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    Ubuntu Restricted Codecs

    Hello All,
    First, I would like to say Hello to the community as this is the first post...hello. I have heard of Ubuntu for a very long time now, I've just never messed with it before, until now due to Windows 8 and Office 2013 and lets not even go there. At any rate, my first try was putting Ubuntu 12.04 on an Acer chromebook, which I later upgraded to 12.10 today. I wish to install Ubuntu Restricted Extras; however when I try and install I'm told to remove: Libav codec library and Libav utility library. Where do I find these items and how do I remove them? I can not see them in my app section...I am an absolute beginner with this OS...sorry. Also, Ubuntu gives me the option to Install Anyway...
    Thoughts?
    Thanks for the help

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    Re: Ubuntu Restricted Codecs

    If you install restricted-extras these will be automatically removed and be replaced by libavcodecs-extras etc which include more functionalities. You don't need to find and remove them yourself.

    For future references if you want to find packages, compare versions etc, you should install the synaptic package manager, it is much better for managing your software packages and faster than the Ubuntu Software Centre. You can either install it from the Software Centre or open a terminal and type

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install synaptic
    After that you will have no need for the USC.
    Last edited by monkeybrain2012; April 21st, 2013 at 03:07 AM.

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    Re: Ubuntu Restricted Codecs

    +1 to what monkebrain2012 said.

    Added, if you wanna try installing them through the terminal just
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras
    Note, during the install, a eula for some fonts will appear, use the tab and/or spacebar left/right keys to check the yes or no and press enter
    The installer for the extras won't proceed until this part is done with.
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    Re: Ubuntu Restricted Codecs

    The first is likely libavcodec53, and the second libavutil51. You can look for them in the software center, or just run:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get remove libavcodec53 libavutil51
    .

    Also, installing the restricted-extras package in a termina should autoremove the above two.

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    Re: Ubuntu Restricted Codecs

    I can not see them in my app section..
    System Settings (gear and wrench (spanner)) then click on software sources, and make sure that restricted and multiverse are enabled.

    Next, go to ubuntu software center and type in restricted, and choose ubuntu restricted and click install.
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    Re: Ubuntu Restricted Codecs

    Wow...that was quick responses...I'll try this stuff and see if my cheep Chrome/Ubuntu book throws up. Thanks for the help

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    Re: Ubuntu Restricted Codecs

    Quote Originally Posted by mikewhatever View Post
    The first is likely libavcodec53, and the second libavutil51. You can look for them in the software center, or just run:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get remove libavcodec53 libavutil51
    .

    Also, installing the restricted-extras package in a termina should autoremove the above two.
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    Re: Ubuntu Restricted Codecs

    Forgive my my ignorance, but I can't find where anyone instructed you to run sudo bash. You can just install ubuntu-restricted-extras and it will automatically remove the other packages. I've never run sudo bash in over six years that Ubuntu is my primary system.

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    Re: Ubuntu Restricted Codecs

    One of the things that I found confusing about this when I was new to Linux and the command line was how to "change" the option without a cursor to move around. It's tab key, btw.

    If you want to save yourself the effort of having to install the restricted-extras package each time you get a clean install, you might want to have a look at Mint. It comes with Flash and Java installed by default, as well as the codecs. It's compatible with Ubuntu so you can still use any software you've come to love.

    Also, if you change you desktop environment, you might want to know the package is just the same still I'm not a Unity user (I thought it looked awful from day 1, and then the whole thing with them sending your searches off to Amazon just cemented that opinion), I'm using XFCE (Xubuntu) at the moment. The package is therefore just

    Code:
    xubuntu-restricted-extras
    or
    Code:
    kubuntu-restricted-extras
    etc
    Last edited by ArminasAnarchy; April 22nd, 2013 at 07:23 PM. Reason: Think -> thought herp derp

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    Re: Ubuntu Restricted Codecs

    You do not need to do "sudo bash".....Only "sudo apt-get remove libavcodec53 libavutil51".
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