How do I connect my Android to Ubuntu with the ease and functionality I used to have?

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http://askubuntu.com – This is the Ubuntu side of this question I asked on the Android forums. There is a component in which Ubuntu is giving errors, and so that might require an Ubuntu side solution. Essenitally, I am told that going forward, MTP will be the standard way to connect Android phones by USB to computers. However, when I try to connect by MTP to my Ubuntu 12.10 computer, I get an error. However, please note that I don't particularly care if I solve this one MTP error, or if I find another method to connect by USB. What I care about is having the same ease and functionality that I used to have with pre (HowTos)