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Install Mplayer and Multimedia Codecs (libdvdcss2,w32codecs,w64codecs) in Ubuntu 8.10

MPlayer is a movie and animation player that supports a wide range of codecs and file formats, including MPEG 1/2/4,DivX 3/4/5, Windows Media 7/8/9, RealAudio/Video up to 9, Quicktime 5/6, and Vivo 1/2. It has many MX/SSE (2)/3Dnow(Ex) optimized native audio and video codecs, but allows using XAnim’s and RealPlayer’s binary codec plugins, and Win32 codec DLLs. It has basic VCD/DVD playback functionality, including DVD subtitles, but supports many text- based subtitle formats too. For video output, nearly every existing interface is supported. It’s also able to convert any supported files to raw/divx/mpeg4 AVI (pcm/mp3 audio), and even video grabbing from V4L devices.

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no way to contact ubuntuX

most of the links are a bit messed up
"contact us"

takes you to "page not found"
all the great screenshots and wallpaper are gone

i do like the new site but needs some link checking ;-D

i am posting here hoping someone will read this
Phantom the new guy

Ubuntu 8 server - Problem with x windows

I installed Ubuntu 8 server and it seemed to go very well until I tried to get into the x windows system. I tried running startx, and it told me I needed to be logged in as root. (I tried to login using my user account peterv.) I logged in as root and ran start x and it said it couldn't find the program. I had done an apt get of xinit, and it told me to get x11-common instead. When I tried that, it said x11-common is already installed. I'm stumped. Can anyone help me out? I'm a Ubuntu novice, so I'd appreciate any help.

Relaunch of Ubuntux.org

Hi there!

We just relaunched your favourite website - Ubuntux.org! Hopefully you find the new modern design in the same way refreshing like we do. Additionally you will be able to find some new features within the community.


Please let me know if you still find some issues on this website. We will try to fix them immediately. Our goal is to provide you with the best possible Ubuntu community - and you are part of it!

Kind regards
The Ubuntux.org team

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Socket programming

 Hi ,, Is it possible for daemon child to send a signal to parent before parent dies ? Thanks in advance,Swetah

video issues

i have trouble viewing any media except flash (youtube), so i figure it's not my driver??, how do i generate code that shows where the funk is? like i tried using vlc, mplayer, all that, but nada. i can't even watch dvds, please help. ubuntu 8.04. thanks.

No CD/DVD drive, no internet, what do I do?

I have been trying to figure this out for a while now by combing the various ubuntu support forums, with no success.  The hardware I working with here is a Gateway Solo 9300 laptop that I used back in college and does not run XP worth anything.  I started installing various ubuntu distros to see which I would like the most, and finally settled on plain ol' ubuntu.  Once I finally decided however, My CD/DVD drive could no longer mount anything that was in it.  This was not a HUGE deal as I had made the decision to stick with regular ubuntu, so I really did not need a CD drive that badly.  Then I started building up an old PC into a MythTV box and thought that this laptop would make a great frontend; so I thought about how 7.10 Gutsy did not connect to the internet automatically.  I installed WICD hoping that it would do the trick, when in fact it messed everything up.  By switching from Network Manager to WICD, I lost the ability to connect to the internet all together as WICD freezes up every time.  And since I do not have a CD/DVD drive, it can not read from the ubuntu CD to re-install Network Manager.  So now I am stuck with WICD and unable to connect to the internet and then unable to install anything from the ubuntu CD.  I have tried to copy the repositories from the ubuntu website to the laptop via a USB drive and register those as a software source for synaptix, but that did not work either (but I am thinking that I did not do this correctly).

Beginner stuck with Terminal

I have Ubuntu loaded on my hard disk as well as a boot option to Win XP. I seem to be able to do most things I want but I'm stuck with navigating the file system in terminal.When I select "Places" the select "Home", I get a drop down File Browser which lists in the left panel:-"Username" (highlighted)ThenDESKTOPFILE SYSTEM 41GB <edia (2nd HD contents)NETWORK SERVERSDELET ED ITEMS----------------------------------------------------------------DOCUMENTSMUSICPICTURESVIDEO.If I select "FILE SYSTEM" I get a number of "Folders" in the right panel including "BIN" "BOOT" "CD ROM" "ETC" and so on including a "Folder" named "HOST" which contains the file system of my XP Boot diskNOW THE PROBLEMWhen I try to cd to any of the above items in Terminal I get the message this is not a file or similar. If I know how to get to the stage of being able to ls my Host folder and see a list of files, I will be able to navigate the whole system.

