I’ve been running Ubuntu Dapper Drake for several days now, but I had never bothered to plug in my speakers and see if sound worked. I plugged in the speakers and holy crap, the sound worked straight away without me having to futz around with anything! Nice.
Now double-clicking an mp3 file gives an error that there is no MP3 codec available, so I instantly think of Automatix which I’ve read about in the past few days. Automatix installs a bunch of stuff that doesn’t come on a stock Ubuntu system, including Skype, Azureus, Wine, Thunderbird, SwiftFox (an optimized Firefox) with a suite of plugins, Acrobat, Gnomebaker, Gaim, etc. And MP3 codecs.
So I head on over to the Automatix installation instructions page, follow the steps, and pretty soon I’m checking boxes for the things I want and downloading and installing tons of software.
I go and double-click that mp3 file again and ahhhh…sweet music to my ears!
I also have a zillion new apps to look at – tons of media apps, Skype, etc.