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Installing additional Ubuntu software

January 29th, 2007 Comments off

To install additional software required to support various types of multimedia:

The GUI way

  1. Applications->Add/Remove Applications.
  2. Type xine into the search box at the top.
  3. Find “Xine extra plugins” in the list and tick it.
  4. Find and select “Gstreamer extra codec” and “Sun Java 5.0 Plugin”
  5. Press OK.

The Command Line way

This is much quicker as long as you know the names of the packages you want to install.

  1. Install codecs etc:
    sudo apt-get install sox vorbis-tools flac lame mpg321 faad faac
  2. Install the Xine-backend version of Totem:
    sudo apt-get install totem-xine

Flash v9

The version of Flash in Ubuntu 6.10 is v7 which is quite old. Lots of websites now require version 9, which is easy to install in Firefox:

  1. Go to http://www.adobe.com/products/flash/about/
  2. Click on the green jigsaw piece icon to install the current version of Flash.
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Mount MP3 network share located on main Windows PC

January 29th, 2007 Comments off

SlimServer doesn’t like the Music Folder path in the form smb://computer/share – presumably it can’t use smbclient. I therefore need to mount this share in the filesystem.

Parts of this are taken from here and here.

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Installing SlimServer 6.5.1 on Ubuntu 6.10

January 28th, 2007 Comments off

Ubuntu is based on Debian, so I followed the instructions on the Slim Devices website here and it worked fine. It basically involves adding the Slim Devices repository to Synaptic Package Manager (Settings/Repository->Third Party) and then installing using apt-get.

The next thing to do is mount the network share so it can be accessed by SlimServer.

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Auto Mounting NTFS partitions at boot

January 28th, 2007 Comments off

There’s a very useful Getting Started document over at UbuntuGuide which describes lots of basic configuration tasks.

In the Ubuntu 6.10 official documentation there seem to be references to a utility in System->Administration->Disks but apparently the Disks utility was removed in v6.10. It’s not difficult to edit the /etc/fstab file as on any other Linux. There are instructions in the Ubuntu documentation and also here

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First time Ubuntu experiences…

January 28th, 2007 Comments off

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I’ve just installed Ubuntu 6.10 and I’m going to be recording my experiences here, mostly so I can refer back to it later when I can’t remember how I did things…
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