4. Video/Audio Codecs and TrueType Fonts
Due to patent and copyright restrictions, support for proprietary media formats (codecs for common audio and video files) are not configured “out of the box”. Instead, Ubuntu produces an Ubuntu Restricted Extras package that lets you install software which is not already included due to legal or copyright reasons.
The Ubuntu Restricted Extras package is installed by entering the following command in a terminal:
$ sudo apt install ubuntu-restricted-extras
Note: To install this package, you must accept a Microsoft End-User License Agreement (EULA), as the package installs Microsoft’s TrueType core fonts.
If you want access to proprietary media formats but don’t want to accept the Microsoft EULA, you should install the Ubuntu Restricted Addons package instead by entering the following command in a terminal:
$ sudo apt install ubuntu-restricted-addons
The Ubuntu Restricted Addons package is automatically installed when installing the Ubuntu Restricted Extras package.
To play DVDs, you need to install libdvdcss by entering the following command in a terminal:
$ sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/install-css.sh
Pages in this article:
Page 1 – Initial Update
Page 2 – Install Drivers
Page 3 – Enable Backups
Page 4 – Video/Audio Codecs and TrueType Fonts
Page 5 – GNOME Tweaks
Page 6 – GNOME Extensions
Page 7 – Install BleachBit
Page 8 – Night Light and Summary
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