How to play, copy and rip encrypted DVDs on Debian (libdvdcss)
Most commercial DVDs are encrypted with CSS (the Content Scramble System), which attempts to restrict the software that can play a DVD. Hence, even in the age of streaming and torrenting playing and ripping your favorite DVDs still requires some effort. Luckily, Debian provides a relatively simple way to circumvent these measurements so you can backup all your nice DVDs from the 90's and 00's!
The libdvd-pkg package provides required libraries for playing and ripping video DVDs with a media player such as VLC SMplayer, Totem and others. In addition, it automates the process of downloading source files, compiling them, and installing the binary packages