Playing DVDs on Ubuntu

I recently tried to run a Netflix DVD on my Ubuntu desktop only to see this annoying little message, “Could not read DVD. This may be because the DVD is encrypted and a DVD decryption library is not installed.” What’s going on? I already installed “ubuntu restricted extras, libdvdread2 and libdvdread4.” Why is it still not working?

Here are 3 little steps to get the Netflix DVD’s to play on my Ubuntu desktop. I included the installs for “ubuntu restricted extras” and “libdvdread4” just to be absolutely sure the steps work in all versions of Ubuntu.

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras
sudo apt-get install libdvdread4
sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/

The last step of running the install is the most crucial. Well, enjoy the movies.

WebDav and Ubuntu Encrypted Home Folder

I’ve been struggling in getting WedDav to work with my Subversion repository that’s installed on my home folder.  The problem lies with the way Ubuntu 9.10 encrypts the home folder. There seems to be no way around to the permission issues with WedDav. There are two things you can do: you can move your repository outside your home folder, or choose not to encrypt your home folder when installing Ubuntu. Anyways, encrypting your home folder is a nice feature, but it also brings some potential issues.