Ubuntu.com UBUNTU

is an ancient African word, meaning "humanity to others". Ubuntu also means "I am what I am because of who we all are". The Ubuntu Linux distribution brings the spirit of Ubuntu to the software world.

Desmond Tutu described ubuntu in the following way:

"A person with ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole."

We chose the name Ubuntu for this distribution because we think it captures perfectly the spirit of sharing and cooperation that is at the heart of the open source movement. In the Free Software world, we collaborate freely on a volunteer basis to build software for everyone's benefit. We improve on the work of others, which we have been given freely, and then share our improvements on the same basis.

Ubuntu is an amazing FREE distribution of debian linux and is available via download or a free mailing. Just visit www.ubuntu.com and join to be able to download and burn it or receive a mailing. It comes in 32 bit or 64 bit versions to see which your machine is :

START->control panel->system

Linux replacements for common Windows programs

The disk once burned or received also has some opensource programs for windows on it. Just put it in a drive while windows is running to see some GREAT free programs, ie. Firefox browser. It is a "live cd" which means you can boot with it to run Ubuntu WITHOUT changing your current operating system and IF(when) you decide to you can install Ubuntu.


Or for the windows user the EASIEST way to install is to use WUBI, a new Ubuntu release to ease the installing and running of Ubuntu.

Wubi is an officially supported Ubuntu installer for Windows users that can bring you to the Linux world with a single click. Wubi allows you to install and uninstall Ubuntu as any other Windows application, in a simple and safe way. http://wubi-installer.org/latest.php

It plays well with windows! See what Shuttleworth has to say.

Lost the GRUB? Did you install windows after installing Ubuntu? Here's the how-to on fixing GRUB...


Don't like GRUB? Here's the how-to on removing it.

Here's the how-to on bootable flashdrives.

How to rip DVD's with Ubuntu

dvd::rip is a full-featured DVD copy program written in Perl. It provides an easy to use, but feature-rich Gtk+ GUI to control almost all aspects of the ripping and transcoding process. It uses the widely known video processing swissknife transcode and many other Open Source tools. dvd::rip itself is licensed under GPL / Perl Artistic License.

Warning: As always, check the relevant copyright laws for your country regarding the backup of DVDs.

Note: Another, and perhaps easier, solution for DVD ripping in Linux is K9Copy.

Installing dvd::rip

Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty), Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy) & Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy)

1. Open "Add/Remove..." under the Applications menu.

2. Set it to show all available applications (Universe and Multiverse).

3. Search for and install dvd::rip.

Ubuntu 5.10 (Breezy) and 6.06 (Dapper)

Note: Install process should work for Ubuntu 5.10 (Breezy Badger) as well as Ubuntu 6.06 (Dapper Drake).

1. Enable the Universe and Multiverse repositories. (see AddingRepositoriesHowto)

2. Install the dvdrip package.

3. Add dvd::rip to the Applications menu with one of the following commands (whichever is appropriate for the version of Ubuntu you're using):


gksudo gedit /usr/share/applications/dvdrip.desktop


kdesu kate /usr/share/applications/dvdrip.desktop


gksudo mousepad /usr/share/applications/dvdrip.desktop

Insert the following lines into the new file and save it:

[Desktop Entry]

Installing Optional Features

Subtitle Ripping

If you want to rip subtitles, you will need to install the following package: subtitleripper.

This will get you .VOB/.IDX subtitles. If you want .SRT (text format) subtitles, you will need to install ksubtitleripper and gocr. Note that ksubtitleripper is broken in Feisty; it is possible to get it working, but doing so requires applying two patches to the source code and compiling it manually. Please consult the post on Ksubtitleripper problem (can't enter text) on the ubuntu forums.

Video Previews

In order to get video previews, you need the mplayer package. Please see MplayerInstallHowto for more information on installing mplayer.

