Codecs For Multimedia Playback
Due to various legal and philosophical issues, Ubuntu does not come pre-installed with some of the codecs needed for playback of popular multimedia file types. When trying to play back a multimedia file in Firefox or a media player, prompts will appear that guide you through the process of installing any necessary codecs as you need them, just like in Windows.
If you want to grab most of the essential plug-ins all at once, open Add/Remove Applications from theApplicationsmenu.
Change the Show field from "Canonical-maintained applications" to "All available applications."
Type “restricted” in the Search box and check the box next to "Ubuntu restricted extras." A dialog box will appear asking if you want to enable the restricted extras. Click Enable and then click Apply Changes.
Another dialog box will appear asking if you are sure you want to apply the changes, then click Apply.
When the software has been installed successfully a final dialog box will appear asking if you want to Add/Remove More Software or Close. Click Close.
sudo apt-get install *app name here*
One issue that you may encounter is GoogleGears that is 32bit only, but you can easily find Gears for 64 bit (without Google trade mark).
@thepinkpanther: Linux ain't Windows. Linux is Linux, so if your goal is to run Windows apps all day, I don't think choosing Linux as your primary OS makes the most sense.
@fordry06: That certainly is a problem. Now, most hardware manufacturers don't disclose all the information about their hardware, so it's quite hard to write perfectly working drivers for OSes other than Windows. Although it's not Red Hat/SuSE/Ubuntu/(Insert Linux vendor here)'s fault, as a user, you don't really care about that, do you? Basically, for a lot of hardware out there, you have to fight to get it to work in Linux. For me, I got a bog standard laptop. In Ubuntu 9.04, pretty much everything I use worked out of the box. Now, certain things aren't working as well, such as my card reader only reading SD and MMC cards in Ubuntu... but I don't use anything other than SD cards. So for me, it's working just fine. For others... not so much. And regarding your games in Linux, see what I said above to thepinkpanther. Linux ain't Windows.
Well, having gravitated away from games, and not being particularly loyal to any company or OS or anything, I really honestly don't care if I'm on *gasp* a Mac or Windows or Linux. So it all works out for me. Hey, if you really want me to get philosophical then let me just say that I think you can enjoy life best when you stop caring about all the trivial things. Why should I care what Microsoft has to say about Apple or vice versa? Why should I care when a Linux zealot declares the start of the nineteenth Crusade against Sata- er, Bill Gates?
Flame on! or not.
Summed it up quite nicely