This post is meant to be a reference for anyone who wants to enable mp3 and video playback in most linux distributions. Think of this as a 'cheat sheet' mainly with links to other sites, having copy paste commands ready for you
NEVER EVER SUGGEST AUTOMATIX.It is untested software, poorly written, and is known to severly break many many ubuntu installs.
The best ever guide for multimedia on ubuntu is this wiki page - http://wiki.ubuntu.com/RestrictedFormats
The one and only - http://fedorafaq.org
One more link, thanks to JGuru - http://stanton-finley.net/fedora_cor...ion_notes.html
Thanks to sPiN - http://spinink.net/suse-for-windows-users/
One more link, again thanks to JGuru - http://www.thejemreport.com/mambo/in...54&Item id=42
I hope this is made a sticky, so that new users can refer to it. Thanks ! Also, if you can think of any more distros which specifically disable multimedia support due to legal issues, please inform me, so that I can add them in the list. Any further additions,comments,suggestions welcome !