Considering Totem instead Gxine
cacsar at gmail.com
Fri Sep 14 18:49:26 UTC 2007
I have been using gxine to watch DVDs, DivX video as well as listen to
music. I will admit with DVDs the screen would flicker every few
minutes, but generally I would not encounter problems. DVD menus seemed
to work fine, and one can skip the annoying FBI messages and previews.
I must admit that I have had it, xmms, and xine-ui all start seg
faulting on me, as I mentioned in a different post, to which I never
received a response.
> On 9/14/07, *Jani Monoses* <jani at ubuntu.com <mailto:jani at ubuntu.com>> wrote:
> 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
> - 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
> - 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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> 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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