Desktop Guide suggests Gxine for a default video player

Phil Bull philbull at
Wed May 2 06:50:30 UTC 2007

Hi Ari,

On Wed, 2007-05-02 at 04:07 +0300, Ari Torhamo wrote:
> Hi,
> The section "Play movies and videos" of the Desktop Guide suggests using
> Gxine video player for a wider support for different video formats.
> In my opinion Totem-xine would be a more natural first (alternative)
> choice, because it has the same user interface as the default player
> Totem-gstreamer. Totem-xine and Gxine both use the same media back end,
> so there shouldn't be any difference in the support for video formats. 
> I think there should always be a good reason for deviating from the
> defaults this way. But perhaps there is a good reason and I'm about to
> learn something new again :-)

I think that I wrote most of that section. There's still no good DVD
support in Gstreamer (to my knowledge), so I chose an application using
a xine backend because its DVD support is relatively painless to get up
and running.

I chose gxine rather than totem-xine because installing totem-xine
removes totem-gstreamer, which is useful for other things (especially
major new features like automatic codec installation).



Phil Bull

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