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Accessing shared folders in VirtualBox (Linux guest)

Transferring files from the host to the guest OS and vice-versa doesn't work out-of-the-box when you install VirtualBox from the Ubuntu repositories and download an Ubuntu VirtualBox image (e.g. from After installing the guest additions, drag-and-drop didn't seem to work for me and I needed to set up a "Shared Folder". After setting it up via the GUI, it doesn't automatically appear on the guest desktop. You need to mount it:

Handbrake and protected DVDs

Ripping DVDs is a thing of the past, but occasionally I still need to do it. However, it happens so rarely that evertime I have either a new computer or a new Linux distribution and I need to install the necessary software. This time I am on Ubuntu 16.04. I usually use Handbrake and it is very comfortable, but handbrake sometimes fails to do the job. This time, I had to resort to MakeMKV. However MakeMKV only rips the video to an MKV container but it does not compress it.