I’ve recently run into a startling number of people that think you can’t play DVDs in Linux. I’m sure this idea came about because it is true that you can’t play DVDs in Linux by default, but you can install software that gives you the capability, and it’s amazingly easy. I found 4 easy steps on dreamingisdigital.com that walked me through it with no problems. The original article can be found here.
Step 1. Open a Terminal Window
Step 2. Type sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras
Step 3. Type sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/install-css.sh
Step 4. Insert DVD and enjoy.
I understand that some people are a little squeamish about the command line. There’s nothing wrong with that, so I’ve taken the liberty of writing a very small shell script to walk through all four steps for you (well, other than putting the disk in the drive). You can download it here: css_installer
If you have any questions about this process, or concerns about what I’m doing with my script, please feel free to let me know. If you don’t, I hope you enjoy watching your DVDs in Linux!