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    Question I don't have root user password, Need an mp3 player..

    Hi, as i mentioned at the title i need an mp3 player for my ubuntu 10.04 and i don't have a root password. So can you post me a link to download a zip package or something else which i can listen my mp3 files on ubuntu. Thanks in advance. (btw i can't even install mp3 plugin for rhytmbox - need root pass.)

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    Re: I don't have root user password, Need an mp3 player..

    To do things as root you must use 'sudo'. https://help.ubuntu.com/community/RootSudo
    MP3 codec is found in the package, 'ubuntu-restricted-extras' along with 'flashplayer' and more.
    You can install it from Terminal with:
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    sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras
    ... you will be asked for a password, type in your user password. You can't see it as you type... just type it and hit 'enter'.
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    Re: I don't have root user password, Need an mp3 player..

    It's going to be difficult to play MP3s without being able to install packages. I'm assuming when you say you don't have root password it means that you're not the sysadmin or owner of the computer you're on (please clarify if I'm wrong). Probably the easiest way, assuming that's the case, is the ask the sysadmin nicely to install ubuntu-restricted-extras so that you can listen with Rythmbox.

    You could try to download an MP3 player and build it from source, putting the files in a location for which you have permissions. But, as I've found after a quick look, most of these packages require a host of dependencies and such that would ultimately require root access to install. So, if you can't do it the conventional way, it's going to be tough.

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    Re: I don't have root user password, Need an mp3 player..

    Ubuntu 10.04 desktop version is no longer supported, so it's repositories have been moved to old-releases. Important to know if and when you obtain permission to install any packages.

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    Re: I don't have root user password, Need an mp3 player..

    Apparently you can still install a package for 10.04 using the original repositories - I just this morning (Dec 10) installed keepassx on Ubuntu 10.04 in the usual way using apt-get. I assume this is because the 10.04 server is still supported until Apr 2015, so the repositories are open. I suppose there are no updates, however, for desktop.

    So if you have sudo privileges, you probably can install a player.

    Lucid packages still listed here: http://packages.ubuntu.com/

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    Re: I don't have root user password, Need an mp3 player..

    Good to know, thank you.

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    Re: I don't have root user password, Need an mp3 player..

    hmm in windows this issue is easilly solved with various portable players and mostly opensource portable programs & codecs. is there nothing similar in linux (like portable apps)? and if so why not?

    perhaps some older version of VLC in this link?: http://portablelinuxapps.org/

    edit: you'd probabyl still need admin rights to make the file executable or am i wrong?
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    Re: I don't have root user password, Need an mp3 player..

    Why is anyone still using 10.04?

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    Re: I don't have root user password, Need an mp3 player..

    i can't use sudo or apt-get or any command that needs root password. @mastablasta i'm trying your link now but can't open VLC. Should i do someting else, i checked "Allow file executing as a program"

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    Re: I don't have root user password, Need an mp3 player..

    @drmrgd thats sad to hear... I just got only one folder that i got perrmisson to use. I wanted to download player to that location and open it

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