Not happy to read this. The built in codecs is one of the main things I like about Linux Mint, and one of the things that makes it stand out from Ubuntu and other distros. It is also one of the things that helped its reputation as a Windows alternative. Install it, and it just worked. The developers should be making it more Windows like, not the opposite, to make it easier for people to convert.
What the article fails to state, which I just read in the latest Linux Mint blog -
Multimedia codecs can be installed easily:
From the welcome screen, by clicking on “Multimedia Codecs”
or from the main menu, by clicking on “Menu”->”Sound and Video”->”Install Multimedia Codecs”
or during the installation process, by clicking a checkbox option.