Q. Can you suggest me a decent media player for my HP laptop? I’m using Fedora Core Linux.

A. Linux desktop offers lots of multimedia program for audio and video experience.

Beep Media Player

The Beep Media Player (BMP) is a free audio player, based on the XMMS multimedia player. I recommend beep media player for playing mp3. BMP looks like Winamp and even supports Winamp and XMMS skins. BMP supports most of the audio file formats.
=> BMP Home Page

VLC media player

Use VLC media player to play DVD/VCD and other formats. It is a highly portable multimedia player, encoder, and streamer supporting many audio and video codecs and file formats as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. It is able to stream over networks and to transcode multimedia files and save them into various different formats.
=> VLC media player


There is also mplayer which can play and rip almost any multimedia cd format. In addition to its wide range of supported formats MPlayer can also save all streamed content to a file.
=> mplayer media player

You can download software / media player from above web sites or from Linux RPM software repository such as RPMForge

Q. How do I play encrypted DVDs under Ubuntu Linux?

A. You need to install a special library which allows you to play encrypted DVDs under Ubuntu Linux.

In this FAQ you will learn how to use linux command line to install CSS library and DVD playback using open source linux software such as xine.

Ubuntu Linux will not be able to play most of the DVDs out of box. Please read this my article which explains why linux don’t support MP3 and DVD out of box.

Now let us see how to configure Ubuntu Linux to play encrypted DVDs .

Most DVDS comes with Content Scramble System (CSS) which is a Digital Rights Management (DRM) scheme. The CSS key sets are licensed to manufacturers who incorporate them into products such as DVD drives, DVD players and DVD movie releases. Most DVD players are equipped with a CSS Decryption module. CSS key is a collective term for authentication key, disc key, player key, title key, second disk key set, and/or encrypted key.

In order to play encrypted DVDs just install CSS library with following linux command

First install open source Linux player such as vlc or xine, mplayer etc using apt-get command:
$ sudo apt-get install vlc xine mplayer libdvdread3

Now install CSS library:
$ sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread3/examples/

Now you can play DVD by visiting Applications > Sound & Video > Movie Player > Select player menu option.

Updated for accuracy.