Quote Originally Posted by monkeybrain20122 View Post
In *buntu if you choose install third party software the video driver will be installed automatically (though I prefer to install it myself to get a more updated driver from xorg-edgers)

In Mangero Linux it is installed automatically if you choose the non free image and it is more up to date than Ubuntu's.

As for codecs, if you use Windows media player it doesn't play most media formats out of the box. There is a reason that VLC is so popular even on Windows.
Exactly if you use vlc and certain music players then it really doesn't matter if it doesn't include the codecs because you won't notice.