R.I.P. Medibuntu

While trying to update my desktop box, which is still running Quantal, I saw these nice error messages:

W: Failed to fetch http://packages.medibuntu.org/dists/quantal/free/binary-amd64/Packages  404  Not Found

W: Failed to fetch http://packages.medibuntu.org/dists/quantal/non-free/binary-amd64/Packages  404  Not Found

W: Failed to fetch http://packages.medibuntu.org/dists/quantal/free/binary-i386/Packages  404  Not Found

W: Failed to fetch http://packages.medibuntu.org/dists/quantal/non-free/binary-i386/Packages  404  Not Found

E: Some index files failed to download. They have been ignored, or old ones used instead.

If course I first suspected my flaky TWC internet connection to be the issue here. But after trying to access the URL’s in /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ I saw… nothing.

Long story, short, medibuntu reached it’s end of life and after all, it is not needed anymore. All but good ol’ libdvdcss is part of the standard Ubuntu repository now. Here is the official blog post from Medibuntu’s maintainer Gauvain Pocentek: The end of Medibuntu.

Please refer to Jonathan Ridell’s blog post Medibuntu to Disappear, libdvdcss now direct from VideoLan on how to get libdvdcss to work on Ubuntu from now on.