I'm gonna be upgrading soon. I've been really happy with Ubuntu. It's very easy to switch from using Windows to Ubuntu. In fact you'll be happier with it in the long run.
Playing all types of media is possible in Ubuntu. And you don't need a separate player for each. I use VLC Media Player which is really nice. It seems to recognize all formats. For music formats, you have many options. I personally like Songbird. Banshee player is another option.
For some reason, I have had difficulties earlier on my audio for Ubuntu 9.04 which is not true for Ubuntu 8.10. If alsa does not work for you, you can use OSS or Open sound system. OSS has best support for Skype. Just add Mediabuntu on your repositories and download skype oss.comments powered byDisqus