Installing VLC player on Ubuntu 9.04

1 09 2009

It was the first time that I was attempting to install a 3rd party software on a linux distro.I browsed through many webpages before I got the correct procedure.I agree that its a tiresome affair but then its the complexity that makes it more interesting as its not a cakewalk as it is in Windows where you just click the .exe file to graphically install the apps.
Here’s a step by step installation procedure for VLC 1.0.1 golden eye.VLC is the most popular video player and its an open source software that makes it more exciting.[Note that this is for Ubuntu 9.04-the latest version as of now-codenamed Jaunty Jackalope; hence I think this should work on Linux Mint 7 too (as it is based on Ubuntu 9.04).

1. Open a terminal window.
2. Type this command to open the sources.list file. Enter your password when asked:

gksudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

3. Add the following lines to the end of the sources.list file.

deb jaunty main
deb-src jaunty main

4. Save the file and close it.

5. Next type this command into the terminal and press enter.

sudo apt-key adv –recv-keys –keyserver 7613768D

6. Update the software archives by typing this in the terminal

sudo apt-get update

7. Now you should be ready to install VLC 1.0.1 Golden Eye

sudo apt-get install vlc

8. To run VLC,type this command in terminal:

vlc &

9. If VLC doesn’t run and shows Segmentation Fault then use this command.

sudo apt-get upgrade vlc

This should have done the job.
You will now find the VLC on Application list too.




10 responses

1 09 2009

Going the ubuntu way eh? Awesome. You’ll have lot’s of fun in this I assure you.

Dude this is way too complex. This will scare all computer newbies away. Did you know there’s a GUI version to this? Synaptic Package Manager? That’s way easier. Check it out. That’s the one click version you have in windows; but well it’s taken a step further.

Straight attack at command line eh? Don’t search for help. Check out various features in GUI and then master their command line version.

1 09 2009

yeah man,actually i tried the synaptic package manager first but got some issues that made me unimpressed…same was the case with connecting to broadband,the GUI dint help…so i searched 4 a cmd line way,and i got thru.

1 09 2009

hey i’ll tell you what’s wrong with your synaptics package manager.

you see you updated you sources.lst file? well you didn’t do that from synaptic package manager and hence it didn’t work for you. try hitting the reload button on the top left corner.

also well the broadband, are you using wired broadband with a username and password? You’ve to add the new connection to the DSL tab and not the wired tab. that’s a mistake I made too until I tried out the DSL tab.

how did you do it using command line? using ifconfig command? or something else? care to share it?

2 09 2009

i tried the SPM jus as u’ve mentioned above…but there seems to be some problem that i cant figure out!I checked the sources.lst file at that time and it was updated & i saved it then and there!
regarding broadband connection:i guess i wud b postin it soon…u’re welcome!

1 09 2009
rahul krishnan

Cool man…
gr8 start.. and i can tell u smthing, once u get used to Ubuntu, it is seriously easier and flexible than Windows. Exporting, converting documents and more importantly the stability factor… i am all for Ubuntu.. it has made life easier.. seriously… 🙂
and i don’t remember the last time i used my Vista… not that i hate Windows (i really like their work), but i nvr needed it…

1 09 2009

thnx buddy…it is interestin 4 sure

1 09 2009
shobhit sharda

hi dude!!nice effort, must appreciate it.:)

The best way to install any software(Package) is GUI(As both Aravind & you have already mentioned).

Through command line, I dont really think you need to follow all these steps. You can just perform steps 1,7 & 8.

If you were using some old of Ubuntu then you might had to perform all the steps. Ubuntu 8.10 and above is much more compactible and user friendly. To install any package you just need to use the command “sudo apt-get install “. Syneptic Manager will search the package from the Ubuntu repositories and will automatically install the latest version. It will also make the necessary changes in file “/etc/apt/sources.list” .

I hope it helps!!! 🙂

1 09 2009

thanx shobhit…i’m gonna try that out wen i install compiz fusion 2moro!

2 09 2009
Avinash Joshi

This is great!

Never seen such a spirit in using FOSS 😀 !

Must say, Great job, Vineeth

2 09 2009

Thnx buddy…m jus a newbie…tryin to learn n share as i go along

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