Here is a guide that shows you how to install VLC 1.1.9, the Ubuntu restricted extras and how to add the medibuntu to your repository.
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First you need to install the Ubuntu restricted extras, open a Termainal window (press Alt+F2 and type: gnome-terminal) and copy+paste the following line:
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras
When installed you need to add the medibuntu to your repository. To do this copy+paste the following lines in your Terminal window:
sudo wget --output-document=/etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list http://www.medibuntu.org/sources.list.d/$(lsb_release -cs).list && sudo apt-get --quiet update && sudo apt-get --yes --quiet --allow-unauthenticated install medibuntu-keyring && sudo apt-get --quiet update
Medibuntu’s repository is deactivated by upgrading to a newer Ubuntu release, so you should run this command again after the release upgrade.
You may also wish to add the following packages. The first will cause many apps from the Medibuntu repository to appear in Ubuntu Software Center (Ubuntu 9.10+) or Add/Remove Applications (versions prior to 9.10). The second will allow users to generate crash reports against Medibuntu packages and submit them to the Medibuntu bugtracker.
sudo apt-get install app-install-data-medibuntu apport-hooks-medibuntu
Medibuntu (Multimedia, Entertainment & Distractions In Ubuntu) is a repository of packages that cannot be included into the Ubuntu distribution for legal reasons (copyright, license, patent, etc). Medibuntu is a packaging project dedicated to distributing software that cannot be included in Ubuntu for various reasons, related to geographical variations in legislation regarding intellectual property, security and other issues:
patentability of software, algorithms, formats and other abstract creation
legal restrictions on freedom of speech or communication
restrictions on the use of certain types of technical solution, such as cryptography
legal restrictions on imports of software technology, requiring for example specific permissions
Now we can install VLC (1.1.9, in your Terminal window copy+paste the following line:
sudo apt-get install vlc mozilla-plugin-vlc
Once installed you can start VLC by pressing Alt+F2 and type: vlc