Dapper installation notes/Stuff that needs fixing

Dana Olson dana at ubuntustudio.com
Wed Feb 15 07:01:43 GMT 2006

On 2/15/06, crimsun at fungus.sh.nu <crimsun at fungus.sh.nu> wrote:
> [CC: list trimmed]
> Hi Dana,

Hi Daniel. :)

> On Wed, Feb 15, 2006 at 12:01:39AM -0500, Dana Olson wrote:
> > Uh, why don't we just ditch media players altogether?? Honestly, what
> > is the reason to have Totem as a default if it can't play ANYTHING,
> > even as simple as a WAV file? It is just there getting in the way.
> I presume you're reacting thusly due to frustration and not due to
> factual relevance. Totem in stock Ubuntu Dapper currently plays at
> least the following audio formats: wav, flac, speex, and vorbis.

Well, I tried playing a WAV file in it yesterday and it didn't work.
But I am indeed frustrated with Totem/gstreamer. And.. I've yet to see
a downloadable speex file from any band website or really any site. :)

Either way, it is pretty useless for Ubuntu's target market, you must
admit... A lot of people I've given Ubuntu discs to don't even know
what an Ogg file is. But my biggest gripe is the file associations
thing, to be honest. Maybe there's a faster, easier way, I don't know.

> > Thank God that I know how to install a good media player, and was
> > willing to help several newbies out, including a good friend of mine
> > who gave it a shot thanks to a CD I gave him. He was a bit surprised
> > that there would be something so useless as this included by default
> > in a distro that is supposed to be newbie friendly.
> I'd love to have assistance whipping vlc into shape for Dapper+1.

I haven't used vlc much. I installed it in hopes that it would
actually play a .NSV file, but it didn't. I think you are aware at
what level I am at with development and packaging (pretty basic at the
moment).. I am afraid I couldn't help much right now, but by then, who
knows? I'm still learning off the feedback from my current REVU


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