Medibuntu: non-free-codecs for gutsy

Please see this article for hardy repositories and procedure, thanks :)

The non-free codecs distributed by Medibuntu now come to a single metapackage: non-free-codecs. The proper package matching the architecture will be installed (please see the Launchpad bug report below).

Just add Medibuntu repository to your sources.list:

# Medibuntu.
deb gutsy free non-free

Add the key to your keyring, reload the sources.list file and install the package:

wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add - && sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install non-free-codecs

Note1: I use aptitude. Please either use apt-get or aptitude, but do not mix the two. I’m giving here the code recommended in the Ubuntu doc, aptitude users will find their way around.
Note2: Once I install a package of interest from a third party repository, I comment the repository line in the sources.list file, and do not perform regular updates/upgrades with it.

~ $ sudo aptitude show non-free-codecs
Package: non-free-codecs
New: yes
State: installed
Automatically installed: yes
Version: 1.1
Priority: extra
Section: non-free/metapackages
Maintainer: Medibuntu Packaging Team <>
Uncompressed Size: 32.8k
Depends: w32codecs
Description: Non-free codecs
 This package depends on the binaries codecs package matching your architecture
 (w32codecs for i386, w64codecs for amd64 and ppc-codecs for powerpc systems). 
 It can be safely removed.

I suppose the Medibuntu doc page will be updated when gutsy is out ;)


LP bug
Edit: adding a link to mr_pouit’s blog post

18 thoughts on “Medibuntu: non-free-codecs for gutsy

  1. bapoumba Post author

    Hello Tristan,
    Not the w(xx)- or ppc-codecs, as far as I know :)
    libdvdcss comes in a different package too (also available via medibuntu).

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  3. Neil Greenwood

    There’s a small error in the installation line above.

    You’ve said “install non-free codecs” instead of “install non-free-codecs”.

  4. bapoumba Post author

    Okay, I see what you mean. It had to do with the [sourcecode] tag in wordpress. I’ll look into this further, some wysiwyg editor interpret the “&”. Many thanks!

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  6. Zara

    After doing the sudo install stuff I get the following error:
    The following packages have unmet dependencies:
    non-free-codecs: Depends: w32codecs but it is not going to be installed
    E: Broken packages
    I am following this HOWTO in the hopes of getting w32codecs libdvdcss installed so I can install Mplayer. I have gutsy.
    Please help
    Zara, btw cute bee

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