Rip Encrypted DVDs

In order to rip encrypted DVDs (most commercial DVDs are encrypted), you will need to do the following:

sudo apt-get install libdvdread3 debhelper fakeroot
sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread3/examples/install-css.sh
# or if that last line didn't work
sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread3/install-css.sh


  • See Gtk1Fonts if dvd::rip's interface looks ugly.

  • After ripping .VOB files from the DVD with dvd::rip, you can open them with ksubtitleripper. Choose File/New, then choose the files from the 'vob' folder in dvd::rip's project folder.

Quick Install Guide

Use these instructions to quickly install a fully featured dvd::rip:

Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty) & Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy)

sudo apt-get install dvdrip subtitleripper ksubtitleripper gocr mplayer libdvdread3 debhelper fakeroot
sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread3/examples/install-css.sh
# or if that last line didn't work
sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread3/install-css.sh


DVD::Rip (last edited 2008-07-24 17:11:15 by localhost

10 Things You Should Do Immediately After Installing Ubuntu 8.10

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The latest version of the popular Linux distribution Ubuntu, code named as Itrepid Ibex (Ubuntu 8.10), has been released to the public. You can download it here or even get a CD shipped to you absolutely free of cost.

In today’s Linux Gyan, we help you get-things-working once you have installed the Intrepid Ibex. Most people expect certain functions to work out-of-the-box in a modern operating system. Features like MP3 playback, DVD authoring and playback, DivX support, flash player etc to name a few. Unfortunately, due to certain ethical reasons, Ubuntu doesn’t provide such features out of the box.

Though the users are free to add these features themselves, it is always a pain in the neck to figure out all the various procedures involved and then apply it. This post will help you in getting all the required information on a single page (but you’ll still have to do the ‘applying them’ part yourself). Make sure that you book mark this page.

1. Add the Medibuntu Repository

Medibutu stands for Multimedia, Entertainment & Distractions In Ubuntu and is a repository of packages that cannot be included in Ubuntu due to legal reasons. We need to add this repository to enable MP3, DVD playback, install certain codecs etc.

Take a terminal and enter:

sudo wget http://www.medibuntu.org/sources.list.d/intrepid.list --output-document=/etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list && sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install medibuntu-keyring && sudo apt-get update

Now we’ll enable all repositories (including Universe and Multiverse repositories) that Ubuntu provides. Take a terminal and enter:

sudo sed -i -e "s/# deb/deb/g" /etc/apt/sources.list && sudo apt-get update

2. Enable Playback of Encrypted DVDs in Ubuntu 8.10

Once the Medibuntu repository has been added as said above, take a terminal and enter:

sudo apt-get install libdvdcss2

3. Playing MP3, WMA, Real and Apple QuickTime Files in Ubuntu 8.10

Once the Medibuntu repository has been added as said above, take a terminal and enter:

For a 32 bit machine:

sudo apt-get install w32codecs

For a 64 bit machine:

sudo apt-get install w64codecs

For a PPC machine:

sudo apt-get install ppc-codecs

4. Install Skype in Ubuntu 8.10

Once the Medibuntu repository has been added as said above, take a terminal and enter:

sudo apt-get install skype

5. Install Adobe Acrobat Reader in Ubuntu 8.10

Once the Medibuntu repository has been added as said above, take a terminal and enter:

sudo apt-get install acroread

6. Install Google Earth in Ubuntu 8.10

Take a terminal and enter:

wget http://dl.google.com/earth/client/current/GoogleEarthLinux.bin && chmod +x GoogleEarthLinux.bin && ./GoogleEarthLinux.bin

7. Install VLC Player in Ubuntu 8.10

VLC is the media player that is said to play all media formats under the sky. Install it by running the following command from a terminal:

sudo apt-get install vlc

8. Installing OpenOffice 3.0 in Ubuntu 8.10

Take a terminal and run:

echo 'deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/openoffice-pkgs/ubuntu intrepid main' >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/openoffice.sources.list && sudo apt-get update

9. Install Flash Plugin for Firefox in Ubuntu 8.10

The latest flash plugin (Flash player 10) can be installed using this command:

sudo apt-get install flashplugin-nonfree

10. Install Google Picasa in Ubuntu 8.10

F-Spot sucks if compared to Google Picasa. Run this command from a terminal to get Google Picasa:

sudo echo 'deb http://dl.google.com/linux/deb/ stable non-free' >> /etc/apt/sources.list && sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install picasa


Here is my favorite link from the Ubuntu forums:
Comprehensive Sound Problem Solutions Guide v0.5e

I recommend uninstalling and reinstalling as per the instructions.


