In most cases, it is not needed to know every information out of the head when playing around with a new Linux distribution. But what’s really helpful is to know where to get the information. To get a working Ubuntu distribution with MP3, DVD and JAVA support, you need to add some additional sources to your package management. The best guides I found on the internet are in the following places:
These resources help me to set up my Ubuntu distribution with all the stuff I needed.