Install Boxee in Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty x86_64

After coming across details regarding Boxee and the extended number of sources that it can pull videos from, I just had to give it a test drive.

First of all, Boxee is a media player that is being developed for multiple platform use. It’s not restricted to videos and is able to stream music from Pandora as well as Last.fm.

One of the first things that I noticed upon registering for Boxee (which is free) was that it is currently only available for Mac and Ubuntu. A Windows version is in development, however, it’s not currently possible to get an install of the alpha/beta Windows builds.

To further disappoint me just a bit, I found that the installers for Ubuntu were for 32-bit machines only. fortunately there is that geeky thing you can do called “force-architecture” or “force-all”. ๐Ÿ˜›

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After using my online best friend (Google) I was able to come across several guides for installing Boxee on Ubuntu 9.04 64-bit. Some of them were correct and some of them weren’t. Some of them were scattered and unorganized and…well…none of them were pathetically easy to follow.

That’s why you’re here. ๐Ÿ˜‰

If you want to install Boxee on Ubuntu 32-bit, just follow the installation instructions provided after registering. If you’re installing in Ubuntu 64-bit (Jaunty Jackalope I might add) then please continue.

Installation

  1. Install “getlibs-all” by downloading it from here and double clicking to install or by copy/pasting the following terminal commands. (More details about getlibs here).
    wget http://frozenfox.freehostia.com/cappy/getlibs-all.deb
    sudo dpkg -i getlibs-all.deb
  2. wget http://apt.boxee.tv/dists/jaunty/main/binary-i386/Packages.gz
  3. zcat Packages.gz | grep Filename
  4. Make sure that the bold part in the following command matches the file name from the above command (ignoring the jaunty and intrepid folder differences).
    wget http://apt.boxee.tv/dists/intrepid/test/binary-i386/boxee-0.9.11.5777.deb
  5. sudo dpkg -i –force-all boxee-0.9.11.5777.deb
    sudo dpkg -i –force-architecture boxee-0.9.11.5777.deb
  6. The following command may take some time to complete, however, be patient and wait for getlibs to prompt you whether or not to install additional libraries to make Boxee work on your machine. Be sure to answer yes or y. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    getlibs /opt/boxee/Boxee
  7. sudo apt-get install lib32nss-mdns

After being patient and completing these (honestly) few steps, you should be able to launch Boxee from the application menu and start enjoying some Internet videos!

For further reading or more detailed/technical instructions please see the source thread of this process.

Also, for the record, Netflix Watch Instantly does not work in Boxee for Ubuntu as far as I can tell (due to the lack of DRM support).

I hope I’ve been able to help in some way. Best of luck with Boxee!

17 thoughts on “Install Boxee in Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty x86_64”

  1. using Opera 10 Opera 10 on GNU/Linux GNU/Linux
    Opera/9.80 (X11; Linux x86_64; U; en) Presto/2.2.15 Version/10.00

    The following packages were missing when I installed this, but were fetched and installed using “getlibs”:

    libfaac0
    libfribidi0
    libglew1.5
    libhal-storage1
    libjasper1
    liblzo1
    libmysqlclient15off
    libtre4

  2. using Google Chrome 3 Google Chrome 3 on GNU/Linux GNU/Linux
    Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686 (x86_64); en-US) AppleWebKit/531.0 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/3.0.187.0 Safari/531.0

    Wow, great post! Exactly what I was looking for, thanks for sharing. One comment on step 5, My system failed using the -force-all command, and I had to run it with –force-architecture, which then installed. Thanks again!

  3. using Shiretoko 3 Shiretoko 3 on Ubuntu 9.04 Ubuntu 9.04
    Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux x86_64; en-US; rv:1.9.1b4pre) Gecko/20090401 Ubuntu/9.04 (jaunty) Shiretoko/3.5b4pre

    Ahhh my sistem failed using teh -force-all command, and the -force-architecture command. Please help.

  4. using Firefox 3 Firefox 3 on Ubuntu 9.04 Ubuntu 9.04
    Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux x86_64; en-US; rv:1.9.0.11) Gecko/2009060309 Ubuntu/9.04 (jaunty) Firefox/3.0.11

    I may be able to help:
    Its all in the way you type or enter commands.
    Try This:
    sudo dpkg -i –force-architecture boxee-0.9.11.5777.deb

    -notice the two “–” in front of “force”

  5. using Firefox 3 Firefox 3 on Ubuntu 9.04 Ubuntu 9.04
    Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux x86_64; en-US; rv:1.9.0.11) Gecko/2009060309 Ubuntu/9.04 (jaunty) Firefox/3.0.11

    Step 5 fails no matter which way I put it in from the blog or the comments. I even tried a copy/paste, but all cause an error.
    dpkg: conflicting actions -f (–field) and -i (–install)

  6. using Firefox 3 Firefox 3 on Ubuntu 9.04 Ubuntu 9.04
    Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux x86_64; en-US; rv:1.9.0.11) Gecko/2009060309 Ubuntu/9.04 (jaunty) Firefox/3.0.11

    Jaunty 9.0.4, up-to-date.
    Installed boxee ok:
    ||/ Name Version Description
    +++-==============-==============-============================================
    ii boxee 0.9.13.6684 Boxee social media center

    However…………….

