Considering Totem instead Gxine

Ghostvirus theghostvirus at
Fri Sep 14 16:54:41 UTC 2007

On 9/14/07, Jani Monoses <jani at> wrote:
> Hello,
> 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
> thread.
> - 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
> totem-gstreamer
>   - 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
> totem-xine
> - 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 :)
> thanks
> Jani
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I'm sorry, but trading one useless app for another useless one sounds
pointless to me. How many people honestly use Totem for their regular video
watching? I don't know anyone that uses it. Everyone inevitably installs VLC
and/or MPlayer, especially if they're using Xfce. Obviously those can't be
included by default, but why switch gxine out for Totem? I fail to see how
Totem is better to use. It's hardly any more user-friendly than gxine. "It's
already in Ubuntu" seems to be the only reasoning behind this...

Just my $0.02.

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