Media Test Files for Ubuntu Linux

This section contains various Media “Test” Files for testing Ubuntu (Linux) Compatibility.

Ubuntu is a popular “flavor” of Linux used by FreeGeek (and many others!). The version of Ubuntu used on the “Grant Boxes” is 8.04 (April 2008) also known as “Hardy Heron.”



Media Formats

A short list of some common media formats.

Common video formats:

  • wmv (Windows media video file)
  • mpg (MPEG Video File)
  • mp4 (MPEG-4 Video File)
  • avi (Audio Video Interleave File)
  • mov (Apple QuickTime Movie)
  • rm (Real Media)
  • swf (Macromedia Shockwave Flash Movie)
  • flv (Flash Video File — not common)

Common audio formats:

  • wma (Windows media audio file)
  • mp3 (MP3 Audio File)
  • wav (WAVE Audio File)
  • ra (Real audio)
  • ram (Real audio media)

Media Test Files

Note: Files are hosted at

Also Note: If you have difficulty playing a file, try saving it to the desktop and playing it from there. See Instructions for the Macromedia Shockwave Flash File below. (It was noticed that for some reason the .mp3 file has this problem. This “bug” is under investigation…)

Video Test Files

Audio Test Files

Image Test Files

Below: png image:

wdata/tux.png Left: Tux. (png image test)

Below: gif image:

wdata/freegeek.gif Left: Tux. (gif image test)

Other File Formats

RAR File Archive Format

Some programs that you may need to download from the web may be saved in the RAR file format. A .rar file is similar a .zip file (See Wikipedia article on RAR archive file format) Linux uses “unrar” to read .rar files.

Unrar is not automatically included in the 8.04 (Hardy) version of Ubuntu. To get Unrar:

  • Click System>Administration>Synaptic Package Manager
  • Enter your password
  • When the Synaptic Package Manager window appears:
  • Click search, and search for: unrar
  • After the search, Right click on ‘unrar’ and select: Mark for installation
  • Then click: Apply

Here is a simple .rar test file:

See Also

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