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Old 12-30-2008, 09:27 PM   #1
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XMMS/Mp3 Music

Okay, so im a total Linux NOOB and just got it the other day, I want to listen to music while using Ubuntu(as i can access the other half of my partitioned drive which has music on it), however the players it comes with do not support mp3 or m4a. I want to install XMMS due to that I have heard it CAN play those formats, or at least mp3. So i went and downloaded the file,[NOTE: The computer im using does not have internet!] and put it on a flash drive, but I dont know how to physically install it. Please help, i looked at the codes you need to put in but it looks like those search the internet for the installer, and if im wrong about XMMS please tell me too because it would suck if it didnt play it. Also, if i can just install some codecs that would be nice.
Old 12-31-2008, 01:05 AM   #2
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since you're using ubuntu, your installation should be simple. If the file you downloaded was a .deb package, then you can go to a terminal (must be a root terminal or have su priviliges) and type

dkpg -i XMMS_Package_Name.deb

If it's a .tar.gz file, more than likely it is a source tarball, which means you'll have to either download the deb package or install from source, which is something that some of our Ubuntu gurus will have to help you with ;-).
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The problem with trying to install software that way is that xmms deb package might have other dependencies that need to be installed.Unlike windows programs where everything a program needs to run is pretty much built into program .linux programs are modular.Its made up of many little programs that do one thing .Apt-get has spoiled me..Im so use to just opening synaptic and choosing a program to install and let apt-get sort out the rest..

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