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Linux for Starters: Your Guide to Linux – 8 Things to do after installing Ubuntu – Part 5

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/

Next Page: Page 5 – GNOME Tweaks

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

All articles in this series:

Linux For Starters: Your Guide to Linux
Part 1What is Linux? Why use Linux? What do I need?
Part 2Choose a Linux distribution meeting your specific needs and requirements.
Part 3Make a bootable Ubuntu USB stick in Windows.
Part 4We show you how to install Ubuntu 21.04 on your hard disk.
Part 5Things to do after installing Ubuntu.
Part 6Navigating your way around the Desktop.
Part 7Updating the system, install new software.
Part 8Open source replacements for proprietary Windows desktop software.
Part 9Get started with the power and flexibility of the terminal.
Part 10We cover the basics of files and permissions.
Part 11Getting help from your system.
Part 12Learn all about the file system.
Part 13Manipulating files from the shell.
Part 14Maintain your system with these simple tips.
Part 15Managing users on your system.
Part 16Explore different desktops to GNOME 3.
Part 17Gaming on Linux.
Part 18Protect your privacy with this guide.
Part 19Access the Windows desktop from Linux using a remote desktop client.
Part 20Set up a virtual machine running Ubuntu as the host and openSUSE as the guest.
Part 21Wine lets you run Windows programs on Linux without emulation.
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    1. From independent surveys Ubuntu is the most popular Linux distro. Ignore the charts you see on some web sites that often have fairly obscure distros top. Their fanboys just vote them up using bots, partly because they are very passionate about them.

      Interestingly, Linus Torvalds (the creator of the Linux kernel) has never even tried Ubuntu.

  1. How about as a Linux user you whine, cry and criticize ever tutorial and article ever printed? It really gets old. I use Linux, I use Ubuntu, I use other OS’s. I appreciate people with the skill and knowledge to write tutorials and articles that can help others. No article can cover ‘everything Linux”. Thank you Steve.

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