Playing Encrypted DVDs in Ubuntu

Most DVDs you will come across are CSS encrypted. When you rely on a open source operating system that aims to be free, like Linux, this can prove to be a problem for you. Just run the following in a terminal to allow Ubuntu to play commercial DVDs.

sudo apt-get install libdvdread4
sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/install-css.sh

You may need to reboot before these changes will take effect. This should work for both 32-bit and 64-bit installations. I tested this on Ubuntu versions 9.04, 9.10, 10.04, and 10.10.

In some countries this is illegal. Take a look at your local laws to make sure you will not bring the fuzz down on yourself.

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