I tried creating a video project with brasero. First it told me that to insert a supported disc. That was a misleading error message - there was nothing wrong with the disc. Google to the rescue - I installed something like gstreamer toolbox and that message went away. Then it told me that I had to have the mplex gstreamer plugin. Nothing even remotely like it in synaptic. Mutlimedia is in sources.list. Google revealed that this was a well known problem among Ubuntu users. None of them knew the fix. However one poster named the file, libgstmplex.so, and location. I found that in gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad-multiverse_0.10.18-0ubuntu1_amd64.deb on http://packages.ubuntu.com/lucid/amd64/ ... multiverse
. Looking in the files supplied, libgstmplex.so was there and in the right directory. I only needed one dependency which I installed using synaptic. Then I installed this package. After that everything worked.
Why is all this hassle necessary? Surely all needed packages can be supplied and made easy to find. And I've been with Linux for years. This is enough to turn a newbie off and send him back to Windows.
I'm with Debian now and will most likely stay here. Debian's reliability appealed to me. It should just be easier to get things like a CD/DVD burner to work as it is supposed to work.