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Medibuntu Is No More

If you are running either any of the Buntus (e.g. ubuntu, kubuntu, lubuntu), including Linux Mint, you may have had Medibuntu in you repositories for things like the DVD decription library (libdvdcss2) and other proprietary codecs. Medibuntu was not a distribution but referred to Multimedia, Entertainment, and Distractions in Ubuntu, referring to the types of packages it stored and made available. That repo has now shut down, my first hint of which was the following message on an "apt-get update".

   W: Failed to fetch
   W: Failed to fetch Could not resolve ''
   W: Some index files failed to download. They have been ignored, or old ones used instead.

That's because the repo is no more and isn't coming back. If you have it on your system, you should get rid of it, either by manually removing the entries in /etc/apt by typing the following.

   sudo rm /etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list

Pretty much everything you need in terms of getting restricted codecs to work is in the ubuntu-restricted-extras package (or kubuntu-restricted-extras, etc) except, of course, for the DVD decryption library. You can add that one by executing the following command.

   sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/

This will download and install libdvdcss2 from where it will now be hosted going forward.

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