Till Kubuntu 7.04, multimedia support for audio and video was added post
installation by simply installing the package 'libxine-extracodecs' and
Now in Kubuntu 7.10 gutsy, the package libxine-extracodecs is no longer
present. The website
called 'kubuntu-restricted-extras' to be installed for
multimedia support. I had already installed 'libdvdcss' and 'w32codecs'
Kaffeine would not play avi and mp4 files. VLC player was playing these
files but I could not control brightness and contrast in VLC. After
installing the package 'kubuntu-restricted-extras' via apt, I am able to
play these files in Kaffeine too.
For bluetooth in Kubuntu 7.10, nothing has to be installed. simply run 'sudo
/etc/init.d/bluetooth start' and it will start the service and place the
bluetooth icon in the system tray. The bluetooth adapter was the 'Enter' one
which I had bought recently. I tried a nokia N82 phone. I double-clicked on
the bluetooth icon in the taskbar and Konqueror opened up with an icon of a
wired telephone handset and n82 as its label. To enter this I had to set a
password in the mobile and in the popup window on computer. Then on clicking
'OBEX File Transfer' I got 2 folders C and E. C was the mobile's memory and
E was the external 2 GB memory. Every time I tried to enter a folder, the
phone would ask whether to accept the connection or not. To eliminate that,
the computer was 'authorised' in the phone's settings. Connection speed is
45 to 50 Kbytes/sec only but this may be a limitation of the phone's
hardware. I haven't tried it in windows.