For those wishing to play BD discs in Linux this appears to be a reasonable method .......
Get the relevant files for your OS from here, and copy them to the correct location.
Launch VLC 2.01 or later.
Media - Open Disc - BlueRay - tick No Disc Menus ....... Play
Note: I have not used this method as I don't have a BD player (or media )
Some more reading ...
... if VLC can play the content, then I guess it can be saved/ripped/whatever, provided of course it is legal to do so in your locale ....
That works only for Blu-ray discs made before 2012 and only if they do not have the newer BD+ protection.
Plus most computers cannot play 1080P movies in any form - my Acer Extensa 5620-6419 from 2008 will not.
But any computer can back up your (legally purchased) Blu-rays (or DVDs) using MakeMKV. Then, all you need, is a player (a media center, a Blu-ray player which will play MKVs via its USB input, or another similar product) and you can watch the file from an external hard drive, a flash drive, whatever.
This offers the advantage of not having to actually play your Blu-ray (or DVD) disc and risk scratching it or causing other damage.
A Blu-ray drive for your computer, all you need to use this program for Blu-rays, is inexpensive; this http://www.amazon.com/LG-Portable-Blu-ray-Playback-BP40NS20/dp/B006X2HD2M/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1347286837&sr=1-1&keywords=lg+bp40ns20
from Amazon is often priced at only $99.99 with free shipping, as it is today. If their price goes up, just watch and wait for a few days and it will come down.
Obviously, if you want to back up only DVDs, your computer most likely already has a built-in DVD drive. (If not, they are inexpensive also. But, if you need to buy an external drive, consider strongly buying a Blu-ray one which will also do DVDs and CDs.)
ALSO - and this is the most important good news - the MakeMKV "official" site for Linux http://www.makemkv.com/forum2/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=224
is back up again. Evidently there was some problem which has now been resolved. (The temporary beta key is here: http://www.makemkv.com/forum2/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=1053
The current version is still 1.7.7, the same one that Archie encoded for installation within PCLinuxOS (and which works perfectly).
I'm going to check Archie's suggestion as to creating my own packages. Archie
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P.S. Is there some web site which will explain to me how to make a package myself, something simple and showing the process completely step-by-step?
You can start at the Packagers section of our forum. There are some very useful info on setting up your own build environment and some examples as well.
that I will be successful (but please remember that I have absolutely no computer training or expertise whatsoever).
And I'll keep checking MakeMKV's site for newer versions and I'll report them here.
I recommend the MakeMKV program for anyone
who wishes to back up their Blu-rays and/or DVDs.