Even Windows does not ship with the ability to play DVDs and many media types by default, due to copyright/proprietary issues. Ubuntu respects these as well, but by installing one simple package, you not only get DVD playback – even on copy-protected discs – but support for basically every type of video and audio file out there today! If you’ve got two different codec pack launchers in Windows pumping codecs into Windows Media Player and there are still heaps of clips you can’t play, then Ubuntu will amaze you. You will suddenly be able to play all those XviD .AVI movies that only had sound till now, .FLV clips from YouTube, and the latest formats like .MKV.
All you need to do is open Synaptic and mark ubuntu-restricted-extras for installation, or just paste the following into a terminal:
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras
When codecs are updated or added, you will receive them with your system updates! How easy is that?!
* For info on adding even more codecs and the ability to play encrypted DVDs, read about adding the Medibuntu repository.
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