And that's the (original) reason I switched from Ubuntu to Mint
Personally, I like having the codecs pre-installed. Don't know if they're all legal or not, but I end up having to install most of them myself at some time or other - usually when I'm in a hurry to convert a video encoded with some arcane codec into something more 'user-friendly'.
Plus, Mint seems to be more about evolving and fine-tuning the interface, rather than blowing it all up and starting from scratch like Ubuntu (and Windows 8, for that matter)
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