    /opt/boxee/Boxee: error while loading shared libraries: libfaac.so.0: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

    but that makes no sense:

    ls -l /usr/lib/libfaac*
    -rw-r–r– 1 root root 105178 2008-08-15 21:07 /usr/lib/libfaac.a
    -rw-r–r– 1 root root 806 2008-08-15 21:07 /usr/lib/libfaac.la
    lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 16 2009-07-11 12:00 /usr/lib/libfaac.so -> libfaac.so.0.0.0
    lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 16 2009-07-10 19:16 /usr/lib/libfaac.so.0 -> libfaac.so.0.0.0
    -rw-r–r– 1 root root 73496 2008-08-15 21:07 /usr/lib/libfaac.so.0.0.0

    Solution:

    `LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/usr/lib:/lib; export LD_LIBRARY_PATH`

    before running Boxee.

    This application needs to be updated to make use of ldconfig. That is the standard on every Linux that I know of and a lot of Unixes as well.

    It is my opinion that downloading i386 libraries will eventually get one into trouble on an x64 machine in terms of the other applications and libraries (E.g. quirky crashes). I would advise X64 users not to follow the above script and do the following, instead:
    (1) Influence (politely, please) Boxee folks to support Jaunty and x64.
    (2) While waiting for an official upgrade, download the source and build a jaunty and/or x64 package yourself, allowing yourself to make use of the x64 libraries that are already installed.

    -Richard

  7. using Firefox 3 Firefox 3 on Windows XP Windows XP
    Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.9.0.12) Gecko/2009070611 Firefox/3.0.12 (.NET CLR 3.5.30729)

    Ubuntu Jaunty does have installs for 64 bit systems. On the download page, if you scroll to the bottom it has Custom Options and you can select 64 bit system. ^_~ 32 bit doesn’t work well on 64 bit systems. I lost mouse use cause my laptop is also a touch screen when I installed 32 bit by mistake. That’s what you get for not labeling cd’s, heh!

    1. using Opera 10 Opera 10 on GNU/Linux GNU/Linux
      Opera/9.80 (X11; Linux x86_64; U; en) Presto/2.2.15 Version/10.00

      This post is discussing how to install the application “Boxee”, which is made for Ubuntu 32 bit on a 64 bit version instead. Not how to install Ubuntu 64 bit.

    1. using Opera 10 Opera 10 on Windows XP Windows XP
      Opera/9.80 (Windows NT 5.1; U; en) Presto/2.2.15 Version/10.10

      If there were a 64-bit deb then this tutorial wouldn’t be necessary. The steps above should guide you through installing the regular 32-bit deb on a 64-bit setup.

      Until Boxee decided to release a 64-bit deb we will be forced to use this process.

  8. using Shiretoko 3 Shiretoko 3 on Linux Mint 7 Linux Mint 7
    Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux x86_64; en-US; rv:1.9.1.3) Gecko/20090910 Linux Mint/7 (Gloria) Shiretoko/3.5.2

    Something goes wrong at the end…And finally did’t work for me on a Linux Mint 7 64bit system.
    After getlibs /opt/boxee/Boxee I get the following message:
    No match for libfaac.so.0
    No match for libhal-storage.so.1
    No match for libjasper.so.1
    No match for libenca.so.0
    No match for liblzo.so.1
    No match for libmysqlclient.so.15
    No match for libfribidi.so.0
    No match for libvorbisenc.so.2
    No match for libGLEW.so.1.5
    No packages to install

    And so no libraries are installed…and boxee doesn’t work

  9. using Firefox 3 Firefox 3 on Ubuntu 9.10 Ubuntu 9.10
    Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux x86_64; en-US; rv:1.9.1.5) Gecko/20091109 Ubuntu/9.10 (karmic) Firefox/3.5.5

    installed and successfully ran except for the boxee window flickers to the point of making me sick. even in full screen. anyone else have this problem?

  10. using Firefox 3 Firefox 3 on Ubuntu 9.10 Ubuntu 9.10
    Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux x86_64; en-US; rv:1.9.1.6) Gecko/20091215 Ubuntu/9.10 (karmic) Firefox/3.5.6

    Still not working no matter what I do:

    sudo dpkg -i โ€“force-architecture boxee-0.9.12.6570.deb
    dpkg: error processing โ€“force-architecture (–install):
    cannot access archive: No such file or directory
    dpkg: error processing boxee-0.9.12.6570.deb (–install):
    package architecture (i386) does not match system (amd64)
    Errors were encountered while processing:
    โ€“force-architecture
    boxee-0.9.12.6570.deb

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