Playing Windows Media on Ubuntu 8.04

Richard recently asked for instructions for enabling wmv files to be played on Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron). This is important since TASI has uploaded its summer school videos in wmv format. After reinstalling Ubuntu, I followed the instructions at Ubuntu Geek and that seems to have worked well. Here’s a summary.

First enable “Universe” and “Multiverse” repositories. (No anthropic jokes today.) You can do this by going to system > Administration > Synaptic Package Manager > Settings > Software Sources > Ubuntu Software and making sure that the appropriate boxes are checked. Alternately, command line jockeys can manually modify the sources.list file: type in: