Convert Microsoft to LINUX: Install Video Player

Linux does not come by default with a commercial type Video player. It would be breaking the copyright law if it did. However you can play videos by tweaking a bit the Kaffeine and VLC Movie player programs. I will explain how to do this in the Ubuntu/Xubuntu/Kubuntu world. Note, you can only do this for your personal home use. Let us assume you are using the latest 8.04 Hardy version of Xubuntu with the picture of a pelican on it.

You will need to add the appropiate codecs and dvd libraries. At the terminal prompt logged in as root user type:
sudo su
entering your password when prompted.
apt-get install kaffeine
apt-get install vlc
Note, these programs may already be there.
apt-get install xubuntu-restricted-extras
Note the following very long wget to fetch a file is all on one line.
wget -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list
This is where you go to get those special programs to deencrypt the commercial videos. Now type another very long wget command to install the libdvdcss2 library I mentioned above.
wget -c
Next type this:
dpkg -i libdvdcss2_1.2.9-2medibuntu4_i386.deb

Note, this could take a half hour to compile and load. Relax, it all worked for me the first shot. For a final test go to Multimedia and then fire off both those movie players.