[sf-lug] on my way to saying goodbye to microsoft

Blake Haggerty Blake.Haggerty at Sapphire.com
Wed Jul 30 14:26:38 PDT 2008

> I am in the market for a new desktop PC and linuxmce looks intriguing. does anyone know if you can play blue-ray DVD work >on linux yet?


It doesn't seem to me this question has truly been answered. In short, if I understand your question correctly NO you cannot play Blu-Ray Discs on any linux distribution. Now if you just want to burn data or rip data off a Blu-Ray disc than yes you can do that. Currently there is one way to watch BLu-Ray movies  through Ubuntu but it is a royal pain in the ass. (And Illegal I believe... Not that I care but...) (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/RestrictedFormats/BluRayAndHDDVD) I find it easier to just dual boot both Vista ultimate and use that for my Blu-Ray needs (truly only reason I even have Vista Ultimate) and use Ubuntu for everything else. I believe eventually you will be able to just simply pop in the Blu-Ray and have it play in VLC or Totem or whatever but as for now It cant. 


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-----Original Message-----
From:Christian Einfeldt einfeldt at gmail.com 
To: "Alden Meneses" ;
Cc: "sf-lug at linuxmafia.com" ;
Sent: Jul 30, 2008 01:17:57 PM
Subject: Re: [sf-lug] on my way to saying goodbye to microsoft


2008/7/30 Alden Meneses <aldenm at gmail.com>

Hey SF Luggers,


Thanks for all the cool info. You guys are awesome and your help will make my transition more fun. I installed mplayer but haven't figured out how to play DVDs just yet. Totem gives me an error when I try to play DVD movies.

Some vendors believe that copyright law prevents them from providing you with all of the proprietary codecs that you need to play media with non-Free codecs, and so they don't package Linux with all of those codecs.  You can actually purchase a type of GNU-Linux called Linspire that has all of those codecs.  Or, you can get free support from this list to do the same.  Of course, the SF-LUG also has meetings where you can bring your computer, and you will probably be able to get it taken care of there.  What distro are you using?  Sorry, I forgot.  You can probably open your package manager, click the reload button to renew the list of available packages, and then click search and type "video" into the search box and it will tell you all of the names of the packages that might help you.  You probably will be able to play commercial DVDs that way.  

 I am in the market for a new desktop PC and linuxmce looks intriguing. does anyone know if you can play blue-ray DVD work on linux yet?

If you are in the market for a new desktop PC, you should really consider purchasing a machine from this local company:  Zareason.com.  They are very active in our local LUG activities, and they are highly regarded and trusted.  Your machine will be built locally, and you will eventually likely meet the people who built your machine!  I have actually purchased 4 machines from them for a total of $8k dollars, and I have been very satisfied.  If you get the machine from them, just be sure to let them know what uses you want to make of it, and they will configure it and test it to make sure it works. 

I don't have a video cam yet but will check out kino and see if i can play around with the movie files from my digital cam.

What kind of digital cam are you talking about?  Linux works well with most of them, but do be sure to google any purchases to make sure that you have a Linux-friendly camera.  You don't want to happen to buy the one or two cameras that won't work with Linux.  Again, if you tell the Zareason team what camera you want to get, they will make sure it works with that camera. 

Good luck Alden! 


Thanks again,


Christian Einfeldt,
Producer, The Digital Tipping Point

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