I was wondering how to install oggenc, a conversion tool to the ogg vorbis format, a competitor to the mp3 audio format, in Kubuntu Karmic. You need it for instance when you want to rip your CDs and encode them as ogg files.
So here is the solution, the package to install is called vorbis-tools, a simple
sudo apt-get install vorbis-tools
should do. If you use the KDE4 program audex for CD ripping you have search for the new codes afterwards. Your find that in the audex settings dialogue.
As of ogg/mp3 player I enjoy to use the ones from Samsung. The Korean company supports ogg/vorbis nicely. MP3 is patent protected by Fraunhofer/Thompson licenses but other patent trolls also try to enforce their patents. Ogg/vorbis on the other hand has the reputation to be patent-free and more advanced in terms of quality. So it is better to use ogg/vorbis.
When you need Audex with Cover fetching under Ubuntu Karmic better compile the latest version from source of fetch the unsupported packages from
The Audex version in the Ubuntu Karmic universe repository is an outdated beta where the fetching functionality is broken.