If you are running a 64-bit (x64) system (as is useful only when you have very large amounts of RAM installed), then you need to install 32bit compatibility libraries in order to use the AppImages from this site. However, most desktop users should have no need to use a 64-bit (x64) system at this time.
The following is said to work (I haven't tested it myself due to lack of a 64-bit system) [Edit: I have successfully tested the following on Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick]:
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sudo apt-get install ia32-libs-gtk
dpkg --extract libfuse2_2.8.1-1.1ubuntu2_i386.deb libfuse
sudo chown root:root libfuse/lib/lib*
sudo mv libfuse/lib/lib* /lib32/
rm -r libfuse
Of course, you need 32-bit versions of all relevant libraries installed.
So all in all, it might not be worth the hassle - this is why Ubuntu recommends the 32-bit version for general desktop users.