt-get update ".
update is used to resynchronize the package index files from their sources.

Vu Do Quynh (vu-do-quynh) said : #4

To get VLC and ubuntu-restricted-extras, you need to check on the universe and multiverse repositories.

It can be done from the menu of the Ubuntu Software Center (could be the Edit menu, but I don't remember as I still currently use Jaunty and hardy - only installed a few karmic to test them)

OR you can just open Software Sources (Menu System > Administration) and check the universe and multiverse components in the first tab of the dialog box which will open.

After changing the repository list you need to update it (reload it from the internet) by clicking on the corresponding button (anyway you will be prompted by the system) or do the command in a terminal:

sudo apt-get update

Rook (missalexrowsell) said : #5

Thanks vashman, that solved my question.