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HOWTO Watch Copy-Protected DVDs in Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy

Though installing audio and video codecs has become easier in recent Ubuntu releases, there is no straightforward way to watch copy-protected DVDs (all big titles in the US). Because of legal problems, Ubuntu cannot provide the necessary DVD decryption package, but does provides a package that includes a script that downloads the DVD decryption package.

Here’s a demo video (also available as an AVI file):

These are the lines to copy and paste into a terminal:

sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread3/install-css.sh
sudo aptitude install vlc
gconftool-2 -t bool -s /desktop/gnome/volume_manager/autoplay_dvd true
gconftool-2 -t string -s /desktop/gnome/volume_manager/autoplay_dvd_command "vlc %m"
#

There you have it, DVD on Linux.