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Make Ubuntu play CD and DVD

As Windows 10 is unusable for me I decided to switch to Linux almost entirely. Therefore I’m testing various distributions and make different test subjects use them. I always thought that the biggest challenge would be a dumb user of an old auntie sort. Apparently not! Ubuntu works great for the gunea pig – fabulous. It works even better than new crippled Windows – my dear ginuea pig had Windows XP so far and on her old computer with just 3GB RAM and Core2Duo we had even no need for Lubuntu. And the user interface of full Ubuntu was a love at first sight for the lady. Congratulations to the Ubuntu team.

First challenge was with playing CD – the lady has a big collection of music CDs and the modern iPods and other devil inventions like buying music files on-line are absent from her soul. Unfortunately when she inserts a CD various applications dump core on her. In this case being on friendly terms with a sorcerer who controls devil forces helps.

I was well prepared to take-up the challenge – I had guest Ubuntu in VirtualBox already installed. I even had a USB CD/DVD drive and it took me a second to add it as a CD drive in my virtual machine.

Ubuntu storage settings - CD host drive

Ubuntu storage settings – CD host drive

But when I inserted a music CD the first obstacle appeared – I can see the files, but I cannot play the music – both Rhythmbox and Sound Juicer swear at me with error messages.

Is this a problem for a real hero? I bet not.

Quick Internet search revealed a “passthrough” option:

Ubuntu storage settings - passthrough option for a CD host drive

Ubuntu storage settings – passthrough option for a CD host drive

Astonished that an USB drive is added as a secondary IDE device? No wonder – all the fuss about about virtualization is that all different sorts of strange modern devices can potentially be presented in a well known and stable way to the guest systems. That’s actually a subject per se for the whole article.

Voilà – now Rhythmbox works like a charm. I can listen to the CDs and even make flacs out of it (Sound Juicer required). And what a nice surprise – it connects to the musicbrainz.org and downloads the CD description, song titles etc. Well, to say the truth, not much downloading but rather uploading – apparently Music Brainz collection of classic CDs is rather scarce. However if you google well there is an alternative solution with CDDB of freedb.org which is much richer, they say.

Now the second topic of my post – playing DVD. To make long things short – do not fight with Totem – just install VLC media player that’s available via Ubuntu Software Center. VLC Player has everything you need and worked for me from the first try.

copy.com cloud storage – get 17GB of free storage

For quite a time I was looking for an off-site storage space for back-up and other purposes and finally I decided to try copy.com. The decisive factor is that quite easily one can get pretty large space free of charge.

Please use this link to join copy.com to get 5GB extra space
» copy.com?r=wcnpap «
please use the link above to get 5GB extra space

copy.com gives 5GB when you join, plus 2GB when you tweet about it and yet another 5GB to both of us, you and me, when you use the link above. Nice, is not it?

This initial space I am going to use for my private purposes. Whether I use copy.com for my company off-site storage this depends on a lot of other factors such as reliability, usability and possibility to encrypt the data so nobody, including copy.com can read it. So I am going to test it on myself and only if it works for me I am going to use it in my company. I’ll try to keep you posted on the progress.

Written by Pawel Debski

2013/04/12 at 06:10