How do I install application plugins offline in Ubuntu?

Subas Acharya August 12, 2012
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I am completely new to Linux systems and just installed Ubuntu 12.04 in my laptop. I can’t access internet from it because it doesn’t recognize my USB modem (used with data sim).
When I try to play mp3 songs in Rythmbox it displays message, “Required plugin could not be found – python (v 2.7) requires to install plugins to play media files of the following type: MPEG-1 Layer 3 (mp3) decoder.”

I’ve downloaded gst-ffmpeg-0.10.2.tar and i don’t know how to install it. Help me install it in the easiest way please.

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  1. Subas Acharya
    August 13, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    thank you friends. i feel like it is not the right time for me to switch to Ubuntu as It is for beginners but beginner will be treated as expert!!!

  2. Reý Aetar
    August 13, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Even if you have no Internet connection, you can still use Ubuntu's package management system, just download the .deb files from
    http://packages.ubuntu.com/. Do not forget to download dependencies too.

    If you want to install the .tar file check this

    http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/compile-install-tar-gz-tar-bz2-files-ubuntu-linux/

  3. Reý Aetar
    August 13, 2012 at 11:54 am

    Even if you have no Internet connection, you can still use Ubuntu's package management system, just download the .deb files from http://packages.ubuntu.com/. Do not forget to download dependencies too.
    or
    check
    http://askubuntu.com/questions/974/how-can-i-install-software-or-packages-without-internet-offline
    if you want to download the .tar file

  4. Reý Aetar
    August 13, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Even if you have no Internet connection, you can still use Ubuntu's package management system, just download the .deb
    use
    http://packages.ubuntu.com/name for the search on package names.
    http://packages.ubuntu.com/src:name for the search on source package names.

    and search for the right package and install
    you will get them in deb format
    do install the packages in right order with the dependencies or it may not work
    or
    check
    http://askubuntu.com/questions/974/how-can-i-install-software-or-packages-without-internet-offline
    If you want to install .tar package
    check these posts
    http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/compile-install-tar-gz-tar-bz2-files-ubuntu-linux/

  5. Timothy Liem
    August 12, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    use DVD repository then. further info can be found on Ubuntu Forums of your choice. they will always be there to help you. but search for your problem first.

  6. Burhan Ahmed
    August 12, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    go to http://packages.ubuntu.com/

    It is a full repository of Ubuntu Apps in deb format. Just search for the file you require based on your ubuntu version. It`s a single click install once downloaded

  7. Bruce Epper
    August 12, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Before installing a tar file, you should see if the developer already provides a deb file instead which makes the install much easier as you will not be dealing with source at all.

  8. susendeep dutta
    August 12, 2012 at 10:44 am

    In Ubuntu,proprietary files are not contained in the ISO file.So,user needs to download it separately.If you like to mention the name of your USB dongle,I can help you using it in Ubuntu or else you can visit the manufacturers's site's support section to know how to do it.There are more proprietary files that you'll need to get it downloaded,so if you don't like to do it,get Linux Mint.

    Visit the link below to know how to install tar files -

    http://askubuntu.com/questions/147850/how-to-install-a-tar-gz-file-on-ubuntu-12-04

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