Support for WMV, RealMedia and other formats has been bundled into the w32codecs package. This package is not available from the Ubuntu repositories due to licensing and legal restrictions.This package is also needed to play .DAT video files.
Edit /etc/apt/sources.list file and enter the following repositories save and exit the file
With Ubuntu users eagerly awaiting the release of Jaunty Jackalope or Ubuntu 9.04, The open source community has even announced the successor to Jaunty : Ubuntu 9.10 or Karmic Koala ,which will see the light of day in October 2009.
yes ! Koala will be the official mascot of ubuntu 9.10 !!
Here’s what the Ubuntu community feels about the features they expect in Karmic Koala :
Smooth and flicker free startup
Support for opensource version of Microsoft’s Surface techonolgy
Probably an interface similar to OS X (not in style but in effects).
Ubuntu´s 9.04 or the Jaunty Jacakalope´s alpha version has been released.No live CD . The full public user version is expected to be released in April 2009 with support till October 2010.Intended features for procurement include faster boot time and integration of web services and applications into the desktop interface.
The desktop installation of Ubuntu 9.04 is expected to include, among other programs, GIMP 2.6, GNOME 2.26, Mozilla Firefox 3.1, OpenOffice.org 3.0, and Pidgin 2.6. The server installation may include MySQL 5.1, PHP 5.2 and Python 2.6. Ubuntu 9.04 may use Linux 2.6.30 and X.Org 7.5. GNOME 2.26 is expected to include support for Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 in Evolution.
Download the alpha version here and test it at your own risk.
Older versions of Ubuntu repositories can be found here.