Wider Support for DVDs
First, install this package to get wider support for DVDs. I noticed that you did not mention that you installed it. Open the Terminal:
Search the in the Dash for the
Terminal, or hit Alt+Ctrl+T and enter this command
sudo apt-get install libdvdread4
To get VlC to launch automatically and play DVD's when inserted into the computer(Note that VLC can not be running for this to work, and when you are done watching the movie, you have to exit it out.), search in the Dash for
Details and launch it.
Removable Media. Select
DVD Video to be open automatically when a disk is inserted, like shown below:
I do believe, however, that you should use XBMC, as it has a simple user interface It only requires basic input, like using Arrow Keys and the Space Bar. You can install it by:
Opening the Ubuntu Software Center, and searching for
Opening the Terminal (Alt+Ctrl+T), and typing
sudo apt-get install xbmc
Here are some screenshots:
You can install plugins, so you can fetch content from other sources, including some live tv and videos. You can even watch Youtube videos. It is usable with touch screens. It can even run on Android. There are remote controls apps for Android and iOS to control it.
Get it to start on Boot
If you want for it to auto-Launch when the computer is turned on:
Open the dash and search for
- Name it
XBMC, or whatever you wish.
- Finally, click
To make it easier, also set the account that the person will be using to login automatically.
Hope this works for you.