Compiling Ubuntu kernel

I am trying to  compile the ubuntu kernel following https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Kernel/CompileAnd it works but I have some  problems:

1) How to reconfigure the config with make menuconfig or make xconfig etc. when the config files are split ? I try this:

  • cat debian/config/i386/config debian/config/i386/config.generic >.config (Also tried using /boot/config-2.6.24-21-generic identical to above)
  • make menuconfig
  • cp .config debian/config/i386/config.generic
  • chmod u+x debian/scripts/misc/splitconfig.pl
  • chmod u+x debian/scripts/misc/oldconfig
  • debian/scripts/misc/oldconfig i386
  • CONCURRENCY_LEVEL=4 AUTOBUILD=1 NOEXTRAS=1 fakeroot debian/rules binary-generic

Then it says it is not clean and I have to do make mrproper Doing that however removes the debian directory!! Modifying config.generic by hand and then building works, but it would be nice to have an interface  not to miss any dependencies.

Install and Configure Cacti Monitoring tool in Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex) Server

Cacti is a complete network graphing solution designed to harness the power of RRDTool’s data storage and graphing functionality. Cacti provides a fast poller, advanced graph templating, multiple data acquisition methods, and user management features out of the box. All of this is wrapped in an intuitive, easy to use interface that makes sense for LAN-sized installations up to complex networks with hundreds of devices. Full Story

Problem: screen freezes during installation

Hi, I've recently purchased a laptop with spec as follow: Processor : Intel Pentium Dual-Core Processor T2390 (1.86 GHz, 1M cache, 533 MHZ FSB) Memory : 1 GB Graphics : SiS Mirage3+Graphics (Sis M672) up to 256 MB Display : 12.1" WXGA (1280X800) TFT LCD Storage : 1xHDD SATA Seagate 120 GB Brand : Axioo No Operating System Installed The ubuntu version I tried to install is the latest 8.10 for desktop version.During the installation, after selecting the option install Ubuntu, it continues to the screen with the progress bar. After that, it freezes in the reddish-brow colour screen. I have tried other alternatives such as Try Ubuntu without any change to your computer, Install Ubuntu in safe Graphics mode. But it won't work.Can anybody help me out to install this OS? I really appreciate your help. Thanks.

Mambo Installation Tutorial

Hi, hail Free Software!I have written new Mambo Installation Guide, here is the excerpt:Installing Mambo CMS is easy as point and click with your mouse. But, before installing, let see some requirements must met.You must have:

  • Mambo CMS InstallerYou can download it in Mambo official website. Just take the newest release you can find. In this tutorial, I have download Mambo release 4.6.5 stable codename Jupiter.
  • Web Server with support to PHP and MySQLThe best for us is Apache httpd server. If you ahave not install XAMPP yet, try XAMPP. XAMPP is a set of packages distributed by apachefriend.org. It contains latest release of Apache httpd server, mysql database server and client, PHP, Perl, sendmail, FileZilla ftp server, and some stuffs. XAMPP available in many architecture, include Linux (LAMPP), Windows (WAMPP) and MacOS (MAMPP).

If all requirements met, uncompress the Mambo installer to /opt/lampp/htdocs or /var/www or to your public_html directory in remote web server.

Internet woes

I've been using Ubuntu 8.04 alongside XP for around a week now.The problems are a couple of days old and I think it was because I logged into XP with my internet connection on and my anti-virus expired. (It wasn't genuine, apparently!)In any case, my Transmission Torrent Client download speeds have slowed to a trickle and I'm not able to go BACK to a previous page on Mozilla Firefox. Plus, whenever I try to open the all-in-one sidebar, Mozilla closes down.Is the problem with my ISP or could it be that a virus on my windows is somehow, miraculously, affecting Ubuntu? 


Hello allI have just started to use Ubuntu. I have been using other distributions for 10 years, and I must say I am impressed!! suddenly everything is easy, no struggle to get device drivers working..no need to recompile the kernel. And if I do not want to use the command line the GUI programs actually work. Great really enjoyable to customize graphics with compiz. Do not think I will need the dual boot to XP, maybe to run AutoCad? I have not seen a linux cad that can import autocad yet.