Considering Totem instead Gxine

Jani Monoses jani at
Fri Sep 14 13:13:48 UTC 2007


I have been thinking lately of switching over to Totem for the following 
reasons besides the generic ones that were mentioned in the GNOME apps 

- it is friendlier than gxine
- we get another package co-maintained with Ubuntu lessening our bug triage
- its dependencies are in already (although that was not a maneuver to 
get here!)
- according to the threads here and the forum poll, gxine seems to be 
one of the top apps that are being switched out from a default install. 
The alternative is usually vlc or mplayer but we cannot include those
- has a nicer firefox plugin

Totem can use either gstreamer or libxine as a backend, here are the 
pros and cons I know

  - gstreamer is the one used in Ubuntu so the maintenance argument applies
  - gstreamer has integrated the codec wizard that downloads missing 
codecs when a certain media being played needs them
- pidgin in xubuntu already depends on libgstreamer

- we keep the same functionality as with gxine only with a nicer GUI
- has better DVD support than gstreamer

well thought out and constructive comments welcome, regardless of their 
being for or against this change :)


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