Debian Multimedia

For : Mepis Linux

by : je.saist

Many users of Debian based Linux are familiar with Chris Marillat who has hosted libdvdcss2 files needed to play Commercial DVDs for several years now. Recently the sources were consolidated to and numerous mirrors have been created to house the media files.

This guide is built to show getting w32codecs and libdvdcss2. This guide also shows how to confirm the GPG Key that is used to authenticate the servers. This should remove that GPG error that pops up when using apt. Well, lets get started on adding DVD playback to Mepis. 

1: Lets go ahead and open up FireFox. By default it's right on the task bar, the little round globe.

2: Wait for FireFox to load.

3: Clear the address bar.

In the address bar, type

(or just follow the link)

4: There it is, Debian Multimedia.

5: On the left hand side of the page we should have a column with Main Page, FAQ, Mirrors, and Old News

Left Click on FAQ

6: This is where the GPG instructions are listed. Don't Panic!, we'll walk through it step by step.

7: At this point we want to head for our system section, as we will be heading into the command line.

The system icon looks like two small gears on the task bar. Left Click on the Gears

8: Left Click on Terminal Program in the System List

9: Alright, the terminal is open, but we need some information off of the web page first, so left click back into the web page.  We need to import the Debian Multimedia key to start with.

Select the text that says: gpg --keyserver hkp:// --recv-keys 1F41B907

*note* the key could change at any time, so the key you see when you do this may not be the same. Hasn't happened, but hey, fair warning.

10: Right Click on the Selected text, and then Left Click on Copy.

11: Alright, lets bring up that Shell - Konsole sitting at the bottom of the task bar. 

12: We'll need to be in /root for this, so type in SU and then Hit Enter

13: Input your root password then hit enter.

14: We should now be in /root mode. Right Click in the Konsole.

This will bring up our context menu for Konsole.

15: Left Click on Paste

16: There we go, our key has successfully been copied. A little easier than typing it out I think.

Hit Enter

17: This part could take a few minutes, so sit tight.

18: There we go, we have a report that a key has been imported.

Lets go back to the Browser window. Don't close the Konsole

19: We have the key. Time to add it to the system. Since we are already in /root mode back in our console, we can forget about the commands using the -sudo.

Select the text that says gpg --armor --export 1F41B907 | apt-key add -

20: Right Click and Copy

21: Switch back to the Konsole

Right Click in the Konsole

22: And Paste

23: Hit Enter

24: And we are done with that portion. 

24-b: For the curious, who like me, don't really understand the point of doing both operations, if you do gpg --armor --export 1F41B907 | apt-key add - without doing gpg --keyserver hkp:// --recv-keys 1F41B907 first, you'll get a failure screen like the one shown here.

25: Go ahead and Close  the Konsole

Now that we have taken care of adding the GPG key, on page two we'll look at actually getting the servers themselves entered into Synaptic.

Go to Page two for the servers!

Go to Page three and playing a DVD?