Posts Tagged ‘Ubuntu’

backspace in firefox on ubuntu

Friday, December 11th, 2009

Since I’ve installed Ubuntu on my laptop I’m happy with the overall system performance and the very good usability. But one thing drove me crazy – The backspace key didn’t work in Firefox :(

You might think that’s no big deal, but it really is – try to search on google without the ability to go back to the search results by pressing the backspace key…

…so I’ve searched for a solution and found it pretty fast:

  1. Go to ‘about:config‘ in Firefox
  2. change the value ‘browser.backspace_action’ to ’0′

So, this little bug in the default configuration of the Firefox browser on ubuntu cost me 5 minutes…
…If you would count all the minutes from all users that are trying/using Firefox it would be a really big amount of wasted time :(

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playing DVDs on Ubuntu

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

Yesterday I was trying to watch a DVD on my brand new 24′ monitor with my brand new Ubuntu installation. Although Ubuntu is able to use my onboard UMTS-card and connects to Vodafone even without the need for the PIN, it is not able to just play a DVD (out of the box).

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First I tried different DVDs, then I tried them on a Windows Laptop to doublecheck – it was always the same, on the Windows Laptop the movies started playing on my brand new Ubuntu installation it didn’t. So I started asking Google, which told me to go to https://help.ubuntu.com/9.10/index.html which is one the most clean websites I’ve ever seen. There it is written down in the first sentence:

In order to play DVDs you must install some additional software. Unfortunately, DVD support cannot be provided by default in Ubuntu due to legal restrictions in some countries.

OK, legal restrictions are stealing my time…
…but after installing everything that is needed (by just clicking on the links on that help-website) the first DVD (a german movie called “Sonnenallee”) started playing instantly after inserting. But now I wanted to watch an episode of “Frasier” from one of D’s DVDs – It didn’t worked *grrrr*

After banging my head against our brand new 24′ TFT monitor I’ve decided to rethink the situation – Heureka! Once upon a time I’ve heard something about region settings in DVD players…
…so Google this time told me to go to http://blog.moybella.net/2007/03/25/setting-the-region-of-you-dvd-in-ubuntu/ which is not as clean as Ubuntus help website but did give me the answer to my question (How to change the regional setting of the dvd-drive in my brand new Ubuntu system?). So, after installing a little command line application, starting it and setting the DVD region to 1, I’ve started enjoying watching an episode of Frasier :)

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In wikipedia you can read the following regarding the idea of DVD regions:

DVD region codes are a DRM technique designed to allow motion picture studios to control aspects of a release, including content, release date, and price, according to the region. DVD video discs may be encoded with a region code restricting the area of the world in which they can be played.

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