DVD playback is not a feature that is installed by default due to license restrictions. In my opinion the restriction is stupid, very restrictive and violates my rights (of course I am not a lawyer so don’t listen to my rants.) This tutorial will show you how to install DVD playback capability on your Ubuntu linux machine.
note: in some areas this is not legal. If that is the case for you you can 1) continue to let some corporation demand payment to be able to playback the DVDs you already paid for, 2) stop watching DVDs altogether or 3) tell them to take a hike and install playback anyway. Viva la revolucion!
Installing DVD playback is pretty simple. You’ll need to install the Seveas Repository before you’ll have access to it and then simply run:
sudo aptitude install libdvdcss2
or, if you prefer not to install Seveas repository you can run the following command to automagically download and install the appropriate files:
We desperately need a change to our countries laws in this regard, at least in the US. Until then we simply do what has to be done.
update: if you find that, for whatever reason, you don’t have the above file to run and install you can try to take a look at this comment for an additional method. install libdvdread3