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Medibuntu Repository for Hardy Heron

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).

Patent and copyright laws operate differently depending on which country you are in.

Please obtain legal advice if you are unsure whether a particular patent or restriction applies to a media format you wish to use in your country.

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Some people don't want to install non-free software on their computer as explained in the "Free and Non-Free components" section. We will explain how to exclude getting packages from the non-free component of the Medibuntu repository.

You should understand that if you remove the non-free component, you will NOT have access to these packages:

  • acroread (Acrobat Reader -- not really needed because you can use free software, such as Evince, to read pdfs)

  • alsa-firmware -- needed for some audio cards

  • AMR and FAAC support in MPlayer and FFmpeg

  • googleearth

  • restricted video codecs (ppc-codecs, w32codecs, w64codecs)

  • Skype

the complete list of packages is [WWW] here.

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To exclude getting packages from the non-free component of the Medibuntu repository, type the following command:

sudo sed -e 's/ non-free//' -i /etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list

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
  • etc.

A lot of excellent free software and non-free software is affected by such restriction somewhere in the world, thus preventing its inclusion into Ubuntu that, for economy and simplicity, are generally identical for all countries.

We refuse to resign ourselves to abandoning software that may be legally useful somewhere, and we have chosen to provide it with professional quality packaging, easily usable within the context of Ubuntu.
This repository provides packages for Ubuntu distribution.

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It is your legal responsibility to make sure that the software you are installing can be legally used in your country and for your intended purpose.

Medibuntu has two components for its repository. They are labelled free and non-free. The free component has the packages for software whose sources are made freely and/or are distributed with an open source license such as the GNU General Public License. The non-free component contains software whose sources are not made freely available and/or are distributed with a license that restricts certain ways the software can be distributed.

Software in the free component are not distributed in the Ubuntu repositories because of legal issues with that software in certain countries. Some software such as Amarok and Kaffeine are distributed through the main Ubuntu repositories but with certain functionalities taken away, again because of legal issues. Medibuntu distributes these kind of packages with those functionalities in place.

Software in the non-free component are not distributed in the main Ubuntu repositories because of the licenses that these software are distributed with restricts how they can be distributed. The software in the non-free component are usually not needed for general use as there are alternatives or implementations in other open source licensed software. Some software, such as Google Earth and Adobe Acrobat Reader, are available directly from the company's website that owns the rights to them.

Since the packages in the non-free component are usually not needed, the instructions in the next section will include a step to exclude acquiring package information from the non-free component of the Medibuntu repository.

Add Medibuntu to your sources.list, as well as its GPG key to your keyring. Make sure to use the correct sources.list that corresponds to your current distribution.

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  • Ubuntu 6.06 "Dapper Drake":

    sudo wget http://www.medibuntu.org/sources.list.d/dapper.list -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list
  • Ubuntu 6.10 "Edgy Eft":

    sudo wget http://www.medibuntu.org/sources.list.d/edgy.list -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list
  • Ubuntu 7.04 "Feisty Fawn":

    sudo wget http://www.medibuntu.org/sources.list.d/feisty.list -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list
  • Ubuntu 7.10 "Gutsy Gibbon":

    sudo wget http://www.medibuntu.org/sources.list.d/gutsy.list -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list
  • Ubuntu 8.04 "Hardy Heron":

    sudo wget http://www.medibuntu.org/sources.list.d/hardy.list -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list

Then, add the GPG Key:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install medibuntu-keyring && sudo apt-get update

If your wish to install just libdvdcss2, you can first download the individual package and then install the package.

  • i386:

    wget -c http://packages.medibuntu.org/pool/free/libd/libdvdcss/libdvdcss2_1.2.9-2medibuntu4_i386.deb
    sudo dpkg -i libdvdcss2_1.2.9-2medibuntu4_i386.deb
  • amd64:

    wget -c http://packages.medibuntu.org/pool/free/libd/libdvdcss/libdvdcss2_1.2.9-2medibuntu4_amd64.deb
    sudo dpkg -i libdvdcss2_1.2.9-2medibuntu4_amd64.deb
  • powerpc:

    wget -c http://packages.medibuntu.org/pool/free/libd/libdvdcss/libdvdcss2_1.2.9-2medibuntu2_powerpc.deb
    sudo dpkg -i libdvdcss2_1.2.9-2medibuntu2_powerpc.deb

If you have added the entire Medibuntu repository, install the package using APT.

  • For i386, the package is called w32codecs:

    sudo apt-get install w32codecs
  • For amd64, the package is called w64codecs:

    sudo apt-get install w64codecs
  • For ppc, the package is called ppc-codecs:

    sudo apt-get install ppc-codecs
source: Ubuntu.com/Medibuntu

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Ubuntu is a Linux distribution that offers an operating system predominantly focused on desktop computers but also provides support for servers. Based on Debian GNU / Linux, Ubuntu focuses on ease of use, freedom in usage restriction, regular releases (every 6 months) and ease of installation.
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