Okay so you've got XMMS which is basically Winamp.... Which does play mpeg 1 files quite nicely, but what about DVD, VCD, divx???? Well, I've found something to do all that that's... Well, at least worth putting on, at any rate. XINE http://xine.sourceforge.net/index.php Here is how to install it. First, download the tarballs containing the source code and scripts. http://xine.sourceforge.net/files/xine-lib-0.9.6.tar.gz http://xine.sourceforge.net/files/xine-ui-0.9.6.tar.gz download BOTH files. Your home directory is fine. Now, unpack both files like this: tar -zxvf xine-lib-0.9.6.tar.gz tar -zxvf xine-ui-0.9.6.tar.gz This will create two directories called xine-lib-0.9.6 and xine-ui-0.9.6 in the directory you were working in. change directory to xine-lib-0.9.6. type this: ./configure make make check (su to root if not root already.) make install in seperate lines one after one. Each will do a part of the installation process, i.e. run the configuration script, compile and then install that compiled program. Now, look at the contents of a file called /etc/ld.so.conf.... It will list some paths. Make SURE that /usr/local/lib is listed there. If its NOT, then add it please, using the text editor of your choice. Now export this environment variable, like this: export LD_LIBRARY_PATH="/usr/local/lib:$LD_LIBRARY_PATH" Now go into the xine-ui-0.9.6 directory and do this: ./configure make make check make install (again, you have to be root to make install) and you will now find that if you run this: /usr/local/bin/xine (or indeed just xine, because its in your $PATH now.) from the command line, it should open the application. make a shortcut to it. Have a lookie at it, its still under development but Winamp and Sonique used to look as basic as this many moons ago. Now, you want to be able to play divx movies?? Okay well you will have to download the divx codec for Linux here: http://www.divx.com/divx/ this will give you a file called divx4linux2020344049.tar.gaz the numbers are not the same, but I can't be bothered typing them. Now unpack the file again with the tar -zxvf filename command where "filename" is the divx4linux....tar.gaz file Now, go into the newly created directory, and type this: ./install.sh and after a few second's wait, the divx codecs will be installed on your linux system. Good luck!