Ubuntu Code of Conduct - 1.0.1

This is the current version of this code of conduct.

= Ubuntu Code of Conduct =

This Code of Conduct covers your behaviour as a member of the Ubuntu
Community, in any forum, mailing list, wiki, web site, IRC channel,
install-fest, public meeting or private correspondence. The Ubuntu
Community Council will arbitrate in any dispute over the conduct of a
member of the community.

'''Be considerate.''' Your work will be used by other people,
and you in turn will depend on the work of others. Any decision
you take will affect users and colleagues, and we expect you to
take those consequences into account when making decisions. For
example, when we are in a feature freeze, please don't upload
dramatically new versions of critical system software, as other
people will be testing the frozen system and will not be
expecting big changes.

'''Be respectful.''' The Ubuntu community and its members treat
one another with respect. Everyone can make a valuable
contribution to Ubuntu. We may not always agree, but
disagreement is no excuse for poor behaviour and poor
manners. We might all experience some frustration now and then,
but we cannot allow that frustration to turn into a personal
attack. It's important to remember that a community where people
feel uncomfortable or threatened is not a productive one. We
expect members of the Ubuntu community to be respectful when
dealing with other contributors as well as with people outside
the Ubuntu project and with users of Ubuntu.

'''Be collaborative.''' Ubuntu and Free Software are about
collaboration and working together. Collaboration reduces
redundancy of work done in the Free Software world, and improves
the quality of the software produced. You should aim to
collaborate with other Ubuntu maintainers, as well as with the
upstream community that is interested in the work you do. Your
work should be done transparently and patches from Ubuntu should
be given back to the community when they are made, not just when
the distribution releases. If you wish to work on new code for
existing upstream projects, at least keep those projects
informed of your ideas and progress. It may not be possible to
get consensus from upstream or even from your colleagues about
the correct implementation of an idea, so don't feel obliged to
have that agreement before you begin, but at least keep the
outside world informed of your work, and publish your work in a
way that allows outsiders to test, discuss and contribute to
your efforts.

'''When you disagree,''' consult others. Disagreements, both
political and technical, happen all the time and the Ubuntu
community is no exception. The important goal is not to avoid
disagreements or differing views but to resolve them
constructively. You should turn to the community and to the
community process to seek advice and to resolve
disagreements. We have the Technical Board and the Community
Council, both of which will help to decide the right course for
Ubuntu. There are also several Project Teams and Team Leaders,
who may be able to help you figure out which direction will be
most acceptable. If you really want to go a different way, then
we encourage you to make a derivative distribution or
alternative set of packages available using the Ubuntu Package
Management framework, so that the community can try out your
changes and ideas for itself and contribute to the discussion.

'''When you are unsure,''' ask for help. Nobody knows
everything, and nobody is expected to be perfect in the Ubuntu
community (except of course the SABDFL). Asking questions avoids
many problems down the road, and so questions are
encouraged. Those who are asked should be responsive and
helpful. However, when asking a question, care must be taken to
do so in an appropriate forum. Off-topic questions, such as
requests for help on a development mailing list, detract from
productive discussion.

'''Step down considerately.''' Developers on every project come
and go and Ubuntu is no different. When you leave or disengage
from the project, in whole or in part, we ask that you do so in
a way that minimises disruption to the project. This means you
should tell people you are leaving and take the proper steps to
ensure that others can pick up where you leave off.