Ubuntu: back on the scene

I installed Ubuntu ages ago but never got around to configuring it:

  • Firefox didn’t like my .mozilla or .firefox directories. It complained that my default profile was already in use.
  • Thunderbird didn’t work either but I can’t remember why. Could have been the same reason.
  • Mplayer had to be installed from source. I didn’t want to go through the hassle of installing a compiler and associated development libraries.

This morning I rebooted my Debian desktop, only to discover that it wouldn’t boot again. It complained about needing an old version of modutils. Arrggghhh! Wasn’t this the perfect time to try Ubuntu again?
I rebooted, and managed to massage Firefox and Thunderbird enough that they worked.
Mplayer was still a problem but after looking around a bit here’s the easy way to install Mplayer:
Add this line to /etc/apt/sources.list
deb hoary multiverse

Do an “apt-get update” and “apt-cache search mplayer” to find the right Mplayer for your CPU.

By Donncha

Donncha Ó Caoimh is a software developer at Automattic and WordPress plugin developer. He posts photos at In Photos and can also be found on Twitter.

1 reply on “Ubuntu: back on the scene”

Yeah it worked in “Hoary”. Unfortunately, the Universe doesn’t yet have mplayer etc. for “Breezy” (5.10).
Compiling mplayer from source requires installing an old GCC (ugh). Hopefully someone with time will port mplayer source to be tolerant with GCC 4.

Anyone have a verified “Breezy” solution from packages?

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