choosing typical desktop applications

Lawrence H. Bulk lhbcomm at
Wed Dec 14 19:36:10 UTC 2011

May I suggest as a photo viewing application Gwenview. I like this much
better than Ristretto.

I strongly suggest that the VLC media player and all its components be
included as the default video player. (It can be used for audio as well
though Audacious is fine as a default audio player.)

K3b is a far better burner than Brasero and I would suggest that it be
incorporated as the default.

I myself use what is shown as Document Viewer to view PDFs. I do not know
the name of the actual program but I like it.

And I agree with you that the Nautilus file manager is a far better
designed one than is Thunar and Nautilus should be the default.

Just my two cents ...


On Wed, Dec 14, 2011 at 1:48 PM, Scott Lavender <scottalavender at>wrote:

> hello,
> i'm unsure how to properly describe these applications, but the
> applications i am discussing are the ones that would be included on a
> typical desktop installation that would not be directly related to create
> audio, video, or graphics.
> but during the transition to xfce we have re-evaluated which applications
> (like text edit, image viewer, etc) we are shipping with ubuntu studio.
> after some research into what he have shipped previously, what xubuntu is
> shipping, and what else is out there i have a set of applications that i
> would like to use and get input from the community.
> two things to keep in mind.  i think ralf said that we can't please
> everyone, which is true.  also, since ubuntu studio is not directly a xfce
> distribution we have the latitude to choose gnome apps over xfce apps.  in
> this case, i have chosen what i think best serves our users and fits our
> development/direction.
> here they are:
> text editor - gedit
> image viewer - ristretto
> pdf viewer - evince
> audio player - audacious
> video player - totem
> file manager - nautilus
> disc burner - brasero
> a few caveats and explanations about the choices.
> gedit was chosen because it's good and it includes coding functionality.
> audacious has been our choice for a while because it doesn't rely on the
> 'library' mode to play a song.  this means you can check your latest remix
> of your song easily by opening the file directly.
> i really would like to move back to nautilus for the file manager.  tabs
> are a big reason for this but i have also noticed a very frustrated delay
> between launching thunar and seeing the window.  this transition might take
> a few weeks simply because i have other changes to make and thunar is quite
> invasively included in the xubuntu seeds and i want to understand the
> changes i might make before doing them willy-nilly and breaking something
> badly.
> okay, i'd like to hear your input and suggestions.  if i do not receive
> any input then this is what i will go with.  and remember, not everyone
> will be happy.
> scottl
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