To watch DVDs at their best on Ubuntu, download a couple of packages from the company's Software Centre and install the VLC Media Player
If you want to play DVDs on Ubuntu Linux, you'll need to perform a couple of extra steps after installation.
You need to install a couple of packages from the Ubuntu Software Centre (Synaptic Package Manager has disappeared from the latest incarnation of Ubuntu – 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot).
Install the Ubuntu Restricted Extras package, which increases the functionality of web browsers and media players. Next, search for 'libdvdread4' and click the More info button to ensure the two Add-ons listed are selected to install.
You should now be able to play all commercial DVDs but I also recommend installing the VLC Media Player, again via the Ubuntu Software Centre, because it quite often performs better than the default DVD player in Ubuntu and can also handle just about any media file.
Find out more about Ubuntu in the Computeractive Ultimate Guide to Windows Alternatives.
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