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Old 07-21-2009, 07:05 AM   #1
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Problems with packages and repositories

I was on Ubuntu 8.04 and had many glitches so I now changed to Debian 5.0 Gnome desktop. I'm not an expert and I can;t figure out how do I install all the multimedia plug ins I need at once. I used to do this with Ubuntu with a particular program and I don't know if it exists in Debian.

My problem is that I am editing my sources.list but I don't know how to download all the particular packages from a source for example how do I download all these packages at once ?

I have also downloaded and installed from my terminal flashplayer-mozilla
and flashplugin-nonfree-extrasound but flash does not work yet. o.O

Also with apt-cache search and with my package manager I also can't find Firefox!!

I have also tried this but

apt-get update
apt-get install flashplugin-nonfree

but it isn't finding it.

I need to download all the possible multimedia codecs and flash codec. How do I do this? If you are going to be rude and just say go read the documentation please don't say anything at all because I have been reading documentation since a week and until now it hasn't helped my problem.

(wiki documentation is the best but it's very concise and doesn't offer much information for Debian and the rest is just too difficult to read for those who don't know programming languages).

Thank you your help will be very much appreciated.

Last edited by MarkDebian; 07-21-2009 at 07:06 AM.
Old 07-21-2009, 07:25 AM   #2
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The easiest way to instal flash and other multimedia codecs would be to use the exnoodles script in my signature. Take a look at my blog on it>

If you do not want to use that you need to either use the repo or to install flash.

Using dmm it would be apt-get install flashplayer-mozilla
Using backports it would be apt-get install flashplugin-nonfree.

Firefox is Iceweasel in debian. If you want the mozilla version take a look at> DeviceGuru Adding REAL Firefox to Debian Lenny -

As for other codecs, for sun's java you need contrib non-free in your sources.list. Totem and the gstreamer plugins, mplayer with ffmpeg and w32codecs along with mplayerplug-in or vlc will give you pretty much everything else.

I assume you pretty much want to be able to play everything in your browser as well as things like dvds.

Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.9.1) Gecko/20090707 Firefox/3.5.1 (Debian-3.5.1-1)
Installed Plugins: (12)
- Adobe Reader 9.1
- DivX Browser Plug-In
- DjVuLibre-3.5.22
- Helix DNA Plugin: RealPlayer G2 Plug-In Compatible
- Java(TM) Plug-in 1.6.0_14
- Java(TM) Plug-in 1.6.0_14-b08
- mplayerplug-in is now gecko-mediaplayer 0.9.6
- Plug-in
- QuickTime Plug-in 7.4.5
- RealPlayer 9
- Shockwave Flash
- Windows Media Player Plug-in

If you arent sure what you need in your sources.list take a look at the link in my signature.
Old 07-21-2009, 08:25 AM   #3
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craigevil your list is just the fucken bomb! it saved me a lot of time and installed all the things I needed in 5 minutes! Thanks a lot mate!


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